Made a volume box tonight. And footswitch the next.

Discussion in 'The Buzz Box' started by rbh32, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    Wow it’s late!!! But I got it done bc I just couldn’t stop once I got started...
    I had a slight problem with an order of foot switches to make a channel footswitch and some other things, and while I was waiting, I decided to try to make this volume box to go in my effects loop.
    It’s no marvelous invention, just a master volume, and since I didn’t have one, I thought “why not.” And I fixed my battery powered amp while I was at it.
    It’s in this little enclosure, and I thought I messed up at first when I test fitted, but it ended up working once I got it all wired up. Nothing touches , and I was really relieved that I successfully crammed it all in there.
    Anyway, here’s the pics...
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  2. gearobsessed

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    That looks awesome! Great job!
    Can you adjust it with your foot?
     
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  3. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    Thanks!!
    I guess you could, but I was planning on putting it in my effects loop with some patch cables and sitting it on top of the amp.
     
  4. SoundDesign

    SoundDesign Squier-holic

    I'm curious how you're deploying this / what it's doing for your FX chain.
     
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  5. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    Basically what I’m going to use it for is just a master volume. Maybe turn it to 10, adjust the other volumes/gain until I like it, then turn this volume down and see if the tone stays the same, or turn it low and do the same thing, but in the opposite direction as far as pure volume. I realize it might not, which is why I’m not really expecting anything amazing. And if something amazing does happen, then so be it. :D
     
  6. fattboyzz

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    Cool & simple little way to geterdone !
     
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  7. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    Handy Dandy.. Looks pro!
     
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  8. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    Ok, it’s definitely just a master volume, but I’m glad I did it. I like how I can set both channels to unity, and then just mess with that one volume for the amp. And it’s more subtle sweep, so I can “fine tune” the sound with a little more precision. I like it set at 10 to begin with so I can set a max volume, and I can crank it and know I’m not going to overdo it.
    I guess I forgot how useful a MV can be. :)
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    Now on to the footswitch! :D
     
  9. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    DC5C358A-1CDF-4416-9912-27FB8FCFE635.jpeg 746400D2-2FDF-41F7-BBC5-6652F49CD31F.jpeg And just got done with this footswitch tonight. I am thinking about putting in an LED, but I’ll have to play around with what resistor to use and which lugs to solder to, so I just made it simple so I could add one later if I wanted. F16B5488-3D2B-473F-83CB-7D3BC35DF209.jpeg
     
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  10. spyhawk36

    spyhawk36 Squier-Meister

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    That’s rad. I like that idea
     
  11. Tconroy

    Tconroy Squier-Nut

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    so it is more like a volume pedal as not to change the tone when you have high gain? On the guitar you get a cleaner sound when you back off the volume. does this hold your tone so it is more at bedroom level volume while still having the high volume sound?
     
  12. rbh32

    rbh32 Squier-Meister

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    It works , sort of. It’s not a full blown attenuator (I think that’s the spelling), but it doesn’t kill all the tone like when you turn the volume down on the guitar, no. I guess because it’s in the effects loop it does that, maybe?
     
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