I few months ago, I had been eying a used Epiphone Triggerman 60 Guitar Amp at Morelock Music in downtown Knoxville. I had decided I had to get it, and had started planning to go pick it up. But before I could, my lovely and thoughtful girlfriend surprised me by bringing it home as a gift. You can’t beat that!
Unfortunately the original footswitch was not included with the amp. I had been searching the web for a replacement but I couldn’t find much information about the amp’s footswitch itself. I have very little experience with electronics, but the concept seemed simple enough, so I decided to make my own. I thought sharing this information might help someone else looking for a replacement footswitch. Since most amp footswitches are fairly similar, this will likely work for a lot of other amps out there.
Altogether, The parts for this 2 button DIY guitar amp footswitch cost only around $25. Here is what you’ll need.
- 1 x Hammond 1590BB Die-cast Aluminum Box, Red ($9.25 from Amazon)
- 1 x SEISMIC AUDIO – SATRX-10 – Black 10′ 1/4″ TRS to 1/4″ TRS Patch Cable ($9.99 from Amazon)
- 2 x COM-11151 Stomp Switch – DPDT ($1.95 from Sparkun.com)
- 2 x COM-09590 LED – Basic Red 5mm ($0.35 each)
- 2 x COM-11147 LED Holder – 5mm ($0.50 each)
- 1 x Audio Jack – 1/4″ Stereo (right angle) COM-11144 ($0.95)
- Hook-Up Wire or Copper Wire
- Electrical Solder
- Cordless Drill
- Soldering Iron
The Epiphone Triggerman 60 has 2 channels, as well as an on / off for the DSP effects, so a two button foot switch was in order.
To determine which connections of the pin would control each circuit, I started by simply plugging in a stereo 1/4 in cable into the footswith jack. I used a small copper wire to try out different connection combinations. Based on my tinkering, I drew up a wiring plan as seen below.
Here is the wiring plan I came up with:
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