While looking at my amp's manual, I saw that the label for the footswitch jack designated the functions of the TRS (Tip-Ring-Sleeve, or stereo) plug that would plug into the jack. It was then that I had the idea that I should make a footswitch instead of buying one, just like any self-respecting geek would do.
By making my own footswitch, I was able to save a ton of money. Most dual-button footswitches run somewhere around $50 or so, yet I was able to make mine for under $10.
Step 1: Parts and Materials
- 2 Push On/Push Off buttons*
- a 1/4" Male Stereo plug (I prefer solder-type)
- a cable of some sort with at least 3 conductors**
- an enclosure that will fit the switches
- you may need some hookup wire, but it's unlikely
*I have heard of amps that require a momentary switch instead of a push on/push off type. You can check what you need by touching the wires for the switch together and seeing what happens.
**I used an old RCA audio cable, which has 2 conductors in each wire, then I soldered one from each together forming a common ground
- Wire strippers
- Soldering iron & solder
- Drill with bits to match your buttons
Step 2: Pre-mounting Prep
Next, solder the male stereo plug. I snipped the connectors off the RCA cable, stripped the wires inside, and prepped them by tinning them with solder. Because I had 4 individual wires and I only needed 3, I soldered both the outer ground wires to the ground lug on the male plug. Then one of the insulated, colored wires went to each the "left" and "right" lugs on the plug.
Do the same prep work to the other end of the cable, but leave everything separate for the next step, then put the cable through the hole you made in your enclosure.