How to Install a Kill Switch Into a Les Paul Correctly (no Drilling)

Introduction: How to Install a Kill Switch Into a Les Paul Correctly (no Drilling)

ok im gonna show you how to install a kill switch in a les paul correctly,
email me if you have any questions or problems(

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Step 1: What You Need...

a guitar
electrical solder
solder gun
screw driver
N.O. momentary switch (soft touch)
needle nose priers
some speaker wire(not to thin)

Step 2: Let's Get Started...

ok, open up the back of the guitar so it shows all of the electrical,
(as you can see i have already done ever thing)

Step 3: Soldering Kill Switch....

ok, now that you have open up your guitar, now you can solder get your kill switch
(momentary switch). get the two speaker wires and solder both to the little sticks on the bottom of
the killswitch(make sure they do not touch each other) (this will make it not work) i would
recommend putting electrical tape around each of the sticks after soldering the wires to
the sticks. then take out one of the tones on the guitar no need to disconnect it just take
it out of the hole and put it in the inside of the guitar make sure it's on ten when leaving
it in their. now take the kill switch and sand the plastic threads like i did so it will fit snug in to
the hole. don't sand it to much just make it so it will fit.

Step 4: Soldering Other Side...

so now that you have soldered the kill switch to the wires, now it's time to solder
the other side of the wires to the output jack. take out the output jack so you can see it
completely. then take the wire and the kill switch and slide it down the hole where
the tone was, so it reaches to the out put jack. then solder one of them to the ground
which the white wire goes too. then solder the other wire that's connected to the
killswitch, to the hot which is where the blue wire goes to (as you can see i colored one
of the wires orange so i can remember that goes to the hot)

Step 5: Putting Things Back Together...

ok, so now that you have soldered everything and the kill switch is in the hole
and the tone is still connected to everything and it's just floating in the inside of the guitar
so you can switch it out if you want to.(make sure it's on full) now you can put the
back on and it should look like this.:D
contact me if you have any questions or problems.
also you can send me pictures of your guitars after installation of the kill

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    11 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    i dont want to get flagged but this is not exactly the best 'ible ever, why would you ruin the look of the les paul by taking off the tone pot?! why not drill a hole! its not even that risky, all you have to do is clamp the body down of have a friend hold it tight....

    just my thoughts, not trying to be offensive, if i was, i apologize in advance.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    well to be honest not many people want to drill a hole in there guitar. Not many people can drill. i personally can drill. But also by drilling you could risk slipping and sliding the bit across the guitar and ripping up the paint or cracking the guitar. when you could of simply move the tone knob under. also it looks like crap when u have an odd object out side of four knobs. when u could take a knob that doesn't do much and put it under in the electrical housing. And make it look balanced. every one has there own ways.


    9 years ago on Step 5

    If I were you, I would remove the neck tone completely and wire the guitar to have a master tone

    guitar god
    guitar god

    8 years ago on Introduction

    i am planning on doing this with my white stedman pro les paul and i was wonderind if they sell kill switches (monentary switch) at radio shack and if not where to get one?

    Lt. Duct Tape

    Alright, I'm probably gonna get flamed for posting this because "It's not the same!", but to that, I say "deal with it".

    A simpler way to do this if all you want is a killswitch (Not necessarily for Buckethead-speed playing) all you have to do is turn the neck (rhythm) pickup's volume down to 0 and flick the selector switch to "rhythm". Boom! Instant killswitch, no guitar dismantling, soldering, or ruination of any guitar necessary.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i dont recommend doing the toggle idea bc it doesnt work that good and it locks up your toggle so it's really stiff. it works if your doing a slow rhythm kinda thing but it's definitely not a long term idea to do over and over again. 

    Guitartech, although I appreciate you replying, I'm afraid it was no help. The cut out on the body was to small to leave the dial inside of it and the hole drilled was to small for the kilswitch to go in.
    Thanks anyways!

    Do you know if this could work on a Les Paul Special II model (one with two dials)? I don't see why not but I would like a second opinion before I dimantel my axe.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    yeah but you wouldnt have a tone really, just leave the tone on 10 and stick it in the electrical box and do the same as shown in my instructables and it will be all good.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i did this exactly the same as you except last year, went to get my guitar setup and the guy at the shop thought it was a broken knob. lol. found out i liked tom morello stule kill switch better tho.