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  1. Hello everyone, New to these forums but not new to the Variax. Have been enjoying the heck out of this JTV69 for the past couple years. Was a gift from my father and quickly became my favorite guitar not just for the tuning and modeling but also because it's butter smooth, great action and sustain and is just easy to play. My question may be considered sacrilegious, impractical, or you may ask why I would want to do this. Well, because killswitch stuff is fun and I love learning to cover Buckethead. :P I am trying to install this Iron Age killswitch in the Variax; I understand that a switch would not work on the VDI output, which is fine as I always play conventionally out of the 1/4 inch output, and would mostly use the killswitch with the modeling off like a regular guitar. This thing however has quite an impressive looking 1/4 in jack containing a pc board with two connectors, one with 5 wires and the other with a single wire which I am assuming is a ground. I feel like I'm attempting to disarm a bomb compared to conventional guitars. Where would you guys install this switch in line with? Or which wires in this connector are what? I am telling myself that despite the complexities of this guitar, all that signal has to funnel down to somewhere on this jack where I can kill all signal with the momentary switch. I am comfortable with soldering and have no worries about the actual installation, but need help with figuring out exactly where in the chain to put this. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Cheers! Brandon
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    JTV 69 Killswitch Help

    Thanks for your reply Rewolf48, and for the explanation of the PCB jack's functionality. I have considered doing it via patch or footswitch, but I mostly play with the modeling off and only have a conventional pedal setup (no helix or pod) would prefer to have this actual switch on the guitar. This is an example of the current jack: http://www.fullcompass.com/prod/215554-Line-6-50-04-0079-1 It seems that the best way to accomplish this is with a normally open switch which is routed between T and S, grounding it when pressed (closed). The Iron Age Killswitch I have is a normally open switch, so If I wire it across the jack's T + S, it will ground when pressed and in effect cause zero volume. Is this understanding correct? If so, I then just have to figure out where on this pcb jack the t and s are. Would you happen to know the workings of this jack? If I can find what wires of that connector leading to the 1/4in go to the T and S, it may be doable to splice from there? Thanks a bunch. Brandon
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