Kill switch issue on the Buckethead Guitars

A while ago I had to change out the kill switch on a Buckethead guitar. Problem is the switch it comes with is a midi disco trigger button, not the best. There tends to be a lot of clicking noise when you use it.  I wanted to use the large format button so I took apart one of my favorite switches , which I can custom wire for very little noise.
I inserted the guts into the big switch.  Little tricky to keep the glue in the right place but worked great. The feel was a little different but worth it to keep the noise down.

On Buckethead’s original guitar I has to change out his smaller black switch that was giving him problems.  Problem was he was so used to the feel of that original switch.  All I could do was take it apart, clean it, make it solid and send it on its way.

I find that every kill switch has a distinct feel and it helps to find one that fits your style.

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4 Responses to Kill switch issue on the Buckethead Guitars

  1. GuitarBizarre says:

    Should mention, they do screw fit buttons too, not just snap-in.

  2. GuitarBizarre says:

    You might want to look into what else those switches are used for – they’re common on arcade cabinets. The two major manufacturers are Sanwa and Seimitsu at the high end.

    There are lots of cheap equivalents, but switches by those two makers are designed to take a really, really harsh beating from angry kids at arcades, so should be incredibly durable. They’re also a snap fit and interchangeable with each other, different switch tops, etc.

    The guys over at have a lot more info.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the tip. I have seen them in arcade equipment. I got my replacements from a midi trigger company. I need a double throw switch for a non pop wiring. Most of those are single but i will check out the link. Much appreciated.

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