A killswitch is a switch/button that stops the output signal from an electric guitar either momentarily (while you hold the button down) or indefinitely (if you use a latching switch). So you can use it to get cool 'stuttering' effects by repeatedly switching it on/off or to shut the guitar up completely while you are between songs. Or, if you are legendary like Tom Morello, you can make epic effects like the solo in Bulls On Parade (Rage Against The Machine). The latter is why I really decided to fit one myself.
I didn't know how to achieve adding a killswitch to my guitar until I found this fantastic forum thread all about it.
Ordered parts and tools, took guitar to bits and went 'oooh'.
It would have been a lot easier if I had removed all the strings at this point, but I wasn't about to spend £5 on a new set unless I really had to.
Looked at new parts and went 'oooh'.
Decided where button should go through the medium of Blu-tac.
This was the first point of destruction, but faceplates are easily replaceable.
Marked up and ready for destruction.
I didn't have a massive drill bit, so had to settle for lots of small holes.
The outcome from a small drill bit.
Filing to create one correctly sized hole.
The 'WTF did you just do to your guitar?!' moment. This was irreversible destruction, but at least if it all went wrong I could have just put a new faceplate over the top and pretended it never happened..
The view after multiple drillings. If I had a router I could have used that and done a much cleaner job.
I used a chisel to open out the drill holes.
My soldering setup.
Tadaaaa! All this effort to attach two new wires to one new component..
When I take a decent video of this in use I shall put it here.
Kick-ass new killswitch installed!