The DOD Rubberneck delay pedal has its own effects loop which lets you inject other pedals to alter the sound of the delay. This is a fun feature but I have rarely used it because you have to either physically move pedals/cables in/out of the loop, or leave them in the loop all the time which leaves them otherwise unusable.
This weekend I put together a pedal which allows me to move groups of pedals my entire pedalboard in and out of the effects loop with the press of a button. Here's a rough guide on how to make your own. I will refer to the Rubberneck as an example but you can use this for swapping a group of pedals between any two circuits.
- One 4PDT switch (latching footswitch or toggle switch).
- Six 6.35mm (1/4 inch) jack sockets.
- A case you can stomp on to keep everything in place.
- Wire, preferably of a few different colours.
This is fiddly due the switch having 12 pins! I've tried to display it as cleanly as possible in the interactive diagram below. Use the buttons to show different levels of detail and simulate clicking the toggle switch to see how the connections change. Signal path will draw arrows to show how each signal travels through the switch.
- Grey lines show the internal connections of the switch - you don't need to do anything about them but may help you understand how the switch works.
- The terminals with white arrows should each be wired to the tip terminal of an audio jack socket.
- The blue and green lines represent wires to show which terminals you need to connect together.
...and in plain text:
10and the tip terminal of a socket.
6and the tip terminal of a socket.
11and the tip terminal of a socket.
12and the tip terminal of a socket.
7to the tip terminal of a socket.
8to the tip terminal of a socket.
- Finally, for each pair of audio jack sockets
(11, 12), connect the sleeve terminals together.
I won't go into detail on how to make the case. Basically you need six holes for the audio jack sockets and one more for the switch. Make sure you keep track of which socket is connected to which terminal on the switch!
3to Rubberneck SEND.
4to Rubberneck RETURN.
11towards your instrument.
12towards your amp.
7to input of the first pedal in your FX loop.
8to output of the last pedal if your FX loop.
Your Rubberneck should be in your main chain either before
11 or after
This guide has just used a single switch for a single pedal group but you can have as many as you want by chaining more switches together. You will need one additional switch and two additional jack sockets for each additional group.
For each switch in the chain:
4of the first switch to
3of the next switch.
12of the first switch to
11of the next switch.
Otherwise the wiring is the same.
Clear as mud?
I hope that all makes sense. If not, contact me with any queries.