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Just got a new gigging acoustic (cole clarke angel), but immediateley noticed what I'm missing from my old gig axe, a crafter SA (similar to the more popular taylor T5), in that it has tge ability to switch and blend peizo and electromagnetic pickups which was great for looping. so, I have orded a soundhole humbucker to put in it, an "a little thunder" which has a 6 string output. and an octaver bass only output. rather than start hacking into my new guitar, I'm opting for external mixing/eq, BUT, I use wireless most of the time, so I need a passive bodypack mixer before my wireless.... I've accepted it will need to be a custom build, BUT, on the off chance anyone is aware of a commercially available product please let me know (likewise, if you've seen a gold/brass locking strap solution for a locking strap with trs jack passthrough, like the acoustilok by music nomad, im struggling to find that in the right colour too). anyway, failing that, onto building a belt pack... having never done such a thing im after any tips you can offer. particularly- clip & housing, wtf do I use? knobs, potentiometers, faders, what is and isnt workable for me? im thinking 2 in one knobs would be perfect for eq controls for bass and 6string humbucker output so i have full eq control over that, but, I need small to make surenit all fits in a tiny gousing, what would you suggest, and what other electronics will i require to get good tone control from said knobs ill be wanting 3x channels in, (acoustic, bass, electric) & 3x channels out,. channel 1 out, ive decided a 5 way toggle to switch from acoustic only, electric only, acoustic + bass, electric + bass, acoustic + electric with 3x level controls (one for each of the input channels) and an output channel mute/off toggle channel 2 out will be dedicated bass with a volume attenuator and a mute toggle. channel 3 out will be the same as channel 1 this gives me the option to route acoustic to an aux input on my looper while sending the electric through my fx chain, but being able to switch it up if needed, and being able to run a single output mode before my wireless with the choice of one or all signals. I toyed with the idea of crossfaders, but have since decided it will be more limiting as i would have to chose between fixed contour profiles and some situations i may want addition of humbucker without losing the acoustic , and a linear fade in other situations, so individual voluumes it is... im mostly handy with a soldering iron (albeit pretty sloppy and messy with my fit n finish, hence the desire to not butcher the guitar), Where do i get parts, and what do i actually require to make life easy as possible?