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well...yes it would, but you'd get a loud hum (like turning distortion on with a lead plugged into your amp, but not the guitar) to get a nice killswitch sound, you have to connect the hot signal in the jack, to the ground. You can either do it in series (means you gotta have a dedicated pole for this, which I assume you won't have), or in parellel, which is the best you can do here!

tis pretty easy, but hard to describe: just wire the guitar exactly as normal, then trace the lead back from the left lug of the volume pot to the common connection on the switch, and take a lead off your star ground, and wire it to the 6th position of this pole.

Does that make sense? I dunno how much you know about switches really! and that diagram is kinda confusing anyway!

on the rotary switch I've got, the common poles are labelled A, B, C, D etc. and the different throws, or outer lugs are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 etc. In which case, you find the pole (a,b,c etc.) that goes to the volume pot, and connect the ground to the 6th throw (so A6, B12, C18 etc.)

hope I've not confused you too much! :S

edit: I have a rotary killswitch in my strat, and it's not as easy to use as it sounds!

from what I've previously used, the best is a 3 position toggle switch that goes on/off/on...means you need to move your hand twice as slow! :D

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don, thanks for the explaination, but i think its waaay over my head :D

maybe i will just buy a killswitch from stew mac and wire that in with the 5 way selector, but i am not too keen on custom wiring. i can follow schematics just fine, but if i wanted to do something in addition to the 5 way PRS wiring (ie the killswitch) im lost. does anyone know where i can find a better schematic than stew mac's or how i can wire the killswitch in?

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I did this to one of my guitars. VERY simple. Here's a link to the diagram I used:

Killswitch Diagram

EDIT: The above link changed. When I originally posted, it was the proper one, but for some odd reason, SD changed the page. Hmm :D

And here's a link to a wesite that explains it: Explanation

If you can do any kind of wiring on a guitar, this is ridiculously simple - I'm a newbie and I had no problems. Drilling a hole in my guitar was a little nervewracking, but everything else was simple after reading the above explanation and going by the diagram.

Good luck!!

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I know it sounds really complicated, but really it's just one wire! :D It's just hard to explain it in the context of the weird layout on the rotary switch! but yeah, a toggle is much easier to use as a killswitch anyway :D

I don't know what you'd prefer, but I can do a schematic of an even easier one for you that goes on/off/on, which you can't do that way...

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if you wanted to have a switch that was on at both extremities but off in the centre postion (which is my favourite wiring for a killswitch), then you can't wire it like that, but it's fine to do it that way! :D

are you looking to do some Tom Morello style killswitching, or just to turn the output of your guitar off btw? that'd make a difference to what you bother with :D

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if you wanted to have a switch that was on at both extremities but off in the centre postion (which is my favourite wiring for a killswitch), then you can't wire it like that, but it's fine to do it that way! :D

are you looking to do some Tom Morello style killswitching, or just to turn the output of your guitar off btw? that'd make a difference to what you bother with :D

i just want a straight forward killswitch, nothing fancy haha

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