Is it possible to switch from magnetic to piezo with just one stomp?

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  1. bluenova

    bluenova Member

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    Lets say you have a dual output guitar and want to switch from heavy distortion on your electric rig immediately to a relaxing acoustic arpeggio on a separate acoustic rig. I see there's the cool Radial PZ-Select switcher for piezo and magnetic, but it's still a 2 stomp task. If somebody made something like that with an A or B switch that would be perfect. Anybody solve this conundrum?
     
  2. bigredhaus

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    You can have that custom built by any number of pedal builders. I had one years ago that was an ABY, so I could instantly switch between electric/acoustic signals or both. The piezo was sent to a LR Baggs PADI and the magnetic went through my pedalboard. It's simply a stereo in to two mono outs.

     
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  3. dirk_benedict

    dirk_benedict Supporting Member

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    Well many dual voice guitars have the switch on the guitar itself. So no stomping.

    I have used the Boss AC-3 with pretty good success recently, but you have to run that signal to an acoustic preamp out to the PA. Stage sound can be tricky.

    But the beauty of that is you can use any electric you already have. It's not quite as good as a piezo equipped guitar, but it's ballpark.
     
  4. Whiskeyrebel

    Whiskeyrebel Supporting Member

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    Another option is a stereo volume / pan pedal in pan mode.
     
  5. Quantum Cat

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    Do you have any friends who are handy with a solder iron? This would be a real easy build with four jacks, an SPDT or DPDT footswitch, and a sturdy metal box.
     
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    The Lehle Dual SGoS will do this. It has two inputs and can switch like you want. The less expensive Little Dual will as well but that pedal pops when switching.
     
  7. Cgkindler

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    On my Parker, the stereo cable has 2 separate ends, one that's JUST the mags and the other is JUST the AP....and there's a 3 way switch, just mag, just AP, or both.

    I would think if you don't have a switch, or a way to have two separate signals coming from your guitar, that there's no stomp out there that could do it - you'd need to switch your guitar switch first, THEN have an ABY box that can bypass your dirt?

    Good luck man, hope you find what you're looking for!
     
  8. tbader

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    This exact scenario is what makes the Variax/Helix combo seem pretty appealing to me--going from a gainy lead tone right into a mellow acoustic sound with one button press on the Helix, for example.

    It seems like any box with a DPDT switch (3PDT for LEDs, I suppose), 2 in, 2 out config could get you there.

    Mag to tube amp on one leg, piezo to acoustic rig on the other.
     
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  9. toddincharlotte

    toddincharlotte Supporting Member

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    I use a custom a/b/y box that a builder on tgp built for me. Works like a champ.
     

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