Using latching signal relay in SE guitar amp.
I am planning on building a small guitar amp and I would like to build a McTubeII tube overdrive unit right into the amp and use a SPDT relay to switch between overdrive and clean modes. I think that I want to use a SPDT latching relay. Does that sound right? I would like to be able to use a patch cord to plug in a footswitch with a momentary contact switch to actuate the relay to either run the signal through the overdrive unit or bypass the unit and run the signal directly into the amp. I hope I am describing this right. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and do you have any advice? Thanks.
> I think that I want to use a SPDT latching relay. Does that sound right?
Latching relays are rare beasts.
And their main point, zero static power consumption, is kinda pointless in context of a guitar amp.
And the vibration in a guitar amp may unlatch a latching relay.
And they don't work as you describe. You put in a positive pulse to latch one way, a negative pulse to latch the other way.
It would be possible to re-wire a many-contact latching relay for alternate action, or rig a CMOS chip to do something, but.....
Isn't the standard guitar stomp-pedal alternate-action? It shorts the reverb channel. Stomp once, it shorts, reverb is off, stomp again, it un-shorts, reverb is on.
In that case, just use a plain double-pole relay from an appropriate DC supply to the pedal jack. When pedal shorts, relay one way, pedal un-short, relay the other way. This means the relay coil may be on for long periods of time, but power consumption is maybe 1 Watt, irrelevant next to tubes.
But if your after death metal distortion forget it...you'll just get the best crunchy tone i've ever heard. ;)
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