[1881] 6 Reasons Guitar Pedals Pop When Switched

Date: November 12th, 2015 | Comments : [1] | Categories: DIY.

6 Reasons Guitar Pedals Pop When Switched


It is a common complaint that guitar effects pedals make a pop or click sound when the bypass switch is actuated. This can occur with different types of switching systems and there are a number of causes.

A sudden change in voltage level is heard as a click, pop or thud, depending on the duration of the voltage change. If the voltage level at the input jack changes quickly, the sound is more like a click. This is equivalent to a fast rise time for the voltage transition.

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One Response to “6 Reasons Guitar Pedals Pop When Switched”

[769446] Edgar Levy Says: 10:59 pm, March 19th, 2016

THere’s a very noticable footswitch pop on a gain pedal I built. I’m using your footswitch PCB and found it to be a convenient way to put a 1M5 shunt from one of the bypass circuit pins to ground. It doesn’t totally eliminate the pop but it helped reduce it some.


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