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Bought amp with no footswitch

Need a wiring diagram for footswitch. Is it just stereo jack switching, or are there other components?

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The schematic shows it as a standard 1/4 inch stereo plug. Wire the ground common to both switches (Channel and DFX), the ring to one switch and the tip to the other...I.E. ground (sleeve) to ring for one switch and ground to tip for the other. You'll have to experiment with which switch operates what function and label them accordingly.

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