...Another thought I had was to mount a small toggle switch next to the cable jack that would act as a mute switch - shorting the signal and ground contacts when switched >ON<....
sure, that would be useful.
your volume control will short the output when you turn it to zero.
so the switch isn't needed for that function.
but if you want to use it for a "stutter" effect, a swtich would work well.
probably use either a pushbutton or a minitoggle with a momentary contact (spring return to off).
if you want to get real fancy you could get a DPDT on-off-(momentary on) minitoggle.
in the on position the tone control would work as normal, in the off postion the tone control is defeated, and in the momentary on position, you would have a reduction of volume. the amount of reduction would be determined by the setting of the tone control.
of course the other way would be to just use a SPDT on-(momentary on) and wire it so the volume control is bypassed in the momentary position.
this works a bit differently. when you push the switch, you get an increase in volume, rather than a decrease.
so it's just a question of how you want it to operate.
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