Post by ourclarioncall on Apr 15, 2020 20:54:42 GMT -5
Anyone ever tried toggle switches with the screw terminals ? maybe they are Called wrap around , as in wrap your wire around the screw and tighten
For testing circuits quickly band making changes quickly these seem quite appealing
Also there are times I just can’t squeeze everything I want to into a terminal lug hole. Think I can just get 3 pieces of 22awg squished in but i can’t get 2 bits of wire and a cap leg in. And a couple days ago I had to wire one bit of wire and 3 cap legs which was a challenge. Had to solder two of the legs to the top of the terminal.
I’m thinking the screw terminal would work much better . Also, no chance of melting or damaging switches with novice soldering skills
I used them plenty when I was in aerospace work, but that was more to do with it being verboten to solder stranded cables at any cost. The one exception was BNC plugs for IFE equipment. Really you should consider crimping ring terminals if you're going down that route and it all starts to get a bit silly especially with the slight reduction in wiring route flexibility with all that other paraphernalia going on. I'd stick with soldering terminals inside guitars for the time and effort it takes. Don't even start me on wire wrapping!
Most of these types of switches are too large physically to be of use inside a guitar, and they work better with solid wire than stranded, as b4njo noted. And while soldering to the backs of pots can destroy things, your soldering would need to be pretty ham-handed to melt a switch by soldering to the lugs.
The problem of having to solder multiple wires to a single point can be solved using what electrical engineers call a "buss", that is, a point where multiple connections are routed to one point, like the lug of a pot. Usually these are used for grounding but could also be used on the + side. Several times I have used a straightened paper clip, cut to size, as a buss. I wrap it with electrical tape once I'm done soldering so that it doesn't contact anything inside the cavity.
If quick temporary changes to test components are the goal, there are better ways than using screw terminals. A cap or resistor substitution box can allow for external testing using alligator clips or whatnot.