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    Default EVH USA Stealth KIllswitch Install - How I did it

    So being a long time member (rare poster) I recently purchased a USA Stealth. I absolutely love this guitar and being a Van Halen nut…Well what kind of fan would I be if I didn’t go for the replica look. When I got it I definitely felt the need to change the black hardware to chrome...



    I replaced the bridge and nut... so next was the Kill Switch. I purchased one from the Bay and had it sitting on my desk forever...trying to gather enough courage to actually install it. I knew that I wanted to do it myself ala EVH back in the day. But I knew there was going to be a point of no return and what if I messed up? Well I enlisted help from people with much better skills than me. There were a lot of challenges but here goes.
    Using this as a guide.



    Took some measurements of the kill switch to find the diameter needed. Figure you are only going to get one chance to make a bad mistake so we measured twice and cut once.





    Decided to test the sizing on some old wood.





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    And tested the fit. Like a glove...



    So now we had to find the position on the guitar.



    Well now is where I almost backed out. We figured the best way was to use a drill press to make nice a straight holes. Well, with an arched top and tremolo (I know I could have taken it off) it posed a bit of a challenge.

    I have to admit I was sweating and worried. Should I do it? What would the resell value be if I ever decided to part ways???

    Here goes nothing...

    Drilled a pilot hole through the body using a tiny drill bit so the next size up will properly align.





    Now to drill the hole to fit the kill switch into from the top.







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    Test fit…







    Perfect. Whew, almost there.

    Next was to figure out how big we needed the hole to be in the back to allow enough room to insert the kill switch, put the metal part down, and screw on the holder along with the wires.



    Ok, it was trial and error on the depth because I needed to ensure there was enough clearance to allow the threads to protrude so I can ensure enough threads...very slowly and lots of trial fitting. Didn't want to go too far and have it go through to the top...





    Ok, it’s big enough to fit the switch, wires, and my fingers.

    Ok, test fit is done. Wow, I just drilled a hole in this guitar...why? Luckily it all worked out. So now we need a hole for the wires from the new hole to the electronics cavity...surprisingly this was more difficult than I thought.
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    All done. Now just need to wire it up. Have to say, unless you kind of know what you’re doing wiring it is quite difficult. Again, I had to enlist assistance with someone with more skill than me. Of note, I was unable to locate a wiring scheme online for this thing. So if anyone has one, maybe add it to this thread. A few tests with a multi-meter and wires touching different posts, we figured out the way it works.









    All soldered in and it works. I have to say I love it. Now I just need to make a cavity cover and complete it and I will be one happy camper.
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    So with that, I hope you VH Linkers find it helpful if you decide to tackle the feat.

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    Very cool. I just admitted defeat and took mine to my tech today. I had relocated the toggle switch to the tone knob hole and then put in a Tesi LED kill switch where the toggle switch used to be. But I couldn't get it all to wire up correctly. My tech said the instructions that came with the switch were wrong, so that might have been the problem.

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    What an incredibly detailed post. Fantastic thread and the guitar looks great!
    Well done cpusolutions2001 and thanks for sharing!

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    ^^^ I have to mirror what James the 2nd said!
    Amazing details w/photos to help guide us along the way. Certainly something I probably wouldn't tackle on my own, but kudos to you for taking the plunge.

    Looks great, and glad you're happy with the kill switch mod.
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    Looks great man! I could never do that myself.
    I'm just here.

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    I was just talking about turning my USA Stealth into his tour model. I'm too scared to drill into the body. You did a great job! Only way I'd do it is if I had the money to send it back to EVH INC and have them do it. Which I don't.

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    I need to do this on my MIC Stealth, I love that guitar and could love to have this on it.

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    as the other guys have said, fantastic job and great post too. I just dropped off another one of my EVH wolfs at the shop to have this done last week and after seeing this I probably could have figured it out but guess I'll let the pros do it. lol

    great post and again thanks for putting this up. Definitely going to be a help to a lot of people.

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    Thanks for sharing all of this, CPU. Great guitar and I appreciate your bravery! Can you also share with us the two hole diameters you used, especially the hole on the back? I was wondering if a Les Paul switch cover (2 1/8") was too big.
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    SmithTone - I don't remember the exact measurements. Best thing is to try it on old wood and fit it to your kill switch...who know they may be different in sizes. I have to say, now that its done, i'm a happy man. The first drilled hole was the hardest but i took my time and it worked out...

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    Did you drill the back hole with a standard bit and then flatten out the interior with a spade bit? I was thinking that might be the route to go if I ever do this install one day, but am not sure how the basswood will take the spade bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    Did you drill the back hole with a standard bit and then flatten out the interior with a spade bit? I was thinking that might be the route to go if I ever do this install one day, but am not sure how the basswood will take the spade bit.

    Templates and routers with fixed depths are always my go to. (The question is where do you get a perfect circular template?)

 

 

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