Swannell Guitars - DADDY LONG LEGS Ground Bug - Ground lug pot washer

£3.29

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About

From the mind of UK based luthier, Jamie Swannell comes a really simple but genius helping hand for guitar wiring, the Ground Bug! This solder lug washer has some very handy uses indeed, from neatening up your wiring installs, to making ground connections easier and any future changes/mods/maintenance much easier too. So what is it?

This is a simple washer design that fits underneath your pots and has extended lugs so that you can easily solder ground wires to. This is very useful for those that perhaps really struggle with making, or consistently making ground wire solder connections to pot casings, drastically reducing the risk of damaging a pot from excessive heat for example. As with the Ground Bug installed, you simply solder your ground wires to any of the 5 lugs available. 

You don't even need to solder the ground bug to the pot casing either, with it being used as a washer directly against the pot casing you will achieve ground continuity simply by the bug being in direct contact with the casing, furthering it's ease of install. No more messy blobs of solder on the back of your pot casing, great for those that like neat looking installs. But neatness isn't just a visual thing, it also really helps for any maintenance in the future too, with each ground wire having it's own ground lug it makes replacing pickups, or even your pot a much easier process. They are incredibly easy to solder onto, thanks to being made from tin plated steel,the same material used on the signal lugs of a CTS pot for example. Good heat transfer, and solder flows easily. 

A brilliant, incredibly simple item that I think will really help installers of any experience/skill level. I'll certainly be using them and recommending them for as long as Jamie keeps making them! Proud to stock this great little wiring tool.

The Daddy Long Legs

The Daddy Long Legs has been designed specifically with tighter control cavities in mind. Tight, or narrow control cavities weren't really the original Ground Bugs friend, so it was time to introduce a revision to the original, to much better suit these requirements.
So for example, if you have a Telecaster, Les Paul Junior, Cabronita etc these will be a great solution! The central section is slightly narrower, closer to the diameter of a full size CTS pot casing, and the solder lugs are only situated on the one side, each with longer legs to reach up above the pot casing instead of sitting at the side. This really improves access, as well as ease of install for tighter cavities. The Daddy Long Legs features 5 solder lugs, where you can ultilise, or snip off which are and aren't needed or quite suited to the cavity or wire runs that you're working with. The legs when bent up, will allow for the solder lug to be accessed above the pot casing, we're finding these to be super useful already and hope you'll have the same experience. 

Which pots will it fit?

The Daddy Long Legs is designed to fit standard CTS pots, with it's 10mm mounting hole to suit their mounting thread diameter and can be installed simply as a washer between the pot and mounting surface. 
I also think these will be incredibly useful for making pot casing ground connections on CTS push/pull pots too. The CTS push/pull features a rather large plastic casing on the back of the pot, meaning there is very little metal real estate for soldering any ground connections too. Even for a pro tech, these can be fiddly to work with and the ground bug will make a lot of installers lives easier when working with components like these for example.

Will it fit my guitar?

See the reference images on this listing to see how the footprint alters depending on whether you intend to install it flat, or with the lugs bent up. With the Daddy Long Legs lay flat, it measures 42mm wide, at the widest point from end of lug to end of lug. The central part (23mm) is the same width as a CTS pot casing, this is to allow you to be able to bend up the lugs should you wish, and leave clearance. Expect the footprint with the legs bent up to be around 24mm, a little wider if you angle the lugs of course. I would personally recommend the Daddy Long Legs for guitars with compact, narrow or tighter control cavity space, such as a Telecaster for example, Les Paul Junior or similar, or at least 2/3mm spare around the CTS pot casing within the cavity to allow access to the lugs with them bent up. 
For a Telecaster, I personally position these with the lugs bent upwards, by the switch (see photos for example of this). It keeps everything neat, the lugs are accessible etc.

Watch how they work

Here's a back to basics video I put together chatting about the original ground bug and visually demonstrating how it can be used - 


Ordering/shipping

Local pickup - If you are local and wish to collect any items or order in advance for collection on a specific day, then you can still place an order online and select local pickup at the checkout. Or drop me a message and I'll reserve the items ready for your visit.
For online ordering and dispatch - In stock, non made to order items are processed and dispatched 3 days a week; Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
For orders that are placed on a Monday, Wednesday & Friday I have an order cut off time of 12:00GMT to allow me chance to process, pack and dispatch your order same day.
For non dispatch days (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday) there is no order cut-off time, and these will be processed, packed and shipped on the closest following dispatch day.
I will always endeavor to fulfill orders as quickly as I can and if you have specific requirements for a delivery date please do let me know and hopefully I can help.
If you have more queries regarding order placing, processing, fulfillment or general shipping then please see the FAQ page HERE

Please use the tabs below to read through the information about this product.

From the mind of UK based luthier, Jamie Swannell comes a really simple but genius helping hand for guitar wiring, the Ground Bug! This solder lug washer has some very handy uses indeed, from neatening up your wiring installs, to making ground connections easier and any future changes/mods/maintenance much easier too. So what is it?

This is a simple washer design that fits underneath your pots and has extended lugs so that you can easily solder ground wires to. This is very useful for those that perhaps really struggle with making, or consistently making ground wire solder connections to pot casings, drastically reducing the risk of damaging a pot from excessive heat for example. As with the Ground Bug installed, you simply solder your ground wires to any of the 5 lugs available. 

You don't even need to solder the ground bug to the pot casing either, with it being used as a washer directly against the pot casing you will achieve ground continuity simply by the bug being in direct contact with the casing, furthering it's ease of install. No more messy blobs of solder on the back of your pot casing, great for those that like neat looking installs. But neatness isn't just a visual thing, it also really helps for any maintenance in the future too, with each ground wire having it's own ground lug it makes replacing pickups, or even your pot a much easier process. They are incredibly easy to solder onto, thanks to being made from tin plated steel,the same material used on the signal lugs of a CTS pot for example. Good heat transfer, and solder flows easily. 

A brilliant, incredibly simple item that I think will really help installers of any experience/skill level. I'll certainly be using them and recommending them for as long as Jamie keeps making them! Proud to stock this great little wiring tool.

The Daddy Long Legs has been designed specifically with tighter control cavities in mind. Tight, or narrow control cavities weren't really the original Ground Bugs friend, so it was time to introduce a revision to the original, to much better suit these requirements.
So for example, if you have a Telecaster, Les Paul Junior, Cabronita etc these will be a great solution! The central section is slightly narrower, closer to the diameter of a full size CTS pot casing, and the solder lugs are only situated on the one side, each with longer legs to reach up above the pot casing instead of sitting at the side. This really improves access, as well as ease of install for tighter cavities. The Daddy Long Legs features 5 solder lugs, where you can ultilise, or snip off which are and aren't needed or quite suited to the cavity or wire runs that you're working with. The legs when bent up, will allow for the solder lug to be accessed above the pot casing, we're finding these to be super useful already and hope you'll have the same experience. 

The Daddy Long Legs is designed to fit standard CTS pots, with it's 10mm mounting hole to suit their mounting thread diameter and can be installed simply as a washer between the pot and mounting surface. 
I also think these will be incredibly useful for making pot casing ground connections on CTS push/pull pots too. The CTS push/pull features a rather large plastic casing on the back of the pot, meaning there is very little metal real estate for soldering any ground connections too. Even for a pro tech, these can be fiddly to work with and the ground bug will make a lot of installers lives easier when working with components like these for example.

See the reference images on this listing to see how the footprint alters depending on whether you intend to install it flat, or with the lugs bent up. With the Daddy Long Legs lay flat, it measures 42mm wide, at the widest point from end of lug to end of lug. The central part (23mm) is the same width as a CTS pot casing, this is to allow you to be able to bend up the lugs should you wish, and leave clearance. Expect the footprint with the legs bent up to be around 24mm, a little wider if you angle the lugs of course. I would personally recommend the Daddy Long Legs for guitars with compact, narrow or tighter control cavity space, such as a Telecaster for example, Les Paul Junior or similar, or at least 2/3mm spare around the CTS pot casing within the cavity to allow access to the lugs with them bent up. 
For a Telecaster, I personally position these with the lugs bent upwards, by the switch (see photos for example of this). It keeps everything neat, the lugs are accessible etc.

Here's a back to basics video I put together chatting about the original ground bug and visually demonstrating how it can be used - 


Local pickup - If you are local and wish to collect any items or order in advance for collection on a specific day, then you can still place an order online and select local pickup at the checkout. Or drop me a message and I'll reserve the items ready for your visit.
For online ordering and dispatch - In stock, non made to order items are processed and dispatched 3 days a week; Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
For orders that are placed on a Monday, Wednesday & Friday I have an order cut off time of 12:00GMT to allow me chance to process, pack and dispatch your order same day.
For non dispatch days (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday) there is no order cut-off time, and these will be processed, packed and shipped on the closest following dispatch day.
I will always endeavor to fulfill orders as quickly as I can and if you have specific requirements for a delivery date please do let me know and hopefully I can help.
If you have more queries regarding order placing, processing, fulfillment or general shipping then please see the FAQ page HERE