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Crate guitar amp switching from dirty to clean, like a short or something

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Does the button on the switch wiggle around a lot? The switch itself may be broken, more specifically the spring that is supposed to hold it in one position or the other. Luckily, those types of switches are still made, and cheap. It may be worth just going ahead and having someone change the switch anyway if it will be used a lot.

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