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My Boss DD3 just beeps and nothing else when i turn it on

Basically every time it turns on it there's a loud noise which beeps when on loop and i can edit the frequency and what not of the one noise but cant get delay out of it. i dont know how to fix it. any help would be great.

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If you have experience with electronics you could take it apart and use a multimeter. My guess would be one of the delay chips but its something hard to diagnose without taking it apart. An audio tech could help you out. Chances are it would be a pretty cheap fix. Unfortunately Boss pedals are almost entirely surface mount so replacing a component or two takes more skill than the average pedal.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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