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I am getting crackling and popping noises coming through my amplifier when my foot is actively engaged in pedaling.

I have an older Ernie Ball mono volume pedal, maybe built in the '80's. I am getting intermittant popping and crackling noises coming through my guitar amp while playing my stratocaster--seemingly most often after a bit of pedaling activity. It seems that if I keep my foot in constant contact with the pedal, the popping noise disappears. I have checked all electrical connections, and they seem sound. Because this passive pedal has a twine-on-rotary knob mechanism, it seems to me it could be static electrical buildup and discharge that is the cause.

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