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My amp breaks up too much and sounds messy. I changed the tubes and resistors and it helped a little but didn't solve the problem. Could it be my speaker?

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Colearthur16, Only a slight chance of problem with your speaker. You will need to prove that all stages of amplification of the audio signal from input to output are not being driven into distortion (clipping) because of a bad DC power supply rail to the low level amplifiers or the high power "final" output amp! To prove this, you will need the help of an electronics technician who has access to a variable audio signal generator (amplitude and frequency) and a cheap 5 to 20 megahertz oscilloscope to view the amplified waveforms of the amplifier stages in the Fender Amp. Remember the following statement for the rest of your life!!! "All musicians who use electronic amplification to play musicial notes through speakers should have between 4 and 8 hours of classroom instruction on how typical amplifiers (tube and solid state) operate and how to troubleshoot them when they fail to perform to rated specifications!!!"
Cole, have the Fender amplifier (not the speaker) tested by a qualified technician to prove amp is not at fault!!! 12fixlouie

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