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When i press the distortion button, there is no sound. if i fiddle with it it gives sound, but i need to hold it in a certain position. clean works fine

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Either the button is defective, or there may be bad soldering or a crack in the circuit board where it mounts. You will have to open the unit to repair it.

If you don't find a crack or bad soldering, try to spray a little CRC226 into the switch portion of the button. This is availablle at Home Depot in the electrical department.

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