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Fulltone Clyde Deluxe wah distorts and interferes with other pedals, along with a narrow pedal range for the effect, though the pedal has a full sweep. I have gotten no answer from Fulltone on the problem. I have tried different positions in the signal chain, only with an amp, with a battery, plugged into power adapter, and with different cables with no luck.

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  • Allen Scarborough Mar 15, 2011

    ok. I tried the Clyde with the OCD before and after. The problem occurs most when the wah is first. It is less of a problem when the OCD is after the wah if I turn down the wah's gain knob on the outside of the pedal all the way down. However, it still "clips" the sound; i.e., compared when the OCD is off, it has a more sudden and less range of effect. Even when the OCD is first, the wah is affected a little. OD pedal level had no discernible effect on the problem.

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The best way to understand the problem source is to minimize the components. In this case, try the pedal alone first. You need to determine whether or not the pedal is causing the distortion. With the pedal alone, how does the system sound/work? Is it acceptable and performing as expected? If so, then the next step is to add one more effect in the chain. Try the effect BEFORE the Fulltone first. Does the distortion appear? If so, then the problem is likely in the input stage of the Fulltone. It should be able to handle mic level inputs. The effects you are using should be outputing the same level as well. If you are unsure of the output signal levels of the effects, set the guitar to a fixed level and insert one effect at a time. The overall signal level should be similar for each one at the "unity gain" setting.

Please try a few options as suggested above one at a time and report the results here inas much detail as you can. This should help to resolve the problem.

Dan

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  • Allen Scarborough Mar 15, 2011

    Thanks, Dan. Like other wahs, Fuzz Faces don't like being after the Clyde Deluxe wah, so when I use them, they are before it (second after a tuner.) It does ok when only Guitar>wah>amp. Used to do ok when OCD and/or TS-9 ODs immediately followed the wah (with or without fuzz before the wah.) I haven't tried the OCD and TS-9 before the wah, but will. I will try to set the gain and "level" settings so everything matches the amp, but will play with that. Also, the Clyde has a gain knob on the side, but changes to its setting has little effect on the problem, just makes the wah a bit louder and sharper. I have a Dunlop Jimi Hendrix wah (the one w/o any boost, etc.) and it works with the ODs after it, but is only a so-so wah, but better than the Clyde with its problems. I will try to get the unity settings right and see if there's any difference. Also-The Clyde has also developed a swoosh sound when you sweep the pedal. Will move some things around to see if there's something causing interference. Have seen some complaints about this on the Net. Only thing I can think of is a Fat Boost on/off pedal from a Blues Jr. amp. Am overall suspecting a malfunction, but will keep at it.

  • ABRsvcs Mar 15, 2011

    I am not familiar with the specific internal circuit of this pedal, but from pedal designs in general, the distortion you are speaking of is more like an overdriven stage than anything else. The difficulty here is that the pedal works as expected when used alone. This suggests a signal level issue between all of the pedals. Without seeing the signals on a scope, it will be difficult to determine the actual source. All I can suggest is to try to insert an attenuator between each pedal stage to bring down the signal levels. This will isolate the problem to hopefully one stage. Then we will need to determine if the first pedal has too high a signal or if the input stage on the Fulltone is overly sensitive.

    Dan

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