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Hello, My Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer pedal is having issues. I bought it around 6 months ago. When I first discovered the problem, it didn't work at all when turned on. It just made this feedback noise and I noticed this noise was only affected by the "sustain" knob"... A few days later I tried it again and it "did" work but with a fuzzy distorted sound when I pick a little hard on my guitar (Again only affected by the "sustain" knob) I checked everything from cables to batteries. I even tried it with a power supply with the same result. Thanks in advance.

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Make sure you use Alkaline battery and NOT rechargeable type... the rechargeable battery will NOT work in the pedals (their voltage is lower even though they are labeled as 9 volt replacement).

Other internal problems can be due to cracked circuit board or broken solder joints. These are very common as people step on the cables when plugged in. This breaks the connection inside. A fuzzy sound often occurs when one of the contacts is marginal due to bad solder at the jack terminals.

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SOURCE: how to set up foot switch in order

Personally I recommend the following set up:

Distortion>Effects>Compression/Noisegates/Sustain

This will ensure that the signal won't have any odd hiccups due to an odd pedal setup. But if you play around with different orders, you can end up with some very interested sounds.

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