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Static Noise from guitar amp.

When I plug my amp to my guitar it sounds fine. But when I plug in my distortion pedal I get a static noise and I cant hear the guitar. The plugs are in the right place. I have a Spectrum stratocaster, a Spectrum combo amp, and a Danelectro FAB distortion pedal.

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I take it you have made sure that both the cable to the distortion box from the guitar and the cable to the amp are both good. From the description you give, it sounds like there is no signal getting to the pedal. If the cable is good, then the next likely suspect would be the input jack on the fuzz box. Try wiggling it a little with the guitar cable in place to see if it is loose. Some input jacks are unbelievably cheap and flimsy. A crackling sound (static like) is almost always a bad connection. If it was the output jack, I would think that the guitar signal would come through a least a little bit, but you might want to try wiggling that one, too, if the input jack isn't the culprit.

Another possibility to check is the battery, but this doesn't seem as likely. Some effects units devour batteries, especially units that use 9V batteries. I have a multi effect pedal that kills a 9V in about an hour.

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You may have a bad input or out put jack on the pedal you are using. It sounds like the Amp is okay, try using a different pedal and see if the noise still is present, if not, it was a bad pedal.

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