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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Re: Static Noise from guitar amp.
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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are they hi gained presets (distortion)? if so, that woulld be typical of mast amps, However, polarity of the ground can amplify that white noise. most amps have a polarity switchfor ground on the back. if not you may be plugging into an older socket which doesnt have good ground. it can be resolved at the service panel. thats a whole different procedure. let me know
I'm not sure, but I believe this has a small sound card inside like in a pc and later model guitar amps. This card runs reverb and things like that and it also may have a small power plug going to it. I have found on many guitar amps that when this plug gets dirty, or possibly just a weak connection, they usually create static noises and then it echoes that noise. I hope this helps you.
This is a common problem... Make sure your amp is plugged into a three wire grounded receptacle. Keep the guitar away from magnetic fields of transformers in amps and effects units. Make sure you have a high quality guitar cable.
The pot is generating noise. Some noise is unavoidable from pots. Using excess gain in the amp that that follows it will worsen the problem. If ypu can get to the pot and it has a way to squirt some CRC226 in it would help. You would have to use the spout on the can to squirt into the slot where the leads go into the pot. You can get CRC226 at Home Depot in the electrical dept.
Try tapping the tubes (especially the small ones) lightly with a regular wood pencil and see if you can detect noise. Also verify your guitar AND cable are not the source of the noise by using them on another amp. Verify that popping exists witout guitar cable being plugged in.
Also this is the season for static electricity. Shuffling shoes on rug may create pops due to discharges. Spray rug with Staticide if this is the case.
With everything switched off. I will surmise that you are using the onboard battery with the foot pedal and not a power supply.
1. Plug lead from guitar/instrument into INPUT side of pedal
2. Plug lead from OUTPUT side of pedal into amplifier INPUT.
3. Turn amplifier volume to about 10 o'clock - to stop blowing your ears out.
4. Turn volume up on guitar to acceptable level.
5. press foot switch on pedal and adjust pedal controls to suit your type of distortion.
6. Play like Hendrix.
ps Just as an after thought rechargeable 9volt batteries are the way to go. I've been using them for years as I always get caught up in the power cable.
If you're going to add another pedal like a Phaser, Compressor, Flanger or what just use small connect leads between each pedal but always, always put the compressor pedal last in the line.
This is a very common problem that I have repaired for many friends. Sometimes the guitar jack becomes loose and gets rotated to the point where the wire breaks and/or touches the cord plug when it's inserted into the jack. You need to remove the access plate/panel at the back of the guitar body and see if the wire is broke or twisted. You may only have to loosen the jack retaining nut and rotate the jack to get the twist out or you may have to remove the jack and resolder the wire back in place. If its broke make sure to solder back on the proper terminal--the one with solder already on it and not the one that the cord plug touches when its inserted. Retighten the jack nut by firmly holding the jack from access side so it doesn't rotate again and cause that undesirable STATIC sound. Hope this helps.