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Crate flexwave 120 head effects malfunctioning

I bought this amp used about 2 weeks ago, and it's had some issues from the start. It came with the footswitch that switches between clean mid and overdrive, and the third switch turns the effects on and off. As far as I can tell, the clean/mid/od channels all work fine. amp sounds great. the problem is that the effects will turn off and on by themselves without me touching the 3rd footswitch. Power cycling the amp 2 or 3 times usually fixes the issue, but it will still kick on randomly and it's getting irritating. I play mostly alternative and metal so it's kind of an egg on the face moment when you're trying to practice a new riff and the flanger effect turns on full blast. I had an older crate in college that was a similar setup but it didn't have the effects and it was a similar situation with the reverb it just worked sometimes then stopped. Is this a wiring issue or does crate just enjoy messing with people when it comes to that third footswitch?

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That is probably a momentary switch that is dirty and sticking. These onboard effects on guitar amps are usually nothing more than a computer sound card and I've found bad connections going to and from them as well. I do think that switch is dirty and sticking, though.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

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I also have this same problem, it really is upsetting. I traded alot of instruments Epi Special 2, Schecter Damien b-2, jackson RR v, B.c Rich warlock, an older beringer tube amp, and a ibenez weeping demon pedal. For a crate flex wave 120h (half stack) i had it for bout 2 months nothing wrong then all of a sudden, i turn it on and volume fluxes up and down on its own i also notice the reverb cutting in and out when this happens. I cant use warranty because even though owner of the store gave me registration card for it, he never gave me a receipt cause it was a trade in, so i cant send it away. Also just like this guy said when you press in on a knob (any knob, not just the channel you are on, it will go to full volume again. I am puzzled at this problem and searched on the web for days not much on the subject. I only use for practice never leaves volume of 4, never gigged never moved. I would like to maybe fix this problem as now i feel stupid for trading all that gear for an amp don't want to loose this amp. Also it was a brand new amp not preowned. Please Help......

Posted on Mar 08, 2010

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A possible problem MIGHT be marginal switch contacts on the external foot controller cable. If you are not using the foot pedal, these contacts must maintain contact to keep the same channel selected.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010

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It sounds like the DSP processor is either about to go out, or is mostly there. Have a qualified amplifier technician take a look at the DSP. Also look up the cost of a new one.

Hope that helps!

Btw, I’m available to help over the phone in case u need at https://www.6ya.com/expert/cameron_463100ffd54b591d

Posted on Feb 12, 2011

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sounds to me like your din plug on your controller is messed up ? hope this helps !

Posted on Jun 03, 2011

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Hi there,I have the same problem with my flexwave 120. I opened the amp to measure several capacitors on the small effect circuit board. If one of this capaciters have internal short circuit, wich will effect the others causing effects to fail. I removed them one by one to find possible short circuit. All capacitors were ok. I think the problem is in the processor wich is to diffucult to replace. I think it's easier to replace the effects circuit board. But where do we find this board??10_29_2011_6_25_35_am.jpg

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