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My crate gtd 65 footswitch is not working correctly. i plug it in but only the 2 channel clean / od works and the gain and distortion is not fuctioning

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    footswitch is not working correctly. i plug it in but only the 2 channel clean / od works and the gain and distortion is not fuctioning

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    footswitch is not working correctly. i plug it in but only the 2 channel clean / od works and the gain and distortion is not fuctioning

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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

  • Anonymous Jun 03, 2011

    i checked with a multimeter and the overdrive switch will not open, shows dead, thanks for the info. helped alot , thanks

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