Re: Help with a distorted-sounding amp...

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Posted by §žurious on September 20, 2001 at 23:21:04:

In Reply to: Help with a distorted-sounding amp... posted by Bob on September 19, 2001 at 15:04:55:

I agree with Toby

I'd bought a "new to me" amp when I was starting out and it was a peavy, big, loud and slightly distorted at a 15" cone. Not knowing what was going on, I didn't check the speaker and just bought it trusting the salesman wouldn't lead a novice astray.

It was, and is a good amp, except for that three or four inch tear in it which wasn't really noticeable until you turned it up. Then there was a high pitched buzz and crackle sounds when you really came onto the amp.

Check your cone, make sure it's sealed around the diaphram on the outside edge. To do this, take the grill off of the front and play while watching it. Look for gaps around the outside edge. If you're particularly bold, run your finger lightly and see if there's any gaps.

If it's under warranty, let a luthier or the people working under warranty do it. If it's not, get some wood glue and put it under the diaphram to hold everything together if you find a gap.

The other thing, as Toby mentioned, check your bass, is it running active pickups? if it is, try switching to passive. Is the distortion still there?

Oh yes, and check the back of the amp. If there's a ground switch, experiement with the settings. It could be causing problems as well.

Check 'em all or let the dealer.



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