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Amp buzzing help

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Jediskippy, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Jediskippy

    Jediskippy

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    I picked up a peavey max 112 II today and I first plugged in one of my basses and it made this awful buzz sound. Anyone know why or how to fix it?
  2. zakedodead

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    I think you may have an infestation, I think it sounds like it could be either bees or mosquitoes, but call your local exterminator and ask him for his opinion on it, he's probably much more qualified to answer than I am.
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings
    Moved to Amps.
  4. RickenBoogie

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    First, describe the sound a little better, and tell us everything in the signal chain, and where you have the amp dials set. The whole picture, please.
  5. Jediskippy

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    It's a buzz kinda like a hum, the gain seems to make it louder. My bass is a passive jazz bass and when I turn up the pickups it gets a little louder too
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    Probably a broken solder joint on the input jack, but it could be anything. Does the amp work at all when you play the bass? Have you tried wiggling the cord going into the input jack on the amp?

    Chris
  8. Mosfed

    Mosfed The mighty mighty Supporting Member

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    Does the sound lessen when you touch the strings? Or is it always there?
  9. BurningSkies

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    Has anyone at band practice been stung lately.

    Does the buzzing go away if you use a smoke machine?
  10. Cirk

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    If it's smoke you require, might I humbly suggest a Padron 45th Anniversary natural. Other that that, try another cable and clean the jacks on your bass and amp. Is the speaker blown?
  11. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    Does the amp have a polarity switch? If yes, flip to the other side. Make sure that the mains plug has a ground pin, they can break off easily with constant use.
  12. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    Another thing Skippy, fill out your profile. It's there so that we know where you live on this small planet and how old you are. This enables us to offer advice that is geared to your needs. There even could be one of us near you who may be willing to help you personally.

    For example, it would not be a good idea to say to you take the amp apart and check this and that if you are twelve years old.
  13. Jediskippy

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    It goes away a little when I touch the strings, the amp works fine though
  14. Mosfed

    Mosfed The mighty mighty Supporting Member

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    Check your faders around the house. Like a random bathroom that has a fader on a light. Make sure everything is off and then report back.

    I had a Fender Bandmaster that buzzed like a mo. And I was convinced I had checked everything and that the problem was in the amp. Then I found a light that I had forgotten even existed that was causing all the problems.
  15. Zooberwerx

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    Whenever I hear the term "hum", ground conflict is the first thing to come to mind and that may include one of 4 things: bass, cable, amp, or compromised 110 power. First things first, I would suggest replacing each component one at a time to localize the likely culprit. I'll assume you have another bass, another cable, and perhaps another amp? Fill us in on your resources and we'll go from there.

    Riis
  16. Jediskippy

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    I have multiple of each except for the amp, I will find out then report back
  17. Zooberwerx

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    Good show. By the process of elimination (multiple bass and cable trials), we'll narrow the search. Know anybody else that has an amp you can A/B with the Peavey?

    Riis
  18. Jediskippy

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    I will run over to GC Tomorow and try one out
  19. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd hold off on that step pending outcome of the trials suggested. Did you buy the Peavey at GC? If so, I would take it with me just to see if the anomaly is present in their showroom. Don't change multiple variables all at once...makes it hard to isolate the real issue.

    Riis
  20. Zooberwerx

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    So....what's the scoop? Any progress?

    Riis

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