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diagnosing failing(?) Fishman electronics on MK Dragonfly?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by doublehorn, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. doublehorn

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    OK, so I have this 2009 Michael Kelly Dragonfly fretless 5-string that I've recently just started playing amplified in front of audiences. Most of the time, this works nicely and the sound is lovely, warm and woody, just like the unamplified sound. So far so good.

    From time to time, the electronics cut out entirely, drop in volume or ramp up in volume and start feeding back, it's fairly unpredictable. So far, I've tried:
    1. several new batteries in the pre-amp
    2. several new patch cables
    3. several mixing boards
    4. several amps
    5. several rooms
    trying to isolate the problem, which appears to be something in the guitar electronics - this set of problems persists across changes in all the other factors listed above.

    Electrified instruments are a newish thing in my stable of instruments, so I'm sure how to go about diagnosing these electronic gremlins. Or if it's even worth the effort if the factory Fishman electronics are just cheap, throwaway components to begin with, which some forum postings seem to suggest is the case.

    Any suggestions, I'm all ears - dh.
  2. JustForSport

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    Look to see if any of the connections on the pots are very near the sides or bottom of the cavity. Sometimes, just needs a plastic washer to isolate a pot from the cavity at the thru-hole.
  3. doublehorn

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    Very good, thanks for your reply JFS. I'm guessing by 'pots', you mean the level controls on the preamp, which are sometimes round (?). The level controls on the Fishman MK preamp are little sliders [see image]

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    instead of being round, so I'm not sure how I might isolate the slider from the surface underneath. Does that even make any sense?
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