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Anyone else do this with new and used gear?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Coot, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Coot


    Nov 14, 2018
    I have a tendency to crack open every piece of new and used gear I get home . To see the workmanship (or lack thereof).I'm incredibly impressed with the Mesa Subway D-800 +, looks like a work of art in there. GK MB 800 very good, well put together..Fender Rumble 500 head ..a lot better than I though..I do the same to my cabs as well..and basses. I'm interested to know if anyone else does this ? Or only when a problem occurs?
  2. JimChjones


    Aug 6, 2017
    SE England
    I used to - until I learned about cumulative static damage...
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  3. Coot


    Nov 14, 2018
    I open it to check it out and it gets left alone. Tell me about cumulative static damage...I'm always up for learning something new.
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  4. Coot


    Nov 14, 2018
    Put on a precautionary anti-static wrist strap first by what I've just read..really good to know.
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  5. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd assume that the risk of ESD from just taking off the lid, having a peek inside, and then closing it back up again is pretty low... I'd personally be more concerned with any anti-tamper measures that the manufacturer may have included that would void whatever warranty you might have.
  6. JimChjones


    Aug 6, 2017
    SE England
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  7. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    When I was younger, of course. Less these days. Not disparaging either then nor now, just don’t really have the time for that anymore.

    “No user-serviceable parts inside” used to be an invitation to look and see the magic forbidden mechanisms. Seen enough; I’m good.
  8. Hundred proof

    Hundred proof

    Apr 22, 2018
    Don't mess with ESD sensitive circuits ... I deal with them everyday building 3D printers the above link pretty well nails it. We use special tamper resistant screws to seal the electrical components and seals that we can tell if they have been tampered with which voids warranty.
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  9. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Of course, everything gets opened.
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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Maybe someone like @agedhorse can clear this up for us. My gut says that most bass amp circuits wouldn't be that susceptible to static, but I could be wrong.

    I have opened up every piece of bass gear I have ever bought and poked around to see what makes it tick.
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  11. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Only when it is out of warranty and not working...;)

    Good Luck!
  12. Rapisme

    Rapisme Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    +1 @agedhorse he’s the go to when it comes all things electronic to me.
    two fingers likes this.
  13. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Houston, TX
    I like to open things up and have a look. It's fun to see what's inside.
    Also like to take things apart... sometimes that doesn't work out so well.
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  14. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    My gut instinct is the oppostite, at least with most commercial amps of the past few decades. I'm curious as well though, and since most amps still don't have anything nearly as complex or miniaturized as modern microprocessors (at least to the best of my knowledge), you may be right.

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2018
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  15. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Used basses get torn down and gone through, amps and cabs? As long as they are working i’m GTG. The only moving parts in my amps have been a fan and i’ve seen a fan before so there’s that. When my preamp tube went bad i opened the thing up and replaced the tube. Same for scratchy pots, i’ll open up the amp and clean the pots but beyond that i leave it to the paid pros. Never had a cab mess up so i never opened one up. I did take a small amp apart to refinish the box but it was strictly dismount parts and put them back in when the refin was done.
  16. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    No. I have no interest in how it works as long as it sounds good.
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  17. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    I use to until I found that it voids the warranty. lol
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  18. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I never do it if I can help it, certainly not with new gear, as it voids the warranty. And I won’t open up an amp under any circumstances - I’ll leave that to a qualified technician.
  19. tgriley62


    Jan 25, 2011
    S.E. Mo
    The only thing I do with every bass I buy is take off the cover that hides the wiring and the pots and put the last 4 of my SSAN number in it for ID purposes
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  20. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    Not when it's new. If it ain't broke...

    But old gear? Always. Do some cleaning up, tighten screws, what-have-you.
    Artman likes this.

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