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Broken pedal... help?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JamasC, Sep 12, 2017.


  1. JamasC

    JamasC

    Sep 2, 2014
    Nashville
    i have a big muff distortion pedal that's not in to good of shape. The 9v connector is messed up and the pots are awful. One of them looks like it "burnt" I guess. Is there someone that fixes these things? Is it hard to fix yourself? I've never tried to work on one I don't even have a soldering iron.
    <a href="Photo by Jamasrc" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j367/Jamasrc/EA6FA6D5-9EE7-4433-984F-F6F8221C9C3D.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo EA6FA6D5-9EE7-4433-984F-F6F8221C9C3D.jpg"></a>
     
  2. JamasC

    JamasC

    Sep 2, 2014
    Nashville
    Can't get the photo link to work.
     
  3. Johnny Mac

    Johnny Mac Riff-finder General Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Springfield, MA
    1. Upload your pictures to Imgur, waaaay better and easier to use than Photobucket.
    2. Most amp repair shops should have someone capable of fixing a pedal.
     
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  4. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    It may be cheaper to get the new EHX Muff for $80 than to repair your old one.

    -Frank
     
  5. JamasC

    JamasC

    Sep 2, 2014
    Nashville
    The new little green pedal is what made me want to fix this one. It hasn't worked in years. I know that when this one broke I bought a new muff and it was the Black Russian. So like 12 or 13 years ago this thing died. If nothing else works I'd like to use the housing for something. It's way to cool to just give up hope.
     
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    it should be pretty easy to repair, but i'd take or send it to someone that knows what they're doing. yours looks like an original green russian to me and they can be quite valuable.
     
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  7. JamasC

    JamasC

    Sep 2, 2014
    Nashville
    It's the last model green Russian. Tall font with screws on the top was the original I think.
     
  8. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    IMO, it's still worth putting it in correct working order. they're not a complicated circuit so it should be an easy fix for anyone that's familiar with working on pedals.
     
  9. FenderB

    FenderB

    Mar 28, 2016
    Findlay, Ohio
    Open her up and take a look.
     
  10. FugaziBomb

    FugaziBomb

    Jun 5, 2017
    I'm pretty competent with a soldering iron, and even I'm weary to work on pedals. I swapped out the chip in my Proco Rat, but in the process seemed to have shorted out the LED... I keep planning on opening it back up and getting the LED to work, but life; ya know?
     
  11. JamasC

    JamasC

    Sep 2, 2014
    Nashville
    I'll take some pictures of it tonight. I opened it and that's why I say one of the pots looks burnt. I kept it because it was my favorite pedal as a teenager. I lived my black one as well but it was stolen. This one has just sat in a box for a long time.
     
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  12. That is a cool pedal, worth refurbishing in my opinion.
     
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  13. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Would EHX repair it? Worth an email to find out, I figure.
     
  14. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    if you want to send it to me, i'll repair it for you. PM me for my address.
     
  15. JamasC

    JamasC

    Sep 2, 2014
    Nashville
    PM'd. I'm going to learn one day.