ehx bass clone pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by kgrave, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. kgrave


    Jan 3, 2015
    i read on youtube that some ehx pedals lose volume after a period of time.
    i think i'm experiencing this with my ehx bass clone.i run it off several power supplies and have changed the battery but it still has a dull sound even when the knobs are cranked to the highest level.
    has anyone else experienced this problem with ehx pedals?if so what's a quick fix to bring up the sound level?
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  2. Hi! It won’t help but... I use a fair amount of ehx pedals including the bass clone (which I bought from the first batch of bass clones that hit my local retailer) and none went quieter or dull over time. I have ehx pedals that are over 15 years old now and none have developed volume issues over time.

    Are you sure your cables are ok? Active bass battery is fine? Amp tubes?
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  3. I've had various EHX pedals in the past and got the Bass Clone a few months ago. Never experienced the problem you're indicating for the ones I owned for a longer period, but just before getting the Bass Clone I bought a Neo Clone that I had to return because it didn't always engage properly. Maybe your unit had a latent defect ?
  4. kgrave


    Jan 3, 2015
    if the pedal has a trimpot in it.that could turn up the level of the pedal by just turning it.but where is the trim pot located at on the circuit board and what does it look like?
    allmy chords and fine.
  5. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    Unless it's battery failure, I find the concept that a pedal loses volume over time hard to believe.
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  6. jw23mind


    Jan 16, 2017
    Reading MA
    Jacks can both wear out from use or their contacts oxidize from non-use. Try inserting plug a few times to break oxidation. If that doesn't work try bending the contacts if you can access them.
  7. vinnydbass


    Feb 4, 2008
    Trim pots in a Chorus pedal usually just adjust the bias of the input, which will affect the depth/intensity of the effect. I don't think they'd have one for volume. I could be wrong, but if you reset the factory set bias, you might not ever get it back to the stock sound.

    I doubt this is from oxidation. The bass clone has been out for how long? Not long enough for oxidation to be a problem. I have ancient ehx pedals that work just fine. You likely have a defective unit. Perhaps a cold solder? If you have the receipt or valid warranty, I'd replace it.

    Don't know where you read that info about EHX pedals losing volume over time. If it does, the pedal is faulty. Someone probably misunderstood that QC issues exist. I have never had an EHX pedal fail on me.

    I have experienced this 3 times with an MXR Bass pedals though (2 comps, and an overrated chorus). I liked them, but after two exchanges at the store I gave up on them and I doubt I'll own any of their bass series again.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
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