Is my Amp blown?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Dragon_effect, Dec 17, 2017.

  1. Dragon_effect


    May 5, 2016
    Not sure what the problem is exactly, have a Tobias Dexluxe IV bass plugged into a Boss ME50B pedal board and into a Peavy minx 110 model Bass amp. With no effects on my pedal board, there's this horrible fuzz I cant get rid of. It's not as bad without the pedal board attached but still present straight through the amp. Have I blown a speaker?
  2. Dragon_effect


    May 5, 2016
    Heres what it sounds like for reference.

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  3. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    1. Maybe the battery in your bass is dying? This will often cause distortion.
    2. Try a different bass. Does it still make noise?
    3. Try a different instrument cord.
    4. Try your bass in a different amp.
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  4. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

  5. I agree try the battery
  6. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    What happens when you plug your bass right into the amp? If your battery turns out to be OK I would say that the effect board is putting out too much signal for your amp’s input. Turn the output of the Effects Unit down and the amp’s volume up to compensate.
  7. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    Sounds like Metal ;)
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  8. Start with the source (battery in the bass).

    Next, make sure your output jack on the bass is clean. Ditto the cables; make sure they aren't doing general crappiness (bacon and eggs sounds, cutting in /out as you move them around). Check the ends for cleanliness too.

    Then move onto the input/output connectors of your effects and amp input.

    Probably the battery though...
  9. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

  10. Dragon_effect


    May 5, 2016
    Sorry Guys, I've used two seperate basses with the same issue, with and without the pedal board and still have the same problem. Gonna get some new cables and see how that affects it. Is it likely to just be the amp then?
  11. blubass


    Aug 3, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Current: Blackstar, DR strings, Nady. Previous endorsements with: GK, Rotosound, Ernie Ball, Cleartone, EMG, Dean, Dava Picks, Rebel Straps, Dickies
    It can be. That's a small low powered amp.
    Is it just for practice?
    How loud do you play, and what effects do you use on that pedal board?

    I've seen way more damage caused to small amps using pedal boards with crazy effects and too much volume, than I have seen issues with dying batteries.
  12. Dragon_effect


    May 5, 2016
    I only use it for playing in my room really, Ive had it at a very high volume in the past to play bass and music but not in the last 6 months or so. As for effects, I used to use muff fuzz quite a lot but recently I only really use the mid shape filter and bass driver distortion at a low level, with dely. So nothing too crazy. Is the Amp just old maybe? It is from the 80s im pretty sure, I got it used off gum tree like 2 years ago.
  13. birdpond


    Oct 1, 2018
    I need help please figuring out what happened here! I was trying my new used LTD bass out on a borrowed Ampeg BA-108. I left the settings where they always are, everything straight up, no crazy volume or anything. I have tested out a few amps including my MM Ray on this without issue. But yesterday I was inspired to try playing with my TV You-tube system (playing a CD through the soundbar w/subwoofer) (none of which, of course, was connected to the bass or the bass amp.) Put in my UFOrb CD and cranked up the knobs on the LTD wide open and had a blissful time shaking the house. Problem is when it was over, I found the ampeg must have blown? Now all I can get is that fuzzy, distorted thing people pay so much to replicate with Orange systems (geesh). Even with just a guitar plugged in and the settings all dialed back I get the fuzz. WT heck did I do (were the active p/us on the ltd the reason ?? The other basses don't have batteries), and how can I prevent from happening again? (now I have to get my friend's amp repaired or replaced.) Thanks -
  14. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Those LTD's with active EMG's put out massive amounts of bass. Subtractive EQ is advisable with those. I wouldn't think the speakers In a BA-108 are very robust, but I've never used one.
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  15. birdpond


    Oct 1, 2018
    Thank you - What sort of amp would you recommend for someone who obviously will want to have the floors shaking and windows rattling again, which is why she bought a 5-string LTD in the first place?

  16. munkeyfish

    munkeyfish Supporting Member

    Sounds like you may have cooked the speaker.

    I'd recommend getting a sturdier amp if you are wanting to shake and rattle. Something beyond a practice amp. And it all depends on budget and needs as to what direction to point you in.
  17. birdpond


    Oct 1, 2018
    Thank you! I am so new to this I didn't realize it was just a practice amp - I am brand new to bass, too, I guess that is obvious (guitar player here - guilty as charged - and mostly acoustic guitar, at that, so I guess I am an electronic-gear first-grader going through a mid-life crisis.) For someone who is clueless but evidently can't get the ground shaking enough (I can't seem to get enough of that low, ominous rumble in UFOrb, and it was almost worth it all just to try to play along with it! I was ecstatic), is there a knee-jerk amp you can recommend to at least look at - one that I won't blow up next time? Once I have a starting point I can dial it back when I find out I can't afford first choice. (Thank God I have a small-acreage horse farm, no close neighbors so...let the good times roll! HAAHA!)

    ps prospects for getting said practice amp repaired or is it probably toast? Trying to find an amp place within reasonable distance here in GA)
  18. munkeyfish

    munkeyfish Supporting Member

    My guess it is just the speaker. So whatever specs are on the speaker, a suitable replacement should cure it. But those BA108 are rather inexpensive if I recall, maybe easier to replace the amp on the used market.

    As far as am amp for yourself. Are you planning on playing with a band or or just by your lonesome? How loud do you want to get? What is a reasonable budget for you?

    I'd look at combos myself. On the less expensive end, look at something like the Fender Rumble 100/200 or even the 500 Combo. Or maybe something in the Ampeg BA range larger than the 108. TC Electronic makes some pretty good ones that have effects too that aren't too expensive.

    Have a look in the amp classifieds here and see if anything catches your eye. Used will save some bucks too.
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  19. birdpond


    Oct 1, 2018
    Cool, thanks - I just play for me right now, unless I get capable and find someone else who wants to practice guitar or something with me and have folks out to the farm for fun jams outside in nice weather (non-paying! I am horrible inept, still). But yeah, in my little house, all hardwood floors, so heart still races at the memories, feeling that rumbling bass all through my body. I am sure I will want more subtlety as I learn and grow, but suspect I will always want to be able to go all blue-whale from time to time. So I will check out the gear you mentioned, for sure, starting at my used-gear shop so I can compare and play before making a decision. Thank you so much, this forum is great, and I very much appreciate everyone.
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