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Loooper Problems...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by rockstarbassist, Aug 29, 2005.


  1. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    So I've had my single-unit Loooper for the better part of 2+ years now, and all of a sudden it's started shorting out on me. Like I'll have everything plugged in, powered, ready to go, and sometimes it won't give me anything and others it'll work for a little bit, but when something moves, it cuts out again. I know it doesn't have that many parts inside of it, but what do y'all think could be causing something like this?? I haven't added anything new to make it work differently, and so it's pretty much useless right now even tho my sig degredation is pretty bad with 6 pedals, but I'd much rather have that than repeat last night where I was only audible for a few songs (it's a set concert with videos etc.., so no real time to switch out gear etc..).

    I have no idea what to do! :( I'm planning on buying a new Loooper soon anyhow, but I'd like this one to work as long as it can... ?
     
  2. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    That sounds like a cable problem. Have you tried swapping out all the cables with known good ones?

    If it is not a cable, it could be one of the loooper jacks. But a 2+ year old jack shouldn't give problems.
     
  3. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    No, it's not a cable problem b/c I've tried it with various Monster Bass 500's that I have, and they work fine when I plug them into my Peavey practice amp or straight in (bypassing the pedalboard).

    And I know it's the pedal itself b/c when I tap it sometimes when it's cutting out it comes back on, and I have to at times keep my foot on it for it to keep sending. It's really odd, but I was gonna upgrade soon anyhow... I guess it'll just be sooner than expected!
     
  4. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    I had the same problem with a Loooper I bought a couple of years ago. I bought the Micro version, which is really tiny. I sent it back, but it continued to short out. I eventually bought a bigger aluminum project box and wired in the electronics, and it has worked flawlessly ever since. In my case, I think the jacks in the Micro version were so close together that they would sometimes short out.
     
  5. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    Yeah mine's actually pretty small, even for a 1-loop unit.

    Well, I plan on getting a Rocktron or Voodoo 9/8 bay patch unit for my rack setup soon, possibly, if I have enough space (how many pedals can you fit into a 2-space rack drawer space- anyone know?) and use a MIDI board to control it. But I guess I'll just go thru my pedals till then. I donno how to fix it, but I can't continue to use it. Sucks that now I'm gigging so much it's not working correctly. :meh:
     
  6. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    What do you guys think of the Boomerang or the new Gibson Echoplex?
     
  7. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    Well I ended up just buying a Boss LS-2 Line Selector. I'd read some really cool things about these in the past, but whew- after getting one new (from my local music store- support it!!) and now gigging with it, it's a dream.

    I LOVE how it fades in and out seamlessly when switching it off and on. I need to get some more George L's so I can put my auto wah and phaser and OD into a loop and then leave my delay and chorus in the 2nd one. Plus the level adjustments are a dream. A little bit more expensive than a similarly-equipped Loooper, but I already like it a bit better.

    Even though it's not technically "true bypass", I really like having a buffer now going into my amp from my basses. It was a little bit too bright coming from my Spector, but now I have my Boss TU-2 and LS-2 before going into the amp, and I can barely notice any signal loss.

    Killer!! :bassist: