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Squier practice amp just broke,what to do!?!?!?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by frankencow150, Oct 22, 2001.


  1. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    hey,my squier bp-15 just broke.i wanna get it fixed but dont wanna pay $50 to get it repaired.Ok,i went up to my room last night to play,flipped the switch a few times...nothing happened!i messed around with different cords,plugging it into different outlets,everything you could think of.so me and my dad opened up the back,and it smelled like fire!can somebody tell me what happened,and if theres any cheap way i can fix it???bye and thanks!
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Is there a chance it's still covered under warranty? How did it happen? Did it die while playing?
     
  3. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    the warranty has long expired,and it didnt die while playing,im came up to my room to play and didnt work!strange huh?and i dont know the first thing to how to fix amps or even what the parts are called.ok,bye,thanks!
     
  4. I'm so sorry about your amp, did you use a surge protector?

    Just a suggestion next time you use your amp.
     
  5. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    ive got a used one in fairly good condition ......
     
  6. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    modulusbassist,what do u mean a surge protector?does that protect the amp from breaking or something?i thought surge protectors did something incase storms made your elctrical stuff go out.well anyways there wasnt a storm that day.
     
  7. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    If you actually smelled smoke there is a good chance that more than just your fuse burned. You could change the fuse in there easily... But I will bet that it's time to start saving your lunch money.
     
  8. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    if it was just a fuse that burned,what should i do to replace it,and how can i make sure that it was justa fuse,or not something else,also where could i buy the fuse,how much do u think it would be,and whats it called,thanks for all the help everyone!
     
  9. Imabassplayr

    Imabassplayr

    Aug 5, 2001
    use it as an excuse to get a new amp :)
     
  10. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I replaced the fuse in a newer squier amp a few months ago. You need what's called a slow blow fuse. You can get them at many electronics stores. I don't recall what the rating of that one was... ( I was doing it for one of my wifeys friends) but if you take out the fuse first, you can take it with you and show it to the salesman.

    On the other hand... if you have never changed a fuse before and don't know much about electronics... you might forget about doing this. There are somethings you should not touch and electricity can kill you.
     
  11. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I am still grappling with the concept of an electrical appliance electrocuting you, even when it isn't plugged in. Also, I know that electricity is dangerous, but I have been shocked a few times while rewiring lightswitches, electrical outlets and a few times while working with the electrical system on my car and motorcycle and I'm all right. Oh yeah, I've been shocked many times and I seem to be all right.

    PS...I've been shocked a few times and I'm all right. ;)
     
  12. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    ;) *twitch* *twitch* Electricity can be fun! *twitch* *twitch* Anyone smell smoke?
     
  13. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Is someone burning a ham?
     
  14. Come talk to me when you watch someone touch a 460V 30HP motor starter Cap. Got to watch a guy try and blow his thumbs off, but it was his fault...so oh well. I think his thumbnails have started to grow again finally. I've become a conductor for house current a few times, it just tickles. But I'm not going around sticking my tounge in any light sockets soon. 230's no fun, I've got a couple white marks to prove it :)

    I'm glad I'm not in the Industrial HVAC controls industry anymore. I decided to do something safer...like be a motorcycle engineer (Woops, I meant cooler...doh)


    Anything with capacitors ( Amplifiers and Some camera stuffs ) can pop you in an instant, and they don't need to be plugged in. Plus they store more voltage and current than house current. A big cap feels like someone punched VERY hard. But changing a fuse is a no-brainer. Locate fuse, remove. Replace with a good fuse. Manufacturers put them in servicable areas, just in case.
     
  15. Forgot to mention a fun experiment you can do to show you how a cap can screw you over bad. Take a AA 1.5V battery, hold it so your fingers touch the terminals, and you feel nothing.

    Take that same battery, and put it in an old disposable camera (The kind you buy at the store, then just take the whole thing in to be processed). Charge up the flash, then take the camera apart, take the battery out, and find some terminals that go to the Cap. Touch these with your fingers, and treat the little burns (then new ones you just got on your fingertips) with a good ointment and Band-aids. Also resist the temptation to destroy the camera in a fit of rage.

    I have personally completed this experiment once, and shall never ever ever again. Ever. Never ever. Hurts like the dickens. Scared the hell outta me..
     
  16. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    When at worked at my local Honda dealership a few years back, I learned in a hurry not to ever[/] pick up a condensor if you found one lying in the shop -- some of the "veterans" used to charge 'em up and then leave 'em sit on a table or work bench for some newbie like me to pick up. Nice!

    Also, one time I grabbed both ends of a spark plug tester, just as an "experiment" -- those things fire with about 5000 volts, I believe. I don't recommend it -- it was definately a toe curler.
     
  17. Sorry, Tufuts, but I gotta take you to task on this one.:(

    What you've advocated IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS. No, I'll go further, what you've advocated IS A POTENTIAL KILLER.

    A fair number of people have been electrocuted by tampering with the flash circuits of cameras. There's enough stored energy in the reservoir capacitor of most cheapy little cameras to kill a man. Easily.

    DON'T DO IT, EVER.

    As for fixing the Squier amp, Frankencow150, it sounds to me as though it really is a job for the amp tech. Sorry. :( I really don't see how you're going to get this fixed yourself. Seems like it's going to be nesc. to take it apart to find out what's burned. And burning smells usually = trouble for non-electronics guys.

    John
     
  18. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    are you willing to take the risk?
     
  19. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    thanks for all the replies,guys.my dad knows fairly about electrical stuff,we messed around with differnt fuses,and each time we put a new one in,the amp would work for like 10 seconds,then it would stop working?any of u guys know whats wrong?bye
     
  20. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    If you are burning fuses it's nothing that you can fix within the value of that amp. I would suggest you get a new one.