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what causes this?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tuBass, Nov 11, 2006.


  1. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    This is really about the guitar player at my church but it could very well apply to bass effects too.

    Hwen the guitar player presses the pedal on his fuzzbox, there is a loud sizzle that is put into the sound system. I didn't notice it with my cheap behringer distortion pedal, but with his bass it's there every time.

    is it a sign of a pedal gone bad?
     
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    If it's really a "sizzle" rather than a "pop", then I would guess that indeed something has gone wrong with that pedal. Maybe just some dirt in the footswitch or in the jacks. Give it a thorough cleaning with some contact cleaner and some compressed air, and see if that solves the sizzle.
     
  3. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    If it's a loud "pop" sound, it means the guitarist's pedal is probably "true bypass" which tends to have that problem.

    -Dash
     
  4. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    it's not a pop, it's a sizzle, like static
     
  5. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    Then yeah, his pedal is probably broken... That's wierd.

    -Dash
     
  6. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    Can anything be done about the pop? I have some pedals which do that without being true bypass...
     
  7. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    There are different solutions (sometimes, not always) for different pedals and different combinations of pedals.
     
  8. ttyR2

    ttyR2

    Feb 23, 2003
    Athena, OR
    Possible power supply problem causing a voltage sag to the pedal and making it wig out?
     
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