View Full Version : My matchless lightening sounded amazing, then it died....
03-31-2012, 01:04 AM
I woke up this morning and had the day of so I got some good time in playing this morning with my strat and my duesenberg through my Matchless Lightening. It seriously sounded better than ever and I was super stoked.
Well I turned my rig off, went and flew some r/c gliders then came back and was super excited to go play for a few more hours. I flip her on, the logo lights up but thats it... no sound no nothing. I was bummed but the local tech got me in right away and ill have her back tomorrow... hopefully nothing serious.
Any one else have their amp sound better than ever only to die shortly after.... the death of a vox
03-31-2012, 06:56 AM
I've heard they always sound great right before they die ! Not always true though. Good luck and hope it's a cheap simple fix .
03-31-2012, 07:14 AM
Probably 99% chance a tube went bad. If no explosions most likely a preamp tube. You should learn how to do this yourself, makes life easier.
03-31-2012, 07:16 AM
Yea probably just a bad tube. I'd guess that 50% of all amp problems are a bad tube.
03-31-2012, 07:21 AM
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I had a Matchless HC-85 and while I was playing it I noticed it sounded absolutely amazing and the went dead. One of the cheap Chinese EL34's gave up the ghost. I replaced the tubes and, if I recall, a fuse, and was back to rocking. Man, did that thing sound good right before it died.
Matchless amps are very hard on the power tubes.
03-31-2012, 07:30 AM
I have a Marshall hybrid that needs 4ohms and I had a 16ohm speaker on it. Sounded really good but started cutting out one day at high volume. I put a 4ohm speaker in it and it's ok now but lost some tone.
03-31-2012, 03:16 PM
It was just the rectifier tube which is what I thought it was. $20 dollar fix. And I do usually re-tube my own amps but no body in town sells tubes so I need to order them so its usually around the same price as getting them online and doing it myself but I get it back quicker from the tech
03-31-2012, 04:26 PM
I have a Marshall 2061x thats very hard on power tubes as well. I try to always keep at least a complete set of replacement tubes in my workshop.
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