Combination of pedals making my pedalboard... microphonic?

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  1. KevinFinn

    KevinFinn Member

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    Experienced this weird thing last night. Took some spare pedals and began to put together a really simple, straightforward "rawk" board. All these pedals worked fine and dandy last I used them. And fine and dandy on their own last night... However, when used together things got strange.

    The signal path was:
    STRAT >
    Tuner >
    Rothwell Lovesqueeze >
    Boss OD-3 >
    Jet City Afterburner >
    AMP.

    I had the Lovesqueeze set very discretely - a stealthy, always-on compression with the comp control at 9 and the volume just above unity for the tiniest boost. This then hit the OD-3 - gain all the way down, volume (again) just above unity). Finally, the Afterburner, set to full OD with boost but around unity.

    Whenever the Afterburner was on (and whether or not the OD-3 was engaged), the Lovesqueeze became microphonic. Like, backwards in the chain something was altered by a pedal later in the chain being engaged. If I tapped on the pedal or near it, it sounded like I was tapping on a really hot pickup. It became microphonic to some degree. This has never happened before.

    Don't get me wrong, the tone was badass. I'm just mystified.
     
  2. Blue-moon

    Blue-moon Supporting Member

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    Ha...I had a KTR that did the same thing. If you tapped on the case, you could hear it come through the amp when it was engaged. I sent it back to bill and he sent me a replacement. Though he couldn't replicate the problem. I also tested all my patch cables.The new KTR was fine.

    It might be the pedal...though it is most likely a faulty patch cable
     
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  3. colonoscopotamus

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    Yep, the first thing to check when your pedal board acts funny is all of you vabkes.
    If that's not it, check your cables.
    :p
     
  4. KevinFinn

    KevinFinn Member

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    :jo

    OMG I hadn't even considered my vabkes!
     
  5. Jacob Van Noy

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    Are you using solder-less vabkes? That could be the problem.
     
  6. KevinFinn

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    Nah, the patch vabkes are soldered.
     
  7. Blue-moon

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    vabkes...fu$king iphone keyboard
     
  8. Steven

    Steven Member

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    I think the vabkes are to blame. They must have gone microphonix.
     
  9. MogwaiBoy

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    This happened to me recently with a Scarab Deluxe fuzz. Tapping the pedal's enclosure made a percussive sound through the amp, like a pickup!

    The problem was a faulty patch cable - my guess is grounding or something.

    Take the pedal out of the chain and try it with regular long/shielded guitar cables, see if that fixes it (indicating your problem might be the same as mine).
     
  10. Lolaviola

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    Obviously check the cables and stuff, by switching each one at a time. Also, don't forget the guitar.
     

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