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Old 07-13-09, 12:35 PM   #1
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I have a Fender AmpCan that was spitting very bad static every time I used it. It really ruined the quality of my shows, it was so distracting.
So, following the advice & example of some awesome people - I cracked open the sucker and decided I would figure out how to fix the problem myself. The worst you can do is break it, and its already broke, right?

Multiple trips to Radio Shack. A full book on electronics. Parts, advice, and a much expanded brain later - and I now have a working amp.

I have now learned how to read a circuit board, know what all the parts are/do, how to test them, solder them, wire them... Dude, knowledge is power. I feel soooo bad ass.

To repair the two potentomiters cost $10.
The skills I have now... priceless.

Special thanks go out to: Eric the Something Else, Mark from Popeyed, Tim Motley, & JP. Thanks for your help & inspiration.

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Old 07-14-09, 03:13 AM   #2
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I could definitely make use of some circuit board lessons someday. Well done for a bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness.

You reminded me of when I was in ex-Soviet Georgia just after the fall of the USSR with my Maxi Mouse spitting out probably the same sort of static that problemed your amp-can. My Georgian host was able to do the same sort of repair job on it for no charge. He replaced the broken bits with some Soviet transistors. I thought it was really cool afterwards using my amp back in full working order with a bit of communist technology inside to help it along.
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I had to crack mine open today.... its been messing with me all week.

I initially shorted it out (and fried it) with my big clumsy hands. luckily it was easily fixed with a bit of solder, and a steady hand.

after a few hours staring blankly at all the components, i figured out the gain switch was stuffed, and hard wired it off - I mean who uses that little red button anyway? what was Fender thinking....

anyways, its as good as new!
5 years of trusty service.

now i need to fix my Sennheiser g2 100 transmitter....
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Old 01-24-10, 04:55 PM   #4
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Thanks again for the tips, mama lou!
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Old 07-09-10, 04:34 AM   #5
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Sadly, after a good run... hubris took me down. I shorted my recharge bit after trying to make a quick fix rerouting the 12v battery directly to the charge input. Still don't know where I went wrong, but I suppose that's what happens when you're learning from experience rather than a teacher. Ha.

But it was exciting! Hot zapping and melting wires!

Guess I'll order a new bit and try again. Happy fixing.
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OT, but when are you arriving in Myrtle Beach?
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Old 07-11-10, 10:46 PM   #7
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I get in on Sunday! Will you be around?
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Damn. Probably not; I plan to leave pretty early Sunday.
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