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Pedalboard help

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by meadwill, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. meadwill

    meadwill TDPRI Member

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    I bought an MXR Phase 95 and added it to my board and now any pedal that comes after the phaser doesn’t work. When you switch one on it turns the signal off and nothing works. My pedalboard chain is as follows guitar>Polytune 3>Fuzz>compressor>ts 9>klone>rat>phaser>chorus>delay>reverb> looper>amp

    Any suggestions on where I went wrong?
     
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  2. TeleJ717

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    Which phaser did you have?
     
  3. Mark the Moose

    Mark the Moose Tele-Afflicted

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    That's straight up weird. If I understand correctly: with the phaser in your signal chain you have signal at the amp both with the phaser engaged and with the phaser bypassed? But you lose signal if anything after the phase is engage (with the phaser on or off or both?)?
     
  4. NorthenLights

    NorthenLights Tele-Meister

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    Does it works on its own?
    I think I remember something about a guy that experienced this when he had both a phaser and a looper in the chain. No idea why that would be a problem, but it might be a place to start trouble shoot.
     
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    Mexitele Blues Tele-Afflicted

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    How are you powering the board?
     
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  6. kennl

    kennl Tele-Afflicted

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    sounds like a mechanical problem
    physically stepping on the fx after the MXR is either disrupting the power or the signal flow
    are any of the post-phaser FX stereo, with analog dry through?
    do the LED's remain lit when the sound quits?
     
  7. nathan5782

    nathan5782 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Check the pedals for any jacks that might be a little loose.
     
  8. Collin D Plonker

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    My first instinct would be to check the power to the pedal. If everything looks good, I would unplug it from the board and try the pedal direct to amp. If it works straight to amp, then you have a real head scratcher.
     
  9. northernguitar

    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    Power supply is short on mA?
     
  10. Collin D Plonker

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    I think you're on to something. I had the same issue with my MXR Timmy. Stepping on the pedal created upward pressure on the output cable end, causing the jack to disengage. The result was a stutter. I fixed it by moving the pedal so the cable end wasn't touching anything. This could also be fixed by putting a wood block under the pedal, lifting the cable end off the board. They have cheap integrated jacks in them.
     
  11. Obsessed

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    Basic troubleshooting required:

    Take phaser out of chain.
    Test pedal board without phaser.
    Check just the phaser in between the guitar to amp.
    Check the phaser with and without a battery.

    If okay so far, add the phaser back onto the pedalboard and try changing power cable to the phaser or patch cables.

    Since someone suggested looper, remove looper from chain.

    That should narrow the issue down to start with by eliminating some variables.

    Good luck.
     
  12. nedorama

    nedorama Tele-Meister

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    Process of elimination. replace the phaser & cables with a known good cable. Then, try replacing the phase 95 with a known good pedal using the existing connectors. If the connectors work with another pedal, then you know where the culprit is. Check to also see that your cabling isn't too short as sometimes with too short patch cables it will bind and cause connection problems when you step on them.
     
  13. schmee

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    I have a small board with looper that does that sometimes. Go figure. No idea why.

    Just guessing... I think loopers have to have a certain signal in order to work or pass through. It's similar with a vocal harmony unit I have. It will sing harmony with my vocal, it will NOT make guitar harmony or saxophone harmony.
     
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