Thought my amp blew a gasket... Funny story

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  1. Axegrinder77

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    Tonight in rehearsal... After getting some nice tone with the Princeton, things suddenly got harsh, tinny, and overall thin and "bad" sounding.

    After playing with my eq, turning off my comp, then back on, adjusting volume and anything else in desperation, I resigned myself to just playing low volume to get through the rehearsal, and dealing with an amp issue later... Which sucks because I've finally got everything in my little rig settled.

    Low and behold, after a few songs of this sudden awful tone, I geniously tried stepping on my wah... It was engaged, in the toe down position!


    Just thought I'd share this funny little rookie mistake
     
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  2. suave eddie

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    I think many of us have done it. While reading your description, I could sense what was coming.
     
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    My bandmates didn't see the humor as I did. Maybe that's why I shared. Wah pedals really should have a light. You wouldn't even see it while in use.
     
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    I have an AMT and it has a light on the side. Not that it was an issue to begin with. The only thing I don't like is that if I'm wahing really hard I can turn it off by accident if I press too hard.

    I used to use Morley, which incidentally also has a light, and I liked that the on/off switch is on the side. I don't like the wah sound on it as much though.
     
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    I've always wanted a wah that was engaged only while using it, and disengaged as soon as your foot comes off of it, and tried coming up with different schemes for how to do it... never got around to it. I imagine some pedal maker somewhere has made a few bucks off the same idea.
     
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    I always wanted stuff that works
     
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    Good one! I’ve done similar, troubleshooting why I can’t get sound through my pedalboard only to discover that my guitar was not plugged in comes to mind. There’s a reason the tech support guys always start with the ridiculously simple stuff...
     
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    I know I’ve seen a wah like this before I just can’t remember the maker

    I’m gonna look into it again
     
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    I think the AMT mentioned above is of that ilk?
     
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    I played the Velvet Revolver song Slither my old band. I used my old Dunlap Wah during the solo and sometimes it would stick and not switch-off coming back into the song, which would really mess up the song. Always paranoid about it staying on and contemplated putting an on/off light on the thing.
     
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    Oh good, I'm not the only one who's done that.
     
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    I played 2 1/2 sets like that once.
    And I ain't no rookie!
     
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    … gathering input for my new World Domination Wah.

    I figure I'll double the footprint of a normal wah unless we're talking about an old Morley. Stick a big ol' amp jewel right where everyone can see it. True bypass stomp switch goes under the pilot light.

    Make everything big so you don't need your Nureyev signature point slippers to operate it.

    One of the major off road clutch and brake pedal manufacturers is closing shop. Billet aluminum, anyone?
     
  14. Axis29

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    I may or may not have done this a time or two... or three.

    One thing I am incredibly grateful for on my Clyde Deluxe is the bright led on the side! I didn't even know it was part of the deal when I bought the pedal off eBay. But, man what a pleasant surprise!
     
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    Morley has several switchless models.
     
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    That’s a classic move. I know the feeling all too well. I think the brain locks into “my amp just took a dump” mode and you start checking tubes.
     
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    A couple of times on gigs, something would "mess up"....and it would turn out to be something on my pedal board. I would have to quickly plug directly in to my amp, and wait until later to work on the board. This is just one of several reasons why I now use a d'Addario Mini clip on tuner. Even if the board goes out, I can still tune without a pedal.
     
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    I read in an article a long time ago, that the Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen used to have the bypass switch in his wah removed, so he couldn't accidentally turn it off.
     
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    The road to perdition is paved with wah pedals.
     
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    I've done that too!! I went to a Weeping Demon just because of that, and the WD sounds better and more adjustable!
     
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