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How To Repair Solid State Guitar Amp
Need to know how to repair a solid state guitar amp? Solid state amplifiers use transistors, which is the main difference between them and tube amps. Because it doesn't use tubes, the sound is quite different. Solid state amps also usually cost less and are easier to find replacement parts for. Here, we're going to give you some guidelines to follow on how to repair a solid state guitar amp.
Make sure that you have the following:
- Tool Kit (screwdrivers and screws)
- Replacement Parts (depending on what the problem is)
- Extra Parts for testing (depending on what the problem is; make sure they are working)
- Figure out what the problem is. There could be a variety of problems, such as knobs not working or speakers not working or transistors failing. For example, you may have a reverb knob, but turning up the reverb knob doesn't add any reverb to the sound. This could either be a problem with the knob or the cable. You'll need to test both the knob and the cable to determine what the problem is.
- Test the problem. You'll need to find someone that will be willing to lend you some parts. Once you have found that person, ask that person if you could borrow a few parts for testing purposes. Once you get the parts, test them on your solid state amp. In the scenario mentioned before, you will need to test the cable and the knob. When testing a cable, simply unclip the old cable from its spot. Then, clip the new cable in and test the amp. Turn the reverb up again to see if it's working now. If it is working, then the cable is the problem. If it's still not working, try the knob. Put the old cable back into place and replace the knob. Depending on your solid state amp, you may need to do different things for the knobs. If you need to unscrew it from the back, unscrew the knob and put on a new knob. Now, test the amp reverb. It should work now, so the knob was the problem.
- Buy some replacement parts. Since you're repairing a solid state amp, finding and buying replacement parts is much easier. You could go to any guitar store and ask about replacement parts. Or, you could go online and look for replacement parts. Make sure that your replacement parts match your old ones right now. If they don't, you could end up with a problem.
- Replace the old parts with the new parts. Once you have obtained your new parts, you'll need to install them into your solid state amp. Before you begin the installments, make sure that you unplug your amplifier from the outlet. Also, unplug any pedals that you may have so that you have some extra room to work. Once you have cleared things out of your way, it's time for you to start installing the new parts. Installing the new parts should be pretty straightforward. It could be unscrewing something and screwing in another thing, or it could be unhooking a cable and hooking another one in. Whatever it is you are trying to replace, use common sense when replacing.
- Test out your amp. Test out all the controls and settings to make sure that they are all working fine again. If some of them still aren't working, you'll need to go back to find out the source of your problem again. However, this time around you may need to find someone that can help you since you couldn't successfully repair it the first time.
Posted on: Oct. 08, 2010