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Old 06-28-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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No Distortion from guitar

hi everyone. I am having a problem with my epi les paul standard. I plugged it into my amp on the distortion channel and the sound is not coming out with any distortion at all. At first I believed it was the amp causing the problem, but after plugging it into another amplifier on the distorted channel, the sound came out clean as well. This guitar has passive pups. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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Is the volume turned up?
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Check your volume as mentioned. Then check the pots for bad/loose connection.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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If it has a low output and you can't hear it even on the clean channel with the volume cranked up either you've got a bad cable or the connection is messed up. Is the input jack spinning around? If yes the cable might have been cut. Take it to a guitar tech or an electrician. It's a pretty easy and quick fix.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:11 PM   #5
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I did some work on a co-worker's Epi Les Paul about a year ago with the same problem, it was the pots. Ended up replacing all four pots on his guitar.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:22 AM   #6
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I bet the volume was just low.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:02 PM   #7
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Its not the volume, that was one of the first things I checked. I've tried different cables and amps. Its got to be a problem with the guitar. I'm going to crack it open and check the electronics. This guitar is probably about a year and a half old. Could one of the pots die out that fast?
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:48 PM   #8
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Well yea it can happen to anything. It's bad luck but it can happen.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:50 PM   #9
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It's 80% a bad connection guys, probably in the input.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:36 PM   #10
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Does it happen on both bridge and neck pick ups?
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #11
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Yea it happens for both pickups.
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:24 AM   #12
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Tube amp? Check those tubes. This had happened to me because I knocked a power tube off a couple millimeters
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Old 07-03-2013, 03:14 PM   #13
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He said in original post that he tried it with another amp and same problem.

T.S You say you are just getting cleans. Is it a true clean sound with normal volume or is it kind of a jangly dirty clean with less volume than there should be.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:33 PM   #14
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its a dirty clean, with significantly less overdrive than there should be.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:58 PM   #15
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To me, what you are describing sounds like a bad toggle switch which is a very common problem for Epiphones. So let's start there. Try rapidly toggling it back and forth repeatedly and if you have a can of compressed air, spray that into the workings of the switch underneath as you toggle. This will be a temporary fix so If this works then you will want to replace the switch eventually.

The only thing I am a little leery on is the fact that you say it happens on both pick ups. Typically when the switch goes it will affect only one of them and when you switch to the other, it will work fine. It still could be the switch though, it may have been gone for a while and if you always play on just the bridge, you wouldn't notice if the neck wasn't switching properly.

If the cleaner and toggling doesn't work I would still recommend that you try a new switch. It is the next cheapest step in the line and will completely eliminate that from the equation. Plus being an Epiphone, you will have to change it at some point anyway.

Keep us informed of how it goes and we can jump to the next most likely scenario.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:19 PM   #16
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It's been two weeks. Take it to a guitar shop already!!!
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #17
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It's been two weeks. Take it to a guitar shop already!!!


So sorry sir. I didn't realize we were annoying you. Please get me a list of threads that are bothering you, and I will talk to the Interweb and have them all deleted.

Oh wait, maybe it would be easier if you just skipped over them, and saved the wear and tear on your fingers from replying to it.
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