#1
Don't know anything about guitars, thought it might be nice to learn, so I picked up an inexpensive Epiphone Special 2 used and a cheap Marshall amp to go with it.

This'd be great if the thing worked, but I'm getting no sound out of it. I'm fairly confident that it isn't the amp - I can plug my MP3 player into the amp and get music, using the same cable and everything - so I'm stuck trying to diagnose the guitar. I've taken everything apart that comes apart and haven't found any unconnected wires or obvious shorts, but I don't have an ohm meter to really test for that.

I'm at a loss here. It isn't a very complicated device, it seems like I should be able to fix it, but I don't know what the problem could be or how to approach it. The only thing that I have to go on is that when I turn the volume way up on the amp, or raise the pickup so that it's very close to the strings, the amp will crackle a bit when I touch the strings. That's the only noise that I've been able to get the guitar to produce.

Seems like a stretch, but does anyone have any ideas about what this problem could maybe possibly be?
#2
If it is brand new, then go back to the store where you bought it and replace it with another one. IF it is used go to your local guitar store and asked them to resauter the input jack. Something is wrong with it.
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#3
Quote by skittle385
If it is brand new, then go back to the store where you bought it and replace it with another one. IF it is used go to your local guitar store and asked them to resauter the input jack. Something is wrong with it.


Thread is called "My new (used) guitar doesn't make any noise".

Used usually means it is not brand new
Above post may or may not be true.
#4
Turn the volume knob on.
it's all just coming back
it's all coming back

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#6
how the hell have you got a 1/4 inch jack to go into your ipod?
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#7
Well the first problem is that you bought an epi LP special 2.

The second problem is that you bought a marshall MG to go with it.

Maybe i'm just stupid, but i tried to test some MGs at guitar center once, and none of them made any sound. After about 3 or so i just gave up.

If you have a chromatic tuner that you can plug into the guitar, try that. If the tuner works, then you'll know it's the amp and not the guitar.
#8
Quote by Pac_man0123
Well the first problem is that you bought an epi LP special 2.

The second problem is that you bought a marshall MG to go with it.

Maybe i'm just stupid, but i tried to test some MGs at guitar center once, and none of them made any sound. After about 3 or so i just gave up.

If you have a chromatic tuner that you can plug into the guitar, try that. If the tuner works, then you'll know it's the amp and not the guitar.

he already said he can get sound out of amp...

TS, can you take some close up pictures of the solder joints and all the wiring?
#10
turn on both volume switches xD.

Seriously, i don't know.. My guitar once or twice did the same thing when i selected another pickup and backagain while playing. Then I just messed with the pickup selecter then it worked again..
#11
Plug a patch chord into the amp and touch the other end (make sure the amp's on and the volume is up, obviously). If you get some noise through the amp you can rest assured that it's the guitar.
#12
the jack could also be a problem, because those lower end guitars tend to have crappy parts, the input jack could be broken from the inside without you noticing and that could mean no guitar sound.
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#13
Quote by Pac_man0123
Yes but if the pre-amp is blown, then the guitar won't make sound but the mp3 input still would.

It looks like maybe this one is it. To test this, I hooked the guitar up to my computer (I just use a 1/4" -> 1/8" adapter, for those people who were wondering) and cranked up the mic input all the way, and I'm definitely getting something in sound recorder.

It's quiet, and it doesn't have that electric guitar sound - it sounds basically just like it does when I'm plucking at the strings unamplified - but it makes distinct notes, at least.

Also, responding to this:
Quote by ch0
Plug a patch chord into the amp and touch the other end (make sure the amp's on and the volume is up, obviously). If you get some noise through the amp you can rest assured that it's the guitar.

If I turn the volume up on the amp I get white noise, and if I touch the tip of the cord the noise changes. It doesn't really make a new noise, it just changes what's already there.

At any rate, the amp was very cheap (again, used) so this isn't a terrible loss. I'll start looking for a new one and hope that that solves the problem. Thanks for everybody's help.
#14
By the sounds of it what some one said about the pre-amp was right.
In this case it may be wiser just to buy another amp as the repair for it could be pretty expensive.But then again it might be something simple.
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Originally posted by Gunpowder:
Everyone just jumps on the bandwagon and gives the same advice in these situations. You know what? I'm going to be different. Call the firemen.