#1
*facepalm* So today I was seting up my practice amp, because My Spider III is too big, so I practice through a little Marshall Lead 12 with a Digitech Rp70 in the front(no effects loop), with two identical 20 foot cables(remember that part, it's important). Anyway, today I set up my practice rig, but my sound was just a dry amp tone. As if the RP weren't there at all. I begin to panic. "What's happened to my RP?" "Did I break it?" "Damn Digitech." I check everything I can think of. I switch the cables on the pedal, thinking I'd plugged them in backwards. I open the pedal and blow the dust out. I check for a burnt smell. Nothing. Same results. Something even possesed me to plug a set of ear buds into the headphone jack, and to my further horror the only sound coming from the buds was a high pitched whine. Finally, I gave up. I unplugged my guitar from the pedal input and decided to play dry. And the amp STILL MADE NOISE!!!
My first instinct was to be freaked out. But then like a large block of ice it dawned on me. I had just made the noobiest mistake I'd ever made. I had accidentaly run one cable from the guitar to the amp, and the other from the pedal in to the pedal out. Because the cables were identical I had no idea I'd done it.
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I am shamed. As my title says, I've been playing guitar for 6 years, and I've been using pedals pretty regularly for about 4 of those years. This wasn't ignorance, just stupidity. LOL

Anybody got a story like this?
#2
buying a spider iii is kind of a worse mistake than your lead thingie if you ask me =p

i've played half a gig wondering why my treble was so high, until i wanted to use my wah. i clicked my wah, and my treble went back to normal, it had been on for half a show.
also, my singer didn't know why her guitar was sounding weird. she was plugged in a mesa boogie with my pod xt live, and it took longer than my wah thing until i went to check and realise she had put the gain on 10 and all EQ at 0
#3
putting an SD hot rails in my american standard tele then getting a my marshall DSL. I had a shitty solid state practive amp that i couldnt get any gain out of except using a humbucker. Got the pick up changed and then got the tube amp. No more brightness . . .
#4
Well, in my first ever gig I played half a song with my Les Paul before realising I'd hit the pickup selector switch and swapped to a muted pickup. I'd been really rockin' out too, with a silent guitar..definitley a facepalm moment
#5
i made a noobier mistake. plugged my guitar in, turned my amp on an no sound came out. i start to freak, check if all the cables are plugged in correctly, nothing happened. i test it on another amp, used other cables and still no sound came out so i'm thinking my guitar was f**ked.
then i realize the volume knob on the guitar was on 0. it took me about 30 minutes to find that out.
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#6
My band had just finished setting up at our first show and the singer/guitarist started playing the opening chords to our Where Is My Mind cover and I started panicking when I noticed that my amp wasn't on and the switch was at 'on'. I froze up and then ran over to the singer and stopped him. I had forgotten to plug my amp in.
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#8
Quote by seanchief2112
The volume knob on the guitar being at zero always results in panic

And lols at band practice. I was practicing today, jamming on a riff this guy had bought in. It was all going well and so we were like "Can we go over the break down again", so this guy grabs a mic, does some ridiculous growl, screams "1,2,3,4" and then slams out an open C. Only for no sound to come due to his volume being at 0.
#9
I plugged my cable into my headphone jack and I couldn't figure out why there was no sound. And wiring my pedal backwards and thinking it was broken.


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#10
Once when I was practicing at my church, I set my bass and pedal up, and started playing. I got no noise. Worried, I thought that my cable was broken, which would suck, because it's my best cable. As I went to plug my bass straight into the mixer, I noticed something when unplugging, the output cable was going into the input, and the input cable was in the output.
#11
tried tuning my Razorback with the tuning pegs ... forgetting that i tightened the nut

Buying a Razorback *facepalm*
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You can buy whatever guitar you want, you don't have to be at a certain skill level to buy one. This is real life, not some guitar-playing RPG where you have to unlock new guitars.
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