#1
I think this is in the right place, apologies if not!

My buddy has a small Kustom practice amp, not 15 or 30 watts as far as I know. It's also a solid state I'm fairly certain. He's recently told me he thinks his amp is dieing, he says that if he has it on for around 5 to 7 minutes, it starts to crackle softly. The crackling slowly gets worse, and doesn't seem to stop.
On top of that, when he turns it off there's a loud pop. He's hada the amp for a good 7 years or so, so I wouldn't be surprised if the amp's on its last legs.
What does problem sound like to you guys? And is there any possible method to remedy the issue?
Thanks for any help!
#2
Sounds like a dry joint on the board. Needs somebody to go over it with a soldering iron and re-flow the joints.
Gilchrist custom
Yamaha SBG500
Telecasters
Randall RM100 & RM20
Marshall JTM45 clone
Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
Fender 5F1 Champ clone
Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


Cathbard Amplification
My band
#4
Including taking it apart and putting it back together it would take a fair bit of time. I'd be surprised if you'd get out of it for less than $100. Unless you are competent enough to do it yourself it's probably not worth the trouble.
You could try cleaning the jacks but as it sounds heat related I wouldn't like your chances.

Just to be clear this is one of the little solid state Kustoms, yes?
Gilchrist custom
Yamaha SBG500
Telecasters
Randall RM100 & RM20
Marshall JTM45 clone
Marshall JCM900 4102 (modded)
Marshall 18W clone
Fender 5F1 Champ clone
Atomic Amplifire
Marshall 1960A
Boss GT-100


Cathbard Amplification
My band
#5
Yessir, it's a small tweed Kustom. I don't know anymore than that, haha.
Sounds like it'd probably be better to just pick something up at a Pawn Shop for the same price if not a little more.