#1
Well it's sure been a hell of a long time since I've posted on this site. I've got a question.

I'm out of the continent at the moment so I can't take a sound clip, but I have a Fender Ultimate Chorus SS amp, and for a few years it has made a very crass "squelching" sound when you turn the power switch off (and as I recall, a very subtle one when turning it on). It sounds like Shaq's sneaker squeeking on a freshly-waxed floor, mic'd, run through a good pre-amp, then run through an octave pedal down about a minor seventh.

Someone once told me "it's because the transistors don't want to be transistors anymore". Can anybody explain this phenomenon to me, and what I should do about it?

Thank!
-Jeff
#2
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I'm out of the continent at the moment so I can't take a sound clip, but I have a Fender Ultimate Chorus SS amp, and for a few years it has made a very crass "squelching" sound when you turn the power switch off (and as I recall, a very subtle one when turning it on). It sounds like Shaq's sneaker squeeking on a freshly-waxed floor, mic'd, run through a good pre-amp, then run through an octave pedal down about a minor seventh.


i had one of those amps, they are not bad.

this is actually a pretty normal problem, i am not exactly sure exactly what causes it but many solid state amps do it. basically it is 'junk' coming out the speaker output when the amp turns off, so you are just getting whatever signal is coming out of the amp (through the speakers) as it turns off.

tube amps are different and generally have 'standby' modes that defeat the amp's output as the amp turns off (tube amps also can make funny noises as they turn off).

Quote by sonixon
Someone once told me "it's because the transistors don't want to be transistors anymore". Can anybody explain this phenomenon to me, and what I should do about it?


i wouldn't pay that statement any attention, it doesn't really mean anything. kinda like saying 'a car makes a noise because the engine doesn't want to be an engine anymore'. it might mean something to the person saying such things, but it's useless to anyone else.
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#3
I have amps that do that too with no other ill effects.

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#4
My SS Crate farts when I turn it off. It never says excuse me either.
#6
Probably better than my reverb pedal thinking it was a tremolo pedal every so often thanks to my old power supply going nuts and throwing 16 volts at it instead of 9. Man that was annoying, especially when it did it half way through a song.
#7
Reverb climax.
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#8
^ haha, quite possibly! Though I didn't exactly want it climaxing all over my bands Dimmu cover.
Or any of the other songs either really.
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