#1
My wah is currently low on battery (I can tell because I can hear a faint wah sound when I move it but without playing the guitar) and I've noticed that my gain has suddenly dropped on my setup, and lacks punch. Adding gain and EQ on the amp adds less than it usually does.

I know to just change battery, and I will, but I'm just curious if the battery running low affects the actual bypass signal, not just the effect when engaged?
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#2
Depends if your pedals are true bypass or not.

If they are then it doesn't matter, and if they aren't it probably will matter.

It may also be a pre tube gone bad in the amp though.
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#3
if its not true bypass yeah
some effects pedals also have buffers which run on the battery as well and low battery will affect the sound bypasses or not

the lack of gain might also be from a tube going bad
#4
Why don't you have a power supply?
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#5
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Why don't you have a power supply?


+ 1, or... like 30

Save the money on 9 volts and get you a power strip and some adapters, or a daisy chain.
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#6
I have a one-spot on each of my pedal boards (1 guitar and 1 bass). They do fine. A 1-spot with a 5 way adapter shouldn't cost more than $30 US.
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#7
I do power the rest with a 9V daisy chain, but it doesn't seem to fit into my wah.

Bad news, I swapped the battery and I'm still getting that lack of punch and gain. Never changed tubes before, eek! Is it really likely to be a preamp after only 6 months of ownership? Not sure what could have caused it! All the power tubes seem to be glowing fine.
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#8
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I do power the rest with a 9V daisy chain, but it doesn't seem to fit into my wah.

Bad news, I swapped the battery and I'm still getting that lack of punch and gain. Never changed tubes before, eek! Is it really likely to be a preamp after only 6 months of ownership? Not sure what could have caused it! All the power tubes seem to be glowing fine.


Did you still get the drop after pulling the wah out of the chain? Plug straight in and see what happens. No pedals.
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Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
#9
it shouldn't affect half-assed bypass either

buffered it probably will. though i guess it's possible the buffer might not need as much power as the effect, so the effect might no longer work but the bypassed tone might still be ok. But either way you need to be changing the battery sooner rather than later if it's buffered. when the battery is totally dead you'll have no sound at all.

even some true bypass pedals use relays, which also need power. Though some of them default to bypass in the event of there being no power.
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#10
http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/gear-equipment/257231-laney-ironheart-owners-thread.html

The Laney Ironheart (it WAS the amp that I wanted to get, hence I did my homework) is THE single most sensitive amp I have ever seen/heard to preamp tubes. Read that thread, seriously. There are a couple of preamp tube recommendations in there, although all of them are best fitted for high - gain stuff. Someone on another forum (cannot place whether it was MetalGuitarist or UltimateMetal) apparently knows someone who owns the 60W Ironheart just to see/test the differences between preamp tubes. Take that as you will.

But yeah, with a 'regular' amp, 6 months should be alright for stock preamp tubes. The Ironheart however, is a different beast.
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