#1
When I am play the amp anywhere above 10 or 11 o'clock (volume), you can hear a tick every second. "Tick. Tick. Tick." Is this normal? I have only had the amp a few weeks (Epiphone Valve Junior Combo V3 (with 4 ohms 8 ohms 16 ohms)) so maybe I need to break it in more? Any help or DIY suggestions are welcome

Thanks
-cobascis
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#4
it could be that the vibe from it is making something else click
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#5
well might just be me, but a good solution would be don't play at those volumes
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#6
Quote by i(ncubus)play
You wearin a watch on picking hand?


+1

That's often it.
#7
That is odd. The only thing electrical that comes to mind is a high voltage cap charging up and then discharging an electrical arc. If you took it apart and looked at the circuit board you might see a burnt spot.
#8
Pickups can pick up the metal parts moving inside of your watch. At volumes like that, it's possible that you're picking up a clock on the wall (although that's VERY unlikely).
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#10
Quote by mr_hankey
+1

That's often it.


Scared the **** out of me when I first started wearing a watch haha
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#11
I've taken the amp apart before, curious (the ticking has been there since I bought it) and no burnt spots. I don't wear a watch (hehe) and nothing on the wall that isn't battery powered. It's not a HUGE problem just strange. Don't say "Take it back" as I had to do that already once. Thanks
Any other theories?
EDIT: Keep in mind it's a %=5w amp, not a huge power conductor.
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Last edited by CoBasCis at Mar 5, 2008,
#13
I just checked, I can crank it all the way up with NOTHING PLUGGED INTO THE INPUT and it's fine. That suggests it's the guitar? But, the guitar works fine through other amps...
Hope that helps!
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1994 MIJ Fender Jaguar
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#14
Also, I'm now almost sure it is the input, as I tried 2 different cables, plugged into the guitar and not. How do I go about fixing this? Replace/Clean the input?
Thanks
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#16
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Epiphone Valve Junior
#17
Hmm that's odd. That's the usual cause of ticking - some kind of electrical appliance like a phone or wristwatch being fed into the pickups. Have you tried testing everything with different guitars,leads and amps? That's the first thing you should do, even if it means using your mates' stuff.

EDIT: Do you have a pacemaker?
Last edited by kyle62 at Mar 5, 2008,
#18
i heard metal testies, can interfere quite a bit.
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#19
Try using it in a different room and see if the problem continues.
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#20
Quote by LeperAffinity
Try using it in a different room and see if the problem continues.


I did that, and made sure it was on a different circuit.
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#22
Are you sure it is not just the sound of the tubes and metal parts on it expanding with heat?
#23
It's the cable acting as an antenna im pretty sure, maybe picking up a clock because RF radiation. And it ticks if the lead is plugged into the amp, and not into the guitar, so it's not the guitar.
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#24
Quote by CJRocker
Are you sure it is not just the sound of the tubes and metal parts on it expanding with heat?

I'm positive, as it only clicks with a lead in the input, regardless of weather the other end is in the guitar.
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#25
I'm glad you found the problem, as to shielding the lead I wouldn't know how, or even if you can. It'd probably be best to get a new lead - I'd reccomend Planet Waves, they sound awesome, I've never had any problems and best of all they come with a lifetime warranty.
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B.C. Rich NT Jr. V (With Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackout in bridge)
Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff
Marshall MG15DFX
Jazz III picks
DR strings
Planet Waves Cables
#26
I think the RF is particularly strong in my house, as my brothers lead (nicer then mine) picks up radio stations occasionally.
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