#1
I just noticed that my amp makes a noise similar to static when I play anything through it. The sound kinda reminds me of a bug zapper when a bug flies into it. It only happens when the strings are ringing, the noise disappears when the guitar stops producing sound. Any clue what this could be?

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Blackheart-BH5112-5W-1x12-Little-Giant-Tube-Combo-Amp?sku=481675 and this is the amp I have. This is the first tube amp I have owned, so I don't really know, but it sounds like one of the tubes is malfunctioning. It doesn't really sound like the speaker is blown.
#3
Tried using a new cord, its still there. Ive noticed its alot more noticable with distortion. I have never blown an amp, so I'm beginning to think maybe thats what it is. What does a blown speaker sound like?
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#4
sounds like a flapping buzz noise especially at high volumes.


if you have a headphone out you can plug into that and bypass the speaker see if that helps.


in your case it might also be a guitar problem. you'd want to try the guitar wt another amp.
Jenneh

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#7
if it's a grounding problem then you'd hear it buzzing when not playing.

didnt you say it makes the noise when you play?
Jenneh

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#8
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if it's a grounding problem then you'd hear it buzzing when not playing.

didnt you say it makes the noise when you play?

thats correct.
#9
then if you have a headphone out, plug into it, listen if it sounds clear that way.


also try another guitar, like said.


edit: sorry just clicked to see it's a blackheart.

you can plug it into an alternate speaker thru the out, to check.
Jenneh

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#10
I played a bass through my amp for about a week at low volume. Would that have anything to do with this?
#11
yeah could have moved the speaker too much.
Jenneh

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#12
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yeah could have moved the speaker too much.

anything I can do to fix it short of replacing the speaker? How much would a new speaker cost, and can I replace it myself?
#13
like she said, you can try your guitar in a different amp and a different guitar in your amp first.

Bass guitars and Electric guitar amps don't mix - the speakers used are not geared for those low end frequencies.

Speakers cost anywhere from $50 - 200 depending. You should be able to replace yourself but I don't own a Blackheart. Can you tell if the speaker wire connects to speaker with metal clips vs being soldered? You'll have to take the back off maybe unless you can see in there.
#14
I think maybe its my tube screamer pedal. I can crank the amp loud and get some overdrive without the pedal, but at low volume with the distortion pedal on is when I notice the noise. Tried turning all the settings down and it didn't help. I'm gonna test this pedal through another amp make sure. If my pedal is the problem, anything I can do to fix it? I'd like to mod it anyway, its got way too much mids and all the settings sound the same.
#15
are you powering it wt batteries? external power sources can cause hum.
Jenneh

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#16
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are you powering it wt batteries? external power sources can cause hum.

Im using an ac adapter. Are batteries a better alternative? Cause their also pretty expensive.
#17
not really.

ac power and bad grounds and wires can cause interference. Batteries can either eliminate that or cause their own issues but good troubleshooting method either way.

generally, i would say you should have clean battery in anyway.