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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Amp volume low, gets loud, crackles

I have a Bugera 333XL 2x12 combo, and I know what you're all thinking, it's an unreliable amp and I knew that before I bought it, but I took a chance anyways. It's been fine for over a year, but recently it's started to have this problem.

So for the most part the volume it puts out seems normal to me, but then every once in a while it will get really loud, maybe twice as loud, and it will make a bad crackling and cutting-out sound.

I've tested with multiple guitars, multiple cables, and without pedals, so I know it is isolated to the amp. I swapped the power tubes with a new set and I'm still experiencing this problem. My next test is to swap the preamp tubes when I order some more, but I wanted to get some input on what the problem might be.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-16-2012, 10:41 AM
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Re: Amp volume low, gets loud, crackles

Sounds like a bad volume pot. Hard to diagnose from a distance, but that would be my 1st guess.
Try wiggling each knob, one at a time to see if you can reproduce the noise.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-16-2012, 06:59 PM
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Re: Amp volume low, gets loud, crackles

It could be a preamp tube I had similar issues on my Peavey, the main issues with Bugera were the first runs having bad connections in one point that would melt, the issue your having can occur on more "reliable" amps.

I'm actually contemplating getting a 333xl 212 myself, try tapping the preamp tubes with a pencil...

you may just have a bad preamp tube in one section, is this only on a specific channel or all of them?
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