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Permalink Did my Fender Reverb Unit Overheat?

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Hey folks!

I just got back from a little outdoor gig in 100 degrees. I inadvertently left some of my gear in the sun. When I set everything up - I could barely get any sound coming through my Fender Reverb Unit. I had to bypass the tank and play bone dry.

When I got everything home - of course, the tank worked fine.

So, my question is this: could the heat have temporarily fried my tank? How would that have happened? Anyone suggest what I should do to prevent this sad occurrence in the future? The tank is about 12 years old so I can imagine it's time for service of some sort.

On a related note - anyone know how to engage reverb on a Deluxe Reverb Amp without the foot pedal? Cry

Thanks!

Jonathan the Reverbivore

The Reverbivores

https://www.thereverbivores.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.instagram.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqt42tonipNeoOuSRw7gHw

I'm sure we'll hear from our experts soon enough. Any infantryman can tell you - one = none, two = one, etc. If it can blow up, burst into flame, walk away all by itself, or join a cult...it will. If you're gonna play surf, maybe have a back up reverb like a Topanga etc. Sh*t happens. Cheers! Dead Thread

mj
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Jonathan, grab an old rca cable, cut off one end, strip the wires and tie together. Plug it in the reverb switch jack and the reverb should work.

Excessive heat is the enemy of electronics. On really warm days I have a little fan blowing on the back of my amp head.

Danny Snyder

aka Mycroft Eloi of The TomorrowMen
aka Shecky Shekels of Meshugga Beach Party

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Temperature related problems are mostly mechanical problems. I would check the tubes and tube sockets for oxidation or wear. Don't forget to check the guitar cables. If the problem persists maybe someone should check for bad solder joints.

Frank

Thank you, folks, for your insights! I am making an appointment with my amp doctor.

MJ, you are so right - I made the bold assumption that my onboard reverb would be my backup - and then realized in my panic that I didn't know how to turn it on without the footswitch! Big Grin I'll carry that footswitch with me everywhere now. Maybe also carry my Boss reverb pedal as well.

Danny, thanks for that tip! That's freaking brilliant.

Happy Monday everyone!

Jonathan the Reverbivore

The Reverbivores

https://www.thereverbivores.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.instagram.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqt42tonipNeoOuSRw7gHw

WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME YOU NEEDED A FOOTSWITCH?! I had mine with me.

You were mid-jump when I thought of it and by the time you landed, I'd forgotten.

Jonathan the Reverbivore

The Reverbivores

https://www.thereverbivores.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.instagram.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqt42tonipNeoOuSRw7gHw

This may seem like a dumb question, but I'm sure we've all done it. Did you release the lock on the tank? When I lived in Phoenix, I played several 100+ degree shows outside and never had any problems like this. Barely getting any sound out sounds like a lock issue, especially when it worked fine at home. I have had an issue with not getting sound from a tank when there were power issues at a club, but never in the heat.

Matt "tha Kat" Lentz
Otto and the Ottomans: 2014-2015
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Thanks, Matt, I did check the lock and everything was free and crashing.

Tell me more about power issues! We've had a few - what can be done about them???

Jonathan the Reverbivore

The Reverbivores

https://www.thereverbivores.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.instagram.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqt42tonipNeoOuSRw7gHw

I played and practiced at a few places that don't have good power distribution. The drain on a few amps going into the same source can be a big problem.

Matt "tha Kat" Lentz
Otto and the Ottomans: 2014-2015
The Coconauts surf band: 2009-2014
www.theamazingcoconauts.com
Group Captain and the Mandrakes 2013
http://www.gcmband.com/
The Surfside IV: 2002-2005, 2008-2009
the Del-Vamps: 1992-1999, 2006-2007
http://www.dblcrown.com/delvamps.html

h3dg3h0g wrote:

Danny, thanks for that tip! That's freaking brilliant.

It's called a shorting plug. Whether you now take your footswitch with you or not, make one (or two) anyway. Anyone who strolls around sometime looking at amps for sale should have one of these in their pocket.
Smile

Wes
SoCal ex-pat with a snow shovel

DISCLAIMER: The above is opinion/suggestion only & should not be used for mission planning/navigation, tweaking of instruments, beverage selection, or wardrobe choices.

Hey folks!

A quick update: I brought my tank to my amp tech and he noted that a couple of my tubes and capacitors were likely past their normal lifespan - so he's going to replace them. He's also doing something with the tone switches to make the tank sound more vintage - that went over my head. Whatever But I'm hoping to have my delicious reverb tank back in working order soon.

As terrible luck would have it, I fired up the reverb on my Deluxe Reverb amp for the first time in months and it's acting up now. Mad I'm going to start another topic but any ideas why the reverb would go away and die after 10 - 15 minutes would be much appreciated.

Thanks everyone!

Jonathan the Reverbivore

The Reverbivores

https://www.thereverbivores.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.instagram.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqt42tonipNeoOuSRw7gHw

Hey folks!

I thought y'all might want an update from my amp tech!

"About half of the little wires soldered directly into tiny holes on the circuit board with no strain relief were either broken or were bad. The final one was the dry signal from the input connector. That was what was cutting out and giving you the weak washed out sound. Some were bad from the factory and some were just broken from transport. Transformers and tank are ok. New tubes, new electrolytic caps, one signal cap replaced to give you more low end."

What a pain! I wonder if I kicked it too much? OMG

Jonathan the Reverbivore

The Reverbivores

https://www.thereverbivores.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.instagram.com/thereverbivores/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqt42tonipNeoOuSRw7gHw

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