How to Check if Your Guitar Amp or Lead are Faulty

Got trouble hearing your guitar through your amp?

Troubleshooting signal loss can be tricky if you don't know what to check, and it can be hard to tell if the problem is with the amp, the guitar or the lead. Step 1 is always to isolate the signal as much as possible, so remove any effects pedals in your chain then try the following.

First, you'll need to check your amplifier. If you're getting any buzzing or hum sound then the amp is producing sound. The amp is probably not the issue as a little bit of electrical noise through the speaker is normal.

Second, you'll need to check your cable. If in the first test you hear amp noise, keep the cable plugged into the amp and using your finger gently tap the other tip of your cable. If you do not hear any pops or buzzing through the amp then you may have a faulty cable.

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Thirdly, If you do get a popping/buzzing sound from your lead, but no signal when you plug the guitar back in, then it's most likely an issue with your guitar. These issues are often minor and a very easy fix, feel free to reach out to our customer service team for tips and advice on how to fix this. 

Check Out A video we made below, about how to check this

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