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Noise with AB/Y pedal

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by Verne, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Verne

    Verne

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    Whenever I have 2 cables plugged into my AB/Y pedal, I get a hum like noise through a couple amps, and a crackling type sound through another. If I unplug one cable, sound is crystal clear. I thought it was the power to light the LEDs, but it is only when 2 cables are plugged in. I have tried spraying some cleaner into the contacts and it makes no difference. Any ideas?
     
  2. MarkM

    MarkM Gold Member

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    Cheap switch?

    Only asking cause I have tried cheap Chinese switches and they did just that.

    Spent $80 on an Art AB/Y and all is cool.
     
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  3. Verne

    Verne

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    It was part of a trade a while back. Likely a cheapie then. I'll look into a better one. Not a high priority, but tonight it was just bugging the crap out of me.
     
  4. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    I made my own A/B thirty years ago and it was noisy. Top quality switch too.

    Now I use the Radial passive transformer-isolated A/B/Y. Not cheap, but the build quality is epic.

    I also own the Carl Martin Route Box which is active. It allows you to route two different guitars into two different amps while sharing a common effects loop. Even though I am not using it at this time, I can't believe that every gear freak doesn't have one on hand.
     
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  5. player99

    player99 Gold Member

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    The Radial Twin City is active and has switches for grounding and phasing.

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  6. Budda

    Budda Gold Member

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    Shoulda bought the radial bigshot I had for sale ;)

    You're going to want to grab something with the ground switch, though the ISO switch on the bigshot was very helpful as well.
     
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  7. ykram57

    ykram57 Gold Member

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    I had the same issue until I picked up this guy..

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  8. 1SweetRide

    1SweetRide Gold Member

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    Can't say enough good things about my Radial A/B Y switch. Same as the one Player99 posted.
     
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  9. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    All great products.

    I prefer passive, the buffering always changes something, not necessarily for the worse but...

    If you decide active is OK, the Carl Martin allows TWO different guitars, TWO different amps and a shared effects LOOP, all in one unit putting it ahead of the competition In versatility and convenience. Good quality too. Also, I had a question and got an email back from CarL himself next day.

    EDIT: can be used as an A/B but not as an A/B/Y
     
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  10. Verne

    Verne

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    I've looked on Amazon and found my pedal. $33 AB/Y box it is called. The ones posted look really nice, but $200 is out of my range for basement playing. Radial has one at my local L&M and it's $109.99 and gets better reviews than the Art Pro cool switch pro at $80. If $$$ is in my favour, I'd go around the $100 mark. Thanks for the input guys. I was pulling pedals and power to isolate the noise, until I pulled a cable and it went away. Sucks really since it's the pedal I use most on my board.
     
  11. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    Don't fool around! If this is "the pedal I use the most" --

    Get the Radial! You can't go wrong. And it's for life.

    $33 bucks on Amazon? C'mon...
     
  12. DavidP

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    I learned many years ago that you don't cheap out on amp switcher pedals; pay some $$ more for the better stuff by Lehle, Radial (great Canadian company here on the 'left coast'), if you want to maintain the signal and eliminate hum and buzz.
     
  13. Verne

    Verne

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    I didn't know that was the cost of the pedal. It was in with other stuff in a trade. Radial being CDN will likely get my money. I'd like to support our own first. I've also read some good things about them now that I am looking at a decent aby.
     
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  14. Wardo

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    Waiting for this One Control switcher to get here:


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  15. KapnKrunch

    KapnKrunch Gold Member

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    So
    so sorry, when you said "I found my pedal" I thought you meant "I found the one I am gonna buy". Now I realize you meant that you identified the cheapo you already have. Boy can I be dense sometimes! Lol. At least maybe you can understand my shock...
     

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