Marshall Footswitch Problems

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Many of Marshall's guitar amplifiers have a footswitch that allows the user to alternate between the clean and distorted channels on their amplifier. The footswitches are sturdily built, but may need some minor repair work after consistent heavy use.

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Signal Loss

Signal loss is a common fault in Marshall footswitch pedals that fortunately can be easily remedied. The most likely cause of the loss of signal through a footswitch is it has not been connected properly. Check the pedal connections first. If these are OK, make sure all the channel levels on the amplifier are audible, as another problem could be the channel selected has low or no volume.

Faulty LED Light

Normally, the LED is out on the footswitch because there is no power. Sometimes, however, this happens simply because the LED needs replacing. If the LED doesn't come on due to no power, check all the connections to make sure everything is hooked up. Make sure the power is switched on. If there is still no power to the LED, there may be a break in the connection or a loose wire in the switch. If the footswitch is still working as normal, try replacing the LED light.

Channel Switiching Fault

If the sound is not significantly different when hitting the footswitch, it may be because the switch is not changing channels, or it may be the way the channels are set up. First, check that the amplifier channels sound different by changing them by hand. If there is still no audible change using the footswitch, it may be that the switch is worn down. Remove the pedal casing and check to see if the switch is making the connection. If you do not know how to do this, take it to your nearest authorised dealer and ask their service department to test the switch.

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