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Anyone notice anything weird with plugging in active electronics?

Discussion in 'Rigs and Routing' started by Dancing Frog, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. #1 Dancing Frog, Sep 2, 2018
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    Dancing Frog

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    This is probably an unanswerable question. I recently bought a Gary Grainger 5 string bass with an active preamp in it. When you plug it into an Axe-FX III or IIXL, the signal goes too loud and then too soft before settling like it's hunting for the right input setting. Initially, I thought it might be the auto impedance circuit in the Axe-FX III and IIXL that it's fighting with, but it does the same with the AX8 which is supposed to have a fixed impedance. When I run it through my wireless, it doesn't do it at all. That's something that's not too surprising, since the wireless unit completely breaks the relationship between the instrument and the amp. I am wondering whether anyone else has seen behavior like this plugging in a guitar with active electronics?

    At the moment, it's just an eccentricity that I have to get used to rather than a problem as long as it doesn't do it while I am playing. I had something similar on a Hughes and Kettner zenTera. If you plugged the cable straight into the guitar while the amp was on, the input transient would trigger the protection circuitry and shut off the input. Plug it in any other way, it was fine.

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