Bass amp squealing

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Bass amp squealing

Postby Roger Rosenberger » Sun May 14, 2017 3:18 pm

My son has a Peavey Tour 450 bass head that started making this nasty squealing noise. It's better when he is touching the strings, but still there, which makes me think it lost ground somewhere.?
He has tried other bass guitars through it and they all do it. The basses are clean in other amps.
What should we look for? Besides a new amp :)
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Re: Bass amp squealing

Postby David King » Sun May 14, 2017 3:48 pm

A squealing that gets quieter when you touch the strings but is still there with other basses is a head scratcher. When you say squealing is it high pitched and the pitch changes? Does it sound like feedback from a microphone and very loud or are we talking about something more subtle that's a 60 cycle harmonic?
The most common issue I come across in amps is the switching jack/s for the effect loop/s that get oxidized.
looking at this thread on talkbass it sounds like there might be an issue with the mute circuit for the DI and perhaps something fuzzy with the built in octaver. ... ad.484967/ One of the posters on TB is the designer of that head's preamp and you could contact him or her directly if you join.

I'd start with a search over at the If anyone knows about it or has dealt with it before they will have posted over there. I did find this thread:
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Re: Bass amp squealing

Postby Bob Francis » Sun May 14, 2017 7:30 pm

Is he by chance plugged into the loop out jack rather than the input?
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