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I have a Peavey Classic 30 combo amp (tubed). There's a channel switch button on the amp that is meant to toggle between the clean and distortion channels. However when I attempt to toggle from clean to distorted, I get no distortion. The tone stays clean. I've had the amp for about 5 years now and it used to work with no problems. How can I get the amp to properly switch to the distortion channel? Is it something I can do myself, or will I need to take it to a music shop?

  • @Dom - Yes, all the tubes seem to be good judging by the looks. Some tubes are more illuminated than others, but it seems like that has always been the case. – hgwhittle Dec 30 '13 at 16:35
  • Is there maybe a knob on the distortion channel (Gain or something) that isn't turned up enough? – Shevliaskovic Dec 30 '13 at 21:44
  • @Shevliaskovic - Yes there is a Gain knob but I've tried twisting all combinations of controls to no avail. – hgwhittle Dec 30 '13 at 22:06
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With a couple of my smaller Peaveys, the amp. switch works in conjunction with the footswitch. When the amp. switch is 'on', the footswitch will then toggle between clean/dirty. You may have inadvertently switched the footswitch, which you may or may not usually use.Check the instructions (downloads available) before doing anything drastic. Do not swear at it - amps are very sensitive ...

  • So are you saying the amp could "think" that there's a footswitch plugged in? – hgwhittle Dec 30 '13 at 19:24
  • I'm saying that if the footswitch is in, it may need switching on. – Tim Dec 31 '13 at 20:21
  • I don't own a footswitch. – hgwhittle Jan 2 '14 at 15:07
  • Well, it can't be that then ! Lots of Peavey amps have a socket in the back to connect a footswitch for channel change and reverb. – Tim Jan 2 '14 at 15:35
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    Until you plug in to that socket, you won't know.It's a TSR (stereo) jack. – Tim Jan 2 '14 at 16:50

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