So if you read my last post then you know that I played electric guitar last weekend because our guitarist sat in on drums. I’m not an electric guitarist by any means, I just jumped on to add some fullness and edge (not that Edge Karl) to our first 2 songs. It was a lot of fun, but my hand is still sore from playing all those Barr Chords! I’ve really become a wimp in the last few months.
It was great getting my pedal board out again. I haven’t played with it in a few months. I was contemplating getting rid of my Route 66 pedal because it kept giving me this crazy hum. In fact, my amp had this crazy hum with pretty much every pedal on my board, even after Andy did an incredible job re-building it. That being the case, I thought it was just something I was going to have to live with and work around. But the hum that came with the Route 66 wasn’t something I could work around and it was literally on its way out.
So, my kids have this video game thing called the V-Smile. And the batteries went out in it a while back (hang in there, this is going somewhere). So I took the power adapter off of my pedal board and put it on the V-Smile so that they could play it. What I didn’t realize is that if you leave it plugged in it pulls juice the whole time (almost there). So the other night my wife says to me, “do you smell something?” I say, “no, not really”… she says, “It smells like something is burning… something electrical”… I walk into the toy room and smell what she’s talking about. I trace it to the surge protector where my power adapter is literally smoking… somehow the V-Smile burned up my power adapter. You can’t see it in the picture, but the head is all warped and melted. That was a close one! Thank God for my wife’s nose or this valley would have one less house (like anyone would notice).
So needless to say, my pedal board is now powerless. So I take all of my pedals off of the board and put batteries in them… what a pain! But guess what happened… Goodbye hum! My board/amp is now cleaner than ever. It sounds clean, looks clean, feels clean… it is clean! I’m stoked!
I’m still not sure if it was the actual pedal board or the power supply, but I do know this… “Rejoice in your trials and tribulations because they bring about perseverance… [and clean tone]” Romans 5:3-5 or something like that!
The coolest part is that I don’t have to get rid of my Route 66 pedal. It went from my least favorite pedal (when it had that major hum) to my most favorite pedal (is that the correct verbage?). I love the fact that it has a Bass Boost Switch, overdrive, sustain and compressor all in one pedal.