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FDP Forum / Amp Mods, Repairs, and Projects / 5E3 Question


usa Thumb area Mi

Aug 27th, 2019 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Not all that familiar with Tweed amps or their workings.

What would cause a hum after 3 on the unused channel? Example: using the bright channel I turn up the unused channel past 3 to add some base frequency and after 3 the low-frequency hum.

Turn the unused channel below 3 it goes away. Using a jumper to combine the channels there is no hum at all.

Or is this normal with a 5E3 (other than this issue the amp works fine)

If not normal, any idea what it is, Oscillation? Signal contamination/some form of bleed over into the channel.



Aug 28th, 2019 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

A 5E3, like most any guitar amp, has its input #1 socket of each channel shorting signal hot to ground if nothing is plugged in to it.
From the symptoms described I suspect that there’s a problem with that shorting contact. If it’s a diy build, is it even wired up right?


usa Thumb area Mi

Aug 28th, 2019 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Spot on.

Normal Channel 1st input. Cold weld/not grounded.


Picked the amp up from a guy on Reverb dirt cheap, He was honest, said he bought it from Weber (as in Weber speakers) said he'd had nothing but issues with it.

Opened it up, it's laid out correct... but absolutely the worst solder job I've seen. I've been fixing the welds(touching up or all together redoing ) Normally I'd think this was done by someone who put it together as a kit, but I question that notion, the layout itself looks pretty professional.

Solder training day at Weber? And this was the amp they used to practice on?

(This message was last edited by pcalu at 10:05 PM, Aug 28th, 2019)

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