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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / New 68 Custom DRRI Amp "Pops" (loud) on Standby?



Dec 9th, 2016 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

New to Fender Electric Guitars and Amps. Picked up a new 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Amp and every time I switch to "Standby" it "POPS" loudly!

Is this normal?

Please excuse my lack of knowledge here. The Display model I played at the store I do not remember it doing that at all. I called Fender and they said to try it for a bit and if it doesn't stop to return/exchange it. Just thought I would check in with this knowledgeable group.

Note: I always start the Amp on Standby (minimum 30 seconds). When I switch it off Standby it works fine. Only "POPS" when I switch to standby mode. The "POP" is LOUD! Also, the Amp plays/sounds great once it is on.

Appreciate any and all info.


(This message was last edited by dadthrash at 08:09 AM, Dec 9th, 2016)

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Cincinnati, USA

Dec 9th, 2016 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Output tubes might not be well matched.



Dec 9th, 2016 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guess I should add some more info.

-Pops whether I am plugged in or not.
-Pops whether Amp volume is on or off.
-Pops whether Guitar volume is on or off.

Amp Settings:

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United States

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Dec 9th, 2016 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My DRRI pops, too.


USA / Pennsylvania

Dec 9th, 2016 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OP -

I bought a new 65 DRRI (wheat/wine red model) earlier this year. Mine also pops when using the 'standby' switch. I stopped using the standby switch and just turn down the volume down at start-up, when switching guitars, and at shut down. No other complaints about the amp...it sounds great...

I haven't replaced the stock tubes yet or adjusted the bias setting. However, I'm not sure that will make a difference. I'm planning to check the 'Eurotubes' site for their recommendation for tubes and bias setting. Perhaps we'll hear from an amp expert here on the forum.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Dec 9th, 2016 04:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When you turn the amp on just turn the power switch leaving the stanby off wait a minute or so then bring the stanby switch to the on postion. When shutting the amp off turn the stanby to the off postion then the power switch to off. I don't think the tubes have anything to do with the pop it's simply in the amps design and nothing to worry about. It can even be intermident at times.
Leo never wanted a standy switch but added it after feedback from players in the 50's.



Dec 10th, 2016 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks to all for your input.


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