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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / BOSS Pedal Problems



May 29th, 2017 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Boss DD-6...the MODE knob selection does not function properly: a selected setting, the effect, will, after several minutes, seem to drift to the next setting's effect. If I rotate the knob back and forth a few times, sometimes the selected setting is restored, but not always. Then, after leaving the pedal on the correct setting will return...sometimes for over an hour. I had this issue a couple of years ago, sent the pedal to BOSS and for a "diagnostic fee" plus a repair fee they fixed it. But alas, the issue has returned.
Anyone have a suggestion??? Maybe this is an excuse to buy a MXR Carbon Copy...


(This message was last edited by macguy at 04:24 PM, May 29th, 2017)

Mick Reid
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May 29th, 2017 04:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the same issue has occurred twice*after* a mfr repair, I'd move on, but that's just me.

There is no shortage of delay options out there nowadays. It all depends on you needs & budget.

As for the MXR CC, it's a great analogue delay imo. I have one on my board, but if you're looking for the 5200ms of the DD-6, you won't get it. The CC is only 600ms.
It works for me since I'm a 4-6 repeats guy or bit of slapback. Does those beautifully.

There was a discussion here recently on Digital Delays if it's digi you want.

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May 30th, 2017 08:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try cleaning the offending knob/switch with contact cleaner.

I have an old Lexicon LXP-1 reverb/processor that had a similar problem. It would "lose lock" on a setting and go into an "unlocked" mode. It was totally at random and intermittent. I'd "reset" it and it would work fine for maybe hours, maybe minutes.

Not having any better ideas, I recently sprayed the rotary switches with contact cleaner. That was a month or so ago, I have been using it a lot, and no hiccups so far.

Be sure to use the right kind of cleaner. I think the "right" kind is one that is marked safe for plastics.



May 30th, 2017 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I will give the cleaning routine a try...

Thanks to one and all for the input.


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May 30th, 2017 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, the contact cleaner is the way to go. I'm partial to the Deoxit Faderlube for most guitar stuff.

It has not been a problem with any pedal, including Boss ones, I've used it on.



May 31st, 2017 11:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Rev,

It looks like cleaner is the final option prior to...scrap.


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May 31st, 2017 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd contact Roland/Boss again if that doesn't fix it as well, "I had it repaired and it's back the same" and see what they say.

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Jun 9th, 2017 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All of what the good Rev said. Contact Boss, try the cleaner, faderlube is the best, etc. At least find out what Boss did the first fix.

I bought a Peavey Vypyr cheap at a pawn shop. EVERY knob but the master jumped all over the place. A little lube in each control (they are rotary encoders, probably like in your pedal) and the amp works fine.

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Jun 9th, 2017 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good to know that about the Vypyr. Mine is starting to do that. I've got a can of Caig deoxit somewhere.

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