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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Dead : Rumble 200 Combo

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Jan 3rd, 2019 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

My 4 month old Rumble 200 Combo has died with no warning. Do they have a common fault? I've taken it for warranty repair or replacement but it looks like that will take a few weeks.

Is this common to this amp? I noticed that it is made in Indonesia. Fender has a list of amps that they will automatically replace if they fail, but the Rumble 200 is not on that list.


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Jan 3rd, 2019 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

It depends on the type of "death." Is it no AC power? Or does the power switch on, but no sound out of the speaker?

Both of these situations can easily be traced with a meter, a signal generator and scope to a failed connection or bad component; easily within the abilities of any tech.

The problem can often be solved at home by a person with even limited troubleshooting skills and no meter. You start with the simple and work toward the complex (or the limit of your skills) by ruling out the good components to find the bad one.

For instance, the amp is completely dead; no power. Check the amp fuse. If it's good, plug something else into the power outlet to make sure there's power. If there is power, test the power cable with a $5 pigtail tester (link below) to make sure the power is getting from the wall to the amp's power switch, and go from there.

Lack of power or loss of signal is often do to a poor ground somewhere in the circuit.

Another scenario is the amp powers on but there's no sound from the speaker. First thing to do is unplug the speaker and connect the amp to a known-good speaker to see if the original speaker is bad. From there, check the speaker's lead wires, etc.

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