AA6 Footswitch Malfunction

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  1. Bora İnce

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    Hello everyone, I have a problem with a footswitch on my AA6. When I press on it , it sometimes registers two very fast clicks , turning the effect on and off in an instant. Sometimes it doesn't register at all. I need to press multiple times to get the effect on. I also had the same issue with the AA3 I had before this and a friend of mine also has this issue on his AA6. Has anyone experienced this before?
     
  2. JoeInOttawa

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    Yes. Your footswitch is not actually a switch, but, rather, a plunger that compresses a spring that pushes the "blister-pack" style button on a board. It is more than likely an issue with the spring sticking on the plunger. I sprayed mine with contact cleaner (through the switch) and it seemed to resolve the problem. I'm not sure if it cleaned/freed the spring, or if the cleaner trickled down to the switch and cleared it, but it did resolve the issue for me.

    That said, go sparing on the cleaner, and work the switch a lot as the cleaner sinks in. That's what worked for me, and, of course, YMMV.
     
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    Thank you. I tried a WD40 equivalent but it didn't really help. I'll try again with the real deal.
     
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    Oh, god, no, don't use WD-40. That'll make a mess. What you now need is this:
    MG Chemicals 409B Electrosolve Zero Residue Contact Cleaner.

    If you were pretty light with the WD-40 and haven't gunked it up too badly, you could also try MG Chemicals 801B Super Contact Cleaner with PP. I prefer this one, but it works best with a clean surface, and WD-40 might interfere with it. In your shoes, I might be tempted to try both -- start with the cleaner, and a week or so later, use the conditioner.

    Those are both available on Amazon, but I expect you can get them at your local electronics store.

    Good luck!
     
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    Damn, I thought WD-40 was the thing to use. I'll look into these, thanks a lot.
     
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    No worries!

    I probably should have been more specific. WD-40 is great for cleaning and lubing "things," but you need something more purpose-built when cleaning and lubing "electronics..."
     
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    Got it. Thanks again!
     
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    I'm happy to say that the contact cleaner worked, thanks once more!
     
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    Great to hear. It worked for me too, but, knowing what the mechanism is, I could not tell you why.

    But I'm trying not to be one who looks a gift horse in the mouth, so...

    :)
     

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