Currently Being ModeratedDec 30, 2009 4:06 PM (in response to tnorris56)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
I would recommend that you re-install the flash memory on the Spider Jam to see if that will fix the issue.
If the problem persists, you will need to take it to an authorized service center for repair.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 5, 2010 9:40 PM (in response to Line6Hugo)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
I have the exact same problem. Not sure what re-installing the flash memory means. My spider jam is about 2 years old, but it has never really been used.
Do you have a real solution to this problem? I paid so much for this thing.
I know the solution to any problem is to take it to the authorized service center, but that also means that I have to pay a lot of $$ to get it fixed, which I am not too excited about.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2010 12:32 AM (in response to sandip666)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
The noise and pop at switch-on are perfectly normal. It is the just DSP booting up. The memory is in a random state at switch on and until it is initialised, you just get 'white noise'. This should only last for a second or so. If you get these sounds at other times, there is a hardware problem.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2010 5:42 AM (in response to joegillespie)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
Have you tried a factory reset? if not give that a go
here is what the users manual says:
If you’d like to reset your Spider Jam to its factory-fresh state, discarding all your own adjustments to the User
presets and restoring the factory-standard settings, do the following:
• Power up while holding the Tone / Settings
• Warning: a Factory Reset will replace all your customized User presets with the factory-standard settings.
Flashing the firmware simply means you are reinstalling the embedded software that controls the amps functions.
You can find the instructions and download link for this on the first page of this forum - look at the top of the page for "Spider Jam 2.09 Update Instructions"
If the amp is no longer under warranty I would open the amp up and check and tighten the ribbon connectors.
If the amp is unusable - what have you got to lose?
Joe Gillespie has a walk through on how to do this on his web site
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2010 10:23 PM (in response to Buy-a-Fender)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
I was skeptical at first, but I went through Joe Gillespie's process of opening the Spider Jam up and cleaning/tightening. Took me about 5 minutes...very easy. I did not find anything loose or anything that looked amiss. Nevertheless, I just blew the dust away and straightened up a couple of ribbon connectors away from capacitors (the cylindrical things) that it looked like they were touching. Whatever happened there, along with some prayers, did work. Once put back, the thing doesn't make any of the undesirable noise. Clear clean sound like it's supposed to make. I used it for about 2 hours and it was fine.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2010 1:16 PM (in response to lfigura)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
I too have this problem. It started about 3 weeks ago and has been getting worse each time I use the amp.
It has a 60 cycle hum like a bad ground and then as the volume of the hum increases and amp output volume goes down
a crackle will start and then after about 20 seconds a loud pop will sound and then it's good for a few minutes and starts again.
My amp has never even left the corner of my bedroom much less been gigged so I hope the fixes described above will help.
How great is it to come to this forum and find this topic right near the top !!
Thanks for all who shared.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 13, 2010 7:21 PM (in response to TimTheGrim)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
I took apart the amp following the instructions on Joe's Jam blog and found a loose ribbon connector almost immediately.
I tightened it up and checked all the others as well.
After reassembling the amp it is perfect once again.
This took all of 25 minutes and was worth every second. Thanks again for this post and solution.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2011 1:45 AM (in response to tnorris56)Re: Splider Jam Unusable: Terrible Static and Pop
Does anyone know where Joe's Jam Blog went? I have the same problem, but it seems that joesjamblog.com is no longer there?
It is driving me crazy and I don't want to have to take it into a distributer.
Thanks for any help in advance!