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#1 ncbaker727

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:02 PM

So I just borrowed an FBV express. The main reason I need footswitches is for onstage tuning. I've been reading the manual, which says you have to hold down the lit switch for the tuning pedal, but none of the LED lights are on. 

 

(Also, even though Tweak is set to control volume, that doesn't work either).

 

thanks!


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#2 BigChas52

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 12:24 PM

What Line 6 product are you trying to use the FBV Express with?


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 05:09 AM

Curious about that myself, especially with the 'Tweak' statement!


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 10:29 PM

I'm having the same problem.  I have an FBV express with my spider II 112 that worked great for a long time until a few years ago.  I took the back cover off of the pedal to see if anything was fried and it's all good in there.  Same with the amp head.  nothing is obviously cooked or anything like that. And yes ive tried other cables haha.  The jacks in both units are in tact,not bent or corroded or anything like that.  I just kinda stopped caring about it for a while. But its becoming a problem as I am playing with some friends now and it a PITA to switch channels.  

 

What happens is I will power up, and the tuner and all LEDs will light up for less then half a second.  Then they ALL go out.  And if you wait about five seconds the green LED for VOLUME on the "tweak" part will light up and stay lit.  No channel LED will light up and the pedal for volume/wah control will not adjust the volume or switch to the wah selection with the click.  And obviously the channel switches do nothing as none of them are lit up.  Also will not switch to tuner feature.  So its useless unless you like a little green light on a black box sitting in front of you while you play haha.

 

Any ideas?  My knowledge of tiny little electronic things is extremely limited although I understand how electricity and components and such works.  I dont know if it is a problem with the amp head or the switch itself.  And i definitely dont know how to fix it without a little help haha.

 

 

Sorry for so many words,  I just wanted to get all the details out there to give you guys a clear idea of what the problem is.. Thank you so much for any help.


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#5 fflbrgst

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 06:35 AM

I'm not familiar with the Mk1 pedal (you must have the old version, to be using it with the Spider II), but it sounds like the CAT5 cable/connector may not be functioning correctly - definitely the weakest part of the system.


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#6 Achilles61

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:02 AM

So, was this in fact a cable issue?  My FBV express and Spider III 75 worked fine last gig.  I just plugged it in a week later and I have the identical issue.  all LED's come on for startup calibration and all promptly  go out, except for the VOL LED which lights up about 5 seconds after the startup calibration.   Switches still select channels on the amp (but no LED signifiers on the pedalboard ), the volume pedal does nothing and no LED's so no tuner.   Cable?  Software update? Or just plain shot?  Really a drag since I just bought a Variax and now I'm frustrated by a pedal. Thx in advance.


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#7 Achilles61

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 01:10 PM

Well let me close out my own inquiry.  I found a CAT5 cable laying around the house. I hooked it up and lo and behold, the pedal works perfectly.  Even the Wah feature which I assumed was a mechanical issue, is in working order.  What a relief.  Now to go purchase a spare CAT5 cable!  


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Posted 04 September 2014 - 04:04 AM

Glad you found an easy solution.  I find hta thte factory-supplied CAT5 cable is very fragile - stiff in composition, meaning its easy to damage a conductor inside.


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