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  1. I had the issue with the selector switch just a bit after the warranty on the JTV-69 ended. The pickups were fine, but the model selection side was very erratic. I ordered a new switch assembly from Full Compass but in the meantime programmed the POD 500 to select the models I needed for various gigs. That worked fine, but I did finally change out the switch. There is a plug on one end of a cable on the new circuit board and that plugs into the main board. For the actual pickups you have to desolder the wires from the pickups and then solder them onto the replacement board. I was able to position things such that I could transfer one wire at a time, so keeping them in order wasn't a big issue. You should always take pictures before starting, and also note the orientation of the old switch. First off be sure the guitar is disconnected from the POD, if used, and also remove the battery. Be sure to protect the guitar to avoid damage from dropping solder on the finish, or inside the body. Discharge any static electricity by at least touching a ground point, or better yet using a grounding wrist strap if you have access to one. This is a good idea if you are in a dry environment where static is an issue. I did my switch change when it was fairly humid so no issues with static. Note I had tried the non-residue contact cleaner but that really didn't help much. The design of the switch is pretty poor and what appears to happen is that it loses tension over time. It doesn't impact the analog (guitar pickup) side of the switch, but because of the "pulse counting" for the digital model selection there is too much contact bounce and that is what seems to cause the issue. I plan on seeing if I can engineer a more reliable solution using the old switch and a couple of ideas I have as I expect that the new switch will eventually fail as well. If you, or your tech, are comfortable with a soldering iron (e.g. you have changed out pickups, selector switches, etc. on your other guitars), then you shouldn't be afraid of doing this repair.
  2. Yes, it was definitely strange. I've not had any problems since I got those two ends of guitar strings out from inside the body. The VDI cable seems to have a solid connection and no more issues with the guitar cutting out. So this seems to be a solid fix in my case.
  3. Thanks cruisinon2, That's what I thought but wanted to double check before I made any changes. I'll address it in the mixer rather than the individual patches since that should cover all my cases. Thanks again, Burt
  4. I've been using the 1/4" (Left) output every since I got my HD500, but I'd like to change to using the XLR output(s) to the mixer. But the XLR level is significantly lower than the 1/4" outputs. Is there a setting that I'm missing that would give more output level on the XLR output (Left) that would get it closer to the level from the 1/4"? The 1/$" Output is set to Line. I see in the manual that there is an Output Options Setup setting, Would that be likely to help or would I just need to adjust the pre-amp level on the Mixer to deal with the difference? Would the Output Options setting only impact the XLR outputs or the 1/4" as well? Thanks, Burt
  5. I'd been having intermittent issues with VDI on my JTV-69 for about 2 years. Usually just wiggling or re-seating the plug would get it going again. Sometimes it would go for weeks with no problem, then other times it would act up multiple times on a gig. I'd ordered a new jack assembly but wasn't looking forward to having to change it out after replacing the selector switch. But since it was failing more often I decided to pull the connector assembly and the backplate off to see how much work it was going to be. It actually will be pretty easy to change BUT... When I pulled out the old assembly there was an end of a guitar string laying over some of the connections in the assembly!!!! This was from the tail end of the string and looked like it had been cut off about two inches from the bead that holds it in the tail. Not only that, but looking around I found a second one exactly like the first one. I removed both of these buggers and shook the guitar at various angles to see if any others fell out but looks like it was only those two string ends. Slipped the original jack assembly back in and it has been rock solid ever since. I'll need to get a few more gigs on it before I'm sure that it's fixed but that sure seems like the cause of the issue in my case. Note I have NEVER broken a string on this guitar so I'm guessing it was either at Guitar Center in Nashville, or maybe even was in there from the factory and the guitar string ends just finally made their way down to the connector assembly over time. The bad thing is that the main board is also pretty much exposed so it's possible that they could have landed somewhere on it and caused some real damage. This problem acted like a bad connector, in that of late if I twisted the VDI plug slightly it would cut in and out. But after removing the guitar string pieces I can twist it very hard and wiggle the VDI with no issues. So you might want to check for metal debris in and around the VDI jack assembly. 4 screws will take it out and you can slide it out enough to see if there is anything there that shouldn't be or may be rattling around in the guitar body. Note also that you can pop the cover off of the board that the jack assembly plugs into and check there as well and while you are at it make sure that the plug from the jack assembly is properly seated on the main board. I disconnected from my POD AND removed the battery before opening the guitar up.
  6. Thanks, That's what I thought. But it definitely was acting up a number of minutes later. I haven't had a chance to try it again since then, but will be testing again tomorrow. This time I'll try not doing anything while it is sync'ing and then will see if it behaves.
  7. I just got my HD500 last week. There were some issues, mostly related to docs missing a couple of steps here and there. I was able to set up some custom tones and they are sounding good. At one point on start up when testing last week I had a case where there was no, or erratic, output coupled with static. This was not a cable problem as far as I can tell. In that case I rebooted (power cycled) the POD and the problem went away. I have a JT Variax connected and have the input set to the Variax. Today after the POD had been off for a couple of days I fired it up and during the syncing with the Edit application the volume was cutting in and out with static. That seemed to clear up after the sync completed. But after a while it started doing it again. Brand new VDI cable no sign of issue (e.g. wiggling the cable and connectors did not make any difference. Finally I got a regular cable and connected from the Variax to the Guitar In on the POD and used the Edit program to change input to Guitar. That seemed to clear it up, but there were a couple of times where it sounded like it might start cutting out again, but that passed. Then I switched back to Variax input and there were no problems with sound cutting out or pops and static for about 30 minutes with the same tone that had problems earlier. Note that I also tried switching tone presets earlier but that did NOT correct the problem. Has anyone else run into this? Could it be something to do with playing while the initial sync operation is going on with the Edit program? Or is this an indication that something may be failing with the brand new POD? I haven't used this on a gig yet, and really like the tones that I have set up but if it's going to cut out and produce static during performance that would not be a good thing:) Thanks, Burt
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