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5/10/2004 1:24 AM
JIG repair service
I have a DOD American Metal pedal. It's old. Bought it new back in '88 or so. I has lost its oomph. The distortion character used to be quite smooth, but now its choppy/farty? Maybe a cap.  
Should I send it in to get it fixed? I don't really want to mess with it and I don't know where to start looking.  
If I do send it in, where should I send it and estimated cost?  
If I do the work myself, where should I start?  
I would like to get it running again as I do like the tone and character of it. Goes well with a flanger.  
5/10/2004 2:03 AM
Most pedals use cheap ass electrolytic caps for coupling. Given that your pedal is 15 years old, my guess is that the electrolytic caps need to be replaced. Only electrolytics caps deteriorate with time.  
You might want to consider replacing them with polypropelene caps, if the uf value and physical space allows for this. This way, they will never go bad and will sound good as new a hundred years from now.  
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5/10/2004 3:55 AM
Thanks, that was kind of along my thinking. I did open it up and I didn't see any leaky caps. I suppose I could replace all the e-lytics, just have to decipher the values on them. I kind of wish they would just write the values in plain terms.  
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