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Thread: Help my distortion is gone!!

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    Help my distortion is gone!!

    I had to play my guitar without an amp for a year strait!! then when i got it back around my friends amp it just lost all of the crunch it used to have. Its not the amp he has 2 other guitars that sound fine with the amp. (and i have tried it on one other amp. The same problem occurs) The guitar has good clean tones but when i turn on the distortion it sounds bassier and less distorted, it just lacks all of the aggression it used to have.

    I have a cheap $400 Jackson Kelly.
    Are you morbid?

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    one thing you might want to try is to put your volume control on your guitar all the way up. the volume into your amp gives it alot of the distortion so you want your guitar on max for most distortion possible. you could also play around with the tone knobs on your guitar and on the amp. your guitar should be able to sound distortionish no matter what, and you should be able to get a decent tone out of it no matter what. but you won't be able to give any guitar the kind of character and real nice sound you can get from certain guitars.

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    Well i thought i might encounter this sort of response. My volume is all of the way up!! I generally know how to set amps the way i like it, and i know about the volume on guitars. I have been playing for 2 and a half years... not very much but i know enough to get by.

    I'm just wondering if pickups go bad???? Could it be hardware?

    My guitar did not always sound like this it is still distorted but it lacks "crunch" and is more bassy than before. I can turn down the bass on the amp but it still just lacks the distortion it used to have.
    Are you morbid?

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    did you switch string gauges? that definitely has an effect on the sound. it could also be a problem with your jack on your guitar. and sure, like machinery and equipment, pickups get old. but 2 years isn't really long enough for them to go bad, unless you left your guitar in extreme environments (ie in the rain, extreme cold or heat, etc). I'd have a specialist look at it. It might be a simple fix, and if it's a nice luthier, he might just do it for free if its easy enough.

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    I did not switch string gauges BUT i had just put new strings on my guitar before i moved away from it. It had not been played for 6 months. When i got my guitar it still had that "new" string sound... I'm not a specialist of any sort lol but i just don't think its the strings they are basically unused and have no rust or wear.

    I think i may just have to take it in
    Are you morbid?

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