TC Helicon VoiceLive3 Pedal Refurbishment

A lot of capable technology lives in this device.  However, if the musician can’t select a configuration because the big rotary selector knob broke off, then it’s e-waste.  Can the Unbrokenstring Crew bring this pedal back from the dumpster? Pedals live on the floor, and there is plenty of dust to attest to to the…

Mackie Thump Active Loudspeakers Need Tweeters

Two active loudspeakers have the same problem – the high-frequency driver has quit.  Does the Unbrokenstring Crew have what it takes to get into these loudspeakers and do the repair? The enclosures of these units are molded from a very durable plastic material.   So are we dancing?   The rear panel has a crossover…

Intermittent Fender Acoustasonic 150

A fellow musician gave Charles this amp, which was nice gesture.  However, the friend said that it was intermittent.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew turn this gesture into a reliable amp? Styled as a unit from the Fender Brownface era, the exterior certainly checks all the boxes for Brownface goodness, with the Correct knobs and silk-screened…

Rickenbacker Rick-O-Sound Bass Repair

Craig is a Ric Man.  This beautiful blue bass in only one of his many Rics.  This one has problems with getting both pickups to work.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew get all this sorted out? This instrument plays beautifully and has no real discernable setup issues.  However, the wiring seems to be amiss!   More…

Ampeg B2-RE Bass Amp Gets New EQ Potentiometers

Bass players use SERIOUS hardware, and this Ampeg B2-RE is a serious, heavy, high-end bass amp.  So why in the world does Ampeg use those tiny little plastic slide pots for the equalizer controls?  The Unbrokenstring Crew digs in. Ampeg is a name that needs no introduction nor elaboration.   Three of the plastic handles…

Boss BCB-60 Pedal Board Repair

This pedal board quit completely during the church service.  Joe got it going again by rewiring around everything after he realized that the power supplied from this pedal board died.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew get to the bottom of this issue? Joe has his name on everything!  This pedal board is actually a big rugged…

Peavey MKIII Bass Head Needs Un-Smoked

This solid state Peavey Bass head is also capable of handling mixer, equalization, and preamp roles for public address, monitor, and other sound reinforcement roles.  But power amp quit!  Can the Unbrokenstring Crew help? The AutoMix function that Peavey developed has been discussed elsewhere in the blog.  Lots of EQ knobs here!   Note the…

Warmoth FrankenCaster: It Lives!

This offset-waist project guitar is playable and is actually very cool.  The owner had ‘gotten in over his head’ and broken a few screws and buggered a few others.  Could the Unbrokenstring Crew whip this instrument into shape again? The easy part is to install gold Gibson speed knobs on the controls.  There are a…

Peavey MX Combo Amp Rescued from a Bad Amp Tech

This combo amp had lived a hard life and had finally quit.  Grandpa wanted his grandson to get the amp fixed so that they could jam together again.  Could The Unbrokenstring Crew bring this unit back to life?  We begin with a quick tour of the rear panel.  The ground switch is a tip of…

Crate Vintage Club 30 Recap

Robin had another of these wonderful Crate combo amps for servicing.  The Unbrokenstring Crew knew just what to do! Robin’s 50 watt combo was serviced earlier, in this blog post: https://www.unbrokenstring.com/crate-vintage-club-50-amp-repair/   This is a 30 watt unit, with very similar construction.  Look at all that St. Louis Music goodness!   The loudspeaker is 100%…