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Offline Gany

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Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« on: June 14, 2019, 07:24:46 pm »
I have a Cort CL1400, which is a hollow body guitar.


A (former) mate of mine borrowed it, and since he returned it, it hardly makes any sound when connected to an amplifier. It does make some sound, when I turn up the volume of the amp completely. I ruled out the amplifier and cable with a different guitar, and tried the guitar on a different amplifier. In all situations, the Cort cl1400 needs the volume to be wide open to produce a very weak sound.

Does anyone have an idea how to solve this?

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2019, 08:13:50 pm »
Ask your friend if he dropped a plectrum inside through the f-holes and went fishing for it with a coat hanger and some blu-tak.

Sounds like an electrical or components issue.
Does it have a rear access plate or is it only possible to get to the electrics via the f-holes?

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2019, 08:37:54 pm »
or did he alter the pickup height?
is the volume pot skidding through? (not stopping)
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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2019, 11:17:11 pm »
It could also be the output jack. If it's loose and got twisted, the contacts might have shorted together.

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2019, 09:58:50 am »
Ask your friend if he dropped a plectrum inside through the f-holes and went fishing for it with a coat hanger and some blu-tak.

Sounds like an electrical or components issue.
Does it have a rear access plate or is it only possible to get to the electrics via the f-holes?

We’re not talking anymore, so that’s a bit difficult.

It has no rear access plate, so I need to go through the f-holes.

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2019, 10:00:03 am »
or did he alter the pickup height?
is the volume pot skidding through? (not stopping)

They don’t look altered....?
I am not sure what you mean with pot skidding through? How do I test this?

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2019, 10:01:19 am »
It could also be the output jack. If it's loose and got twisted, the contacts might have shorted together.

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I’ll check that, thank you

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2019, 04:35:25 pm »
It is hard to think of anything you could do about this except take the electrics out. Probably best left to a professional. The main issue is getting it all back together again. However there are tricks for F hole guitars you can use which can be found on youtube.

The only thing I can think of that could be tried is to stick a guitar cable into the output jack (so you don't loose it in the guitar). Then loosen the nut slightly and try twisting the jack back and forth a SMALL amount to see if that affects the signal. This might show up a twisted jack short. Also if you have an ohm meter you could measure the resistance across the jack at the other end of the cable to see if there is a short or if rotating the volume knob or changing the switch has any effect. But even if you find something the electrics will probably need to come out.
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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2019, 08:10:12 pm »
They don’t look altered....?
I am not sure what you mean with pot skidding through? How do I test this?

I think Lieven means that the volume pot could be damaged/loose, so see if it keeps turning and turning or if it properly stops at set points when turned back and forth.

But while I'm not entirely in agreement with simon3142 on there not being much you can do (there is, but it could end up taking a lot of effort), I do agree that in this case, with the Electronics most likely being the culprit, it's probably best that you take it to a pro and have them take a look at it.

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2019, 01:09:16 pm »
It may be worth taking the plastic knob off the volume pot and turning the post by hand in case is is just the plastic top that has broken.

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2019, 08:23:44 pm »
I think Lieven means that the volume pot could be damaged/loose, so see if it keeps turning and turning or if it properly stops at set points when turned back and forth.

yes, that was what I meant (sorry to answer so late)

Sounds like an electronics issue indeed. Something a luthier should have too much work on to figure out.
Unless he swapped a pickup with a broken one.
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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2019, 10:28:32 am »
yes, that was what I meant (sorry to answer so late)

Sounds like an electronics issue indeed. Something a luthier should have too much work on to figure out.
Unless he swapped a pickup with a broken one.

No problem, it is a becoming a weekend project anyhow.

The knobs don’t turn freely. It has the normal range. Pulled one knob off, and have the same range on the pot.

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2019, 10:29:40 am »
It is hard to think of anything you could do about this except take the electrics out. Probably best left to a professional. The main issue is getting it all back together again. However there are tricks for F hole guitars you can use which can be found on youtube.

The only thing I can think of that could be tried is to stick a guitar cable into the output jack (so you don't loose it in the guitar). Then loosen the nut slightly and try twisting the jack back and forth a SMALL amount to see if that affects the signal. This might show up a twisted jack short. Also if you have an ohm meter you could measure the resistance across the jack at the other end of the cable to see if there is a short or if rotating the volume knob or changing the switch has any effect. But even if you find something the electrics will probably need to come out.

I’ll give that a try, thank you :)

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2019, 12:00:06 pm »
I went to a shop to get it looked after... thank you for the advice guys  :D

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Re: Cort CL1400 almost no sound
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2019, 07:43:40 am »
It would be interesting to hear what the problem was when you get the guitar back.
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