murakumi Posted January 5, 2012 Report Share Posted January 5, 2012 So I bought myself an Ultra 339 (Pelham Blue) as a Christmas present, and I'm loving the guitar. I know others have had setup or QC issues with theirs, but I've had no fit/finish problems ever since opening the box and find the neck perfectly suited to my hand. The main issue I've been experiencing, though, is with the electronics. The main reason I bought it was for the USB connection, as when I work during the week I stay over at a palce where I don't have an amp, so my intent was just to plug this into my laptop to play. I'm finding that there's two problems: 1. There a LOT of background noise when I use the USB connection, at around -30 dB. I've tried using a noise gate/compressor, but it just ends up sounding unnatural. The noise persists despite whatever pickup combo I'm using (Nanomag/Probuckers/both), or even despite whatever the volume pots are set at. It's just.... background noise. 2. Every once in a while after leaving the USB plugged in for a bit, the sound gets all.... jittery. It's hard to explain what it sounds like exactly, but it's definitely very.... digital, for lack of a better word. Oddly enough, this problem corrects itself if I unplug the USB cable and plug it back in, but that's obviously going to get in the way should I try to record. So.... do any other Ultra III owners (Les Paul or 339 alike!) have problems with their USB connections? I really don't want to return this guitar as it's perfect otherwise, but I'm not sure if the issues I'm experiencing are just par for the course. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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