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Tom Vollmer


From:
Hamburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 8:59 am     Reply with quote

I am helping a fellow steeler who is 85 and quitting playing to sell his equipment . i have sold his guitar and two amps but have a 6A and a 7A matchboxes that look like new but do not work. Two questions can they be fixed and are they worth fixing? Who would be able to fix them?
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 27 Sep 2017 10:31 am     Reply with quote

Did you check the battery? Whoa!
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Skip Edwards


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LA,CA
Post Posted 28 Sep 2017 6:42 am     Reply with quote

I know a couple folks out here in SoCal that would buy them... working or not.
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Dave Hepworth


From:
West Yorkshire, UK
Post Posted 29 Sep 2017 4:19 am     Reply with quote

I have a matchbox with added switchable fuzz circuit (Matchbox 3 ?).The components are very discrete and there are no chips just old transistors on a simple board ,so if yours is the same I'm sure it could be easily tested and repaired .Yes check battery status first .Dont leave batteries in pedals if they aren't going to be used for any lengthy period of time ....they can potentially leak and the contents ruin components and connectors.Regards Dave .
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Jim Reynolds


From:
Franklin, Pennsylvania
Post Posted 2 Oct 2017 12:11 pm     Reply with quote

I'll buy them both, none working. I can fix them, or have them fixed. There well worth the expense. I Love them. Send me a PM if interested.
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Tom Beck


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Missouri, USA
Post Posted 8 Oct 2017 12:31 pm     Reply with quote

I recently sent miy 7a to Goodrich and they replaced the internal parts for $100. A new one is over $300, so it seemed like a good deal to me. The guy I talked to on the phone said that was the only way they repaired them at the time.
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Drew Pierce


From:
Arkansas, USA
Post Posted 8 Oct 2017 5:25 pm     Reply with quote

I was going to post a new thread "Rethinking the Goodrich Matchbox". But since this is already up, I'll add my two cents here.

I used a Matchbox for years, but decided I could live without it after I got my first Hilton VP, which seemed to take up the slack in my sound. And then I moved from the Evans FET500 to the RE500 and since then the old Matchbox has been collecting dust.

I was thinking of selling it but decided I owed it to myself to dust it off, put batteries in it and see what it does to my sound before letting it go. Long story short, after a few gigs with it, it's an indespensible part of my rig again.

While I had mixed out some of the before/after difference by tweaking my amp settings, I found three things that made me fall in love with the Matchbox all over again:

(1) it adds dynamics and clarity to my guitar's sound that no amount of amp tweaking can duplicate;

(2) I can tweak gain and tone settings without reaching back and fumbling with my amp.

(3) By turning the Matchbox off, I can leave my amp's gain settings as is without worrying about coming off break and dialing up a slightly different gain level, which sound people universally hate.

The only down sides: one more patch cord to mess with, batteries that wear out and one more thing to remember to turn off. On balance, thats's no contest.
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Jerry Overstreet


From:
Louisville Ky
Post Posted 9 Oct 2017 4:48 am     Reply with quote

Tom Beck wrote:
I recently sent miy 7a to Goodrich and they replaced the internal parts for $100. A new one is over $300


$300+, really? Match Box, not Steel Driver?
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