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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2022 11:50 pm 
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So, this really isn't a specific issue I'm having but more of a concern. I went to turn my byoc classic compressor off today and a spark of static electricity shocked me as I touched the footswitch. Nothing happened and the pedal still seems to function normally, but this got me worrying. Can effects pedals be damaged by static electricity if the enclosure is shocked? Is there someway that this energy could make it to the components on the circuit board from shocking the outside case/the foot switches and potentiometer knobs with static electricity? Just curious if I should be more careful.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 12:55 pm 
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It's fine. The footswitch is grounded to the enclosure, which is grounded to the shielding of your cable, which is grounded to the chassis of your amp, which should be grounded to your outlet. The shock is the positive build up on you jumping to ground.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2022 2:42 pm 
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Just don't let it happen when you're handling the components or working inside the enclosure. Ground yourself before doing those kinds of things. ICs and transistors are particularly sensitive to ESD.

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