L1 Model II

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Sound cuts out

Hello again everyone... I've just had a lull in my playing but spring fever hit today and I plugged into the L1 and T1 and started cranking... then the problems started.
I'm using my Taylor 414ce with the ES system and I've never had this trouble before with any other system nor have I noticed it until today with the L1.
I was playing fairly loudly and strumming hard and I got a cut out of the sound on my attack. The best description would be it sounds like either clipping and/or compression/limiters coming on. However... neither is happening. I have a nice green signal on the T1 when it happens. I have the compression/limiter set to bypass. I've tried all channels on the T1 and it is the same across the board. I tried plugging directly into the analog input and the same thing happens there too. All I can think is that the system is imposing its own limiter on my strumming style. Help! Any thoughts out there? I really haven't used the system enough for it to be broken already. It spends most of its time in the corner of my living room. It never fails... just when you're having a good time something goes wrong.
I look forward to your comments.
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Well... maybe I've figured it out but I'd still appreciate any experiences you've had with this type of problem.
It may just be the batteries in my Taylor ES pickup. They are the older type with two AA batteries. I stuck them in my xbox controller as a test to see if they were still any good and they wouldn't even power it on. I'm assuming this means they were almost dead and maybe that is all I was experiencing.
I've since replaced the batteries and it works fine... although I haven't pushed it with the volume again yet.
Hi lostape

By coincidence, just yesterday we were rehearsing through our L1 MII and as we finished a song there was a buzzing sound that seemed to sustain for ages.

We checked fret clearance on my Taylor 910CE-L7 (with original Expression System), checked the saddle and bridge for any movement, checked the bridge pins, checked for loose internal wiring - all seemed OK. So, I plugged back in... nothing, no signal into the T1... after much head scratching and puzzlement there was a moment of inspiration.

Changed the AA batteries in the guitar and POW, back to normal.

There's no little red LCD for battery low warning, so you get little or no warning of battery running out... we're just pleased it didn't happen mid song at a gig.
Does the Taylor ES have a separate on/off switch?

With some guitars ... especially basses ... they have a battery to provide a bias voltage, but when there is no cable plugged into the guitar, the battery is off.

The catch is: if you leave the guitar sitting around with the cable plugged in, the battery is still 'on'. The manual (if you have one) rarely mentions anything about the effect of the cable in/out and the battery being on/off.
When the batteries are going, it sounds like distortion. If you have the old system with the two AA batteries, that is the only way to tell.

I was recently told by a tech that if you have the new system with the 9v battery, you can look in the sound hole, and there is a battery indicator, but I haven't looked into the sound hole of a new model to see what it looks like.

Maybe someone with the newer model can add to the discussion with a description of the indicator.
I had similar problem with my tone engine shutting down. I use a taylor T-5 and a roland JS5 sequencer. I was performing at an outdoor gig, turned it up alittle more than usuall during brown eyed girl and the audio engine shut down, LCD was still lit but blank. when i reset power to everything it went to default settings.
Hi thesingingfireman,

This sounds like an issue that was addressed with a firmware update for the T1®.

What version level is your T1®?


  1. Turn the Rotary Selector to Prefs


  2. Press the first button


  3. Turn the first button until you see Versions
  4. Press the button


  5. The versions for the firmware will be displayed. The versions shown below are sample values.
    See:T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine Firmware Updates for the latest firmware


  6. See:T1 ToneMatch® Audio Engine Firmware Updates for the latest firmware


Right now the latest T1® firmware is 1.8.

What have you got?

Notes: What version of the T1® Firmware do I have?



What version is your Power Stand?





The latest version is 1.3

If you don't have that see:

L1® Model II Power Stand Firmware Updates.

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