Originally Posted by timcanhit
basement wasn't damp, but I tried giving them a few days to dry out anyway, and still the same problem. basically what happens is my amp will cut out, but you can still hear the guitar very faintly through the speakers. i checked all my connections, so i'm sure it's not that. very frustrating
A very common problem can be the PREAMP OUT/AMP IN insert jacks that many amps have. The signal is normalled thru the contacts and if you don't use them, the contacts oxidise and loose connection. Sometimes just inserting a jack a few times into them will sort it out, but ideally they should be replaced. Another common fault is breakdown of solder joints on the boards, we see a lot of that in our repairs we do.
What brand/model amp is it?