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Essential pedals....................

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Blewbyou, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. Blewbyou

    Blewbyou TDPRI Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I'm sure this has been asked before but here goes........ What does everyone consider an essential pedal to have in their setup? I don't mean list all the pedals you own because we all have pedals we hardly if ever use, I mean the ones you can't play without.I'm fairly well set for pedals but am thinking I may need a couple of more to have what I "need" lol.

    So lets here it,please.


  2. JCollins

    JCollins Tele-Holic

    Mar 21, 2003
    Pleasanton, CA

  3. 51tele

    51tele Tele-Holic

    Aug 15, 2006
    new orleans
    Klon---clyde wah--deja-vibe------------------

  4. TELECASTERbstrd

    TELECASTERbstrd Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 13, 2004
    Hill Country TEXAS
    You never said what kind of music you want to play! That would help determine the suggestions.

    For country Tele I would say:
    1 - Analog Compressor
    2 - Analog Delay
    3 - A Telecaster and none of the above, or only the compressor.

  5. guitarzan13

    guitarzan13 Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2006
    LaGrange, GA
    Keeley Compressor
    Sparkle Drive
    Boss DD3 Delay

  6. IronJoe

    IronJoe Tele-Meister

    Jun 9, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Must have:
    * Tuner
    * Tubescreamer
    * Reverb (if not on-board the amp)

    Should have:
    * Crybaby
    * Delay

    Nice to have in situations:
    * High(er) gain overdrive/distortion
    * Chorus
    * Tremolo
    * Acoustic Simulator

  7. Spidercaster

    Spidercaster Tele-Afflicted

    May 11, 2005
    New York
    Analogman King of Tone and my old Boss DM-3

  8. Jellecaster

    Jellecaster Friend of Leo's

    Dec 12, 2006
    New Hampshire, USA
    Sparkle Drive and H20...

    I could probably live without the H20.

  9. bradpdx

    bradpdx Friend of Leo's

    Jul 16, 2006
    Portland, OR
    The footswitch for the vibrato on my Deluxe Reverb. God gave us reverb and vibrato, the rest are man-made.

    Seriously, it is entirely a function of the gig. When I used to do "modern" country, that meant a Boss CS-3, Ernie Ball volume pedal and DD-2 along with other stuff. When I did last week's gig it meant a ProCo Rat that gets used for one or two songs, and that's it.

    As an aside, I am bored to tears with my old pedals. I'll think of something.

  10. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Missoula, Montana
    sabine tuner sits on top of the amp, out of the signal path. voodoo 4-knob trem if the amp doesn't have it, which most of my amps don't. that's it!

    sometimes a sparkle drive or marshall compressor for a little slide boost but lately I've been trying to lay off.

    lots of toys for recording & screwing around the house, most notably a Yamaha Magicstomp, which has got some great-sounding time-based effects. I'm thinking about trying to work this into the gig setup for two sounds: a great-sounding tape echo patch and a really nice swimmy pitch-bending vibrato. But I know what'll happen -- I'll take it to the gig, play it for a set, and then take it out of the signal chain.

  11. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

    Feb 19, 2004
    trumansburg, ny
    it has been asked quite a few times, my answer has always been:

    wouldnt play live or record without it... it's absolutely necessary to my sound and goes last on my pedalboard before the amp. you can easily a/b the difference and its astounding.


    rand z

  12. Blewbyou

    Blewbyou TDPRI Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Sorry I play a bit of everything(although not well) from Van Halen to chick'n pick'n, Rockabilly to James Taylor acoustic stuff and some blues thrown in for flavor!

    These are the pedals I own now
    1. TU-2 tuner
    2. DD-3 Delay
    3. FZ-3 Fuzz
    4. BF-3 Flanger
    5. FH-2 Super Phaser
    6. MT-2 Metal Zone distortion
    7. CS-3 Compression Sustainer

    I also have an Ibanez TS-9 Tube screamer, a Bad Monkey and a Vox V847 wah.

    I was thinking I would like a Boss CH-1 Super Chorus and a TR-2 Tremolo.

  13. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2007
    No pedals for me. I don't want anything getting between my tele and my vintage Fender amps. Plus that's more crap to lug to gigs.

  14. MailMan

    MailMan TDPRI Member

    Nov 16, 2007
    the Netherlands
    If you're lonely or just too afraid to play with someone else:

    Boss RC-2

  15. Big John

    Big John RIP

    Feb 1, 2006
    Austin Tx.
    Surely the essential is ..........


  16. Bangbang

    Bangbang Former Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Walled Lake Michigan
    I don't have any pedals yet....but if I get one it would be a Crybaby.

  17. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    I agree 100% get the amp that sounds right no pedals needed.

  18. Filthy McNasty

    Filthy McNasty Tele-Holic

    Feb 1, 2007
    Upstate N.Y.
    I gotta have a tremolo pedal. I recently had to send my Voodoo Lab trem back for a new footswitch and I could not go a week without tremolo. I bought a Mojo Hand Sugar Baby three days after I sent out the VL.

    Overdrive would be #2, I really like my Barber Ltd.(I have 2, V2 & a SR) but I am really gassing for a Subdecay Liquid Sunshine however.

  19. mechanicdave

    mechanicdave Tele-Holic

    May 14, 2003
    I'm with most of the guys here. Comp, OD, Delay. You can cover most anything with that. For the most part I plug and play, if I'm feelin' frisky any combination of the above mentined will do the trick. Dave

  20. Twang

    Twang Tele-Holic

    Dec 2, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    Just checked your myspace pages and had to say I love your band(s).

    I've got trem from my amp to which I add the following
    voxy od
    classic od
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2008

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