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

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

  1. JesterR

    JesterR Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 8, 2009
    Russia, St.-Petersburg
    If that is not another "You favorite pedal", "Top of your 2/3/4/5/... pedals", "islands" theme, I like to tell something about feeling of sound and pedals for it:
    1)I realy like some break-up sound (no matter pedal, or amp), because this is electric guitar sound for me. Not absolutely clean, not compressed distortion (I like them too, but here about essential sound devices). For now it is AMT M-1 preamp, but may be any pedal which gives dynamic overdrive (now waiting my Formula N5). Some boosters, distortion, fuzzes are good, but actually with some dirt and volume on the guitar you can get it. That is first essential part
    2)Phase/univibe thing. I don't know, but that best non-dirt effect for me. Ghost-like, dark, mystic sounds on clean and some psychedelic stuff with overdrive. For me it sounds very dry (in a good way) with guitar, and adds necessary colors in my playing. Now it is Blackout Whetstone, which can do phase-univibe-tremolo-vibrato like effects with that switches. Awesome.

  2. nrand

    nrand Friend of Leo's

    These are my 3 main pedals although I do have others:

    Maxon 880 Overdrive Soft Distortion
    Maxon 999 Analogue Delay
    Boss TU-2

    I Play a variety of styles of music with two main guitars:

    G&L ASAT Special Semihollow tuned mostly with a double drop D
    1975 Epiphone EA250 tuned down one semitone

    Two amps
    Roland JC 120 - This has all the chorus and tremolo I need
    Fender Super Twin

    For my Baritone Tele and or Fender/Warmouth hybrid JP Bass I add a Maxon CP9+ Pro into the Super Twin or Ashdown Mag 200 [UK Model] respectively.

  3. Rouse

    Rouse TDPRI Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    My Boss DD-20 with external tap tempo. All I will ever need, or want for that matter. KISS, works every time, especially in the guitar world.

    EDIT: and a tuner, nothing you play will ever sound good if its out of tune. Although, I don't put my tuner into my signal chain.

  4. thebluesbarn

    thebluesbarn Tele-Meister

    Aug 10, 2003
    aka Franklin

  5. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    no no no no! must NOT have fuzz!!! :twisted:

  6. flag72

    flag72 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 20, 2009
    for COUNTRY :)
    and a tuner as Rouse mention anything out of tune sound's lousy:eek:

  7. Road King

    Road King Tele-Holic

    Apr 2, 2010
    Rockwall Texas
    my essentials are:
    Keeley compressor
    Holy Grail Plus reverb
    Cmatsmods Deeelay
    Barber LTD (silver)
    Boss CE2 (occasionally)

  8. thebluesbarn

    thebluesbarn Tele-Meister

    Aug 10, 2003
    aka Franklin

    And leave it on!!!

  9. Impulse

    Impulse Tele-Meister

    May 19, 2010
    How do you like the Maxon 880? I have the OOD-9 which is said to be based on the 880, and it LOVES to be played through big clean solid state amps. I see you got a JC-120 as well.

  10. jealousblues

    jealousblues TDPRI Member

    Feb 27, 2008
    st. louis
    no offense but there are lots of gigs you cant really do just guitar into amp
    you might like that but its not for everyone

  11. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee

    Tuner - Planet Waves Chromatic
    Compressor - AnalogMan CompROSSer
    Overdrive - MHP 72 Degree Overdrive or a Timmy
    Tremolo - BBE Tremor
    Delay - BBE Two Timer or an MXR Carbon Copy

    Depending on what amp I'm using a Tremolo pedal may not be needed.
    Depending on what amp I'm using a Reverb Pedal may be needed.

  12. vedt

    vedt Tele-Holic

    Nov 8, 2010
    My essentials are:

    1. Tuner (Boss)
    2. Overdrive (Fulltone Fulldrive 2 Mosfet)
    3. Delay (Line 6 DL4)
    4. Volume (Ernie Ball)

    And maybe:

    5. Wah (Vox V847)
    6. Compressor (T-Rex Comp Nova)

  13. JPW2105

    JPW2105 Tele-Holic

    Jul 23, 2009
    'Sunny' Devon, UK
    Crybaby. It's unimaginable to leave it behind.

  14. jefcon1

    jefcon1 Tele-Meister

    Apr 29, 2009
    Wake Forest, NC
    A Rat and a delay are the only essentials for me. The rest have supporting roles.

  15. Easyrom

    Easyrom TDPRI Member

    Sep 23, 2009
    Paris, France
    Analogman Beano Boost
    Cochran Timmy
    Rothwell Love Squeeze
    MXR Carbon Copy

  16. Agitator

    Agitator Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    In transit

    I've just returned to playing lots of guitar after playing mostly bass for about 15 years. I've got a bad case of GAS and just bought my first pedalboard... a Pedaltrain mini with room for five whole pedals.

    On the one hand, I keep thinking "Maybe I should return it and get a bigger board... I know I'm going to run out of room... what if I want a clean boost? Or another OD pedal?"

    And then I remember that 90% of the gigs I've ever played on electric guitar were played through a Rat and a DOD delay, and sometimes a compressor. I should be able to tough it out with "only" five pedals for at least the immediate future.

  17. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

    Oct 26, 2008
    on tour
    True, but there really is no REAL answer to this question, everyone likes different things, essential pedals are the ones YOU need for YOUR sound. You might need a clean boost to get a little louder for a gig or a tubescreamer to push your amp a little more but the next night not use anything. Its all hearsay.

    It makes sense to have certain things to be prepared, i guess you can call them "essentials" but its more meat and potatos. A Tuner, Distortion pedal, Delay, and maybe a chorus. You are in tune, you can add more gain so you have a solo tone, you can add delay to fatten up a passage or add depth, and maybe add chorus to shimmer in certain sections. But if you are good and have a good amp, you dont need anything! haha.

  18. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

    Oct 26, 2008
    on tour

    The TU-2 tuner by Boss eats tone, A and B it with a truebypass Tuner like a Pitchblack by Korg and you will be amazed why people havent switched over yet

  19. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

    Oct 26, 2008
    on tour

  20. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

    Oct 26, 2008
    on tour

    This is my old board (for real), CLEARLY i only had the essentials

    I started a Pedalholics Anonymous thread on the stomp box forum if anyone wants to join lol, this picture tells it all

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