I Hate Pedals

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by tap4154, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    It's a board I made out of hardwood flooring scraps. It's a bit like a pallet in design. It has the 3 main pieces and the slats on top are screwed into them. The pedals are velcroed to the slats and the 5 amp power supply is velcroed underneath with a 1-in-8 out adapter.

    EDIT It makes them easy to move around. Throw in the car, put on top of the amp. Connect to the amp, disconnect from the amp. It's just convenient.
     
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    What's wrong with exploring different sounds? Maybe a One Spot would help lessen the confusion and wall wart mess on the cheap? Mount those little trouble makers to a board and you're off to the races.
     
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    Another rant thread..

    Sometimes I play like this
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    Other times straight in. What I need and want for the moment decides. If I didn't like pedals I simply wouldn't use them.
     
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  4. johnny k

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    it depends on the pedals really, if you play rockabilly, get a delay, set it up, and all you have to do is change the batteries when they re out.
     
  5. GuildX700

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    Folks expect too much out of a stomp box, I settled on a Boss OD 1 as my only grit/overdrive some 40 years ago, it does pretty much what I expected it to within reason, same with my MXR Phase 90 and Ibanez Stereo Chorus CS-505, all are about 40 years old.

    I could've went through a few hundred boxes in those 40 years but I just settled for those and worked with my guitars/amp/settings and all has been fine.

    Funny all of those are vintage sought after units now for $$$.

    IMO It's just too easy to get hung up on all the minutia of differences, I don't have the time or patience for all of that. Some folks do, go for it and report your findings back, if you can make a decision on them that is.

    Oddly my older brother is the same way, he's still using his original setup an MXR Distortion + & a Phase 90.

    As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
     
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    If you can afford a "pretty woman", good for you. My girls need a little "makeup"!
     
  7. beagle

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    I ditched all things pedal, multi effects and anything with a screen years ago.

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    Essential. :)
     
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    I am only recently on the pedal train.
    I still realize why I enjoyed straight to amp for thirty years, thou.
     
  9. studio1087

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    These guys refuse to use electronics in their signal chain. You're not alone.

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    If you build you're board correctly the inconvenience is minimal vs. the plethora of available sounds at you're feet.
    And if you're still using batteries then you're probably a lost cause at this point. I mean, you can buy a cheap isolated power supply for $40.
     
  11. JustABluesGuy

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    If used too heavily both effects and makeup will seem unnatural and fake. Used with taste they can both enhance beauty.
     
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    I don't even like using an amp. Or a guitar for that matter. Try to keep it pure as possible!
     
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    A shoebox and 6 elastic works for me.
     
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    Awesome pic!

    I wish I had a place for those :cool:
     
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    Imagine carting that into a gig with a postage sized stage for the band to play on?
     
  16. burntfrijoles

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    That's not the pedals fault. It's yours (and mine).
    I can get great tones out of my amp with no pedals. But it's still limiting. I have several "amp in a box" pedals to give me tonality that emulates said amps: AC30, Plexi, Tweed, Dumble. Then I have pedals that give a little more dirt to my amps without destroying my hearing.
    The Amp in a Box pedals sit in a drawer until I need them. Then I keep two dirt pedals one lower gain and the other a tad higher gain on my main board. I sometimes swap out the lower gain pedal. For instance, right now my Timmy is my go to low gain pedal but I will swap it out with a BD2 or a 5F6. Sometimes, jut to be crazy, I keep the 5f6 and the Timmy on the pedalboard at the same time.
    However, I feel your pain. Unfortunately, guitarists chase dirt pedals like a puppy chases his master or boys/men chase .....
    At some point, the chase ends hopefully.
    I am on the waiting list for a KOT but it's pretty doubtful that I opt to buy it. I just can't imagine how much more it would improve by tone.
     
  17. 4pickupguy

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    I hate amplifiers....
     
  18. Bill

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    It takes far more time to change strings than to change batteries.

    Ditch the strings.
     
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    I don't hate em', but I don't use them anymore.
    I use a Roland Cube 80XL, and if it ain't on the amp, it's a sound I don't use.
    I bring two guitars, a Chet and a Tele, a good cable, and the Cube.
    Easy peasy.
    I have spare everything in the car, in case I, or anyone else on the bandstand has a hassle.
    This has been my MO for the last 10 years.
     
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  20. neckradius

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    Whatever works for you, but with modulation pedals, you really expand what you can do. I mean, try playing something like Dark Side of the Moon without pedals. And overdrive pedals, maybe you've got a situation going where your amp is the right size for the room you play in and you can always get exactly what you want with the amp and guitar, but if you want more options at different volumes with different guitars, well, pedals can help you out.
     
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