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What pedal is your secret weapon of tone?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by scout2112, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Volume. Turn the amps up. It is a secret that all sound guys hate.
  2. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    What's your reference for the Beatles' live tones? I thought no one could hear them play live over all the screaming and that's why they stopped touring. For what it's worth, the Beatles' guitars often use compression on the recordings. The Beatles' guitar sounds are a major case for using compression, to get fatness and sustain with less distortion. Check out the lead guitar on "Nowhere Man." That's a lot of compression!
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  3. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 24, 2014
    Here: no screaming girls and LIVE:

    I know they used compression on the studio recordings. Again, I'm talking about their live sounds/tones and natural amp with speaker compression.
  4. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    I like those tones, too.
  5. Boil

    Boil Tele-Meister

    Oct 30, 2011
    Got a pile of pedals, got fed up one day and unplugged them all and hey, got my tone back.
  6. rjtwangs

    rjtwangs Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Jan 18, 2010
    Reston, Virginia
    Pedals are for effect, to change or enhance the sound coming from the amp. My hands create my tone. Nothing ELSE PERIOD!!! When will you guys chasing tone realize that this is the TRUTH whether you like it or not. No pedal can be a substitute for practice and TALENT. You can't BUY your tone, only YOU can create it....ymmv....this just gets silly....

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  7. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

    Sep 2, 2016
    Houston, TX
    I have no secret weapon of tone. My base tone comes from me my guitar and my amp, with effects pedals only used to “effect” my base tone, but not to create it.

    No matter what gear I have used over the years, I somehow always sound a whole lot like me. I have better tone than I used to, but not so much just because I have more and better gear.

    I’m simply a better player than I once was.
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  8. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 10, 2013
    Greater Atlanta
    I don't know that I have a secret weapon of tone, or even if such a thing exists. However, I would consider certain pedals as Secret Weapons of Inspiration - ones that inspire playing and new songs to form. It is fair to say that the pedal changes from time to time.

    My current one would be a Fulltone SoulBender 2...founds some great sounds out of this that led to a couple songs I am working on now...
  9. bparnell57

    bparnell57 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 10, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA
    As high power of an amp as I can haul, or as low power as I can play and be heard. With a VT-22 with altecs set to 2, I can pound the front end, and never distort. It's perfect for articulation or pedals. Same with my cts alnico equipped Super Six Reverb, Boogie Mark III Simulclass combo with Altec, and my 400 PS amps...

    A 5 watt amp mic'd up also has a special feel to it. No sag what so ever, but beautifully dynamic in overdrive and touch sensitivity. Great compression clean too.
  10. Dankas

    Dankas TDPRI Member

    Apr 18, 2016
    Atomic Brain! It is always ON
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  11. BillB

    BillB TDPRI Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    Delaware OH
    MXR Dyna-Comp.
  12. hoboroadie

    hoboroadie TDPRI Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    I dunno whose tones I am finding but the propaganda that came with my Jext Telez White Pedal indicates that it has some Beatle tones in there. Boost, Fuzz, and a MRB-Wah thing. Pretty nice response when I twiddle, and I like to pretend it makes my JC 120 sound like a Vox Conqueror.
    I am exploring Mid Range Boost stuff. Got an SP-1 Spectrum, and hoping to get my Super Beatle back up and running. I plan to try several different Wahs, its all still very new to me.
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  13. hoboroadie

    hoboroadie TDPRI Member

    Aug 26, 2013
    Sounds like you could save a bunch of energy by not plugging in. YMMV. The tone I am after does involve some transducers. Again, YMMV.
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  14. Kayle McGuire

    Kayle McGuire Tele-Meister

    Jul 31, 2017
    Boss FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster... my secret weapon!

  15. Misty Mountain

    Misty Mountain Tele-Meister

    Sep 4, 2015

    Where do you get that? I need one now!
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  16. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 10, 2018
    In space with Ziggy
    Boss hired samurais to develop it back in the early 80's.
    Silver screw, premium resistors hand rolled by only the finest Geisha girls.
    I plugged in and still sounded like me.:cry:

    It's just a gag generic pic I found online.:)
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  17. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 2, 2010
    In the spirit of this thread I've tried to narrow down which low gain not to gritty OD pedal boosts my low gain non master volume tube amp to distort at lower but still feedback level volume.

    Seems like I have ten of them that do the job, and recordings of those sounds sound pretty near the same.

    And of course a little analog delay...

    It's great to have so many secret weapons of tone!
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  18. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    phase shifter... set it subtle... leave it on.. fixes everything.
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  19. scout2112

    scout2112 Tele-Meister

    Nov 6, 2017
    Colorado, USA
    While I agree with your concept to a point, @hoboroadie said it best. We're playing electric guitars and every circuit that comes between the guitar and the speakers is going to make some sort of a difference, whether those circuits reside inside your amp or outside of it in a little box.
  20. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    let us know when you sight land Captain! We'll await your orders!
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