Both sounded absolutely awful. Although to be fair, the monkey sounded worse.
Once in a while I'll think that I need to try one. Then I listen to a Youtube demo and the feeling goes away.
It always pays to be open to new ideas, but I've listened to a lot of Rat and Rat clone demos on Youtube, and I've never once heard a sound that would be of any use to me. I realize that all demos have to be taken with a grain of salt, but without anything to grab my interest it just never seemed like a worthwhile investment.I wasn't interested in the RAT sound ever, but for some reason I got into my head to get a RAT clone so I got me a Chicago Stompworks Vermin since the price was right. Plugged it, strummed a chord and was like "Whoa"! Why didn't I try this before! I was super suprised about liking it so much. It felt right. Now I want to try other RAT flavors available.
Honorable mention to the Peterson Strobostomp strobe tuner pedal (earlier blue box version - circa 2007-ish). It was advertised as "true bypsss" -- NOT. With the pedal OFF it was major tone suck. Sold it and got a KORG Pitchblack pedal tuner and never looked back. IMHO, the best pedal tuner out there...
Honorable mention to the MXR Micro Amp... white box, one knob, one switch... yeah that guy... When the pedal is kicked in, all of the guitars tone is there, works great... turn the pedal off and its like turning the tone knob down on your guitars. aka "ssvere tone suck" when the pedal is OFF... It was not advertised as "true bypass"... Later I replaced that boost pedal with a Cusack More Louder... chiclet-sized boost that has plenty of headroom if you want BOOST its got BOOST... Its now been on my board for many years. Zero tone suck...
Back when I had the MXR Micro Amp I didn't know anything about "true bypass" versus "buffered bypass" -- The Micro Amp was sort of my introduction to the world of learning about buffered bypass. My ears could definitely hear the difference. When the pedal was ON... full tones including all highs/treble tones from my guitars. When the effect of the Micro Amp was turned OFF, I learned a new phrase "tone suck"... notice-ably the treble produced by the guitar had disappeared.
At the time, I was giving guitar lessons and so my students could learn about effects I had bought several (cheap) effects types from the "Digitech X-Series" line
- Digitech Turbo Flange,
- Digitech Digidelay (with printing so small you'd need to turn the hubble telescope on it to read the font size),
- Digitech CF-7 Chorus Factory,
- Digitech Hyper Phase
I had all of these from Digitech (around the year 2007-2008) and they all had "tone suck" when the effect was OFF... thus I learned the difference that year about "true bypass" versus "buffered bypass"...
Then it was like searching for steel in the Conan the Barbarian movie... I was on a quest for "True Bypass"... and as I watched the world around me erupted into advertisements that "...and this pedal is true bypass"... Pretty soon it was the catch phrase of the millennium...
Until articles came out stating that you needed ONE buffered bypass pedal on your board so you could have a bit longer cable run... hahaha... so tone suck pedals are back... and now companies even make a single doo-dad pedal thing that is JUST a buffered bypass contraption... hahahaha... who-da-thunk-it
I'm glad I wasn't the only one on the oceans 11. So much variety and some settings were really fun. In the end, I don't like getting too far away from the sound I put when bypassed. That said, now I'm getting sentimental gas. I kind of wish I could noodle around on it again. Maybe I can find a used deal...
I was disappointed with the EHX Soul Food for the longest time, and then I discovered I wasn’t using it correctly. I’ve read everyone’s comments on various gain pedals they didn’t like and I bet your disappoint was similar to mine. You were judging that pedal on its own merits alone, not how it interacted with other pedals.
For a year or so I couldn't get a good sound out of it. One day I tried setting the Bass and Treble at max, and there it was: a nice overdrive that added dirt but didn't alter the overall EQ (I'm trying hard not to type "transparent overdrive"...whoops.) To my ears at least, those Bass and Treble knobs were just cut knobs. Once I started maxing them out and then just cutting a little of either as needed for the room, it was pretty useful for me.
Btw, how did we make it this far down with no mention of the Metal Zone? I have one someone gave me and I think I've plugged it in a few times.
Back in the 90's I splurged on a Zoom 9000 multi effect pedal that promised it could do everything in just one box. I was pretty a total newbie to guitar but I figured the Zoom was versatile enough for other applications (I wanted reverb or delay for my harmonica too) so it seemed a worthwhile investment. Well it was fiddly to use and the "out there" exotic 90's effects left me cold. especially combined with my inept playing. I gave up at guitar not long after and thereafter it sat in a box in the attic for 25 years.
So Mid Life Crisis creeps up, I pick up the guitar again and this time I get it!
I got a few cheap pedals before I retrieved the dusty old Zoom and I've used it to fill a few gaps in the chain. Using it again after so long has really made me aware how ignorant I was of pedal lore back then. The Zoom's naff in so many ways but I'm able to appreciate what all that mid 90's tech offered a bit better now in 2021. I've learned to get the best out of it by ignoring ALL presets, starting from scratch and adding in only what I want. I've also come to value its numerous limitations (It's versatile in so many limiting ways). In an odd way it's quite liberating to have to make do with the levels of effect it offers (none, Some, More! LOTS!!) It allays decision fatigue which in turn has made me a lot less fussy about the settings on my other gear. Close enough-good enough lets me just focus on playing!
Perhaps the Zoom 9000's not SO bad after all; that's what I keep trying to tell myself.
More likely I'm just digging the 90's Zeitgeist it conjures!
What pedal did you gassed hard for ,and when you got it, you just didn't bond with it? Which one broke your heart the most?
Mine was the EHX Superego. Andy Martin made it sound so good in his video, playing Shine on You Crazy Diamond and sounding like the recording. I plugged it in and I was totally disassociated with it.
I tried to love it the way I loved it while watching all the videos, while looking for the right deal and finally having the thrill of finally getting my hands on it. But no dice. In two weeks, I was absolutely done with it.
Any stories to share?