Boss DS1. Seemed to cause feedback even with just power running through and the guitar at rest. Tried on two Orange amps and ended up selling and just being happy with the factory gain from the latter amp instead.
I think a bass cut (or treble boost) before the amp or pedal is a special secret sauce. My first taste was with my Yamaha Revstar which has a 'dry-switch' on the tone pot. It's essentially a bass cut. I swapped a 498/490 set into it and I really love the 498 with the bass cut. Makes for a very nice crispy crunchy tone. Then I bought a Rangemaster clone and it's almost always on with a dirty amp or pedal (except for Tele playing).I really dislike needing a $150 pedal to make a $200 pedal sound good!
I've been wanting to wire up a bass cut cable though, like a snake that just ate a fat rat and has a bulge in the middle.
Or maybe add some bass cut into a loop pedal so it's only in the path when the awesome but too bassy pedal is looped in.
Again though, not looking for pedals that are not right!
The BOR is reported to be a bit bass heavy while the similar and cheaper Distortron has a three position subs switch that allows less or more bass. Why leave such a useful part off an expensive pedal?
(Not sure what's up with me today but I keep leaving the B off bass)
Pedals that let me down :
[pretty much anything Andy Martin demos and then I realize (after buy the pedal) I’m NOT Andy Martin and I won’t get those sounds. ]
other than that , all the Meris stuff let me down. I had the polymoon, merc7, Enzo . The secondary features and terrible user interface made them impossible to use without advanced midi control. You could never get exactly the same sound twice without creating presets. That and a dozen other reasons...
strymon volante let me down. Sounds good, and is well made with a ton of features ...but it will never replace a real tape echo. I wanted it to..and maybe it could simulate one well enough for touring...but nothing comes close to the real thing for inspiration and overall tone. I Gotta have a genuine tape echo machine.
Pedals that lived up to the hype (and price) - CXM1978, DBA Rooms, Spaceman Polaris and Mission Control. JAM RipplyFall and ‘Monk. Browne Protein.
The JAM Rippley Fall was my one BIG dollar pedal purchase. Loved the fast leslie I could dial in on the vibrato side, but the 2-stage phaser was weak [subtle] and clipped my clean signal no matter what I did. And phaser clipping is not pleasant, especially if pristine clean is your main base tone. Could have been my EMG S / T and SA single coils, so quite possibly it was my gear. Now, if this was a $150 dollar pedal I would have kept it. But for that investment I need a phaser that I am in love with. I'm back to my Ross / Small Clone combo.
agreed, the phaser is the most pedestrian sounding part of the ripplyFall but I never got it to clipping so easily as you. And what about the chorus? It’s almost a sinful effect to many guitarists, but for those times you need to dial up some glorious 80s tones it’s gotta be one of the best I’ve heard. So, I’ll give ya the weak phaser, but that chorus has to be weighed against it.
regarding the phaser, I use a spaceman mission control to express the phaser and get some otherworldly sounds...not classic phaser, mind you..but very usable.