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Biggest Pedal Letdown

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Collin D Plonker, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. DrBGood

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    :rolleyes: with a name like that, it was to be expected.

    Joyo D-Seed for me, couldn't find how interaction between knobs worked. Anything that came out of it sounded weirdly bad.
     
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  2. Electric Warrior

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    I don't know what that pedal was trying to do, but it wasn't reverb.
     
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    Mine were two in the same vain:

    Maxon/Ibanez Sonic Distortion and Way Huge Supa-Lead. Michael Landau made the former sound awesome and Tripps used the SD-9 as his inspiration for the Supa-Lead.

    I think for the Supa-Lead, I had it down the chain which I later learned was a no-no - it wants to see the guitar and be first. Had I done that correctly, it might have stayed - pesky buffers.

    The SD-9 never made it home (from trying in the store) and the Supa-lead is probably the shortest lived pedal I have had. Although, I do want to give it another go and see if it sounds better by itself...
     
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    Boss DS1. I mean, Steve Vai and Prince can’t be wrong, no? They are when I play through one...
     
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    I have an untenable relationship with my memory boy. I loved it at first but it’s so quirky. I bought the deluxe memory boy and just couldn’t bond. I’m not sure my mb even works right anymore. EHX can be weird but I love them! Just got an Attack Decay and it’s amazing!
     
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  6. Greenmachine

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    Yeah me too. I built an RG Keen univibe and thought "it's so swirly that I don't know what to do with it..."

    Treble booster. Again, didn't see any application for it.

    MXR EQ pedal. You guessed it ... Couldn't find out what its for.

    All fine pedals, just couldn't make use of them.

    As far as godawful sounds go. There's the Rocktek distortion.
     
  7. Ziggy587

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    Do cheap pedals count? :D

    When I was in high school, DOD was one of the prevalent and cheap pedals to get. Not having enough money to always get my first choice, I settled numerous times on cheaper pedals.

    The DOD FX55c was my first distortion pedal. It sounds like such trash, I can't understand why it was manufactured for so long. I hated the way it sounded so much that it might have actually turned me off to distortion pedals! I haven't had a distortion or overdrive pedal in my rig since then, I instead opted to rely solely on the voice of the amp. I somehow ended up with a DOD FX55b, but it stays away in a drawer. I once plugged in the 55b, thinking maybe the older ones sound better. But no, they don't. It sounds like such garbage. If I didn't know better I would think the pedal was broken in some way.

    Wah and flanger were my two favorite effects when I was in high school. I really wanted a Boss BF-2, but I just couldn't afford one. So I instead got a DOD FX75c. I hated this pedal because it sounded nothing like what I wanted. I really wanted something like "And the Cradle Will Rock" and the FX75c just didn't do that. Of course, at that time I only had some cheap combo amps with no effects loops. I always wondered what the FX75c would sound like in the effects loop of my Marshall DSL. Possibly good, because I just looked this pedal up on eBay and it goes for around $80 now. It had almost NO value when I sold mine. Strange. I did like the stereo feature of the pedal though. Back then, I only had two small combo amps that were barely loud enough to play with drums. I use to use the FX75c last in my chain just so I could play out of both amps and be a little louder!

    Delay was always another must-have pedal for me, but I seem to recall there being no cheap delays on the market when I was in high school. I'm pretty sure the DOD DFX9 was my first delay pedal, I got a used one at a good price. I had no problem with the way this pedal sounded, in fact I rather liked it. But the switch started acted up, and it would take several attempts to turn it off or on. It once got stuck on while I was playing for an audience. These days I would just repair it, but back then I couldn't so I ended up selling it (yes, I truthfully stated the condition of it). I also looked this one up on eBay just now and saw that it goes for $80 and up. What's with these DOD pedals having high prices? They were worthless 20 years ago, I remember them as budget pedals that didn't have the best build quality.

    The DOD FX40B (equalizer) I never had an issues with. I mean, and EQ is hard to mess up. As every DOD counterpart to a Boss pedal was, it was the more affordable EQ pedal so it was the one that I got. But it always worked fine, so it's the only DOD pedal that I never cared to replace for something better.




    So cheap pedals aside, I think the only time I was really disappointed with a pedal purchase was when I got an Elextro Harmonix Small Clone. I really like the way it sounds, but I wasn't totally satisfied with the features of the pedal. I dig the single rate knob and the two position depth switch, but after getting it home and playing it for a while I realized I really want to control the depth more. I looked into it, and modifying it with a depth knob is pretty easy to do. Although, I really wasn't a fan of having asymmetrical knobs. I didn't really like that it had a 3.5mm DC jack. I have one adapter, and I use it with my above mentioned DOD FX40B. But I figured it would also be easy enough to mod it with a standard 5.5mm OD jack, and I might as well if I was doing that depth mod thing. One thing I REALLY hated about it though was the very loud pop you get when engaging the switch. I was looking into various ways to fix or mitigate this, but then a thought occurred to me. I paid all this money for a pedal and I'm not satisfied with it, and I have to do all these mods to turn it into what I want. Why don't I just sell it and get something else?

    I ended up getting a Boss CH-1, which I do like for certain things. But I really do like the way the Small Clone sounds, and it's still what I really want. So I've actually just recently decided to build my own clone of one, and that way I can get one with the features I want it to have.






    I did the same, but only because of a good deal. My local Guitar Center broke down their Boss pedal display thing and sold them all off for really cheap. I got an AW-3 for a really good price. It was fun to mess around with, there was nothing really terrible about the pedal, but I didn't realize that I really wanted an envelope filter. I thought maybe I could salvage the AW-3 and use it with bass for some funky stuff, but I didn't at all like the way it sounded with bass. But it was no big loss since I got it cheap, I think I got it all back when I traded it.

    I actually wasn't too satisfied with the Boss OC-3. I got it to use exclusively with bass. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos before getting it, and I thought it looked fine. It sounded just fine, but I was let let down on how it tracked. It didn't really track very well on the lower frets. I know this isn't an uncommon thing, but I'm use to using a Whammy which tracks on any fret. And since I have a Whammy, I wouldn't use the OC-3 for guitar, so it was traded away.
     
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  8. Bob M

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    Holy Grail reverb for me. It was ok, except it was the most poorly built piece of equipment I have ever used. The knob snapped off at a gig and I scrapped it.
     
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    A few that have come and gone:

    • Fulltone GT-100
    • Xotic BB Preamp Overdrive
    • Pigtronix Disnortion
    • Z Vex Box of Rock
     
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    Yeah, I have a Topanga as well, and yep, for spring verb it's the best I've heard. I also have a Digitech/hardwire Supernatural ambient verb, and it's spring is not as good as the topanga (the plate is killer though), but it's still better than the wampler spring.
     
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  11. northernguitar

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    The price on a DOD has shot up. Not sure about the build quality. My FX65 chorus is my oldest pedal, and has given me no reason to seek out another chorus pedal. I will say that my battery door is still attached, only because of a piece of electrical tape. Lotsa them out there without.
     
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    I enjoyed the super ego. It needed to be before buffers early on in the chain.

    I've been disappointed with every overdrive pedal besides the ssbs ****. I use a rat clone with some control for midrange and a switch that lets it do some fuzz factory type stuff. Very fun. I have a vintage one that will stay with me forever but I don't want to gig anymore.

    Most of the amp in the box pedals are let downs. I don't like tube screamers. I use vintage vox amps and I already have mids. I'm looking for interesting textures.

    I don't like fuzz faces. I'm more into the colorsound circuits like tonebenders, their take on the big muff and anything germanium is excellent.

    I also don't like the pt2399 in delay pedals. Should stay in kids toys and not in audio circuits. I think digital dsp does a better lo Fi than this chip trying to do lo fi. Go figure.
     
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    This thing, holy f’n noise. image.jpg
     
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    It's a perfect name for how it functions, like the superego shaping external input.
     
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    Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz ( bought used and resold on CL many years ago)

    I just remember a Guitar Player magazine Fuzz roundup, and GP raved it up, and I found one years later.

    Maybe I did not know ( then) how to use it, and I still seem to have 'fuzz using' issues, and should have just cranked it up and use my guitar Volume knob. ( as I understand it is a FF type)

    All I remember is everything I tried with the Tweak Fuzz, sounded terrible, and I was very disappointed.

    May have been me!
     
  16. Bill

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    Because I use them into a clean amp these didn’t sound good at all to me. Not their fault, they weren’t intend to be used this way:

    Fulltone Fulldrive.

    Original TS-9 with whatever that magic chip is.

    Original, 1970s third version Big Muff Pi. Blahhhh. I have the early, first version, which is truly extraordinary. But this third version is ho-hum.

    Also got an original Phase 100. Sounded no where near as good as my 1970s EH Small Stone.
     
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    Not a pedal, but I managed to save up and buy an Epiphone Casino in my 20's. When I got it home I realized I'm still not very good and this new guitar wasn't going to fix that.

    It's kind of how I treat all gear at this point, buying something isn't going to make me play better.
     
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    I don't know about that....for me getting a better quality guitar, amp and then later a delay pedal all helped me tremendously improve playing the guitar.
    My first rig was like trying to cut frozen butter with a wooden spoon, since then I have an american strat and all tube amp with spring reverb which is like trying to cut room temp butter with a machete.
     
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    My expectations for the Bad Monkey were just way too high. I bought one before the onslaught of Youtube demos. It seemed to be universally loved by folks who raved that it was a TS killer for a fraction of the price. Maybe if I had played it w/o any expectations ("Hey, I wonder how this inexpensive ugly pedal with a funny name sounds?"), I would have loved it the way you love that obscure band that you think you've discovered.
    bad monkey.jpeg
     
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    It took me awhile to bond with my Rat. I knew the sound I was chasing. I really couldn’t blame the pedal. I think it was more me and my limitations. But once I found the sweet spot. Settings have never moved
     
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