1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Biggest Pedal Letdown

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

  1. Allan Allan

    Allan Allan Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    37
    Posts:
    1,025
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2019
    Location:
    Illinois
    My other guitar wasn't bad, it's not like it had a twisted banana neck.

    I did recently get a delay pedal and it was like "oh, THIS is rockabilly" kind of like finding the last piece of the puzzle after working on hybrid picking for 16 months.
     
    El Tele Lobo and jddub440 like this.
  2. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,421
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Missoula, Montana
    Klon Centaur, bought it straight from Finnegan himself, tried to like it but I never really found a use for it, traded it for an amp. Should have held onto it, as it would be worth $$$ today, but alas.

    Then bought a KTR when they were in production, just because. Will be selling this one when it's safe to go to the post office again.

    Will probably buy another in 10 years, because I am an idiot.
     
  3. D_Malone

    D_Malone Tele-Holic

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    629
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2018
    Location:
    Ferndale, MI
    Well crap, I’ve got one coming any day. Hoping it works better with my rig than it did with yours.
     
    Axegrinder77 and GGardner like this.
  4. Matt Sarad

    Matt Sarad Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,109
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2003
    Location:
    Buckers Field!
    Klon Clone.

    Not my sound. Gave it to a friend. He loves it.
     
    northernguitar and El Tele Lobo like this.
  5. bluesintheblood

    bluesintheblood TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    82
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2021
    Location:
    Sask
    The last one, before she left...

    oh you said PEDALS, I must have mis-read what you said there
     
    NoTeleBob likes this.
  6. NoTeleBob

    NoTeleBob Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    896
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2020
    Location:
    Southwestern, USA
    Well, goes without saying that a lot of this comes down to your guitar(s), amp(s) and playing style. But it's interesting to see how many "must have" pedals are out of favor with players here or don't match up to the youtube demos.

    But there are lots of positive reviews of them. I may still have to try one!

    But at least the drummer has a place to live now.

    I've seen a lot of raves on them. Phil-X does amazing things with one - but he could do amazing things with an acoustic cigar box guitar hooked up by string to a Chinese gong as a speaker.

    They do appear to be a little muddy from what I saw. Still might try one :)
     
    Collin D Plonker and Jakedog like this.
  7. Weaselcoon

    Weaselcoon Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    434
    Joined:
    May 23, 2011
    Location:
    Tulsa,OK
    It’s weird how pedals go in and out of favor.

    But the Bad monkey isn’t that bad. While not my favorite I can always find a usable sound.
     
  8. Strebs

    Strebs Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    467
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2015
    Location:
    NE Texas
    Which one? Almost all of them. I go through this honeymoon period and then hate them. Almost every single one.

    It would be easier to list the ones that weren't big disappointments after the honeymoon period ended.
     
  9. Lawdawg

    Lawdawg Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,706
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2018
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Most of my pedal letdowns are due to me not having a clear idea what a certain kind of pedal is supposed to sound like in the first place. For example, the Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive was very disappointing to me at first but years later I figured out that I'm just not a huge fan of TS style overdrive. It's actually a great pedal for what it is and has some cool features.
     
  10. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    17,424
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    Location:
    kamloops bc
    its just personal preference, I found them to make me sound like everyone else , my revelation came at a jam with 7 other guitarist and might fine players at that, as we all stepped up for a 4 bar lead , 6 of them all had the same tone , used all the same equipment and sounded like one player , the 7th guy ( yours truly, didnt) as i just used a Zoom 707, and a DOD wah. I have a Reagun distortion pedal from about 35 years ago that sound different than the TS9, or BD but does the same thing and is a lot creamier sounding .

    reagun_distortion_001.jpg
     
    Jakedog likes this.
  11. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,392
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2010
    Location:
    On Location
    Soul Food- took it as part of a trade, wanted to see what the hype was about. I couldn't understand what it was supposed to do. It wasn't a good boost or a good dirt pedal. Flipped it the next day.

    MXR Micro Flanger- Sounded fantastic, but the volume jump meant I couldn't use it. Bought a Deluxe Electric Mistress which is like 4 times the size, but does what I want.

    Tube Screamers- I've had like 3 TS variants over the years. I know lots of people sound great with them, but I am clearly not one of them.
     
    northernguitar likes this.
  12. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    10,405
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2007
    Location:
    Manassas Park, VA
    I play in trio, or trio+harp bands,

    and I'm ' married to' my Blues Driver, always ON ( many years now). ( I do agree they are not for everyone, or every amp)

    I think this ' method' came from my trying to brighten up/wake up my old blonde ( 1999) Blues Jr., which is indeed thick and midrange-y ( talking Clean tone here) and needed some EQ help.
    My TS-9 or Barber Direct Drive, good pedals, just weren't the answer.

    But the BD-2 was or is, for my BJ.

    It just seemed ( over time) that I just turned it ON, with controls at NOON (not that I don't tweak), I could adjust everything from my guitar's controls.

    ( I do the same thing, with the BD-2 and Vox Pathfinder- kind of 'doubles' the amp's volume, makes it angry)
     
    Tele-friend and Jakedog like this.
  13. hotraman

    hotraman Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    1,208
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Location:
    Camas, WA
    POG 2. I know its a popular pedal with P&W guitarists. It didn't fit well with the way I play: more country / indie / rockabilly styles.
    Sold it and haven't looked back.
     
  14. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    1,025
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2014
    Location:
    the Telecaster Forest
    I bought a used one and wasn't real fond of it. Sold it to my local GC and the store clerks thought it was the best pedal they had heard. They were playing through it and having a great time. Guess there was no accounting for taste.
     
    Jakedog likes this.
  15. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    1,591
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2019
    Location:
    Springtown
    I'll hold onto it for you for 10 years. No charge ;)
     
  16. donrichfan

    donrichfan Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    602
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2012
    Location:
    Colorado
    Another troubled Rat relationship, here. I heard they were cool and sounded great so I found a used one and gave it a shot, but couldn’t stand it. This was 1992 and I still remember that messy affair.
     
  17. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    11,432
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Left of the Left Coast
    I should add that my biggest disappointment in pedals is probably Every Fuzz I’ve Ever Tried. They all seem fun at first, but eventually they’re just too much too much. Just not my thing.

    However, there is one I’ve had my eye on lately... :eek:
     
    Dirty Dave likes this.
  18. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    9,639
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2003
    Location:
    Augusta, Maine
    A Keeley two-knob compressor.

    It hissed whenever I turned on another pedal. No one could have bonded with it.
     
    Mark1406 likes this.
  19. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    21,334
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2003
    Location:
    The North Coast
    I’ve never heard of, or seen that pedal before. But I definitely want one.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2021
    24 track and Dan German like this.
  20. bigbean

    bigbean Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    1,693
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2013
    Location:
    Hartville OH
    Boss FDR-1 deluxe reverb in a pedal. Umm ...............not so much. Actually, even though I own a Cube amp (used $60) I'm not a fan of Roland's COSM modeling technology. The only model on the Roland Cube I use is the Roland model.


    TC shaker, TC HOF

    JHS charlie brown probably a great pedal for someone just not me.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.