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First Pedal

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Johnkir64, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. Johnkir64

    Johnkir64 TDPRI Member

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    What would you fellow forum members recommend for a first pedal. Wife is looking to get me something for Christmas. Keep in mind that you’re dealing with a pedal newbie here.
     
  2. ukepicker

    ukepicker Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Tube screamer?
    Preferably something that can be run easily on a battery (overdrives, analog pedals).
    What kind of music do you play?
     
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    Line 6 M5 .which gives you 100 pedals in one box
     
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  4. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Friend of Leo's

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    That depends on a lot of things... The Ibanez TS-9 is perhaps the most widely used pedal. But, for starter pedals, depending on the type of music, I'd say one of these in no particular order:

    Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer
    Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
    Boss DS-1 Distortion (if you are into heavier rock & roll)
    Fulltone OCD - a great pedal for many styles
    Boss BD-2 Bluesdriver

    A multi-effects would not be a bad way to go for a variety of sounds. Many options to choose from out there, one suggested above.
     
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    Delay. Boss DD7 will give you all kinds of fun new sounds to work with.
     
  6. Grandma's Tele

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    A compressor, a delay or an overdrive pedal! It also depends on your amp. If you have delay and gain on your amp then get a compressor!

    By the way, + 1 for the Line 6 M5 suggestion!
     
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  7. Modman68

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    Our answers will be useless without context... what kind of music does she play, what kind of amp, and what kind of guitar.

    The first will help us suggest the type of pedal, the last two will help with the make.

    A fuzz pedal may be great if you are into garage, but not so much if jazz is your thing. A tube screamer works best with amps that have a mid scoop but can be boxy with the opposite.
     
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    do NOT get one of those 1000 effects in one box things, too much.

    got good reverb and/or tremolo on the amp? no? then maybe that.

    chorus is nice

    a booster pedal? TS9(etc) is popular but a lot of us don't like how it muddies things up. hard to beat the Archer for that extra little bit

    other than that... a tuner?
     
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  9. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Yeah, what are we looking for here? The Spark Mini is probably the best clean boost out there. A Boss SD-1 or an Ibanez TS9 for a mid boost overdrive. A Boss BD-2, Timmy, or Wampler Euphoria for a transparent overdrive. TC digital pedals for reverb and delay, and their Tone Print technology makes them versatile. The MXR Phase 95 is every MXR phaser in a mini pedal.
     
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    get the line 6 :) it's a really neat unit, if you're a newbie it will help you explore the various pedal that it emulates, then you can eventually get the real ones if you feel the need.

    but it also depends on what amp you have .. if it doesn't have reverb i'd say reverb/delay pedal first
     
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    JustABluesGuy Friend of Leo's

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    More info is needed, but an affordable, decent, and easy to use muti-effect peddle offers a lot of bang for the buck, and gives those new to effects a chance to play around with many different ones to figure out what they like and what works with their amp.

    I started off with one, and by the time I was ready to go to individual effects, I had a much better idea which effects to buy. Depending on the unit, you may not need anything else for a while. I used a multi-effects unit for at least 10 years before I started buying any individual pedals.
     
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  12. GGardner

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    And what price range? That helps narrow the field too.
     
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    I would go for a multi effects of some sort too. M5 is a good shout
     
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    Budget? Music style? Favorite bands or guitar players?
    Help us help you
     
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    If you have an amp that excels at clean tones I’d go with the TS-9 Ibanez Tube Screamer or an Electro Harmonix East River Drive which gets you similar overdrive for about $35 less.

    If your amp delivers clean tones and overdrive tones that you like then Id get a delay pedal. Echo is fun. Long beautiful echos, short slap-back echos.....all kinds of echos. The MXR Carbon Copy is great at $149 and the Electro Harmonix has the Memory Toy at $99 which is very similar.

    If you’re mostly into clean tones I’d get the delay.
     
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    Depends
    If your amp has 2 channels, you don’t need a distortion pedal. I’d go with a chorus pedal. Adds depth to a lot of any style playing.
    If a distortion pedal is something, the Ibanez Tune screamer .
     
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    Tuner, wah pedal or delay. Overdrive you can get from the amp.
     
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    No question, an EQ pedal. Lots to learn from and will teach you to listen.

    BTW, it was my first pedal.:cool:
     
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    Depends on your style and your amp.

    Having said that...

    Overdrive or Distortion if your amp does "clean"...

    Tremolo, Phase Shifter or Chorus if your amp does does "dirty"...

    Or a Wah. Endless hours of fun await all new Wah users...to the lament of their family and friends.
     
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    This^^^
     
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