How many pedals is too many?

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  1. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Friend of Leo's

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    I still say 7, unless you have an exemption from the Musicians Unions or have a relative working for a pedal manufacturer. Its just plain showy and we musicians are above all that....
     
  2. TelePunkJCM

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    All ya'll really live in constant fear, it seems.

    Use as many pedals as you want.

    Why ask us?
     
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    Pedal envy is what destroyed the punk rockers... Be careful the path you choose to tread is a narrow one traveled in darkness. you can accidentally stomp on the wahwah instead of the fuzz and turn black sabbath into a funk band.

    The axe welds immense power, it must be used wisely or destruction reigns..
     
  4. Greggorios

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    Probably a personal preference thing depending on what sound you're aiming for. Example: I like a telecaster/blackface combo. Once I can't hear something that feels like that I'd probably start thinking about removing something from the signal path.
     
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    The money thing is a little ridiculous as pedals are not really that expensive.

    So I have 10 pedals to get different sounds to amuse me. Guessing that probably represents $1500 or so when you add in the board, power supply, cables, etc.. (Nothing I have is really boutique/expensive except for my DMM)

    But I only have 2 guitars... someone who has 5-10 guitars and some of them are Fender Custom Shop or USA Gibson or USA PRS, Taylor, Martin, and switches guitars for different sounds spent a lot more. Same thing with switching between 2-3 different tube amps. (Though I'd argue it's pretty hard to use pedals to simulate 2-3 different tube amps.)

    And pedals don't require setups.
     
  7. Obsessed

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    A very valid point, considering costs. 12 boutique pedals for an MIA tele or a Mesa amp. It does put things in perspective. Also, if you are covering 80s stuff, the requirement of effects automatically goes up compared to covering mid 60s stuff.
     
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    Personally one is too many. I'm not good enough yet to really exploit all of the possibilities that just a good amp and a good guitar have to offer, and I've been at this 30+ years.
     
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    oh bother with all y'all. no one should care and really I don't. I've heard wonderful stuff with and without and life is too short to count somebody else's choices.

    Besides, it's been decided! It's scripture!

    "...then shall thou count to three. No more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shall count and the number of the counting shall be three..."

     
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    I don’t know. I played in a successful new wave cover band for years with a tuner, Chorus, OD and delay into a single channel amp. Worked fine. Sounded great.

    Don’t get me wrong, in no anti-pedal “purist”. But when I was learning the material I watched lots of live cuts of the artists to nick their tricks and they rarely seemed to worry about every nuance of the recorded sound.
     
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    For us non-gigging pedal lovers, too many pedals is 2 more than you have.

    Ymmv
     
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    I am reminded of the pilot who flies the gauges instead of the airplane. Play the guitar, not the pedals. They are there to enhance, not take over.
     
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    Not that I "play the pedals", I have my hands full with the guitar, I'm literally not good enough to do both.

    But tell that to Radiohead. Their fans don't seem to care.

    Pretty sure everyone here would say Ed O'Brien has too many pedals. And he does really nutty stuff with them.
     
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    I think that ONE is too many! If you can't play a guitar without using your feet, get a Hammond Organ!
     
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    I tend to fall on the upper end of the “less is more” spectrum. My board contains an OD, a modded Rat2 with the distortion knob less than 1/4 up, Flashback delay, Holy Grail reverb, EQ and a wah. That’s a lot, imho.

    You’ll notice the wah is the only tonal modulation option I have. I’ve never liked chorus, phaser, flanger... any of that stuff.

    But everyone should have — and like — their own sound.
     
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    I am sure this was in jest, but since you invited me into the fray....

    IDK, I think it depends on what you are doing or want to do. I have a variety of pedals for creativity reasons. One type of fuzz may inspire a certain song while another type would inspire something else. Playing live might need only a few or many, again, depending on what you want to do and if you want to lug all that around...

    They are sonic tools and should be used as such, each one for the purpose you see fit.

    You know, this is hard to argue against....

    My pedalboard doesn't have a towel though...
     
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    I liked dirt pedals when I was a kid and just used whatever crappy amp I could get my hands on.

    Now I use the right amps for what I want to do and no pedals because I hate them.

    So....I'll say more than a tuner is too many.
     
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