Marshall Shredmaster died on me, any tips on a good pedal to replace it?

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I never thought it was that special, but looking back on some of the recordings I did with it, it was a pretty cool pedal. Any tips on what would be a good pedal to replace it with?
 

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Try tightening the foot switch. And in input and out jacks. Probably won’t work but you never know. It has worked for me in the past.
 

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Have you tried a wall wart? No power sounds like one of the most common and inevitable issues pedals have....broken battery wire. Simple fix even if you are a noob at soldering. If you have a wall wart with the proper polarity u can try it and if it works then you 99% have a bad battery wire. On the other hand, if u normally use a wall wart try and battery and if that works the power jack on the pedal has a bad solder joint or the wall wart is bad.
 

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Isn’t the Barber Dirty Bomb based on the Shredmaster?

I have a Dirty Bomb, but rarely use it. Never tried a Shredmaster, but the Dirty Bomb sounds like metal to me. Not my cup of tea, but maybe you’d like it.
 

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I never thought it was that special, but looking back on some of the recordings I did with it, it was a pretty cool pedal. Any tips on what would be a good pedal to replace it with?

I'm gonna tag @11 Gauge on this one as I believe he is a fan of the pedal and may be able to help in other ways as well.
 

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I never thought it was that special, but looking back on some of the recordings I did with it, it was a pretty cool pedal. Any tips on what would be a good pedal to replace it with?
Did you ever get it fixed?

Back in '91-'92 when those first came out I never heard anything heavier stompbox wise at that time. I was playing in an originals thrash band in late '92 - early '93 and the other guitarist was using one through a solid state PV Musician 400 head and 412 cab and his sound was massive for that genre. I wanted one desperately back then but never did get one.

I think there is some value in those old Marshall pedals and I'd try to fix it if it were mine.
 

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Did you ever get it fixed?

Back in '91-'92 when those first came out I never heard anything heavier stompbox wise at that time. I was playing in an originals thrash band in late '92 - early '93 and the other guitarist was using one through a solid state PV Musician 400 head and 412 cab and his sound was massive for that genre. I wanted one desperately back then but never did get one.

I think there is some value in those old Marshall pedals and I'd try to fix it if it were mine.
yeah, I think I will. It definitely has that low end crunch that sounds great when you mute the bass strings. I do punk/post-punk/hard rock so it definitely is great for that. I was thinking about getting a fulltone ocd in the mean time though. Would you recommend any other pedal?
 

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yeah, I think I will. It definitely has that low end crunch that sounds great when you mute the bass strings. I do punk/post-punk/hard rock so it definitely is great for that. I was thinking about getting a fulltone ocd in the mean time though. Would you recommend any other pedal?

Based on my 30-year-old memory of the Shredmaster and being an owner of an OCD I would seriously recommend a Pro Co Rat 2 which I also own for something more in the ballpark of the Shredmaster. $65-$70 new.
 

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yeah, I think I will. It definitely has that low end crunch that sounds great when you mute the bass strings. I do punk/post-punk/hard rock so it definitely is great for that. I was thinking about getting a fulltone ocd in the mean time though. Would you recommend any other pedal?

Based on my 30-year-old memory of the Shredmaster and being an owner of an OCD I would seriously recommend a Pro Co Rat 2 which I also own for something more in the ballpark of the Shredmaster. $65-$70 new.

I have an original Marshall Shredmaster, a Jekyll & Hyde which has one side based on the Shredmaster, and a Rat.
Neither alternative does the SM thing but the J&H is closer.
Get it fixed ASAP!
 

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Got a soldering iron? BYOC kits are top-notch.

 

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I'm gonna tag @11 Gauge on this one as I believe he is a fan of the pedal and may be able to help in other ways as well.

Sorry that I'm just seeing this now.

Yeah, I worked on a SM for at least one person - I don't remember what maintenance needed to be done, but I do know that the jacks and switch are weak spots. The Drivemaster has a ribbon cable that can be problematic. Maybe the SM does too (it's been a few years since I had one disassembled).

The pots get cruddy and can cause problems, too.

I'm a fan of the SM just for the contour control alone - you really can go from scooped mids to midrange-laden with just the twist of that single knob.

I love how different the Bluesbreaker, Guv'nor, and Shredmaster all were. Marshall was freakin' brilliant with those three designs.
 

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Got a soldering iron? BYOC kits are top-notch.


Actually, if it's a DIY kit, I'd personally go for the Aion FX Solstice complete kit.

Aion FX Solstice

 




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