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need advice on buying my first pedal

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by jwmtele, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. jwmtele

    jwmtele Tele-Meister

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    I have been playing for years,I have a les paul and a telecaster with a
    4 way switch that give me a fat sound in the 4th postion and roll offf the tone.
    I play the telecaster about 80% of the time.My amp is a small vox tube amp.
    I play alot of blues,early british blues , peter green's fleetwood mac.
    led zepp,bluesbreakers,also alot of Hendrix,BB King,Rolling stones.
    What type of pedal do you think will work for me?I been looking at fuzz
    pedals like mjm brit bender,fulltone 70 bc fuzz and also looking at overdrive
    pedals like fulltone OCD,boss bd-2 blues driver.What do you think
    I should be looking at for the kind of music I play?I am looking for something
    versatile and easy to use.Thanks for any and all advice.
    James
     
  2. antiuser

    antiuser Tele-Meister

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    That will depend on what sort of sound you're looking for. If you want a boost with a smoother, more natural breakup, look into a Tube Screamer or OCD. If you want the creamy sustain of Cream-era Clapton, look into a Fuzz Face (or maybe even a Big Muff).
     
  3. dog fart

    dog fart Friend of Leo's

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    Like antiuser says it really depends on what sort of sound you're after. I'll go out on alimb and say you will prob be better served with an OD. Which OD is another subject, one that gets talked to death around here. So what kind of amp are you using?
     
  4. Stratburst

    Stratburst Friend of Leo's

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    I would second the overdrive pedal, followed closely by a fuzz pedal and a wah. :twisted:

    BTW, what's your budget? That'll give us a better idea of which pedals to recommend.
     
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    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    rat
     
  6. Navigator

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    I thought everyone's first pedal was a DS-1.
     
  7. antiuser

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    Mine was actually the much rarer OD-1. I still regret selling it.
     
  8. jwmtele

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    my first pedal

    Thanks guys for all the advice.one you asked what kind of amp
    I have,it is a vox ac4tv tube amp..Most i can spend on a pedal
    is around $150.I am taking your advice and looking into OD pedals
    I am looking at the fulltone OCD and the boss bd-2 blues driver.
    I do not gig,I am a bedroom player and cannot play loud to overdrive
    my amp.so i need OD pe0dal that works at bedroom level.
    Thanks everyone for your input.
    James
     
  9. Guitar_Alec

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    The vox ice drive is a fantastic pedal, and less than 150. TS-9 and blues drivers are great too. The vox pedal has a little more versatility in my opinion though.
     
  10. middy

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    I'd go with fuzz or wah if you like those 60s sounds.

    Your Vox should have plenty of overdrive on its own.
     
  11. 6ixstring

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    I say go with the OCD that you have in mind. I have 9 overdrives in my current pedal collection and have had countless more. The OCD always has a place on my board. The OCD is a great standalone od, fantastic boost, and plays well with other pedals. Fulltone builds great road rugged pedals. Fulltone pedals also seem to hold their value pretty well.
     
  12. tlimbert65

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    I'll recommend the BD-2 Blues Driver. Even after buying a couple high-end pedals, I keep coming back to the BD for my Tele into my Pro Junior or Bandit. It doesn't do everything, but it does what it does very well.
     
  13. popthree

    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

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    get a delay
     
  14. BMusic

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    +1
     
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    love the influences... get a wah for the 60's vibe, good fun to play with aswell...
     
  16. JaMmeRman

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    I'm going to say what I wish someone told me when I was in your position. DO NOT buy a Blues Driver. The modded ones are decent but stock it sounds like a buzz saw anywhere past very light gain. Especially with single coils.

    OCDs are great pedals and versatile, or some other kind of Tubescreamer variant - Sparkle Drive, the Hardwire Tube Overdrive is pretty decent and you can get them super cheap on the Bay.

    I'm also going to +1 the delay pedal. Those are the most fun to play around with.
     
  17. RomanS

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    Can't help you with the fuzz, but a great budget OD option for those kind of tones is the Marshall BluesBreaker pedal; a lot of the artists you mentioned played Marshall JTM45/Bluesbreaker amps - and that pedal is modelled after those amps' tones...
     
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    mine was :D
     
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    GC I don't know about because I never tried, but most other (smaller) stores will let you bring your own guitar and try out their pedal demo setups.
     
  20. AJBaker

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    ...or a reverb or tremelo if you don't have them on your amp. Especially good for Peter Green sounds.
     
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