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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by El Tele Lobo, Dec 3, 2020.

  1. bcorig

    bcorig Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I bought my TS-9 in Y2K because I read SRV used it. It sat idle for 20 years. Didn’t learn how to use it until I finally put a pedalboard together this past Spring.
    I bought my Cool Cat Chorus in Y2K because of a review in Guitar Magazine. Had no idea what to with it. See above.
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  2. Allan Allan

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    Woolly mammoth fuzz.
     
  3. 11 Gauge

    11 Gauge Doctor of Teleocity

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    I think that depends on the vendor. For the smaller operations, finishes and graphics will add substantial price to the cost, either by farming out that stuff in smaller batches, or doing it in-house manually.

    For bigger operations, such costs are greatly minimized, by automating the processes of machining, finishing, and applying graphics to their pedals. They don't even need to silkscreen the enclosures any longer (using new UV printing tech), so it's really then just limited to the initial cost of the tools needed for that.

    As someone who builds pedals, I've personally found that the singlemost thing that affects measurable cost is the labor/time to build. If you automate everything, and come up with designs that don't require skilled hands and eyes for any part of the process, IMO it becomes quite cheap, with the costs of the aesthetic parts being mostly or totally absorbed, because they're basically negligible.
     
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  4. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I've bought pedals in spite of the graphics.
     
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  5. 11 Gauge

    11 Gauge Doctor of Teleocity

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    ...Actually, I'll admit that it's partially an aesthetic thing, and that I'm typically tempted to get Barber pedals, because of their INTERIOR construction:

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    I like that I can see that the pots, switches, jacks, and LED are all off-board, making replacement, with quality parts, fairly easy.

    Added bonus - since everything is off-board, you don't even need to concern yourself with using the exact same vendor's component. For example, I tend to prefer the Alpha version of the 3PDT footswitch. So if/when the 'Taiwan blue' in the pic above would fail, that's what I'd replace it with.

    Also, the in and out jacks in a Barber pedal will probably never need to be replaced. IME, I've never found the same to be true of PCB-mounted jacks, which are typically a bit of a pain to replace, and require that they be the same type.
     
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  6. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Haha...I think we all have.
     
  7. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    I have one. I don’t use it much. Sounds thin and flat. Paid way too much for it. I’m never buying boutique again.

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  8. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    The first of the series, luckily it lived up to the name
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    Which prompted me to buy
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    ...luckily they've all been, well, you know

    I've been tempted by this
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    ...since I play in a band named "The Blowtorches"
     
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  9. stonge

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    I have a BMF Fat Bastard that I refer to as my signature pedal, and a Wampler Talent Booster to go with my Ego Compressor. The Fat Bastard and the Ego Compressor are great, but that Talent Booster isn't working out like I hoped lol...
     
  10. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    Never even considered it. I am after what what a pedal does for my sound. In fact, over the years I have owned some awful looking pedals, but at the same time a few very cool looking ones too. Pedals to me are just to get the job done for my ears, not my eyes.
     
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  11. BigBillow

    BigBillow Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    When looking for what to try out....I have 100% ruled-out pedals based on looks. Haven't really gotten excited about anything based on looks though.

    Pretty much the opposite of OP's question, but there are somethings I just don't want to look at.

    Don't think I've ever bought or wanted to try a pedal based on looks alone...with the exception of a Marshall Shredmaster (V1) I got from my local guitar center for $30 in the late 90's.

    Here are the last 2 pedal I bought (plus bonus ugly fuzz):

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    king of tone clone + green ringer/ fuzz


    That said....I do appreciate a clever title/name and slick marketing...though don't want to pay extra for that.
     
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  12. BigBillow

    BigBillow Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Damn, what pedal is that? That's impressive. I have a couple big-box Barber pedals, the man knows what he's doing!

    Who says is beauty only skin deep :)
     
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  13. MrCairo46

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    Uh yea , I do
    Also only known reformed church to use an Auto Wah. 55AE6092-2417-4B54-BB42-EC7E07DCE2AB.jpeg
    and I own a Chick-fil-a restaurant
    :)
     
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  14. Sparky2

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    Okay, now THAT is what I'm talkin' about!!

    :D
     
  15. El Tele Lobo

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    …So you had to get the pedal too. I go to a reformed church as well. I didn’t know there was a thing about auto wah though. Although I did have a worship leader one time who couldn’t stand tremolo. Hated it actually.
     
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  16. Rustbucket

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    Looks tasty, but does it work on Sundays?
     
  17. John E

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    Raises hand...

    A local guy was building pedals a few years ago... He had two dirt/fuzz pedals, one had Frankenstein on it and his eyes were red LEDs... the other was a topless woman and the LEDs were at the tips of her... ummm... tatas. I bought both pedals sight unseen (well not true. I saw pictures but never heard or used them). They actually were decent pedals but I sold them in a fit of gas long ago... lol
     
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    I am 100% with Keith on this. That stuff would always steer me away from gear.
     
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  19. JuneauMike

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    I play music in church and was in need of a compressor pedal that had more than just the old Dynacomp 2-knob deals. So I bought a Calvin Compressor, largely because of the art.

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    Its a great 5-knob compressor pedal and a great conversation piece for people who don't care a bit about what gear I'm using ("ha, I will make you care!!").
     
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  20. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    I would buy these two,.... if they actually existed...
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