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Pedals that have come and gone, pedals that have stayed

Discussion in 'Pedal/Effects Owners Clubs' started by theprofessor, Nov 11, 2020.

  1. theprofessor

    theprofessor Poster Extraordinaire

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    This is little more than a narration of my own experience with various pedals, listing those that I've tried and that have, for one reason or another, gone back out the door, and those that have stayed (at least for now). The ones that have stayed have stayed for a while now, and there are a couple that have gone that I might like to have back.

    Maybe it's interesting to someone or sparks a good discussion about some of the differences between some of the pedals.

    Here are some pedals that have come and gone in the past seven years or so. (It was frankly shocking when I started writing these down to see how many different pedals I've owned and sold.)

    Lovepedal High Power Tweed Twin

    Lovepedal Les Lius

    Lovepedal Champ

    Lovepedal Brownface Deluxe 4-knob

    Lovepedal/Hermida EPH-3 Tape Echo Simulator

    Lovepedal/Hermida Reverb 3

    Lovepedal 60’s Reverb

    Subdecay Super Spring Theory Reverb Plus

    Catalinbread Topanga Spring Reverb

    Tone City Tape Machine

    Hudson Broadcast

    Way Huge Swollen Pickle

    Way Huge Red Llama

    Way Huge Aqua Puss Mk II

    Boss Blues Driver BD2

    Boss Analog Delay DM2

    Maxon AD-10 Analog Delay

    MI Audio Crunch Box

    Fulltone OCD V4

    Fulltone Full Drive 2 MOSFET

    ProCo Rat 2 (twice!)

    Maestro Fuzz MFZ-1 clone by CSW

    Bluesbreaker clone by CSW

    Red Llama clone by CSW

    Xotic EP Booster

    TC Electronic Spark Booster (4-knob)

    TC Electronic Flashback Digital Delay

    TC Electronic Hall of Fame

    TC Electronic Ditto Looper

    EHX 360 Looper

    EHX Holy Grail Reverb Nano

    Voodoo Labs Tremolo 4-knob (twice!)

    Wampler Euphoria

    Wampler Tumnus


    Of all these that I no longer have, I think I'd like to have the Voodoo Labs 4-knob tremolo, the TC Electronic Spark booster (4-knob), and possibly the Lovepedal High Power Tweed Twin back. There were some other great pedals in there, but not all of them both sounded great and worked with my sound. Just because I didn't keep them obviously doesn't mean that they won't work well with other people's sound. I don't use a lot of overdrive, so it's not surprising that I don't keep those. But they're fun to experiment with. Of all the overdrives I've owned, the only one I couldn't get rid of fast enough was the Tumnus. I guess I'm not a Klon guy...


    Here are the ones that have stayed:

    Foxpedal Magnifica Deluxe reverb

    Benson preamp

    Supro Boost (I especially like it at 18V)

    Catalinbread Belle Epoch EP Tape Echo

    Keeley Compressor+ 4-knob

    Wampler Latitude Deluxe Tremolo V2

    Boss DS-1

    TC Electronic Polytune


    I don't use delay/tape echo or compression much, but when I do, the Belle Epoch and the Compressor+ sound great to me. When I need reverb for an amp, it's the Foxpedal. When I need tremolo, I can now turn to the Latitude. If I had one of these pedals that would be "always on," it would be the Supro Boost. The Latitude really has far more features than I need, but I played one in a store and thought it sounded simply superb. Despite the bad rap that optical tremolo has amongst some, I really, really like it. I have a couple of amps with bias-vary tremolo, which is great, but there's something about that choppy optical tremolo when you need it... The Benson preamp is perfect for me. As I said, I don't use a lot of overdrive, but this one can do a broad gamut of overdrive types, all of which sound good. And there's the Boss DS-1 that I modified to my liking. It sounds great with humbuckers, so I've kept it.

    So there. Just sayin'. Maybe it'll spark a conversation.
     
  2. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Wow. From casual observation I'm most surprised you moved on from the HPTT. You seemed to really like it.

    Have you detected a common theme/strain to the survivors vs the castoffs?

    Beyond sounding great and working with your sound, which is of course the goal. But why those did and the others didn't?
     
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  3. blowtorch

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    A lot come in. I mean, a LOT
    Few go anywhere, though

    I'm a sucker for a stompbox
     
  4. theprofessor

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    None of the reverb pedals sounded right to me, until I got the Foxpedal. Not to say that they all sounded bad, but none "quite right." The larger format of some of the pedals tend to make me want to get rid of them if they are on the bubble. I hate that about all the Way Huge pedals, even though they tend to sound great. Also the Voodoo Labs tremolo is a larger format, but I'd have one of those again in a heartbeat. And of course I now have a Wampler Latitude, which takes up a lot of real estate.

    The main things are (1) clarity, clarity, clarity (2) flexibility (I don't like things that have just one sound, which may have been why the HPTT didn't stay), and (3) for me actually to use the overdrive regularly, it's going to have to be mild and dynamic in nature (4) there are some pedals that I felt like "sounded digital" to me more than others, and I don't want that. Some of the TC Electronic pedals have this characteristic to my ears.
     
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    Last year

    Out:
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    Maxxon 808
    EHX Small Clone
    MXR phase 90

    In:
    Wampler Plexidrive
    Wampler Tumnus
    Full tone Soul Bender v2
    MXR Phase 90 Script
    Boss CH-1 Chorus
     
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    Haven't sold anything this year, which is new to me. I used to get rid of stuff that I'd miss in a few months. I think I got about 10 pedals this year. I've decided not to get any more units until 2021 (I know we're halfway through November, so that may sound funny; however, well, you know... GAS!)
     
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    I came to add two things:

    I forgot to list a Keeley 1962 that I had for awhile but returned to GC after deciding it wasn't my sound.

    And I also just got another Lovepedal High Power Tweed Twin to give it a try again.
     
  8. kevsonic

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    I should make a similar list, and loosely what made me keep vs jettison them. It's going to be an undertaking, when I do. The list of dirt/boost pedals I have currently is embarrassingly long as it is!
     
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  9. theprofessor

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    Yes, it can be quite revealing in several ways. The most constructive, I suppose, is that it shows you what you thought didn't work. If you know why, then you've really learned something. Some of my discards were simply because there was something else I wanted, and pedals are easily to flip. But I do think I've learned what I like and don't like from trying things out. I've learned the same with amps by building them, but that's a much more involved and expensive process!
     
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    I bring alot home, last one is a Lovepedal purple Plexi 800 that is just the bees knees imo. I'm really gonna try to keep them all now, i have around 35 atm. I've gotten rid of alot in the past and always seem to miss them later, some ,like the Danelectro Dan Echo which is really not that great technically but something i seem to have fun with, i've bought four times. Now I'm wanting a stupid MXR Blue box again, ive had how many????
     
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    I think this is an interesting excercise for reflection and introspection. Revealing.

    I have always stuck with a pedal for a few years before selling it. I suppose I was content with all of my pedal selections until it became stale to me. My main and most significant change was the Tech 21 "California" for giving me that Santana "Boogie" tone. Then I bought the Catalinbread 5F6 and my world changed. I purged all of my traditional OD and dirt pedals for amp-in-box emulation pedals. No changes whatsoever for a few years now, except for a $30 fuzz pedal for some experimentation.

    I assume changing amps influence people's decisions to swap out pedals. I have always stuck with a Fenderish clean foundation for my pedalboard. Perhaps that is why my pedal history is more linear than others.
     
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    The only pedal that matters to me is my Boss 7-band EQ. And my Mesa/Boogie V-Twin.
     
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    @theprofessor - I am the opposite in one respect. I prefer pedals that do one thing really well.

    My lone exception is the Boss CE2w. It does great chorus and great vibrato.

    ... but I only use it for vibrato (faux Hammond/Leslie) :lol:
     
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    Two of the ones that have endured seem to be the simple ones that a lot of people criticized, and still do. They were good enough to withstand the criticism.

    Boss DS-1.
    Boss Metal Zone.
     
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    Too many to list, but aside from dozens that are in boxes and drawers, these are currently on the floor in front of three rotating amp stations:
    Strymon Deco/Flint/El Cap/Lex
    Cali76
    Diamond Comp Jr
    DC-2
    DM-2
    Ditto
    Boomerang III
    Source Audio EQ
    Dover Drive
    Tu-2/TU-3
    Camel Toe

    The pedals set aside are exiled temporarily for the most part. They are within reach. I do a have a separate box that will go up for sale some day.
     
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    I'm kind of a hoarder by nature, and I came into the pedal game pretty late, so I've mostly kept every pedal I've ever bought. There are a few that I consider selling (mostly the overdrive/boost type, since that's the majority of what I have) but I sort of rotate through them every few months to years. Something I really like gets used for a while, then it goes into my closet for a while (usually after I've had a gig/session where I wasn't digging what it was doing or else when I've found something I seem to like better), only to be rediscovered later and brought out for an encore.

    The few that I've sold are:

    MXR Phase 90 (since I bought a Phase 95, so it would've been redundant)

    Ibanez Mini Analog Delay (as I've probably written elsewhere on the forum -- I tend to repeat myself (no pun intended :lol:), so I do apologize in advance for that -- I like analog delays but this one had a cold, metallic sound that I found hard to dial out. In hindsight, in listening to some of my gig/session recordings using this pedal, there was a neat quasi-overdrive "grunt" [think late '70s Keith Richards or Marc Ribot] that I liked from this pedal. I've since bought a Carbon Copy and, although I haven't been able to gig with it, it seems to get me a similar "grunt" sound in addition to slapback/delay.)

    Boss Metal Zone (I got one of these for a steal. Thought it might be neat to experiment with, even though I don't go much heavier than '70s rock, but I couldn't do anything with it so off it went. In hindsight, I wonder if I could've gotten a mild overdrive sound at apartment-friendly volumes using my PRRI.)
     
  17. Sotakoira Musti

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    I had a board size of a Nimitz class aircraft carrier a couple of years ago and a smaller travel board.

    Then off with 20+ pedals, only pedals that stayed was Strymon Lex+Deco, Xotic RC booster+SP comp. And bought Keeley 30ms back, because I was stupid enough to sell it.
     
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    Not a big pedal person. Currently own a Providence delay, Wilson effects Haze, J rocket Animal and an Arc effects Klone V2.

    My fave pedal I’ve ever owned and couldn’t be without is the Arc effects Klone V2.

    The one brand in particular I’ve never got on with and really can’t understand the hype is Lovepedal. I’ve owned and sold many of their pedals. VERY overrated in my humble opinion.
     
  19. FenderLover

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    I guess my angle is that life is either too short or I'm too lazy to care too much about owning things I don't use. Some look for a pedal that will cover all their bases or trade for one that does. I've been told that I have 'a sound', but it's not because of what effect I'm using. Isn't that true for everyone though?

    That's where different music, different guitars, different amps come into play. I definitely comp other sounds that require different gear. Some people plug straight in, play covers and don't care about getting 'that sound'.

    I'm fortunate in that I can use just about any guitar or amp and get comfortable with them. I have many. They may require, or inspire, grabbing something from the drawer that has been there a couple years.
     
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    theprofessor: blimey, that's a hell of a lot of pedals! My main board has a tuner, compressor, boost/drive, tremolo, reverb and delay. However I've built up a secondary board that includes a couple of pedals that have been hanging around here for years. Both are good sounding, bombproof Rocktron boxes -- the Surf compressor/tremolo and the Austin Gold drive pedal.

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