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players who were around in the '70s: what pedals did you have then?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by thunderbyrd, Jan 2, 2021.

  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    do you still have it?
     
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    Nothing. Really nothing, not even a tuner.
     
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  3. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    yes! i had one of these ghastly things, first pedal i ever bought. people will sell anything to a kid. it was thoroughly and utterly useless. i never knew if it was working the way it was supposed to or if it was broken. i have no idea what happened to it, probably got thrown away.
     
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    Hank, I have a similar set up for this sort of sound, Vox Wah, Shin-ei Univibe a 1970 50 watt Marshall Trem Head and a Maestro Echoplex and a Mutron Phaser - these things are built like a tank and very lush sounding but unfortunately huge and need feeding from the mains.
     
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  5. strat a various

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    I bought a Seiko tuner in the 70s, (not a pedal, really). That thing was $120 back then! That's two Jazz gigs wages.
     
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    None. In 1969 and 1970, the only electric I played was an SG, plugged into a Kustom. The group I was in played CCR, Byrds, Santana; nobody in our group used pedals and I didn't know anyone else who did. Small town stuff. I then went into an extended acoustic period that lasted until the 90's. The first pedal I got was a Cry Baby, still have that, but didn't buy another pedal until 5 or 6 years later, then I bought a Boss TR-2. Stayed that way for another ten years. Now I have a dozen plus...
     
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    A Fuzz Tone and a Crybaby Wah
     
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    Hey Thunderbyrd! I was using the Maestro Universal Synthesizer System (USS-1) in the mid-70s for jazz and fusion stuff. It wasn't so much a synth as it was a multi-pedal (early pedalboard?). It was designed by Oberheim for Maestro. You can't really tell by the labeling, but you could get really good distortion, phasing, octave doubling, and other cool synth-like sounds... for that point in time. I also had an original Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer compressor custom-installed inside my guitar. A quick flick of a switch provided an amazing compression boost for soloing. Prior to these I had an original Electro-Harmonix Big Muff (my first pedal) and an original Thomas Organ Company Cry Baby. I still have (and use) that Cry Baby.[​IMG]
     
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    Yes they made fuzz wah pedals Wah pedal Morley used to make fuzz wah pedals and a bunch of other stuff also Shanae or univox marketed fuzz wah pedals under a variety of names so did color sound I think Fox did also but if it was big and silver yeah that sounds like a good Morley fuzz wah
     
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  10. thunderbyrd

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    that is a cool looking machine! i have been obsessed with the idea of an all-in-one box.

    so how much did one of those cost, back then?
     
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    I'm not sure what they were. But I had two. One on the left and one on the right. The one on the right was exactly like the one on the left but on the opposite side. And when I put my feet on them and pushed it made the wheels go round and round. They were great! Not sure how I would have ever gotten along without them.
     
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    Alright, I think you could beam Sulu to the surface of the "M" type planet with that thing.
     
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    Fender Fuzz-wah. Christmas gift from parents.
     
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    If I remember correctly, I paid somewhere between $300 and $500 for the Maestro USS-1. Today (in good working condition) they are listed for as much as $2,000+. For that kind of money you could build a really nice pedalboard that is way more flexible, durable, and sounds a lot better.
     
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    Vox wah, Fender Blender, 1962 Strat
     
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    thank you so much for the info and your input! and also, welcome to tdpri!

    sometime this year, i'm going to buy one of the power fuzz wah pedals. i don't think there's anything that sounds like them.
     
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    Back in the day the thing I most wanted was gain on the amp. Most amps in the late 60'/early70's didn't have gain and listening to a Twin at full volume to get the crunch became really tedious. I had a phaser, can't remember the name but quickly got rid of it. Recently in my dotage I've gotten into pedals but when I was young getting the right distortion was was key. Still playing my MusicMan 100RD that I bought new in 76.
     
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    Boss CE-2 (still got it on my little board)
    Cry Baby (don’t use a wah lately but still got it.
    Sam Ash Fuzzola
    Deluxe Big Muff (after the Fuzzola got trashed by someone else’s heavy foot)
    Mutron Phaser II
    Roland Space Echo
     
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    I have a CE-2 that's on my board, but I got it in the early 80s.
     
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    I got this in '83 or '84, but it came from the '70s:

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    I don't remember how I got it (I think somebody gave it to me). I had a lot of fun annoying the neighbors by playing my cheap, Japanese knock-off EB3 bass through it, into a Randall 650 bass amp (I didn't play guitar at the time), until I decided that it was too big and dorky-looking for my carefully crafted, teenage rock-star image. :lol:

    I think I ended up selling it to one of my buddies for $15 or $20. They go for $300-$500 now on Reverb.
     
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