The rabbit hole poll. What has been the deepest one for you?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by 4pickupguy, Oct 11, 2020.

What has been the deepest rabbit hole for you regarding effects pedals?

  1. Overdrives/Distortions

    98 vote(s)
    54.1%
  2. Compressors

    11 vote(s)
    6.1%
  3. Delays/Echos

    30 vote(s)
    16.6%
  4. Modulation pedals

    12 vote(s)
    6.6%
  5. Fuzzes

    27 vote(s)
    14.9%
  6. Wah pedal

    6 vote(s)
    3.3%
  7. Other? Please explain!!

    26 vote(s)
    14.4%
  8. I just hang out here so I can say I play straight through my amp...

    28 vote(s)
    15.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    You get two choices and we want this to spark a discussion so please feel free to elaborate on what has sparked ‘a quest’ for you.
     
  2. carpenter

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    Trying to find tape type delay.
    That just gives the fatness .That lead punch.
     
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  3. SomeGuyNamedRob

    SomeGuyNamedRob Tele-Meister

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    Fuzz pedals for me. Trying to find a fuzz that doesn't just turn the signal into a thin buzz, or turn the low end into a mushy farty mess is something I'm still looking to find.
     
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    mkdaws32 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    All of ‘em. Love pedals and the different textures they provide. But I love a great guitar plugged straight into a great amp as well. The pedals are to create a sense of space and ambience for me, as well as for tweaking the drive or basic tone of the amp. You gotta start with a basic good tone and build from there. The pedals are not there to create my tone.
     
  5. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    Everything gain-related. I'm not big on other effects – I do use occasionally a touch of reverb, a couple settings for delay, some modulation, but I'm not too picky. Gain affects my fundamental tone and has to be right. Stacking is also a huge rabbit-hole for me…

    BUT: I'm mostly happy with what I found so I might perhaps say that it WAS a rabbit-hole.
     
  6. tubegeek

    tubegeek Friend of Leo's

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    Compressors.

    Other: building my own effects.

    Those aren't two different rabbit holes (for me) BTW.
     
  7. MojoTrwall

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    Ever tryed the 5 pot engineer's thumb ?
     
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  8. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Definitely, cheap ( under $100) lower Drive OD pedals ( or a lot of range, allowing for low Drive if you want it...) are something I'm always interested in!

    Kind of based on 3 general factors:

    -Part of it is just the curiosity factor, ' how does this one sound vs. that one?'
    So it's fun to test stuff out for me

    - a lot of it is finding the right OD's to match my little combo amps- I do small/medium room gigs, don't need a lot of volume but my 3 amps sound differently, and need complimentary OD's. So I have a nice selection, but just one on a small pedalboard, depending on amp I want to play.

    - still on a quest to find one or two real distortions that are ' Goldilocks, just right' for the rare time I need something a little stronger than my OD's - the DOD Gunslinger and a Rat are good examples of what's 'in my head.'
     
  9. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Afflicted

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    I prefer the sound, feel and freedom of plugging straight in. A lot of the gigs that I have played required a pedal board, modest as it may be.
    My pursuit of overdrive pedals centers around finding items that enhance the simple approach tonally or allow me to get to where I want to be at a reduced volume.
    My go-to amp these days is a Blues Jr., so not very loud, gainy, or clean either but it works for blues and southern rock; country also.
    OD pedal needs to be somewhat transparent and run long on a battery for my purposes, so true bypass, only.
     
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    Wildeman Tele-Holic

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    Try a EQD Acapulco gold.
     
  11. tubegeek

    tubegeek Friend of Leo's

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    Got one partially built (board complete, needs 5 pots and a box.) That's probably next up. Waiting until I come up with a big enough order to get the pots along with it.


    I got a combined noise gate/ET board from a diystompboxes member "jonny reckless," a very nice helpful guy I might add.

    Have you given the ET a whirl?
     
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    Overdrive

    Other; Reverb and Delay.

    I was in the pursuit of finding my tone with the combination of all three. I went from 25+ pedals down to 2 pedals.

    Less sometimes is truly more (as weird and contradicting as that sounds!)
     
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    I've tried all sorts in the past, but don't need them except a Tremolo pedal if I'm using an amp that doesn't have it. There are two songs that require tremolo in my band. Otherwise, I plug straight in to the amp.
     
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    Here it is !

    It's has a good S/N and it's really quiet.

    It's the must be built comp imo and I had dynacomp and cs2.

    IMG_20201011_163152.jpg
     
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    Cool graphics!

    Yeah, word on the street is pretty positive, you are not alone in your enthusiasm. Maybe me next!

    What's the other DIY box above it?

    Back to the original question: I guess I can't quite call it a rabbit hole, it was pretty simple to build, but I do have a deep affection for the germanium Fuzz Face I built.
     
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  16. TeleBrew

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    Wah pedals, because I just keep buying and selling them without deciding on one. I don't have one currently. And fuzz, because I have probably bought and sold more of those than anything else looking for the one I'll keep forever (ha ha). But I am actually happy with the two fuzz pedals I have at the moment, a Catalinbread Manx Loughtan, and a Keeley Fuzz Bender. They're both pretty versatile on their own, and distinct from each other so I can get a nice variety of fuzz tones between the two.
     
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  17. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    OD's, because there are a million of them. Every time there is a thread "recommend me a good OD," you get a thousand different suggestions. I tried a bunch, and settled on an assortment that does the trick. Now I'm satisfied.
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Uh... marriage and relations ships of course!
     
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  19. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    over and over again I need to be reminded I'm really not a pedal guy!

    Not that I bought that many pedals.

    This summer got a Strymon Flint and sold it the next month.
    Great sounding with a lot of potential,
    but my amp reverb's good enough for me. I felt I was playing for the effect, sucked into the candyland of sound fluff.



    (I did just get a used TC Electronics Ditto looper pedal. Unless you want to pay 30 bucks extra or so or join Amazon prime you can't get the $100 new one around the country. Out of stock.
    This is a pedal I will definitely keep for sure for practice!!).
    ✓™
     
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  20. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I almost never use pedals.
    When I did, it was “old guy” stuff, Tube Screamers, TC Chorus, Boss DM2, a Crybaby when I was forced to “make show”.
    I’m way more interested in electric guitars than anything else.
    I have “arrived” with my instruments, I have everything I need.
    I just like to try different guitars out.
     
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