1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Your Fave Effect?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Heather Anne Peel, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. kludge

    kludge Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,110
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    I'm with you... the ONLY effect that has never left my chain is my 20 year old Rat II. However, a couple of years ago it died, right before a gig. :( I was unable to find a vintage one on short notice, and the new ones suck, so I got a Maxon Distortion Master and tried that for a couple months. It's a great pedal, but it's NOT a vintage Rat!

    I wound up sending mine to Robert Keeley for his three-way mod. He recognized my breakage from a description on the phone - apparently a common problem with older Rats. He fixed it for free as part of the mod. Now, instead of a wonderful vintage Rat tone, I have THREE tones, all of which are BETTER than the original vintage Rat! Keeley's three-way Rat mod is truly amazing. Best distortion pedal I ever played.
     
  2. sax4blues

    sax4blues Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,795
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2006
    Location:
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Because overdrive pedals essential augment an amps particular overdriven sound I don't see those as and effect. Same with reverb in the sense that many amps come with onboard reverb.

    If I could only have one additional effect it would be chorus.
     
  3. Heather Anne Peel

    Heather Anne Peel Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    2,991
    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2005
    Location:
    Nowhere
    I am really curious about the Vox Tone Lab SE. Is it as good as I've heard?
     
  4. P-Zilla

    P-Zilla Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    32
    Posts:
    1,405
    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2006
    Location:
    North of The Wall
    1. Fuzz - (Big Muff, Zvex Fuzz Factory, Fulltone Tone Bender, etc)
    2. Vibe - (Deja Vibe - mini or DV2)
    3. Wah - (Clyde clones! or Teese RMC3)

    But I couldnt live without fuzz.
     
  5. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    7,279
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    London
    It's a tie for me, and the only two effects I use:

    Overdrive: Either a Blackstone Appliances, two Vox Valvetones chained together, or an old "triangle knob" Big Muff.

    Reverb: Either built-in or a '64 Fender Reverb Unit.
     
  6. morroben

    morroben Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,351
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Location:
    Morro Bay, Ca
    ZVex Super Duper 2in1
     
  7. TexGoneNW

    TexGoneNW Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,150
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2003
    Location:
    Victoria, TX
    Fulltone FullDrive II
     
  8. John Thigpen

    John Thigpen Tele-Meister

    Age:
    65
    Posts:
    408
    Joined:
    May 10, 2003
    Location:
    Hendersonville, NC
    This may sound odd, but the effect I use the most is my Juaernig (? - I can never remember the spelling) Luxury Drive Boost. It sounds so good that I leave it on almost all the time for a slight volume boost. It seems to add some extra sparkle, too.

    I'd love to have a good Leslie simulator too...I got tired of chorus quite a while ago.

    John
     
  9. TieDyedDevil

    TieDyedDevil Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    720
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #1 for me is reverb, at least when playing in a small room. (Reverb gets lost when playing in a big live room, so I usually turn it off in that situation.)

    Aside from reverb, I'd have to say that echo and Leslie are tied for second place.

    I love the way a guitar sounds through a Leslie speaker. I have a Leslie 147 with the combo preamp pedal. Tons of fun, but I don't move it. I have a DLS RotoSIM on the way for those times when I want the Leslie sound and portability.

    For me, echo has to have at least the vibe of a tape echo. I can do without the maintenance hassles of tape, though. Right now, a Toadworks Redux is my choice for echo.
     
  10. furrfurrfurr

    furrfurrfurr Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,168
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2006
    Location:
    South of Heaven
    Tie between Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe and Maxon AD900. Every Hendrix/Trower fan simply must own the Voodoo Vibe.
     
  11. The String King

    The String King Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,572
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Location:
    England.
    A dash of spring reverb coating with... Nothing. Unless I am soloing, then I use a tubescreamer with the drive most of the way down and everything else most of the way up.

    So what that means is my favourite effect is TWANG!
     
  12. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    23,351
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    R.I.P. 2019
    The amp already has reverb and trem, so if I were to use only one stand alone effect it would be my Roland RE-150 Space Echo. If I were to add another it's be a good distortion pedal. There's many to choose from. Depending on the music, I'd go for either a good Tube Screamer-like O/D pedal or a Tone Bender fuzz-like pedal.

    Lately I've been experimenting with my old Mutron Phasor II. It's the closest thing to a Leslie that I have.
     
  13. vic108

    vic108 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    1,098
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2005
    Location:
    Chincoteague, VA
    I LOVE real creamy and smooth FUZZ.

    Also, long before it became hip, (since 1969) doing
    loops on an ECHOPLEX or (later) a Digital Delay and
    doing the FRIPPERTRONICS type stuff........
     
  14. jericho60

    jericho60 formerly ye olde fretmonkey

    Posts:
    3,880
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2003
    Location:
    Gnashville area
    Kinda hard for me to play without a little bit of slapback.

    These days it comes from an early 80s Scholz Rockman Delay/Stereo Chorus unit. It's a little half-rack size AC thing that sits on top of my amp, last in the signal chain.
     
  15. Ben Harmless

    Ben Harmless Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,997
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Location:
    Salem, Mass
    If I'm using an effect, it's most likely to be my Ibanez AD9 reissue de...
     
  16. Ben Harmless

    Ben Harmless Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,997
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Location:
    Salem, Mass
    ...lay.
     
  17. kingnimrod

    kingnimrod Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    544
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2005
    Location:
    Montana Sacra
    I am a delay junkie.

    Right now I have:

    Boss DD-5
    Boss DD-20
    EH Deluxe Memory Man
    MXR Analog Delay
    Tokai TLD-1 analog delay
    Digitech RDS 4000 rack digital delay

    I won't be getting rid of any of them - just adding to the collection.

    Echo is KING
     
  18. Jorge

    Jorge Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,285
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Location:
    Oslo
    Just a liiiiitle little hunch of chorus on a slightly overdrive channel.. it fattens the sound a little bit but it still keeps the twang.
    But im talking about A LITTLE!
    Think like the 1 or 2 pin if it goes all the way down to 10.
    Or maybe 8 'o clock if you are thinking it in that way
     
  19. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    25,128
    Joined:
    May 10, 2003
    Location:
    Near Milwaukee
    Compression. I like the Dyna Comp. I like the Marshall ED-1. I like the DOD Milkbox. I keep switching them on my pedal board. They take everything that I love in a clean Fender sound and push it out even further.

    When I was 17, I couldn't even hear what a compressor did. I'm 42 now and it's the main thing that I hear.

    Weird.
     
  20. clearfish

    clearfish TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    58
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2005
    Location:
    Florida

    I'm with Kludge and the Rev--the old Rat has one of the most natural sounding OD/distortion voice out there. I would like to try a Keeley mod, but I'm not gigging now or in the near, so I can't really justify the cost of an experiment.
    What I did do is find a "Brat" for $20 in a pawn shop, then did a "Ruetz Rat" mod to it. Very interesting, much better bass response, and less distortion range. If I can find a good used Rat II I would do it again. The switch on the Brat is not reliable. I don't want to mod my old Rat--I want to have a baseline to judge the mods against.
    I tried to start a thread on Ruetz Rats but no takers?
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.