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Five Pedals or Less

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by papergoblin, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    Sep 21, 2017
    Alabama
    Okay, I'm on a pedal kick but not for an overloaded board(s). So instead of just asking what do you recommend looking at, I decided to make it a little fun or maybe difficult.

    Let's say you can only have five pedals plus one honorable mention (if need be), what do you choose?

    I haven't really looked at pedals in a while and have noticed there has been what seems like an explosive of choices, it's almost sensory overload. Now many pedals are hard to find local, so hard to A/B things and it's a pain ordering, waiting, returning and repeat until a keeper arrives. So hopefully this can knock out some blind searching or open eyes to some non-standard shop wares.
     

  2. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster

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    Feb 12, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    Brand names or generic?
     
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  3. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    Alabama
    Doesn't matter either way. If it has to be this certain pedal, to work for you or just a certain type.

    Just imagine it's your board a limited space of 5 pedals, what do you have to have.
     

  4. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Duderino Strat-Talk Supporter

    Well the 5 on my board right now are
    1-tuner
    2- cry baby wha
    3-ocd
    4-maxon od 808
    5- carbon copy delay
    there may be better out there but these are the ones I want.
     

  5. BryonScott

    BryonScott Strat-Talker

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    Oct 14, 2017
    Down South
    My opinion if you can only have 5 pedals they are a tuner, a wah, a distortion, a delay, and a chorus (I'm assuming reverb in the amp. If not sub a reverb pedal for the delay.)

    I wouldn't speculate on brands or makes, that's a whole new can of worms.
     
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  6. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    It's probably best to start with defining what you want to achieve in general terms, then hone down to specific units. Also, it may be helpful for you to think about your total budget, and whether you're going to spend it all now, or maybe buy the board/power supply, then add a few choice units as you go.
     
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  7. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    Sep 21, 2017
    Alabama
    I've got a board and power, budget really doesn't matter. If the pedal is worth the price, I'll pay it, but if a cheaper option gets me close I'm good.

    Right now I'm:

    Carbon Copy delay
    Prime Distortion
    Not sure on compressor thinking tone corset or hypergravity
    MXR 6 band eq
    Metal muff with top boost
     
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  8. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    66
    Feb 12, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    Now that clip-on-headstock tuners are available - and pretty accurate, it's not
    Mandatory to have them on the pedal board.
    So, my take for the 5 essentials on MY board are:

    Dunlop Cry Baby WAH ( 1974 )
    Boss Compressor / Sustainer CS-3
    Boss Blues Driver BD-2
    MXR Carbon Copy Delay
    MXR Reverb
     
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  9. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    37
    Apr 2, 2016
    Ohio
    I don’t like a lot of pedals, but I do play with a few. They are as follows:

    • CryBaby
    • Klon KTR
    • Keeley 1962x
    • Keeley Katana Boost
    • Polytune
    All I need to do pretty much anything I want. Best thing to do for great tone(outside of being authentic as a player) is to have a good guitar, great amp and use your pickup selections and tone controls constantly :)
     
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  10. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

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    I use the clip on tuner more and more. I will use the tuner on the stomplab 2, when I use it with headphones.
     

  11. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

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    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    Here's my rig. Runs into my micro terror on clean... only a single channel amp. All I need, never really used chorus or flanges but with the flerb on the ehx and the mod on the carhon I can achieve some chorus effect. Don't know what else I would use really.
     

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  12. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    37
    Apr 2, 2016
    Ohio
    I like using my tuner as a kill switch if I need to switch to a different guitar or in between sets or something.
     

  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    funny you should mention the number 5, because thats how many pedals i use.
    wah, tuner, overdrive, chorus, and reverb.
    i dont really like this reverb pedal all that much but i traded a pedal i wasnt using for it and its better then the reverb on my ac30....i mean, it does the job but i think i would like to have a better one.
    pedlboard-1.jpg
     
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  14. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

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    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.

    Our boards are pretty similar. I only have a single channel amp... If I didn't I would have a compressor lol


    Are you my second brother?

    Edit:not sure how I replied to someone else accidentally
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2017
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  15. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    i heard that. for years i used one pedal only, a boss super overdrive.
     
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  16. BryonScott

    BryonScott Strat-Talker

    Age:
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    127
    Oct 14, 2017
    Down South
    Those are pretty good pedals.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that if you've got a decent tube amp it's going to make any good pedals you have sound great.
     
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  17. Willie D

    Willie D Senior Stratmaster

    1. Mooer Tender Octaver
    2. Joyo Vintage Overdrive
    3. Wampler Tumnus
    4. TC Electronic Alter Ego 2
    5. Looper
    That's my actual board. I'm tempted to replace the Vintage Overdrive with the Ultimate Overdrive. And I'd like a nice spring-type verb but I haven't decided which one I want.
     

  18. amagras

    amagras Strat-Talker

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    Oct 26, 2016
    Ontario
    I could live with that, just replace the OCD or the delay with a chorus, my ce2 for example:

    V847, Polytune, Menatone Ms Foxy Brown, vintage TS9, Maxon SD9 (mention), CE2
     
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  19. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    Just a boss sd-1
     
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  20. nederemer

    nederemer Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    31
    541
    Oct 25, 2017
    Somerset, Kentucky, USA.
    Nice man nothing wrong with that at all. Been playing for 19 years, and I just bought every pedal on my board this year. It was always just clean or distorted or overdriven and amp reverb.

    Really enjoying pedals...
     
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