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Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by mshivy, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    I had a Butler tube driver for a minute. Maybe it was a great pedal but it didnt sound good to me.

    The worst was my Quadra Verb GT. The od sounds were unusable. Dialing them out so I could just use the effects was a pain.

    I paid 500+ bux for that and gave it away.
     
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  2. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 3, 2015
    Maine
    Did not like the soul food at all......gave it to a friend he loves it.....it’s now his #1 overdrive.....go figure....lol
    I have been lucky....that’s the only pedal I did not like enough to keep....I tried really hard to use it but just didn’t like what it did to my tone......
    On the other hand I traded in my Obscura delay and I really miss it.....great pedal.....
    Oh well guess I’ll order another one....lol
     
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  3. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Most Honored Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    I don’t hate to many. I have a pesky habit of leaving pedals I don’t like at the shop. Ok the Boss DS-1 and the Heavy Metal Pedal. I have a 70’s MXR Distortion + someone gave cause they owned me money that sounds awfull. I did buy a Wampler Euphoria that wasn’t really bad but I got it home an used it for a few gigs and didn’t care for it. But it was easy to sell so no harm done. I like OCD’s and have 2 of them.
     
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  4. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 13, 2015
    Cascadia
    Every one I've ever heard.
    None have sounded anything like an overdriven tube rectified amp.

    But I've never heard a Bad Bob. I have hope. Maybe a Bad Bob will cure me of my cynicism. It has such a cool name, it has to be...it just has to be!!
     
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  5. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    46
    Aug 28, 2014
    Colorado
    And the worst looking pedal award goes to...
     
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  6. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    Mukilteo
    I hated my DS-1, it sucked regardless of amp or guitar.
    I clipped out the two diodes in the feedback loop, and now it's great! I actually want to buy another one , so I can try another mod.
     
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  7. Red_Eagle

    Red_Eagle Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    24
    60
    Jul 1, 2015
    Yorba Linda, CA
    The drive pedal I hated the most was the Boss ST-2 Power Stack.
     
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  8. circles

    circles Senior Stratmaster

    My Boss Metal Zone. One of those pedals that passed through my system quickly. But I was curious.
     
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  9. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va

    I had the GC too. It's really a nice little box as long as you start it from a clean slate. If there's any other type of OD involved it's not so nice. And since I normally have at least a little dirt in my amp I ended up parting with it
     
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  10. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va


    That one does get nominated for The Hall Of Shame pretty regularly. I had one myself so yeah, it gets a vote from me too
     
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  11. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va
    I don't hate my TS9s yet. But it's getting close. There's times where I really like them, then others where people or vehicles in the parking lot may be in danger
     
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  12. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va


    You could have just sent it to the corner by itself
     
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  13. Stratoholic

    Stratoholic Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 30, 2010
    somewhere
    The absolute worst od or distortion I ever used was the danoelectro grilled cheese.

    Imagine a really bad od with a cocked wah after it. That's exactly what the grilled cheese was. It was given to me. And after 5 minutes I was done with it.

    A runner up would be a DeviEver "The Legend of Fuzz" it was a super extreme gated "8 bit" fuzz. It sounded cool actually but after a couple minutes you'd have to turn it off due to ear fatigue.
     
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  14. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member

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  15. Ebidis

    Ebidis Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    I'm with you on the DS-1. Never got a sound from it that I liked.
     
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  16. Highway Star

    Highway Star Strat-Talk Member

    The worst pedals in my opinion are already mentioned, DS-1 and Metal Zone. Crappy goes even crappier :D.
     

  17. Believer7713

    Believer7713 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    43
    Dec 27, 2016
    US
    Another one that had to disappear was my first distortion pedal... the DOD Supra Distortion. I remember when I got it thinking I was all that but when I finally learned to use it there was no such thing as a good sound.
     
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  18. Bladesg

    Bladesg Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 31, 2013
    Australia
    Any of the Boss COSM overdrives and distortions are particularly horrible IME.
     

  19. jungle faced jake

    jungle faced jake Strat-Talker

    Age:
    47
    208
    Dec 24, 2015
    Germany
    Marshall Bluesbreaker 2.
    Too much gain and and muddy on chords.
    It had a clean boost setting,but since it cut off some low end,that didn't work for me either.
     
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  20. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    Any/all of the pedals that have hard clipping for it's distortion device.
    I mean they can be made to work (IMO) but have a narrow range of useful tones.
    Examples: MXR Distortion+, Fuzzrite, ProCo Rat.

    I wouldn't mind having the Fuzzrite back again or the Dist+ for that matter.
    What they did, they did well.
    It's just that I found it frustrating trying to dial in anything other than their particular signature sounds.
    The Fuzzrite had a weird range on it's "depth" control where only one setting appealed to me and for limited situations.
    Pretty much the same on the Dist+ although at lower distortion settings it was OK as a boost.

    I've evolved to a much cleaner 'edge of distortion' type tone and very much prefer a cleanish boost to drive the preamp tubes.
    Sorry, but tubes rule. YMMV.
     
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