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What was your first pedal?

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by BluesDontCare, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Way back in the 1980s when I was still but a teenager, my first pedal was a ProCo Rat. Wish I still had it.
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  2. Tedski

    Tedski Strat-Talk Member

    Jan 11, 2015
    Sacramento, CA

  3. kwikrp

    kwikrp Strat-O-Master

    Apr 7, 2014
    SE Mass
    Boss looper pedal

  4. 62ohm

    62ohm Strat-Talker

    Sep 28, 2016
    New Zealand
    Same as OP - Boss DS-1... Hated that pedal, no idea why I bought one haha.

  5. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
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  6. Adam Moss

    Adam Moss Strat-O-Master

    Feb 10, 2016
    Manchester, UK
    My first pedal was a vintage Vox Distortion unit (circa 1982).

    The one below (shortly followed by a purchase of the phaser from the same series):

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  7. bettsaj

    bettsaj Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 10, 2010
    Suffolk, UK
    I got given two pedals by the same guy. A B&M Fuzz and a Melos Mini Fazer



  8. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 24, 2010
    My brother gave me a Crybaby Wah but one like this is the first pedal I ever bought .
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  9. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK

  10. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 1, 2014

    A Boss BF-2 Flanger circa 1985 was my first pedal...I'm pretty-sure it set me back around $85:00, which took quite a while to save-up & buy lol. ( If you think that's a fair wad-of-cash now, it was huge in the mid-80's as a supermarket working school-kid lol ). I still have it, & it works fine to this day !

    Oddly enough, it got most of it's professional use when I gigged for a few years with an acoustic-guitar running through a PA. Sounded great too !



  11. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    Mine was a Shaftesbury Duo-Fuzz in the late 70s, and having seen the prices they go for now, I wish I still had it! It would probably sound better than it did then too, as I as using pretty crap guitars and amps in those days.

    Few years later I had a Coloursound Supa Wah Fuzz Swell and later still a pair of Ibanez pedals; analog delay and chorus.

    Then in the mid-80s I discovered Boss, and never looked back. I'm still using them. My board currently consists of:
    GE-7 Equaliser
    CS-3 Compression Sustainer
    SD-2 Dual Overdrive
    TR-2 Tremolo
    BF-2 Flanger
    PH-2 Super Phaser.

    In the past I've also used an HM-2 Heavy Metal, DC-2 Dimension C, and one of the Digital Delays. Think it was a DD-3 but sold it years ago to buy a Line 6 Delay Modeler.

  12. kchurch

    kchurch Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 27, 2011
    Ontario, CANADA
    My first was an EHX LPB1 which was not technically a pedal, it plugged into your guitar and you plugged your cable into it. Linear power booster, so it would goose your signal into overdrive.

    Soon after I got a huge Morley Fuzz Wah, which was all kinds of cool.

  13. Rockape

    Rockape Most Honored Senior Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Black Box Fuzz and a Coloursound Flanger pedal (around 1974).

  14. ToneRanger

    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

    Jun 8, 2009
    Area 51
    Not exactly a pedal, but an effects box - an original Tom Scholz Rockman.
    My first actual pedals - I traded in a crappy guitar for a new Ernie ball Volume pedal and a used Boss DD2 - still have the DD2 to this day.

  15. Red_Eagle

    Red_Eagle Strat-Talk Member

    Jul 1, 2015
    Yorba Linda, CA
    My first was a Boss OS-2


  16. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 6, 2012
    Telephone Road
    TS9, like millions of others in the early '80s no doubt.
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  17. carolinaeasy

    carolinaeasy Senior Stratmaster

    I bought the EHX Small Clone with the wood box in the late 90s. I was in the whole Nirvana thing at the time, it was a neat pedal, but I quickly moved on to mainlining distortion and other stomp boxes and became a full-blown addict.


  18. StratSounds

    StratSounds Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 10, 2016
    Rocky Mountain Way
    Same here, I got one from my parents for Christmas around 1989, give or take a year, along with a little Peavey Rage practice amp. I remember my mom saying that the guys at the guitar shop said it was the pedal all the kids were asking for.:D

  19. PCollen

    PCollen Strat-O-Master

    Feb 13, 2014
    I played bass in high school, and I bought a Vox Bass Booster that plugged into the input jack..basically a fixed gain solid state amplifier with just a manual on/off switch. Needless to say, I left it on all the time..............

    Vox Bass Booster.jpg

    Later, when I started playing guitar, I bought my first guitar effect..a Big Muff.
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