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What was your first pedal?

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

  1. jaybones

    jaybones Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Since I started on acoustic, the first pedal I bought was a Cutec (Yamaha) compressor for my acoustic electric.

    First electric pedal was a Dunlop Cry Baby deluxe, then later a Behringer Chrous. My amp is 2 channel, so I've got distortion, chorus, vibrato, and reverb. The Behringer Chorus pedal I use with my acoustic electric.

  2. midwestfisherma

    midwestfisherma Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2011
    My first foray into pedals was a threesome. :D Boss Blues Driver, Boss Compressor Sustainer, and a Boss EQ pedal. All circa 1989.

  3. otto6457

    otto6457 Strat-O-Master

    I guess I'm boring. My first pedal was my tuner. That was way back in 2015. Yep......waaaay back. Then the Klon because I'm a sucker for koolaid. I added the looper about 3 months ago, then the Wampler Velvet Fuzz last week. (it was used and got a pretty sweet deal on it) I'll add a wah one of these days. Since I've been playing country for the last month I'm thinking I might want a compressor. And I'll probably forever GAS for a Neo Ventilator and never buy one.

    It's sort of silly for me to buy pedals since only my bedroom walls hear me play. But it makes me feel like a guitarist to have a few.


  4. Mr Betsy

    Mr Betsy Strat-Talker

    Oct 22, 2016
    Sydney, AUS
    Ha! I would've been thirteen or fourteen, wishing I was in Metallica (or Bill & Ted's for that matter), that my hair was longer, that I was older, that I was an awesome 'shredder' - without the lessons or practice or commitment, that chicks thought I was hot and guys thought I was cool, that the lightning bolts on my cheap-as-chips Onyx weren't pink but blood red(!!), and of course, my first pedal was a second hand Boss 'Heavy Metal' pedal!!
    Sooo angsty. Nobody understood me!!
    Hehe. Makes me laugh now.

  5. francus1971

    francus1971 New Member!

    May 21, 2012
    Milan - italy
    Ibanez metal charger
    Was the end of the eighties...

  6. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2016
    New Zealand
    An orange Boss 'turbo Distortion' can't remember the exact model number....

  7. WhiteWabbit

    WhiteWabbit Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 6, 2014
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  8. obsidian

    obsidian Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    Siena, Tuscany - Italy
    My first pedal ever it's been the Vox V810 "valve tone" overdrive you can see below . I got it used in 2001, then sold to a friend a couple of years later. Luckily for me, when I regretted selling it, my friend still had it and it was collecting dust on a shelf. I offered to buy it then and it's been mine again since then. It was 2008 I think :)

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  9. obsidian

    obsidian Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    Siena, Tuscany - Italy
    Oh Man, I had a Zoom 606! It had an expression pedal but was very similar to this one

  10. fender kev

    fender kev Strat-Talker

    Jan 1, 2010
    a cheap wah pedal from a mail order catalogue in the 70s

  11. moullineaux

    moullineaux Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 11, 2009

  12. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    MXR Distortion+. I modded it with a 9 volt jack, so I didn't have to keep replacing batteries.
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  13. heltershelton

    heltershelton ASKED TO LEAVE THE STAGE Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    it was the mxr distortion +. i had a few other pedals too that i put on a home made board, but i cant remember what they were. wait...some sort of chorus, probably a boss, and one of those purple boss delays.
    thats back when i had one of those 100 watt marshall half stacks i got in about 85 or 86....a non master volume super lead with the 4 inputs. i would put a patch cord from the bottom left to the top right and plug into the top left....then i had what i called a treble volume and a "balls" volume. i hate myself for ever getting rid of that amp. it was old when i got it, and it was super killer. but times got tough in about 1990 for awhile and i was forced to sell it. oh well.

  14. Bodean

    Bodean Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    Gas, brake, and clutch.:D
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  15. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Mine was an MXR Distortion +. I still have it around here somewhere. I thought I lost it for like ten years then it turned up. The foam inside all decayed and is a mess, but it should work. Must find.
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  16. Nasser

    Nasser Strat-Talk Member

    May 10, 2015
    Amman, Jordan
    An Ibanez TS808 Tube screamer - bought it around 1980. Who would have thought? ;)
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  17. rudos1

    rudos1 Senior Stratmaster

    Aug 16, 2013
    Cry Baby wah around 1981 or 82
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  18. Stark

    Stark Ghost of Johnny Thunders Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 16, 2011
    Richmond Annex, CA
    Three at once in 1986 at age 15:

    Old school EHX Big Muff Pi
    Logic Research Rotoverb P100
    One of those old grey Echoplexes
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
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  19. fretwhizzy

    fretwhizzy Strat-Talker

    Sep 3, 2016
    I think probably a Crybaby. I do remember having a boss chorus early on too.
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  20. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    2. A Marshall Supa Fuzz & a Crybaby in '71 new from Arnold & Morgan Music in Garland, Texas.
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