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

  1. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    Didn't you see my NPD post a couple months ago?
    Here's a demo by our own @TSims1:
     

  2. heltershelton

    heltershelton ROCKIN FOREVER Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    Not Florida
    sorry....i must have missed it.
    wow thats a cool pedal.....now i want one......you bastard!
     
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  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    You’re welcome.
     
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  4. RaySachs

    RaySachs Strat-Talker

    Age:
    58
    266
    Jun 25, 2017
    Philly area
    I guess it depends on what you consider a “pedal”. I only have two that color the sound, but I guess five overall, plus a couple of related dumb footswitches...

    I start with an A-B selector running backwards, so I leave both electric guitars plugged in and use that to switch between ‘em. Then a Polytune 3 in strobe, always-on mode. Then the only two pedals I use to color the actual sound, both minis - a fairly cheap Mooer Blues Mood BD-2 clone and a really cheap Donner delay pedal. Finally into an RC-3 looper with two extra FS-5U footswitches, which make it easier to use. So if you don’t count the looper footswitches separately, I have five. But only two that actually affect the sound of the guitar...
     

  5. Dan_Q

    Dan_Q Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    38
    Jan 26, 2016
    NW UK
    thinking about it, i use about that amount in both of my current setups. "main" setup is:

    Tuner (boss TU-3)
    Tubescreamer (808 chipped behringer)
    Distortion / Fuzz (EHX Double Muff)
    Octave (yamaha)
    Looper (boss rc-1 with fs7 controller)

    The above setup goes into a blackstar HT1-R which has reverb. At the flat I have:

    Tuner (TC polythene mini noir)
    Tubescreamer (ibanez mini)
    Amp Modeller / od (rowin plexion)
    Modulation (rowin Mod Station- has phase, chorus, flange, env. filter, vibe, trem etc)
    Delay (donner yellow fall)

    The above are all mini pedals, and go into a little eden twin input bass amp, so i can have a bass plugged in too- its all about space! Although here I have a backing track facility so i don't need to make my own on a looper / octaver, and the amp has no reverb hence the use of a delay.

    Enjoy your journey- i love exploring pedals etc and don't think i'll ever get bored of doing so :)
     

  6. Uncle Fiesta

    Uncle Fiesta Senior Stratmaster

    It's so long since I used my ancient Boss pedalboard that I've just had to dig it out to remind myself what's in it!

    (All BOSS):

    GE-7 Graphic Equaliser
    CS-3 Compression Sustainer
    SD-2 Dual Overdrive
    TR-2 Tremolo
    BF-2 Flanger
    PH-2 Super Phaser

    So losing either the flanger or phaser would give me the 5. Or I could use a chorus instead but I don't have one as it was built into the last amp I had. Also, a delay isn't on the list as i have a separate one. Oh, hang on, that would have to be included as one of the 5 wouldn't it. I'd ditch the tremelo then as I hardly ever use it.
     

  7. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    37
    Apr 2, 2016
    Ohio
    For YEARS I played my guitar straight into a vintage Fender Champ. I sold that amp to fund a crybaby purchase. Totally dumb move. I’m still tone chasin’ the tone I had when I was 19.
     
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  8. jeff h

    jeff h Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    44
    Jan 13, 2017
    Ohio
    For me, since I get all the grit from my amp, it would look like this:

    Tuner
    Phase 90
    MXR carbon copy
    MXR Chorus
    TC Spark

    If I needed dirt, insert a Rat in there somewhere.
     
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  9. Raiders757

    Raiders757 Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    47
    Sep 2, 2016
    Virginia
    If I am picking out of the pedals I already own, lets' see....

    This isn't easy at all.

    Three of my amps have reverb, so there's that one out of the way. My Marshall Haze 40 has a really sweet vibe and an echo with a passable chorus as well, so I'll use that on the clean channel with the speaker unplugged while running it through my Marshall 4x12. Then I'll use as follows...

    1. MXR Studio Compressor
    2. My White Timmy (my Sea Foam Green one is slightly different sounding)
    3. Friedman BE-OD (With the internal pot adjustment I can turn this pedal into just about anything I need be it minimal OD or balls out distortion)
    4. MXR Ten band EQ (EQ pedals are great to use as a boost as well as molding your sound. No pedal chain is complete without one)
    5. MXR Carbon Copy Deluxe

    (drops the mic) BOOM!!!!

    Now lets rock!!
     
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  10. papergoblin

    papergoblin Strat-Talker

    Age:
    36
    323
    Sep 21, 2017
    Alabama
    I'm digging all the response, to me it is more interesting to see what people run or would run. One pedal can be simple but how it plays with others is a whole different thing.

    I've had many different pedals over time and used to leave them all hooked up for when I felt like playing around. Sometimes it doesn't have to make sense and can just be stupid crazy, especially at home, but maybe it's age getting to me. That's why I figure 5 pedals could probably do just about everything.

    I don't hangout with many other players anymore, so it gets really easy to pigeon hole myself. I find it interesting seeing how others use pedals especially when you look at gig rigs and home rigs. Plus it helps to see real use not so called honest reviews that look like advertisements. Every year it's worse and worse separating fact from fiction.

    I still kind of want a Miku though. I know its a goofy niche pedal but for days of just wanting to be silly, especially with my kids, it looks fun. It's the one time though cost keeps me from it, can't pay that much for something to be used rarely and as a toy.
     

  11. faustarp1000

    faustarp1000 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    28
    130
    Apr 24, 2017
    Montreal, Canada
    TC electronic hypergravity compressor
    Ehx nano big muff
    Moog moogerfooger cluster flux chorus/flanger
    Strymon timeline delay
    Tc electronic ditto x2

    I have reverb on my amp but also a ehx cathedral reverb that I love that I could swap with the ditto if I want more complex reverb.
     
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  12. CigBurn

    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jun 22, 2014
    The Shed
    Five would be tough.

    1. Crybaby
    2. Tuner
    3. Shaky Jimi Vibe
    4. OD - Which one would depend on what sound I'm going for.
    5. Behringer DR400 - Really under rated pedal IMHO
    ------
    Chorus and Dynacomp would be sorely missed though.
     
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  13. Red_Eagle

    Red_Eagle Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    24
    60
    Jul 1, 2015
    Yorba Linda, CA
    1. Vox Wah

    2. Korg Tuner

    3. Keeley D&M Drive

    4. EHX Micro POG

    5. Chuck Pedals Blue Dream Reverb

    Honorable Mention: Earthquaker Hoof Fuzz
     

  14. johnthomas

    johnthomas Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    65
    50
    Sep 13, 2016
    San Diego, California
    TC Polytune
    Pigtronix compressor
    Ibanez wah
    Archer Ikon
    Hotone XStomp ( usually set as Tremolo and Delay )

    This is my actual board with a T Rex Chameleon power supply.

    A Tech 21 Flyrig is used as a Fenderish preamp if amp used does not have reverb. So technically with 6 pedals I get tuner, compressor, 2 actual ODs,
    clean boost switch, reverb, delay plus an all purpose pedal that does chorus x5, phase x2, Flange x3, tremolo x5 , 33 amp pres, 30 od/ distortions, approximately 15 dual fx patches, delay analog, digital, multitap, tape

    If amp sounds good I can turn off the sans amp pre on the flyrig and still use the boost, marshall od, and delay section.
    Like 250 choices from 6 pedals.
     

  15. Ebidis

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

    Age:
    51
    Nov 14, 2013
    Alabama
    From right to left: fuzz, mid hump OD, phase, transparent (mostly) OD, delay, clean boost. If I had to get rid of one, I can live without delay.

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  16. dueducs

    dueducs Senior Stratmaster

    1- Overdrive- TS808
    2- Octave Tom'sLine Octpus
    3- Looper- Kokko SOS
    4- Overdrive- Kokko Overdrive
    5- empty-
    This very simple setup works well for my style of playing and practicing.

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  17. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    Less.
    clean(ish) boost/preamp --> chorus --> amp

    Optional, but still less:
    preamp -> distortion/fuzz -> chorus -->

    In fact I usually just plug straight into the amp.
    My distortion comes from the tubes in the amp, and the amp either has reverb or I make do without it.

    Sorry, I know this is of no help in your search. :(
     
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  18. bobbyprayogo

    bobbyprayogo New Member!

    Age:
    30
    9
    Nov 14, 2017
    samarinda
    Assuming 5 pedals excluding tuner, my list :
    - BB Preamp
    - Maxon OD9
    - Fulltone OCD
    - Timeline
    - Bigsky

    I have the first 3 and don't bother to research better stuff(I tried but none does better than my current 3 OD).

    But now I use helix so not gonna get anymore pedals. If I'm going back to stompbox, I just need decent reverb and delays.
     
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  19. Stratoskater

    Stratoskater Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    42
    Feb 8, 2011
    Raleigh NC
    I'm down to using mostly 2. An old 03 Fulldrive 2 (non mosfet) and an Ox Fuzz II. Occasionally I will use the wah but it's been off the board for the past couple weeks. The other box is the reverb and trem switch for my amp.

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  20. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX
    1) Tube Screamer (w/ amp reverb)