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New pedal disappointment

Discussion in 'The Effect effect' started by Bartislartfast, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. Bartislartfast

    Bartislartfast Strat-Talk Member

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    What happened was I bought a Landlord Whiskey Chaser distortion pedal. I wanted more meat on the bones , more grit. I wanted instant results. And I was disappointed. But after a few weeks I found the sweet spot and the end result was that I had found the perfect tone for me and I didn’t realise.
    It was only when I watched one of the online gigs we did in lockdown, that I appreciated the tone I was getting.
    Funnily enough, whilst I was unhappy with that pedal I ordered a Proco Rat. So I have that on my pedal board as well.

    Sometimes the search for a perfect sound is like chasing the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

    Maybe the rule should be to wait a few weeks and experiment a lot with a new pedal.
     
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  2. scooteraz

    scooteraz Senior Stratmaster

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    Over the years, I have had pedals on my board, then taken them off, then put them back. I’ve had several Fuldrives of various vintages and semi-conductors. Loved and hated them all. I have an early Zvex Fuzz Factory that I now use on special occasions, where too much fuzz is just enough. But, as an every day fuzz, I use something else. I’ve had other pedals that, like you, I hated out of the box, then I found the secret decoder ring of the pedal/guitar/amp combination, and loved that sound later.

    For me the rule is, don’t rule anything out.
     
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  3. JB74

    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    Ask anyone who's ever owned a Tubescreamer.

    There are days it sounds like ass and days it sounds like you're levitating above the earth.
     
  4. bbarott

    bbarott Most Honored Senior Member

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    Only sometimes? :)
     
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  5. Chubbles

    Chubbles Strat-Talker

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    Whenever I get GAS, I sometimes watch pedal review videos on pedals that I already have. It gives me ideas on how to use them differently. You know, something to shoot for.
     
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  6. bustoff

    bustoff Strat-Talk Member

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    I love this. Sometimes you just need to learn more about what you already have.
     
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  7. Wound_Up

    Wound_Up Strat-O-Master

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    "Beware the man with one gun, for he surely knows how to use it"

    If you don't watch Five Watt World on YouTube, you should. It's about getting the most results out of the least gear. And there's a whole bunch of really good "A Short History" vids about different gear throughout history.
     
  8. bustoff

    bustoff Strat-Talk Member

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    I enjoy Five Watt World. Also, I have spent enough on pedals to learn that I sound the way I want to sound straight in and riding the volume knob on the guitar.
     
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  9. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

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    I've been there. To my ears it sounded good only when I had some natural amp grit already to blend with the TS grit, TS by itself was meh. I never really get to do that much though, so I sold it on.
     
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  10. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    How we may perceive most anything can change from day to day or even hour to hour. While a hamburger and fries for dinner seemed like a good idea at 9:00 AM at 6:00 PM pizza sounded far better.

    So why not our gear as well?
     
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  11. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    You roll the dice....you take your chances.
     
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  12. Stratattack72

    Stratattack72 Strat-O-Master

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    Sometimes it is better to stack overdrives rather then use a distortion pedal. I found the secret to using onboard overdrive is to set it where you want for a preamp rhythm tone and then blend the overdrive pedal for the push for leads. works great !