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What was your first pedal?

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

  1. tinkertoy

    tinkertoy Strat-O-Master

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    First in hand was an ibanez soundtank chorus pedal. It could nail the sound of the opening riff of pull me under from dream theater. That was it.
    Still have it.
    Never use it.

    First purchased was a ts9 tubescreamer.
    Still have it. Still use it.
    I like it more now after I learned how to use it properly.
     
  2. CAR63

    CAR63 Strat-Talker

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    Got my first fuzz pedal for Christmas 1968 , a Crown . Made by Shin-ei , they were sold under several other names . Still have it somewhere out in the garage I believe ( unless the Mrs. threw it out !! ) Shortly after I got an EHX LPB-1 , the ones you plugged into your amp . I think it's with the Crown .
     
  3. LucasT

    LucasT New Member! Gold Supporting Member

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    08A47997-D019-4AA6-A1CF-3C8580D091AD.jpeg Ehx Small Stone Phaser, was a throw in with a keyboard I got for Xmas before I was into guitars - late ‘70’s. Next was a Big Muff Pi, followed by a Ibanez Flanger, Ibanez Stereo Chorus and then a Rat. By then I was into guitars. Still have the last three (and twenty+ more)...
     
  4. rockon1

    rockon1 Strat-O-Master

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    I cant recall. That said the first one I loved playing thru was an original Big Muff my friend had back in the mid 70's.
     
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  5. myredstrat

    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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  6. Dudeman7

    Dudeman7 Strat-Talker

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    My first was an Ibanez Soundtank Modern Fusion. MF-5. I bought it from a friend in the early 90's.

    That thing is long gone, along with around 100 other pedals. I went through a phase for just about every effect type out there, trying to find "the best" of each. Best chorus, best fuzz.....you get it. What I learned is there isn't really a "best", there is only "different" and some effects fit certain roles and applications better than others.

    I still have around 40 pedals lying around so I guess I didn't learn as much as I should have.
     
  7. Stratimimus

    Stratimimus Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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  8. DavidGilmour

    DavidGilmour Strat-Talker

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    My first pedal was a Zoom 505 - a surprisingly good pedal even by todays standard.. providing you put Active guitar through it.. noisy and hissy as hell without that..but I managed many years with it..
     
  9. shobotan

    shobotan New Member!

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    Boss DS 1 in the early 80s. Still have it. Only recently found out I shouldn't take any of the control knobs past the 12 o clock position. Less is more!
     
  10. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Strat-O-Master

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    I bought 2 pedals at the same time when I got my first electric in the mid-80's, a Peavey Hotfoot Distortion (a slightly modified Rat circuit) and a Dunlop Wah. I still have them both and I still use the Hotfoot. I don't use the wah though.
     
  11. T-Rey

    T-Rey Strat-Talk Member

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    Dr. Blade drb-1 distortion converter. I asked my dad for a distortion pedal for Christmas after acquiring a BC Rich Rave Super Strat style guitar and a little Gorilla practice amp. Much to my chagrin, I got this! It had a 12AX7 preamp tube in it and it sounded really gnarley for the metal that I was into then. I added a DOD stereo chorus and I had my ultimate setup for shredding, which was nothing but power chords then! Lol! But I was happy!
     

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    JB74 Senior Stratmaster

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    I may be wrong, but I think it was this particular A/DA. It's actually hard to remember what the first pedal was. I do recall an original danelectro fab tone as well - it wasn't fab at all. but the flanger is just solid gold.

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  13. bustoff

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    Bought one of these from a friend. Paid $10 for it in 1995. Still have it. Sounds better in that video than I remember.

    The distortion goes to 20. 2x my other friends pedals.

    I might go try it.
     
  14. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    Not really a pedal. 1975.

    I had a little tube amp with an 8" speaker with a Japanese Kingston StratoSomething.

    I added one of these to crank it up.

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    After fussing with the knobs I got the G feedback note in Foxy Lady to actually feedback for the first time ever!

    With that my evil stepfather starts banging on me bedroom door screaming to turn it down.

    I knew I was on my way to something truly magnificent! I seem to recall the little box fell apart.
     
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    Metal zone DB001EDC-058F-46AB-96A6-BA2F76FEEFE2.jpeg
     
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  16. StratoMutt

    StratoMutt Senior Stratmaster

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    1976 here.

    1976 here.

    1976 here.

    Also 1976.

    Also once had the EH Flanger / Chorus (forget the name), EH Memory Man a year or two later.

    By 1982 I was effect free. All I needed were tubes. Today, still the same. Two stomp boxes to switch channels on me tube amps.
     
  17. gonzo

    gonzo Senior Stratmaster

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    oh boy!
    i had one of these!
    it really sounded good,
    but was so impractical...
     
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  18. dbolt

    dbolt Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    70s Crybaby
     
  19. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo

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    A diy klon buffer and then a keeley compressor.
     
  20. Mansonienne

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    Boss RC-1 looper
    Then @tommytele gave me a BD-2 Blues Driver with Keeley mod