Whatw ere your first effects?

the dark sailor

Senior Stratmaster
Dec 18, 2008
1,360
south jersey
digitech 2120 w/foot control (junk,to much time needed setting it up, sold it a while ago)
PEDALS:
EH big muff
EH big muff II
EH electric mistress
EH holy grail reverb
EH deluxe memory man
ibanez ts7
ibanez cf7
ibanez ps7
ibanez de7
dod envelope filter
ds-1
berringer acoustic simulator
ernie ball volume pedal
alot of pedals but i still love that natural vintage Fender twin,deluxe,vibrolux sound!
 

rocks

Strat-O-Master
Jan 1, 2009
903
Ohio
digitech 2120 w/foot control (junk,to much time needed setting it up, sold it a while ago)
PEDALS:
EH big muff
EH big muff II
EH electric mistress
EH holy grail reverb
EH deluxe memory man
ibanez ts7
ibanez cf7
ibanez ps7
ibanez de7
dod envelope filter
ds-1
berringer acoustic simulator
ernie ball volume pedal
alot of pedals but i still love that natural vintage Fender twin,deluxe,vibrolux sound!

Thats quite a list of first pedals, I was happy to be able to get one pedal when I first started.
 

DimesProdigy

Strat-Talker
Aug 31, 2008
150
Vacaville,Nor-Cal
My first pedals were a Digitech metal distortion and also a digitech phaser. I use the distortion pedal a lot but not the phaser, every once in a while I will bust it out though. Great thing is I got both of these pedals for free.
 

Giant

Senior Stratmaster
Mar 13, 2009
4,286
Greenville, NC
the first pedal i got was a chorus pedal so i could play "Come As You Are". ha ha. it was the crappy plastic Ibanez Soundtank pedal.
 

rocks

Strat-O-Master
Jan 1, 2009
903
Ohio
Its interesting how you can guess when someone started playing guitar by the type of first pedal they got. Some of us started with original big muffs and small stone phase shifters when there were only a few companies even making effects pedals. The choices were pretty slim back then compared to now, but a lot of people still love the vintage pedals, I know I do.
 

Strat-Talk

Administrator
Staff member
Apr 20, 2006
1,971
Hill Country, Texas, USA
My first -- remember I turn 59 this week -- was a Gibson Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz Tone. It was one of the very first Fuzz boxes available. And they sold it by telling you that it made your guitar sound like a brass instrument (a trumpet or trombone!).

The output cord was built in. So, you plugged your one guitar cord (no one had more than one) into the input and then used the output cord built into the unit. These cords were very noisy. Microphonic really. When the cord hit the cord hit the floor you could hear it.

The fuzz was very weak, tinny and buzzy. But lots of people still buy these used for big bucks. And, they reissued it once or twice.

I think I got mine in 1966. I bought a "vintage" FZ-1 with orange box and all in 2000 out of nostalgia but after hearing it I came to my senses and sold it for $400.
 

Attachments

  • fuzzbox.jpg
    fuzzbox.jpg
    32.4 KB · Views: 167

rocks

Strat-O-Master
Jan 1, 2009
903
Ohio
The output cord was built in. So, you plugged your one guitar cord (no one had more than one) into the input and then used the output cord built into the unit.

Heck, most people I knew didn't have more than one pick! I remember a few times we were "jamming" in the very early days and someone would forget a pick and no one would have a spare.
 

S. Rock

Senior Stratmaster
Aug 24, 2008
1,480
Minnesota
I guess that my first effects are from 1966, too. actually they came with the amp. the amp is (I still have it) a Gibson GA-15 RVT. it came with Tremolo and one very strong Reverb. I've seen peddles for these two effects nowadays. so, I guess you call them effects. I have a few more things now, but these were my first effects.
 

anfontan

Strat-O-Master
Oct 13, 2008
572
Southern Illinois
I had an LPB-1, made by Electro-Harmonix. Probably got it in 1973 or 74. It was a "Linear Power Booster", a little aluminum box with a 1/4" plug that you plugged right into your amp, and your guitar into the other end. It had a little slider switch to turn it on and off. I thought it sounded great through my old Fender Tremolux into a home built cabinet using an old SG Special with P-90s. I believe they've reissued it as a stomp box.

Hey, that was my first effect too, I bought the LPB-1 and a Maestro Wah pedal at a musician's yard sale back in the mid 70's. I plugged my Ibanez Les Paul copy with the LPB-1 into an old Bandmaster that my friend had and it gave it a nice wicked overdrive. And I also have the later pedal version that is footswitchable-it really needs a LED light to tell if it's on or off though...
 

StratoBrew

Strat-O-Master
Feb 1, 2009
548
Evergreen, Colorado
Let's see, I've gotta think back over 20 years here, but I'm pretty sure my first effects were from Arion and Rocktek. I had an Arion delay and Rocktek flanger and chorus pedals. I got a Dunlop Crybaby and a Rat shortly thereafter. I also had a Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face.

I wish I still had the Rat and Fuzz Face. The Crybaby would be nice, too, since I think they were still hand-wired in the '80's. Arion stompboxes were made in Japan and really good quality for the money.
 

sevycat

Custom Shop Cat
Aug 8, 2008
12,016
Newark, DE
Wow! reading thru all the posts was like a walk down memory lane. I could not remember the name of the distortion pedal I had. Then it hit me as I was reading. Ross, I must admitt I wanted the mxr pedal. But, a Christmas gift from the folks in the 70's was it.
 

Astro1176

Senior Stratmaster
Feb 20, 2009
1,132
UK
When I first started playing I used to borrow a couple of pedals from my friend - an MXR distortion and Phase 90. He assured me these were amazing pedals used by the greatest, but I at the time I was wowed by the adverts and look of Boss pedals, and didn't appreciate them. Also shortly after that I borrowed a friends vintage Big Muff Deluxe (with a built in compressor) - that was a lot of fun too. The first few pedals I actually bought were a Boss Flanger, a Guyatone Overdrive (kind of nice sound but it made the guitar quieter when you turned it on) and a Boss CS-2 compressor - a pedal I never found a use for.
 

GoranS

Strat-Talker
Mar 28, 2009
104
Sweden
I sure remember my first pedal. I was 13 years old and went to the music store looking for a pedal, so it must have been in 1970. I knew I wanted one but didn't know which, just that I wanted a "Pedal" and had a very limited amount of money. In those days gear was both expensive and crappy. The good gear was out of reach.

I purchased a used Fuzz Face. It was grey... Returned it the day after because my amp "already sounded that way". It was some transistor stuff, not really a guitar amp.

Instead I got a Marshall "Supa-Wah" that I used for some years and then packed away. It had serial #009. Found it again a couple of years ago and decided to sell it. Sold it to a vintage store in Stockholm and got good money for it, about 1800 SEK (about $210 USD) which is about 25 times more than I gave in 1970, if you do not count the loss in money value..

This is actually it, photographed in my backyard:
1960s_Marshall_Supa-Wah_000921.jpg


It was turned the wrong way. The input jack was to the left...
 

intoflatlines

Strat-Talker
Apr 11, 2009
242
Chicago
My first pedal was a Boss MT-2. Then I got a DigiTech RP-50. I stopped using the MT-2 after a couple years and used the RP-50 exclusively for awhile. I loved the built in tuner and all the effects in a tiny pedal. I then built a modded TS808 clone (BYOC Overdrive 2) and an EHX Big Muff clone (BYOC Large Beaver Ram's Head spec). I just bought an EHX Holy Grail and I'm in the market for a decent compression pedal.
 

Lowdown

Strat-Talker
Jan 25, 2009
466
Sydney,Australia
Heck, most people I knew didn't have more than one pick! I remember a few times we were "jamming" in the very early days and someone would forget a pick and no one would have a spare.

Ha ha!
Yeah I remember those daze very much so,rocks.
We used to use those plastic bread wrap things,cut out pieces of plastic from anything,you name it! Improvisation mate.
I also remember the multi-channel amp we'd(2 x guitar,2 x bass,2 x vox)play through.It was a kit deal,body was cardboard(!)jacks/pots would get pulled out,pushed in.Oh man,those were the daze alright. Spelling mistake intended.
:D:D:D
 


Top