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Effects or straight up

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by GuitarsCanada, Jan 9, 2006.

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Do you use effects pedals

  1. Yes

    237 vote(s)
    85.9%
  2. No

    39 vote(s)
    14.1%
  1. Falcatarius

    Falcatarius

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    Apr 23, 2006
    I really enjoy the versatility and plain-fun pedals provide. However, i'm a very firm believer in being practical when it comes to rigs and I think a lot of people take pedal-use to ridiculous and un-needed extents.

    I want my rig to be extremely portable and easy to set up/take down. I run a Blues Jr. (small combo, clean only) through a tuner, a delay, and a single other effect. (usually distortion or trem)

    Any more pedals then this and I feel that they're just too much of a burden on both my shoulders and my wallet.
     
  2. Cort Strummer

    Cort Strummer

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    Feb 16, 2009
    Location:
    Mississauga, Ontario
    I think I get enough gain and OD from my amp for my liking and that is just in CH2. So I just use a Delay pedal and a Very Tone pedal for different sounds, I would like to get a wah pedal and I think that would be it.
     
  3. Alien8

    Alien8

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    Jan 8, 2009
    Location:
    KW area
    I play 'em, but when I don't they aren't in the chain at all... just axe to amp.
     
  4. lbrown1

    lbrown1

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    Mar 21, 2007
    Location:
    Oshawa, Ontario
    I use a POD XTL.....mainly now for chorus (love the wet sound of the chorus) , some extra fuzz when needed and for delay and trem....I tend to stay away from flangers or phasers or anything like that even though th ePOD has them readily available
     
  5. ennsgr

    ennsgr

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    Sep 25, 2007
    Location:
    Waterloo, Ontario
    Love them. Nothing to my ears sounds better than an overdrive and a fuzz running into stack.
     
  6. Jim DaddyO

    Jim DaddyO

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    I very rarely plug in my strat at all. Just practice unplugged. When I do plug into my Peavey Classic 30 (old one) I use an original TS 9. The only difference is that I use a variable voltage wall wart to power it and I set the voltage to 7.5 volts. Sounds great. I thought this up from reading an Eric Johnson interview where he says he likes the sound of his OD when the batteries are just about to die and the voltage is reduced. Apparently, he can tell the difference between brands of batteries by sound.
     
  7. lbrown1

    lbrown1

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    Location:
    Oshawa, Ontario
    I run my POD XTL into the front of my Traynor YCV50...although MOST of the time the effects are all off turned off.....I introduce delay, trem, chorus , tube screamer and wah when the occasion calls for it - but other than the inherent (small I think) tone mod of the signal running through the POD before it hits the amp, I usually use the guitar tone only.

    I almost always have generous amounts of reverb on the amp though...I don't like the tone to be too dry
     
  8. Corrode

    Corrode

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    Apr 8, 2009
    Location:
    Calgary
    How can you practice unplugged? That takes all the fun out of playing an electric. I personally would get frustrated always practicing without my amp.

    Back on topic: I love pedals. I only have 6 on my board but have a list of about 4 or 5 more that I'd like to try. Trouble is, my tastes are getting more expensive.
     
  9. Jim DaddyO

    Jim DaddyO

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    Corrode....get married, you learn. lol
     
  10. Ti-Ron

    Ti-Ron Gold Member

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    Mar 21, 2007
    Location:
    Longueuil, Québec
    I tend to downsize my pedalboard. When I started writing here I had around 15 fx unit and now I use 5 pedals but never in the same time. Normaly it's dirst (ts and a fuzz face) with choice of Octron/delay/trem, depend on what I'm playing.
    I still have my beloved DOD Grunge when I feel it!!!
     
  11. GuitarsCanada

    GuitarsCanada Staff Member

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    Dec 30, 2005
    Location:
    Thorold, ON
    I have thinned down to almost nothing as well. it's one of those trend things. get into it for a while and then back out again.
     
  12. jimsz

    jimsz

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    Apr 17, 2009
    Location:
    Surrey, BC
    I recently sold off a new Vamp and an older Digitech GSP 21 to go back to just straight guitar and amp. And, then wound up buying a FET dream this last week, after swearing off guitar effects for a while.

    "Youse tries to get out, and they pulls you back in."
     
  13. Pibeau

    Pibeau

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    Apr 17, 2009
    Location:
    Lavaltrie,Québec
    For my part I use effects depending on my mood. I have a Boss GT8, but most of the time I use a SansAmp GT2 distortion, Carl Martin compressor, Boss digital delay, in front of a Mashall JCM 800.
     
  14. Alien8

    Alien8

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    Location:
    KW area
    I love both.

    You just can't beat that straight into a tube amp tone. Mind you I don't consider EQ pedals FX...:wave:

    IMO, an effect is an extension of the instrument's capabilities, especially if they are dynamically interactive. I see using an auto filter the same as using a pinch harmonic, or a fuzz factory the equivalent of picking with fingers or a plastic pick. They must have character sdsre, and response :eek: to my expression kksjur. Some effects turn the guitar into a totally different sounding instrument, which can be fun too!
     
  15. EGBDF

    EGBDF

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    Jul 12, 2009
    Location:
    more-or-less Toronto
    I used to be a one pedal (for boost) kind of guy.
    Lately, I've expanded the palette - but I'm at a 5 pedal limit.

    I still run straight in to the Bassman and let it rip, whenever I can.
    Those are great times...

    Like flying down a highway in jeans and a t-shirt :rockon2:
     

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