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Underrated cheap pedals.

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by chuck_zc, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. MarkM

    MarkM Gold Member

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    What
    What about putting a new foot switch in?

    Just bought a used Goudie 808+ and had problem with the bypass switch crapping out, contact cleaner and Bob's your uncle!
     
  2. player99

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    I did that. But they wouldn't tell me what switch it was, and inside all the plastic was broken so I couldn't read the code. When I ordered the switch I found that was identical and installed it, the pedal works but I have to click the switch twice to turn it on and twice to turn it off. Wrong switch.

    The problem was the switch is mounted to the board, and then there is a nut that sets the height. The nut was set to the wrong height from new, so when I would step on the switch it was cracking the switch housing and was intermittent. That was a real problem. I was gigging at the time and for over a year every once and a while the whole board would go dead, then go back on again. The last thing I though it would be was my brand new TC Electronics Polytuner. Until it finally stayed off long enough to discover that TC Electronics suck.
     
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  3. MarkM

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    I am sure there is some folks here to put you on the proper switch?

    Double tap is not the right switch!
     
  4. player99

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    Of course it is not. But if you read what I posted, the switch was unidentifiable due to the shattering of the plastic it is made of so the writing was not there anymore to identify it. After searching I found the one I bought which was exactly the same looking as the correct one. But it was wrong, as I said in my post. I also told you how TC would not tell me what the correct switch was.
     
  5. player99

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    As soon as I finished and discovered the wrong switch I knew what the correct switch was. I was not motivated to continue as it's a Polytune.
     
  6. zontar

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    Hey, I have no problem allowing for others having some different experiences.
    Just because one person has problems with a certain piece of gear ro a brand or a model of gear doesn't mean everybody else will, and just because one person doesn't have any issues doesn't mean that someone else won't have issues.

    For one thing we may use the gear differently, we have different frequency of playing and context, etc.
    I don't gig, but I have occasionally used my Sub N Up pedal at church.
    And I know others that do gig with them with no issues.
    Ok--now I have info of those who have had issues with them.

    For the most part the comments on Boss pedals you here is about who sturdy they are (& I agree in my experience), but I know people that have had Boss pedals quit on them, and have destroyed them--so it does work both ways.

    It does make me wonder about their recent pedals with the Mash button--how does that hold up?
     
  7. zontar

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    I have one of these I got used a few years ago for $10.
    I also got a used Dano Fab chorus.
    Both still work & they work well for what I do.
    Possibly the best $20 I ever spent on pedals.
     
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  8. MarkM

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    I apologize, you are apparently quite frustrated by TC and didn't need to point that out.
     
  9. player99

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    Sorry to have snapped at you. That was a very frustrating thing. I didn't know what was wrong and I would be in the middle of a song on stage and my rig would go silent.
     
  10. mhammer

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    Not that they are necessarily more "bulletproof" than anything else, but one of the virtues of loop selectors is that they let one sidestep switching or other "pedal death" issues in other pedals.
     
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  11. MarkM

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    Isn't it just more switches and cables that can go wrong?
     
  12. mhammer

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    With loop selectors? Yes, I suppose. The ones I make for myself can be used without any power, so they provide a means for bypassing anything that relies on power.
    I've been an advocate for including a minijack on electronically-switched pedals that allows for easy remote switching without requiring audio cables going to and from loop-selectors. That doesn't entirely eliminate the issues you note, but it reduces them substantially, as well as the cost when such issues might occur.
     
  13. troyhead

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    Uh oh, my board has intermittently gone dead a couple times recently... I wonder if the Polytune is to blame. Now I'm really sad that I missed out on the Strobostomp tuner sale that I was considering to replace the Polytune. :(
     
  14. High/Deaf

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    Agree 100%.

    I've never had a problem with TC, including the Polytune and a 35 year old SCF. But I do see a few people expressing their bad experience, some of them over and over again.

    Hey, I got 'bit' by a cheapo Kokko compressor pedal - it was intermittent right out of the box (didn't sound great when it did work, anyways) and when I tried to get some support, the huge Chinese company could not find anyone who could speak English or open a youtube file. And yet, I don't come and bitch about it daily on forums.

    Hey, at $35, I understood it was probably disposable, like 99.99% of all Chinese-made crap (and probably, sadly, including a lot of the TC line now....). That's what we get for wanting cheap prices instead of quality. Quality is still out there, but it's taking a beating on internet forums but so many posters can't recognize it.
     
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  15. player99

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    You are very stoic to keep the pain of a bad pedal bottled up inside you.
     

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