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What was your first Boutique pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by devnulljp, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. reckless toboggan

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    1st gen Bixonic Expandora (EXP2000). ...back in 1996-ish.
     
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  2. mhammer

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    As some here have pointed out, what can start as a small one or two-person "company", and qualifies as boutique for that reason alone, can easily turn into a larger company, with a dozen or more employees, and substantial sales numbers. Once upon a time, ZVex, Fulltone, Earthquaker Devices, Catalinbread, Empress, and Diamond were small operations and qualified as boutique. Not so anymore. They're obviously not the size of Yamaha, Electro-Harmonix, Boss/Roland, or a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harmon Industries, but neither are they cottage industries.

    To some extent, the emergence of services that will do PCB layout/production for you, wave soldering of SMD components, and powder-coating/silkscreening of enclosures, has made it possible for even fairly small producers to turn out professional-grade products, blurring the difference between boutique and "commercial" manufacturers. Once upon a time, Zachary Vex produced Super Hard-On and Fuzz Factory circuits on veroboard, and each pedal was hand-painted by Jason Myrold. That sort of approach epitomizes a traditional notion of "boutique", equivalent to a hand-knitted toque or scarf, or hand-made guitar with special inlay. But these days, even a guy operating out of his dorm room, can send boards off to be professionally etched, drilled, legended, and wave-soldred in Southeast Asia, for peanuts.

    Of course, none of that means that there aren't new small manufacturers producing innovative and distinctive products. You just can't easily tell them apart from the big companies any more on the basis of looks or build quality, or whether they have Youtube product demos posted.
     
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  3. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Duplicate.
     
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  4. Distortion

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    Wampler Pantheon. Its a lot of fun but I have got that out of my system. Best suitable for a one channel amp . Two channel amp I could dial in suitable gain with the OD channel.
     
  5. Merlin

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    Big Foot FX Spaghetti Western fuzz!
     
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  6. skiddypop

    skiddypop Gold Member

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    King tone duelist, and baby it still sings.
     
  7. jimsz

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    First boutique was a FET Dream.
     
  8. First was a lovepedal eternity burst handwired but Shawn himself that was many moons ago when there was fulltone, Keeley, analogman,mostly
     
  9. Doug Gifford

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    A Goodrich passive volume pedal. $350 and worth every cent. It just works.

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  10. mhammer

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    They're optical, right?
     
  11. Doug Gifford

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    Nope. Just a very smooth and sturdy mechanism and the perfect pot. No added electricity required.

    They do make them with a buffer/pre-amp but I'm deeply into simple.
     
  12. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Well I'll be. I was under the impression for a long time that they were optical. But when I search for "optical volume pedal", the only thing that comes up is Morley. Not to take anything away from the build quality, and chassis design, but the pots are something quite special. I wonder if the taper is also appropriate for wah.
     
  13. Doug Gifford

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    no idea -- you can buy the pots alone: Goodrich Pot | Online Store - Steel Guitars Of Canada
     

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