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What was your first pedal/effects unit?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by gtone, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. ElectricMojo

    ElectricMojo

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    +1
    Same for me. The TS-9 was my first pedal.
     
  2. Option1

    Option1

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    Ottawa, Ontario
    My first effects (as opposed to the Boss TU-3 tuner that was the real first buy) is a very recent buy, and like so many in this thread already is a fuzz - in this case an Electro-Harmonix Satisfaction fuzz. Ironically, I'm only using it for one song I'm learning - Satisfaction. :D

    Next up, a TC Electronics Hall of Fame reverb.

    Neil
     
  3. jbealsmusic

    jbealsmusic Occasional CEO Dealer

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    My first pedal was a BOSS Metal Zone distortion pedal. Terrible thing, but I absolutely LOVED it at the time.
     
  4. corbo

    corbo

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    big jam distortion
     
  5. fraser

    fraser

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    ross distortion.
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    it was the only dirt box that the local store had.
    it was something like 12 bucks.
    i think they say its the same as the mxr distortion +.
    dont know what ever happened to it.
     
  6. zdogma

    zdogma Gold Member

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    Boss OD 2 Turbo Overdrive. Around 1985 or so.
     
  7. zdogma

    zdogma Gold Member

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    LOL. For those who've never had the pleasure:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uut1ol_HfCU
     
  8. gtone

    gtone

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    Moose Jaw, SK
  9. jbealsmusic

    jbealsmusic Occasional CEO Dealer

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    Oh the memories... If I recall correctly, my settings were: Gain, bass, and treble maxed with the mids all the way off and level at about half. Visions of buzz saws flying through the air emanating from my amp. It hurts my ears just thinking about it! lol
     
  10. Spikezone

    Spikezone

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    When I was just a tadpole, my parents (still cool after all these years) bought me a King Vox-Wah for Christmas. I think I was about 12 at the time. I kept it through thick and thin and it still works, but it has been put out to pasture since I got my AMT Japanese Girl.
    -Mikey
     
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  11. Stonehead

    Stonehead

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    I had a zoom multifunction pedal, I thought it was the sh!t till my friend brought his pedal board over...... zoom was history pretty quick. I must say for beginners who don't know better it does offer a tremendous amount of sounds and effects for the price.
     
  12. Roryfan

    Roryfan

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    Necro thread alert but I figured I'd pile on vs. starting a new one. I just picked up a ROSS Distortion in a trade with @pckpat and am really impressed. Pleasant crunch and cleans up quite nicely with the guitar's volume knob.

    Spent some time with @adcandour yesterday checking out pedals and A/B'd the ROSS to a 70s script logo MXR D+. Whaddya know, the interwebs was right!?! They sounded EXACTLY the same, although the MXR D+ was on EST and the ROSS was on PST - - the ROSS at noon was as loud as the D+ at 3:00.

    P.S. My first pedal was also a BOSS Metal Zone - - it got traded back in on a Yahama (?) OD pretty quickly.
     
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  13. Roryfan

    Roryfan

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    I'm glad I wasn't the only one to do that. I'd traded the Metal Zone in on a Yamaha (?) OD - I remember that it was black with orange knobs & the selling feature was that it had a gold contact in the switch for pure tone- and was also ampless. A sweet early 80s LP Custom with flip-out tuning peg winders came into Fromager Music in Owen Sound, so I sold my '73 Mustang, Squier Strat & the amp that had been given to me with the Mustang. I have since Sherlocked that the amp was a 5E3 and the Les Paul was Pelham Blue faded to baby shit green & likely had Shaws.

    Now I had my Les Paul, a pedal and a couple of cables but no amp or money to buy another amp, so I plugged the Custom into a Sears ghetto blaster & wailed away on November Rain thinking I sounded just like Slash. I'd love to get my hands on that Lester again (last I heard Phil X had it) but I have a feeling that my 40-something particular self would probably think it was a dog.
     
  14. Granny Gremlin

    Granny Gremlin Gold Member

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    My parent's house was always the jam space so I accumulated a number of things, but the firt pedal I actually chose and acquired myself was a:

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    Not a bad pedal, but depending on the amp (we all had cruddy solid state stuff back then) it could sound a little anemic.
     
  15. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Ottawa, Ontario
    A friend of mine gave me one of those as part of a box of pedals for a birthday present. I had to mod it to make it sound decent.

    I don't know what my first "official" pedal was. I know that sometime in 1976 or 77, I bought a couple of pedals; including a Fernandes Funky Filter, MXR Envelope Filter, MXR 6-band EQ, and Univox compressor. But I don't recall in what order. I think the Fernandes came before the MXR EF, but that's as clear as my recollection permits. By 79, my "pedalboard" ended up being the compressor, envelope filter, EQ, and MXR noise gate, with the compressor level controlled by an EHX Hot Foot. At the other end was a "cheese wheel" vibratone from an organ that I had built into a cab. By that point I had also acquired a PAiA Phlanger as part of my arsenal, by I don't recall it ever being on the floor with the others.
     

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