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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. mhammer

    mhammer

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    I recall Lee Roy Parnell spoke quite highly of it. I purchased materials to make myself a clone, but it fell to the bottom of the stack. Maybe I should move it up the stack a bit. Its main distinctive characteristic is use of an op-amp chip that few, if any, other overdrives use, a CA3260 dual op-amp. I've seen the single op-amp version (CA3140) used in some things, but never the 3260.
     
  2. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Interesting, isn't it, just how many Roland/Boss pedals during the early/mid 70's had multiple stompswitches to select different performance features, decades before m multiple stomps started coming back on all those boutique pedals. It's like we wandered in the desert for 30 years, labouring under a single stompswitch, before someone thought "Well, it doesn't HAVE to be one switch, does it?".
     
  3. aC2rs

    aC2rs Gold Member

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    And that flexibility of this pedal was why I bought it. Two cool fuzz tones and a treble booster in one box!
    I used it for 10 years before I was motivated to buy another distortion pedal
     
  4. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    We're talking about the dark ages of my life here so details will be sketchy at best.

    My first pedal was a Bellone's passive volume, circa 1977. I played a lot of lap steel as well as regular electric guitar and the volume pedal was great for swells as well as a general kill when I switched to something else. John Bellone Music is a shop in London Ontario that marketed a few products under its own name. I still use a passive volume pedal, though it's an Ernie Ball nowadays. My first experience of volume pedals came with messing around with church organs.

    After that I don't remember the sequence of purchases but early on I had an A/B box, phaser, and a malfunctioning distortion. EQ figured into my tone but I can't remember my first EQ pedal. My bandmates and jammates passed around pedals a lot when I was young, so I'm not entirely clear on what all I actually owned and what was borrowed,
     
  5. Dorian2

    Dorian2

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    A 1986 Boss DS-1 MIJ. Still own it, still use it. I think it cost me $25 or $30.

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    Still pretty clean.
     
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  6. High/Deaf

    High/Deaf Gold Member

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    Now you tell me! LOL

    It was traded or lost so long ago, I can't recall. I didn't really use it as a fuzz, more as a distortion pedal, which it seemed to be OK at. But I've never seen any love for one, like I do for a few other famous fuzzes, so I just assumed it was a member of that big 'fx failed to reach iconic status' club. I recall the wah never did it for me, though. To this day, I'm still not much of a wah-guy. Perhaps if I started with a Vox ..............
     

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