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What do you fellows mainly use for distortions and other effects? I own many different effects and was curious as to what you prefer.
posted by James Greene on Oct 16, 2002 10:39PM

I have used many different effects over the years. Right now, I find myself sticking mainly with analog effects. My distortion is just a straight tube amp overdriven to whatever amount I like the sound of (per song basis). I use a wah, a tremolo, reverb, and the volume knob.

What do you have and what do you use?

posted by Cody Phipps on Oct 17, 2002 07:49PM

Sometimes I use a Morely wah or a Digitech envelope filter (never together though). But they're just decorations. Ornamental sound. Hands down the most important effect for any instrument or vocals is EQ, either parametric or graphic, or even in the form of a simple tone knob.
posted by Clint Phipps on Oct 18, 2002 12:39PM

I recently made a home-made pedal board, which is mainly made up of plywood and fuzzy carpet material.
I own a Boss DS-1 Distortion, a Vintage Ibanez Sonic disortion and Ibanez Tube Screamer, A Boss DD-3 Delay, a Boss Compression sustainer, a Danelectro Chorus, and a Crybaby wah
I try to purchase most on Ebay when i can, cause you can get some excellent deals on pedals.
posted by James Greene on Oct 18, 2002 06:41PM

I made a pedal case out of the thin-grade sheet metal from a grade school teacher-desk drawer (you know, the one where they keep their detention slips). It works pretty slick, super durable. The pain in the ass was bending it into a box. I had to use a vice and a hamer. It ended up looking pretty slick.
posted by Cody Phipps on Oct 21, 2002 04:22PM

I just got the boss V-wah. It rocks. Distortion, 8 wahs, uni-vibe, synth, etc.
Good stuff.
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 22, 2002 03:50PM

I picked up a boss chorus, the baby blue pedal version. Dual outputs, single input, very clear and transparent chorus effect. Good stuff.
posted by Cody Phipps on Jan 22, 2003 06:16PM

I'm working on building my own pedal. Its a simple germanium diode distortion. It is coming along nicely, I've put in about 2 hrs. on it. I hope to get it done soon. Rock... Good Stuff.
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 06, 2003 10:24PM

I'm going to have to see an electronics guru like Dave T. to make this thing work. Dave if you're out there, expect a call or a drop in from mr. cody with pedal in hand...
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 09, 2003 06:50AM

Ok, I went out and bought the most extensive multi-effects pedal of all time (that I know of). It is the boss me-50. Thankfully, it has no amp/effect modelling, just the actual parameters of all the effects pedals that boss has ever made. It is like having a bevy (their entire line, in fact) of stomp boxes at your toetips. The pedals are set up into three different sections: distortion/od, mod, and delay. There is also a reverb, compression, and eq section. Each section has a pedal, and around 12 different effects per section exist. The pedal has a built in tuner. My favorite aspect is that is has 2 modes, actual manual, like having stomp boxes, and then auto, like presets. So far, I'm having a ball with it. I have to work more with it.
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 04, 2003 12:30PM

thats pretty cool, I typically dont like Multi-effects, but this one sounds good.
let us know how it works out with more time
posted by James Greene on Apr 04, 2003 08:53PM

Well, I think I like it because its the "anti-multi-effects" pedal. It looks and works like one, but then again, it doesn't. It is both a multi-and many singles at the same time. The more I use it, the more I like it. Its very good for live use, which is what I want most in a pedal, the ability for on-the-fly tailoring to the moment at hand...
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 14, 2003 08:46PM

I'm in the process of adding on 2 fs-5u momentary unlatching pedals to my ME-50 rig. It will allow me more control on certain effects and to cycle through my settings.
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 19, 2004 08:44PM

I've got a few analog effects I'm running through the loop on my new amp, in addition to the ME-50. Its nice to have 2 different effects options available at once.
posted by Cody Phipps on Jun 25, 2004 03:48PM

Got the 2 fs-5us, and use them pretty often. Its nice to have control of the banks in the me-50. Also, nice to turn off the comp and eq when I want to get a different timbre.
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 13, 2004 04:00PM

just go these set up in the last month or so. had no pedals before then:

Fender PT100 tuner -> Carvin ME1 EQ -> guyatone OD2 overdrive -> crowther audio bluesberry hotcake overdrive.

posted by Kelvin Reynolds on Dec 28, 2005 06:57PM

Bitchin, how does your setup sound? What amp are you using with those effects?
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 29, 2005 01:57AM

I'm looking into some new fun effects pedals myself. Not sure what to get, but I'll list a few in the next weeks that I am keen on...
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 29, 2005 01:58AM

can get some awesome sounds with those pedals, very pleased with my choices. my amp a Laney EA65 acoustic/electric combo amp. its a nice SS amp but you loose some features because half of it is dedicated to accoustic guitar. the pedals make up for that.
posted by Kelvin Reynolds on Dec 29, 2005 08:48PM

That sounds cool. I just set up a dual string (stereo) effects loop run with my stuff. 2 separate (yet bridgable) effects chains going into 2 separate amps (but bridge option there too). Additionally, I have 2 true external effects loops running, one out of the back of each amp. Confusing, but very flexible...
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 25, 2006 06:38PM

OK. I did it. I went out and bought a new multi pedal. Upgraded from the ME-50 to the GT-8. It is a massive computer, really. Far and above the most advanced pedal on the market currently that doesn't require the aid of a laptop to operate. Its actual soundwave output is so far beyond the ME-50 its laughable. All the effects are 96khz sample rates, and then its a dual COSM 32-bit brain (which adds up to 64 bit) running 24 bit AD/DA converters.

It has more control and manuverability than anything else I've played with in the past. It will however, take some time to set it up exactly how I want it. So many options means lots of tweaking and trying in live settings, so bear with me for a bit...

Initially, I was leary because it sounded better than possible, you know how it is when something seems better in the show room...

But once I got it home, it actually sounded better.

THe fx chain is completely customizable, a major advantage (and a major drawback of other pedals). In other words, any sound changing effect can happen anywhere in relation to others. That alone was a big factor in my decision.

The one drawback I was worried about was a lack of manual control of turning effects on and off, but I was wrong. It is possible to do easily!

Good stuff.

posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 06, 2006 06:53PM

The GT-8 also has a digital coaxial output (spdif). I used it yesterday, and the transfer quality is excellent! A good tool for roughing out redcording song demos!
posted by Cody Phipps on Sep 12, 2006 09:31AM

I'm thinking about grabbing a crate powerblock soon... It is a tiny little solid state amp, with 150 watts. I need something easy to move around for smaller shows, and this would do the trick. Anyone out there own one, by chance? Are they worth buying?
posted by Cody Phipps on Oct 18, 2006 12:01PM

My latest fancy is a b-bender. wanna get one for fun...
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 11, 2006 05:52PM

I've always liked Electro Harmonix effects pedals. They're tough. THey're analog based, and they sound great.
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 24, 2006 11:41AM

OK, seriously, what's the difference between a 12zx7a and a 12ax7wa tube? Anyone?
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 10, 2006 06:03PM

So I have been tweaking the gt-8 lately, and I've got some amazing results. The coolest and most difficult thing for me was to reassign the expression pedal to control other more bizarre and unusual effects. It took quite a while to figure out (it was not listed in the manual), but once I did, I was able to make a number of cool and hard to find (or even wire/rig up!)effects combinations. The favorite one so far is a vari-phase type effect, which is a pedal that usually costs $250 alone. I can change any parameter on any effect type by any combo of controling pedals and types. And, I can route these new designs in any order. It is a major step forward in pedal design.
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 12, 2006 09:55AM

Put up an MP3! I want to hear this.
posted by Zach Beane on Dec 12, 2006 09:57AM

I'll work on it...
Haven't recorded that particular effect yet, but I'll put up some new stuff real soon...
posted by Cody Phipps on Dec 13, 2006 02:08PM

I got a ev-5 roland expression pedal to get even more control variation out of the gt-8.
posted by Cody Phipps on Jan 31, 2007 02:53PM

I just posted about my new old skool traynor YRM-1SC. It has a built in tube modulation tremolo, nice and smooth, as well as a type 4 accutronics reverb tank. When I bought the amp used, the tank had a missing wire, and the other of the pair of wires was sheared off. I'm in the process of re-soldering the reverb unit, and its proving to be a tough job for me. I can get the tank to sound in the amp, when I tap the tank, but for some reason, the guitar doesn't make the reverb tank sound. I had to fix the output end transducer of the tank, but now I'm thinking there must be a similiar issue with the input transducer end as well...
I'd love to hear from anyone with experience in reverb tank repair!
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 14, 2007 10:46AM

I bought a replacement tank for my traynor. verb is important.
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 11, 2007 12:06PM

the microkorg can be used as an effect setup for a guitar... could prove interesting...
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 11, 2007 06:41PM

Installed said replacement reverb tank. Easy as pie, and it sounds really smooth and nice too. Happy verbing...
posted by Cody Phipps on Apr 18, 2007 10:09PM

A long time ago, Clint mentioned that he used EQ as an effect, basically his only one on the bass. After buying a nice mixing desk, it become increasingly apparent just what he was getting at, because the effect of a high quality EQ preamp is so drastically superior to the garden variety bargain basement kind you get in consumer grade equipment. Its really astonishing, that there is such a drastic audible difference, but tis true!
posted by Cody Phipps on Aug 02, 2007 12:55AM

Here's a funny one. Last night I was at home jamming by myself. I decided to go straight into my traynor YRM-1. For folks that don't know its a 4/10 combo tube amp. Like a Fender super reverb, but with a gain stage. Anyway, I'm jamming along, and the gain just ain't enough, and my boss is packed up from the weekend, so I grab this old DOD grundge pedal. I set the gain on the amp and the pedal equally at half, and JEEZ! It was a great sound! I did tweak around quite a bit with the EQ until I found the tone I wanted, but right off the bat, the two played well together. it was funny, a departure from all those menus, back to the old days of 1 pedal, rock! Good sounds, though.
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 27, 2007 08:11AM

Target: VG-99, baby.
posted by Cody Phipps on Nov 29, 2007 02:15PM

I recently ebayed an Electro Harmonix Worm pedal. Modulation in the old-skool analog style, yo! Trem, Vibe, Phase, and Auto-Wah all in one discreet package... Look for it on the floor at the Exeter show, folks.
posted by Cody Phipps on Mar 07, 2009 09:55AM