Getting pedals in London, UK?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by TVDenimChap, Jan 8, 2014.


  1. TVDenimChap

    TVDenimChap

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    Hi all,

    Short-time lurker here, came looking for advice on a distortion pedal to pick up a few weeks back. Suffice to say, there's so much advice on offer that I'm more conflicted than ever on what to get! I'm also now looking at a whole host of other pedals, not just distortion/fuzz.

    If there's one thing I have learnt in my short time here, it's that you've gotta just try things for yourself and figure out what works best for you. However, most of the pedals I'm seeing recommended are made independently, often out in the States, and I assume they wouldn't be stocked in most shops (especially over here in the UK).

    Can anyone recommend somewhere in London with a decent selection that I can go to to trial a few things? Or am I just gonna have to take a leap of faith and order online? Bonus if they're friendly, nice people. (On a similar note, just generally looking for a good shop for future purchases, strings, gear, amps, etc. I've only ever really ventured down Denmark Street and prices/service has left me wondering where else I can go).

    Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place, newbie and all that!
  2. spaz21387

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    watch YouTube demos and order ones you like. and always buy used that way you can flip it for what you paid if you don't like it.
  3. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    I'm not sure I've ever tried a pedal before buying. Buy used, sell if you don't like and you'll usually get all (or more) of your money back.
  4. cnltb

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    I think there are a few at the gallery
    142 royal college street/Camden town.
    http://thebassgallery.com/

    Massimo [sfx] is also in London and I believe it might be possible to go and try his pedals.
    http://www.sfxsound.co.uk/
    Trying other bassists pedals is another option.
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  6. TVDenimChap

    TVDenimChap

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    Thanks for the advice everyone!

    Had a listen to the sfx pedals and the micro fuzz sounds amazing! Another one to add to the list, haha. Also had a look at the Bass Gallery, looks great and just around the corner from me so will need to make a trip. Otherwise yeah, looks like I'll just need to shop around online and hope for the best!

    That said, more advice definitely welcome!
  7. cnltb

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    Another camden recommendation...well not far from there...
    Some of the best coffee ever is at doppio cafe on kentish town road http://www.doppiocoffee.co.uk/ and there's a 'real' pie and mash place on Royal college street...http://www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2010/11/16/castles-pie-mash/...also recommended.

    I'd also have a look on denmark street for effect pedals..although I wouldn't buy there.

    An OD I got recently is the Silverstone from Musiciansounddesign.
    The more I experiment with it, the more I like it.
  8. ga_edwards

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    +1 to the bass gallery.

    Denmark street isn't what it used to be. A shadow of it's former self. Unless you're after vintage gear, Denmark St doesn't really offer anything special to the modern bassist. You used to have Turnkey around the corner and Sound Control in the Virgin megastore basement nearby too. Both gone the way of the Dodo.

    Heck, even the world famous bass centre closed has moved out of central London to Surrey, and they don't stock half the range they used to in the Wapping days.

    Unfortunately, your best bet (and primary reason for the death of the brick and mortar music store) is the internet - Thomann is usually quite good. I prefer to try things out too, but sometimes, my local music stores (even the huge PMT) don't stock what I want.
  9. rratajski

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  10. Phagor

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  12. TVDenimChap

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    Thanks for the fantastic suggestions everyone.

    cnltb: Kentish Town's even closer! Will have to check those out.

    ga_edwards: Yeah it's sad indeed, and whilst convenient in many ways, a pain when you want to try before you buy. Thanks for the recommendation for The Bass Gallery though.

    rratajski: Was actually considering a Fuzzrocious Rat Tail! Looked on joespedals but they're out of stock at the moment sadly. If I can save up enough might consider ordering direct. On my list though, and thanks for the recommendation.

    Phagor: Stompbox looks like a good shout, if I'm feeling brave enough to venture that far out will be worth a visit. Cheers!
  13. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    Be warned though - it's a dangerous, dangerous place! Too much nice stuff.
  14. ga_edwards

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    Ah yes, I forgot about them. Never been there in person, but have dealt with them online and very happy with the service and prices.
  15. crapusername

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    Stompbox is a fantastic shop. Well worth the trip!
    The owner is a pedal head bassist- and always happy to talk pedals ;)
    It's only a relatively short tube journey from Central London
  16. dannybuoy

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    You've not been there recently then, the new Bass Centre run by Wunjo Guitars is awesome, great service and prices too!
  17. ga_edwards

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    No, I was not aware of them. I stopped going up there was the old bass specialist shop closed it's doors (can't remember their name).

    Thanks for the head's up though. Or rather, you shouldn't have told me about that as I've now found their website and just ordered a mooer fog pedal that was on sale for a really good price! ;)
  18. knumbskull

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    Joe's Pedals are amazing for sure and stock many fine manufacturers ;)

    However i'm not sure if they have a bricks and mortar shop - could anyone advise? I failed to find info on their website.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say Denmark St is actually not bad these days - in that you can try stuff out and they *will* now price-match online retailers. They're catching up with the real world.

    A few years ago they were dreadful, mind.
  19. knumbskull

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    Seconded - they've done me well this past year or so. In the past that shop was run by total gougers though.

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