If you could only have one pedal or effect in your arsenal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tigerdean, Dec 16, 2012.


  1. tigerdean

    tigerdean

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    I play classic rock - modern rock covers and have always ran effect free. If you could have only one pedal or effect in your arsenal or were buying your first pedal or effect then what would it be and why? Thanks for the input. Dean
  2. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa Supporting Member

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    Right now it would be the Iron Ether Nimbus. I freaking love this thing for fretless.
  3. icecycle66

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    Yeah, the Nimbus is awesome. I never liked reverb before I got one.

    However, I think my Big Muff clone (distortion) would be the last one to go if I have to choose.
  4. tigerdean

    tigerdean

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    I just checked the IE Nimbus out. Very cool unit. I'll be interested in seeing what some of you others like.
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  6. Barca_bass

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    I think the Microtubes B3K is one of the most versatile effects ever. I love it...I am considering saving up and buying the B7K. They are fantastic pedals that can give you a little bit of boost, a ton of overdrive, and a number of options in between. You should check it out
  7. willsellout

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    The most useful is my B7K. I can use it for any song and it would be my choice, for sure.
  8. fivestringgecko

    fivestringgecko Supporting Member

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    Upgrading to a B7K is the only reason I'm selling my B3K and the only reason I'd ever part with it. :bassist:

    If I had to pick only ONE pedal though, it'd have to be my EP2. It's got the most unique/cool sound out of all 22 filters I've owned/tried, and I had Dave at Pigtronix install a volume knob so I could unity match volume to any bass. The Phaser side is just the icing on the cake.

    5sg.
  9. BawanaRik

    BawanaRik Supporting Member

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    Hematoma. I'm digging that pedal. It's easy to use and sound cool. Next week who knows?
  10. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    I would definitely have some kind of overdrive. I'm running the Hardwire Tube Overdrive right now, and I'm saving up for the Darkglass Vintage Microtubes.
  11. Barca_bass

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    I am very excited about the Vintage Microtubes as well. Have they released anything else other than the drawing I saw on here (TB)? Maybe sound clips, or an early version of the pedal?
  12. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks. Supporting Member

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    Not really, I've been following the thread and the most I've seen are some very tantalizing descriptions from Doug.
  13. AndyLES

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    MXR M80. It can be a DI, preamp, distortion box, EQ, signal splitter, mute box (set one channel's volume all the way down)....heck, it even has a basic noise gate.

    I use it at every gig.
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Verellen Meatsmoke Preamp Pedal it can go from warm to nasty With the boost engaged.
  15. Dark Barn

    Dark Barn Supporting Member

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    I'll agree with most everyone else here. If you only have a budget for one pedal get an overdrive.

    If you shop used it won't cost you very much to try out a bunch of them, flip the ones that don't work out.

    Personally I couldn't get excited about only one pedal, the interaction between effects is a big part of the fun, but you gotta start somewhere!
  16. RAMUSIC

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    I would stick with my vintage '84 ProCo Rat, which was my first pedal and is still my most used. I almost ALWAYS have it on unless I need something cleaner or severely heavier.

    If the amp has no reverb however, I might go with a Rocktron Cyborg Reverb... but it would be hard to decide.
  17. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    For ME it would be a Boss OC-2. But for someone doing classic & modern rock covers I'd probably recommend a Tech 21 VT Bass Deluxe or another overdrive/preamp. Perhaps the Darkglass B7K.
  18. rhopper

    rhopper

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    Being in an 80's cover and, I use chorus more than anything else.
  19. Swift713

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  20. hsech

    hsech Don't try to argue with an old fart. Gold Supporting Member

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    I must be an old fart. Just give me a head with a tube pre amp, a gain and a master volume. I never use effects on bass or guitar.
  21. Dark Barn

    Dark Barn Supporting Member

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    TB needs a Fingers sub-forum for folks like you.

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