pedal rules?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by rjovin, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. rjovin

    rjovin Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    tampa, fl
    so...i was wondering what, if any, rules you guys and girls have for buying pedals.

    for me: rule 1 used to be no dirt pedals over $100 but that has ended with a mad professor blueberry bass overdrive.

    now, rule 1 is no more then 12 pedals on my board and rule 2 is if i buy something new i have to sell something.
  2. My only rule - all me pedals have to fit on my Pedaltrain Nano. Keeps the buying under control. On the other hand though, I have no issue spending a couple of hundred bucks on a pedal if its what I want.
  3. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    The pedal has to fit my cramped board and I have to be able afford it. It must sound good, but that's a given. Analog audio path and true bypass will make me more interested when checking the pedal out, but are not compulsory. Top mounted jacks is a bonus. Only accepting standard 9V power at the moment. Not too obscenely looking or named, my friends and family should be able to look at the pedal without fainting or blushing. That's about it, really.

    Rules and regulations are subject to change without notice. :)
  4. necropain


    Aug 21, 2012
    my only rule, no more than 16 pedal that need power on one board. thats it i own more than 16 pedals my most expensive was close to 200 but thats the highest ive been i had money at the time. if i had money again i would be totally down for picking up something by dwarfcraft or WMD
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  6. crapusername


    Sep 26, 2005
    North Kent.UK
    endorsing artist: Dean guitars, Marshall , Rotosound strings
    Only one rule- can I afford it
  7. Dudiddley


    Mar 6, 2013
    The one and only rule, if it aint funky it aint worth it!
  8. IncX


    Jul 23, 2007
    my rule is: it has to be used on more than 2 songs to be worth it, so that means i can only get 2 envelop filters instead of, oh i dont know, all of them
  9. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Supporting Member

    Hmmm... rules ? Not.
    More like the Pirate Code: "General guidelines".

    1. All gotta be used in songs, except for one which is there for fun and experimentation
    2. Can't buy one if I didn't sell one before
    3. Personal preference: analog over digital
    4. I'll often consider Tech21 and MXR units before going elsewhere (again, personal preference)
    5. Pet peeve: if it's gonna fit the board sideways or inverted, probably ain't gonna buy it.
  10. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Infrequent Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    Ha ha...exactly.

    For the last year, my primary two guidelines have been:

    (1) Do I REALLY want it?
    (2) Is it a GREAT price and/or do I have a discount?

    I'm a little proud to say that I've been able to get most of my pedals at pretty great deals, mostly shopping between and the TB classifieds. A few I've been able to get at lower prices than I've ever seen them anywhere else. Many others are in the ballpark. I got my B7K before Darkglass opted out of the Prymaxe 15% coupon.
  11. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Supporting Member

    Same here. There's a nice used pedal market in my area thx to the Kijiji website. I've had a few days where I sold 3 pedals in a day, meeting dudes on street corners, parking lots and subway stations. One of my lady friends fondly refers to these as my "drug deals", which is not totally off the mark.

    Oddly enough, I'm finding that the pedals enduring any kind of durable stay on my board are bought new. It's the case for all pedals currently on my board except the BEF, which I bought (new) yesterday. The 1st BEF I've had lasted more than a year, so I'm curious to see how long I'll keep this one. I love my filters, but I flip'em often.
  12. fasto


    Mar 4, 2007
    Amsterdam, NL
    rules only exist to break them.
  13. My only rule is that it has to be useful for the music I make. There is a TON of stuff I would want to just play around with, but I just can't justify the cost.
  14. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Pittsfield, Ma
    I generally don't keep things that I can't use for more than a couple different sounds and I have a tendency to want to are down my collection all the time.
  15. irbass

    irbass Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2011
    NC - USA
    I'm not in the effect thing yet, but I'm planning to build a pedal board, and after reading a lot reviews and checking some pedals at the stores, i did a kind of rule.
    Analog, true bypass, and for delay only with tap tempo.
  16. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    I used to run two boards. Extreme overkill. When you have 4 times the amount of pedals as your guitar player, you may be overdoing it. :) Plus, as an originals guy, I often need to set up and break down quickly, so some simplification was in order.

    My only rule now is: one pedalboard. And I don't want to buy a bigger one, so they've got to fit on the board I have. Right now it's packed full, but there are two I don't use too much, so I'm allowed to have a little GAS. ;)
  17. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    No Boss pedals.

    Otherwise, no rules!
  18. irbass

    irbass Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2011
    NC - USA
    kkkk, I don't know why people love, Boss, Fender, and Ampeg like It's the only 3 brands name in the world.

    Just for the record i don't have any of that 3.
  19. Scobby Bott

    Scobby Bott

    Jan 23, 2012
    Pottstown, PA
    Top-mounted jacks only. The B3K is the only pedal I use right now with side-mounted input and output, and it drives (no pun intended) me crazy, but for obvious reasons I had to have it. Of course, it also has to be the only pedal I own with wiring that would make it extremely difficult to rehouse in a different configuration
  20. lburton2

    lburton2 Les Is More

    May 15, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    If I have too many pedal that they won't all fit on my pedaltrain mini than I have to quit playing bass and start playing guitar.
  21. BassMonstrum


    Mar 7, 2008
    My one rule:

    Brand does not matter! A cheap mass produced pedal can sound just as good, if not even better, than a boutique pedal...