1. Welcome to TalkBass 2014! If you're new here, we just went through a major site upgrade. Please post all concerns and bugs to the Forum Usage Issues forum. We will be monitoring that forum. Thank you for all of your feedback.

    The TalkBass iphone/android app is NOT WORKING currently. We're working on it. Tapatalk IS working, so if you need to use an app, use Tapatalk. Try using your browser though - TalkBass is now 100% responsive to your phone/tablet screen size ;)

    Please read the TalkBass 2014 FAQ for lots of great info on the new software.

Vintage pedals?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by bassbully, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    So I'm new to pedals and I read where some guy bought a first edition pedal at a yard sale and sold it for twice he paid?

    I know vintage guitars pretty good even most amps but pedals? Since I'm new to them educate me on what is rare or what to look for and is there website ..info on this?Thanks.
  2. topo morto

    topo morto

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Likes Received:
    0
    If we say 'vintage' is 80's and earlier, there aren't a lot of vintage bass pedals... bass fx weren't a thing back then.

    A couple of newer ones I can think of, that command high used prices as they are discontinued : Akai deep impact; digitech bass whammy.

    When it comes to guitar pedals, there are loads - from old fuzz faces (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzz_Face) and early big muffs (http://www.pisotones.com/BigMuffPi/psst/BMP_versions.htm) , the old shin-ei superfuzz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Univox_Super-Fuzz), a whole bunch, and that's just distortions. . Even slightly newer ones like original tubescreamers, made in japan Boss DS1's... People's nostaligia for even cheap old stuff like DOD can drive prices up (look up the gonkulator, and meat box!)

    Also discontinued stuff like the Klon... they're worth at least $20, so if you see one in a yard sale for $10 I'll happily pay you double :)
  3. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Likes Received:
    10
    anything that says Frantone on it grab it
  4. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2005
    Likes Received:
    0
    I wouldn't bother hunting for vintage bass pedals as a money making venture. Of the four pedals I've kept from the early to mid 80s, none of them is worth any significant loot.

    I've bought and sold a couple of Deep Impacts as those were riding a crazy wave of appreciation, but in general once you subtract the shipping costs and the time you'd put into the hunt, flipping pedals isn't very lucrative.
  5. willbassyeah

    willbassyeah

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2011
    Likes Received:
    0
    The reason why they are so expensive is the fact some of the cheap that made them is no longer available.
  6. mjac28

    mjac28 50th Anniversary Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Likes Received:
    10
    Sometimes the various components are no longer available and they simply can't be reproduced.
  7. insomniac2295

    insomniac2295 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2007
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is the case for the Meatbox.
    As for others, like an original white face RAT, some people insist that the tone of a vintage one isn't comparable to the tone of one in production now (for various reasons- could be different parts, more efficient parts, or other things related to that matter). I'm sure Ronnow will vouch for this!
  8. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for the info. I'm not looking to find pedals for money but I do come across them and would like to at least know if they are worth looking at.
  9. tomsgandl

    tomsgandl

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am the original owner of a Digitech Bass Whammy that is in great shape. I am selling it for $800. PM me if interested. Thanks.

Share This Page