Which effects and why?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by WallyN, Jul 23, 2013.


  1. WallyN

    WallyN

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    I recently find myself jamming in a classic rock band (Zeppelin, ACDC, Aersomith kinda stuff). I recently picked up a BOSS tuner pedal to make my life easier and grabbed a three pedal board that I would like to add a couple of effects. SO, if you were going to add only 2 pedals only to your rig, which would you consider the most effective and why?
  2. yaksonator

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    For me after searching for what seems like my whole life, I would add again and again, a myco three. Tube overdrive/tone shaper. Brilliant pedal. Expensive but honestly one of the best investments I've made to date. If I get rid of my effects id keep that one.
  3. eriky4003

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    Compressor.
    For the obvious limiting of peaks and valleys of playing and making the tone extremely even note-to-note, string-to-string, style-to-style (slap, finger). If you're thinking of a compressor/limiter check out Bongomania's ovnilab website for great suggestions.
  4. gregmon79

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    +1000. I have never worked with the Three but man, I want one. It seems like this would be a great choice for the sound you would want in a classic to more modern rock sound. If I were you though and I had to fill 2 more spots, I would def get a preamp that you could get some dirt mixed in with it and then an octave or chorus pedal. JUST 2 more is hard to choose for me, Im a pedalholic. But maybe getting the B7K for your pre and possible dirt a chorus or octave pedal. With the B7K, you can get a huge amount of tones from different genres. It too is expensive but worth every penny as I am sure the Three is.
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  6. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    When you say a "three pedal board", do you mean one meant to fit three Boss pedals specifically? What board is it? Available space will put some limitations on the suggestions.
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    gregmon79 Supporting Member

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    This is very true.
  8. WallyN

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    Yeah it is a boss pedal board for three boss pedals only. One spot filled with the tuner
  9. Bassmike62

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    In that case, comp or limiter and somekind of OD pedal. The Boss ODB-3 comes up to mind, but the Digitech BassDriver also, because of its flexibility. You can get a lot out of this peda (SVT style, Rat style, ODB-3 style, fuzz...) and it should fit in the Boss 3-pedal board. I read a lot of good around here about the Ibanez Phat Hed, which also offers versatility.
  10. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    I would definitely get the ODB-3 (remember to keep the blend knob almost all the way dry), and then I'd get some kind of a filter, either the RV-5 reverb, which can do lots of stuff, or the BF-3 flanger. Either of those effects used would be good in some of those Zeppelin tunes.

    The LMB-3 limiter/compressor is an awesome pedal and suggestion above, but I think just starting off you'd be underwhelmed, as it's not an "effect" that you notice. It's more something you appreciate down the road after playing a while an noticing a need for it.
  11. Joe Louvar

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    I rarely use effects anymore - but if I used a petal board with 3 stomp boxes if would be a tuner, compressor, and chorus.
  12. MCS4

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    I'm with jumblemind. If I were limited to three pedals, it would be:

    (1) Tuner
    (2) Overdrive/distortion (from Boss, probably ODB-3), doing double-duty as a boost
    (3) A Chorus or reverb/delay pedal to make clean passages/chords more interesting. I'd probably go with the CEB-3 chorus from Boss, but the RV-5 reverb, BF-3 flanger, or DD-7 delay are all reasonable choices.
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    Going down that route, a Boss RV-3 Delay/reverb pedal would provide interesting options.
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    Tuner, Compressor, Preamp lml
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    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

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    +1 for the BF3 and the ODB3.
  17. TwoRivers

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    I had this same question a while back. After doing some experimenting with a small board I ended up with (going to use pedal pedal types, not exact pedals since yours have to be boss): volume; fuzz w/ blend knob to also work as more of a dirt sound; compressor; phaser (can be similar to flanger or chorus); and delay. The pedals getting the most use are the compressor, fuzz/dirt. Delay and flanger are used about the same amount = not extremely often, but man are they clutch when they do get used. I don't find a ton of use for the volume pedal either.

    In your situation, it might be worth looking into the Zoom MS-60B and see if the dimensions would fit on your boss board. I think the pedals are pretty similar. In the first part of my post I listed "compressor", which is actually an MS-60B that I use primarily as a compressor, but also for filters and other things. It's the size of a single boss pedal, but is a programmable multi-effect unit. Pretty handy for small boards as it allows you to have a lot of the effects that you may only use every once in a while, or multiple always on effects, with only having a 1 stomp box footprint.

    Hope some of this helps!
  18. mouthmw

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    Since you're playing classic rock (like me), I'd suggest:

    - Darkglass Vintage Microtubes
    (never turn this baby off) It's enough of a tone shaper for your vintage rock, and it even compresses a bit (just enough). Gives you nice dirty old school tone.

    If you want more dirt, Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian - awesome muff fuzz for your old school fuzz needs.

    If you don't need more dirt, maybe a phaser. MXR Phase 90 is simple and works real nice on bass. It can give you those leslie like tones as well when you crank the rate.
  19. Roscoe East

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    I like the cut of your jib!
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    I bet you could fit a Catalinbread SFT or WIIO on there. I would think for classic rock you would want some kind of dirt. Depending on your amp you might want a fuzz or an overdrive. I've read favorable things about the Boss Blues Driver and I think there are mods to make it more bass appropriate.
  21. JimmyM

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    A tuner, an overdrive and an octaver for me, thank you.

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