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Anyone use just one brand for whatever reason? All MXR for example.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by SteveC, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    So I debate going to an effects board all the time. Does anyone use all one brand just for ease? Or they are good enough? I don't know that I want/need "the very best" of every pedal.

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  2. Jakeman

    Jakeman Swamp Thing Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    New Orleans, LA
    Only reason I can think of why I would do that is if I was in an emergency "gear-stolen" situation and had to build a board for a gig at one big-box music store, using only what was readily available. But even then I'd probably mix brands. Would look something like MXR Comp -> BOSS OC-5 -> Aguilar Agro -> EHX Muff -> MXR Envelope Filter -> BOSS Chorus -> BOSS DD-8...
  3. Peaveylover

    Peaveylover Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2019
    Not me personally. I think people who do that are really OCD. Or they just think that one brand makes the best of every type of effect. I don't think that's true, so I have multiple brands.
  4. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    I bet there are all Broughton boards. I have a no Broughton board.
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I think someone here has an all-Aguilar board. Main reason was that the pedals are all the same size and have top jacks so he was able to cram a bunch of 'em into a small board... and it was quite tidy-looking, as I recall.

    My ears like variety, so I swap out my dirt pedals frequently from one brand to another, and never hesitate to use heterogeneous stacking combos. Whatever works!
  6. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    This is precisely what I was thinking all the way down to the brand.
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  7. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    I just wonder in a live situation, how much of the subtleties we obsess over between some pedals (and basses, and amps, and...) may be lost.
  8. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    San Francisco
    Almost entirely.
  9. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    You sound like someone who would be happy with a multi effect. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
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  10. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    San Francisco
    Not at all. Love my pedals, love obsessing over gear, love diving into recordings, etc. Not trying to harsh on your thing. I'm into music and effects because they make me happy and feel good. If someone else picks up on the nuances, incredible.

    Based on my experience, people who do not play music don't listen to music the same way someone who does might. Show a friend a song with some bass phaser, lets say Stranglehold, ask them if they ever noticed the effect. In a live setting most folks might hear something going on but I don't think they'll be able to tell the difference between some boutique muff clone and any old overdrive.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2021
  11. SLPimp

    SLPimp An Injury to One is an Injury to All Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2020
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    There are brands I'm loyal to, but I don't go crazy. I have pedals by MXR, Cusack, TC, Broughton, Malaise Forever, SushiBox FX (on order), Seymour Duncan...love those pedals, but won't restrict myself to certain brands.

    I am a Genzler and Reverend fan boy, and don't see the need for other heads.

    I buy what works for me. Cameras are a different story, and I'm Canon for life.
  12. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Through no fault of my own I'm at 75% TC.
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  13. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Steve Vai reportedly uses all Boss pedals - reason being that, if he get somewhere and his gear didn't get there, or something breaks, a replacement is easy to find.
  14. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Yeah - I had an all Markbass pedal board for awhile (except for the tuner).
  15. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Not unless an endorsement gave it all to me for free...

    I pick gear the same way I pick cars and politicians. One at a time, regardless of affiliation.
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  16. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    I'm sure an endorsement didn't play into the decision at all... :laugh:
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  17. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Tons of people have all Boss pedal boards. I think it has to do with them being easily available used, so bang for the buck. Robert Smith and Prince famously used only Boss so anyone who idolizes them might go that route.
  18. jkazam

    jkazam Supporting Member

    May 25, 2007
    I wish top loading jacks were standard.
  19. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Prince used mostly Boss, not only...
    From: The secrets behind Prince's tone on Let's Go Crazy | Guitar World

    EFFECTS: Colorsound Wah, Boss DS-1 (Tone: 6, Level: 7, Distortion: 9), Boss OC-2 Octaver (Oct 2: 10, Direct Level: 7, Oct 1: 6.5), Boss BF-2 Flanger (Manual: 9, Depth: 9, Rate: 3, Res: 10)
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  20. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I'm not a pedal guy in general, but my doubling rig includes a little Boss board with 3 Boss pedals. I suppose if I were a tone-chasing pedal connoisseur I'd want different brands for different things, but for my purposes Boss "just works" and the the little compact pedal board/case is just right. PXL_20210209_171857245.jpg
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