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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 at 11:15 AM.

  1. I don’t use but 1 or 2 effects on bass, other than compression. I’ve had an all MXR board before. I do like MXR’s pedals. Right now, I’ve got all Boss stuff so I have a “Boss Board”. TU-3, BC-1X, CH-1, & OC-3. I just sold a MIJ BF-2 that I wasn’t using.
  2. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man

    Apr 10, 2015
    A guitarist buddy had several different boards dedicated to specific pedal brands, ie, a single board with all the hardwired pedals. He has a serious gear problem asmd likes his pedals to match.
  3. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    I toyed for a bit with the ideas of an all-Boss or all-MXR board, but never got far with either one. Every company has its hits and misses, and mixing and matching them is a big part of the fun of pedals. YMMV.
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  4. Liko


    Mar 30, 2007
    My board used to be all-Boss, 4 or 5 pedals IIRC. That changed when I bypassed the board and plugged directly into my amp for the first time since getting my first pedal, and was amazed how much gain and tone I was losing through all those buffers. My next few pedals were in the Digitech Hardwire line, on the strength of their true-bypass circuitry and the die-cast enclosure that made my Bosses look flimsy. From there, my horizons continued to expand.

    Personally, I say don't limit yourself; try things. That's the whole point of individual effects pedals coming back into style over the multi-effects units of a decade or two ago. Not that you can't get great sounds all from one brand's lineup - and these days, there are a lot more brands that cover the bases compared to 20-30 years ago - but why limit yourself?
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  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    MXR just seems reasonably priced. The M87 compressor is decent. The chorus is as well as the octave and filter. I haven't tried the drives.
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  6. I love MXR’s bass octave deluxe. If I ever decide to get rid of my OC-3, that’s what I’ll switch too. I used MXR’s Micro Chorus for a while & really liked it too.

  7. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    I love my M87, it's got a great bloom! Definitely a desert island pedal for me. I think the M87 doesn't get more love than it does because the attack and release time knobs seem counterintuitive when compared to a lot of other compressors. Labels would probably help around those knobs. I've used most of the DBX models, a Really Nice Compressor, as well as the Urei studio compressor the M87 is loosely based on, and the M87 always speaks to me on bass. I also love how MXR sells the identical unit in a different color as the M76 "Studio Compressor", because "Bass Compressor" scared away guitar players. :roflmao:

    I'm also a Phase 90 and Carbon Copy analog delay fan.

    I have a Super Badass Distortion I originally bought for guitar, but it's pretty decent on bass for a slightly dirty sound with it's three band EQ. I don't have much use currently for full fuzz or heavy dirty sounds. I also have a MXR Diavolo distortion pedal, but I don't like it at all for bass. I use a Boss GT-1B for chorus, a lot of "one off" effects, and as a volume pedal. Filling out the board is a Boss TU-3, Bass GEQ, and Tech 21 Q-Strip.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2021 at 3:24 PM
  8. Plain Old Barry

    Plain Old Barry Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2018
    Not only try things, but recognize that our tastes and needs will change over time. Sometimes, I've even gone back to something I used many years ago.
  9. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    If I had to keep with one brand, it would be MXR. Mostly really good stuff, some excellent.
  10. I keep seeing comments like "why limit yourself?" Why indeed?
    Why limit your thinking?

    If a single company makes great products that are able to cover all your needs and you like them, then there's no reason to NOT have a single-brand board.

    I looked at Mapleglo's boards and there's not a bad pedal on them. The tuners and Wah/Vol-treadles are the only exceptions to the full-on MXR onslaught, and...

    Every. single. MXR. pedal. on Mapleglo's boards has its adherents here on TB; they're good-sounding, good-looking, well-made, reliable, relatively affordable, easy-to-find... consistently so.

    If you could only use one brand of pedal...
    If you had to choose one brand...
    Boss Pedals...anything wrong with only one brand
    If you could have all the pedals you want but only from one company...?
    Ever write off an entire brand?
    Manufacturer Variety
    Full MXR Bass Innovations Pedal board
    Are you loyal to 1 brand or all different brands ?
    Maxon Club?

    PS Gstaats' MXR collection also looks good; MXR caters to bass players — a company worth our support.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2021 at 5:48 AM
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  11. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...... Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jax Florida
    100% this
  12. MynameisMe

    MynameisMe Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat...... Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    Jax Florida
    Recently i ended up with mostly EHX pedals. Now back to my Mesa preamp and tuner only.
    I like to try new effects but never use them playing live.
  13. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    Right. I guess you can think of "limiting" in a couple ways. I'm not saying there aren't better versions of any MXR pedal. There are. And individual taste/need is such a HUGE component of effects it's hard to make general statements. But...

    I just think that MXR is a company that listens to and even caters to bass players. There aren't many. The pedals I've had briefly in the past have been good sounding, good looking, well built, and pretty affordable. I just thought those were good things and that a board of all MXR would be an affordable and fairly good quality thing.
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  14. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    I posted earlier that I mix pedals, but if I HAD to make a pedal board of only one company, it would probably be EHX. They offer almost everything, including tuners. It would probably end up looking something like:

    EHX tuner > Bass Preacher comp > Micro POG octave > Bass Soul Food drive (always on) > Green Russian Muff or Deluxe BBM (situational dirt) > Bass Clone chorus (New Wave) > Nano Small Stone phaser (dark switch on) > Attack Equalizer (always on).

    Throw in a Bassballs or other filter for funkiness, other pedals as required.
  15. amper


    Dec 4, 2002
    The Spark is supposed to be a Boss FB-2 Feedbacker/Booster. Why all Boss? Because Boss’ quality is legendary, every single one of these pedals sounds fantastic, and they fit so nicely into the vintage BCB-3 boxes. And they are all easy to replace in any major city and lots of minor ones.

    But, I do also own other pedals. It just so happens that right now, on bass, I’m using all Boss.

    Incidentally, all of these pedals could be replaced with the new Boss GT-1000Core without losing any functionality, for a lot less money, and would fit into one BCB-30X box.

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  16. I’m downsizing from the BCB-60 to the BCB-30. For what I do, it should serve me well.

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