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EHX Durability

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by fenderbassabuse, May 10, 2004.

  1. As I went to my local music shop, I asked about
    Electro-Harmonix pedals. They laughed and pulled one out that was in pieces. They said "They're good, when they work for more than 5 minutes, then they break"

    Is this true, as I stomp all over the place and am in serious GAS for a Q-Tron. :D
  2. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    one of the people in my band has a micro synthesizer. he hasn't had any problems with it at all, although it'd be nice if the LED only lit up while the effect was engaged
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I have had my Big Muff for about 5 months and has no structural damage, only superficial scratches. I don't jump on it with construction boots, but I have been fairly rough on it and it still works great.

    Every EHX pedal I have ever played has been equally solid.
  4. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    No complaints here either. I see quite a few dead Boss pedals too, and it hasn't hurt their reputation any..... people can trash anything, given time and sufficient carelessness.
  5. Keentwist


    Mar 22, 2004
    Never had a problem with my Memory Man. Had it for over a year now with heavy use on bass and guitar. :hyper:
  6. Sure they are called stomp boxes but you really should play nice. I love the sound of my EHX efx and they are worth the occasional trip to see my repair buddy and then it is usually a quick and inexpensive fix. I treat my efx with the same respect and care I do my basses and I rarely have any problems. I have 2 original Bass Balls and 2 original Dr Q's that have worked very well for the 20-25 years I've had them. I also used a Qtron and Bass Micro Synth for years without any problems.
  7. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    They're kinda fragile, but only if you abuse them. They scratch easily, but that's it. Never broken one, owned many, abused quite a few.
  8. i've got a five year old big muff in great shape.
    and a THIRTY YEAR OLD freq. ananlyzer. the power cord is a little ragged, but otherwise it's perfect. and it's been through plenty.
  9. Hmmm, I think I'll have to order that Q-tron then...
  10. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I have a big muff that's taken some abuse and it's fine.
    I had an ehx micro synth, and those sliders are very fragile.
  11. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    They are, without doubt,RUBBISH quality!
    I have FIVE BRAND NEW units here that I'm fixing for a U.K. importer.
    These are DEAD out of the box! (1 bass synth,1 memory man,1 small clone and 2 worms)
    The switches are very poor quality as are the dc jack sockets.
    The wiring and soldering are extremely poor (full of dry joints).
    IMHO the Russian built ones are better!
    Even the cheap "Danelectro" boxes are better built!
    It's a shame because they sound really good WHEN they work properly.

  12. Ooooh damn. I got mine from stringbusters yesterday.
  13. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    It will probably be fine, just don't abuse it too much.
    They don't like:
    Being Dropped
    Too much jumping up and down on the footswitch
    And be careful with the dc jack - it's very fragile!
  14. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Seems everyone is giving you the broken ones. :p

    Over the years I've owned around 20 and the only problems I've had were caused by the previous owners... broken battery clips, broken solder joints, etc.

    Or maybe it's the British air :)
  15. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Unfortunately, it seems that the "quality Control" has gone out the window.
    Units from even a couple of years back were MUCH better put together! :meh: