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Going down the memory lane ...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ilansgroove, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. ilansgroove


    Jan 24, 2012
    paris, france
    I see more and more bassists using the zoom B3 .
    I never tested it but always kept that prejudice that a zoom multi effect is horrible .... Then I realized why....
    My first ever pedal was the Zoom 506 multi bass effect !! image.

    I think it was the worst pedal I ever had BUT it was the pedal that showed me the differences between fuzz and OD , phaser and Flanger ... Chorus ... And if I remember well it even had a compressor ....

    What was your first pedal ?
    How did it affect your pedal consumption ?
    Anyone kept their first pedal ?
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  2. ilansgroove


    Jan 24, 2012
    paris, france
    By the way , I'm not saying the B3 is bad ... I couldn't say , never tested it.
  3. My first effect was a Hammond Wah Wah back in 1969 when I still played guitar, followed with a big muff, small stone and a UniVox tape delay. I was always into effects.
    My first bass specific pedal was an EHX BassBalls in the late seventies, BassBalls is still my favorite defect pedal, I own 6 plus a couple of variants (Rocktron Heart Attack and Moore Sweeper).

    I also had a Zoom 506 as well as several others, I can suggest you check out a B3 or MS60b because Zoom has come a long way in design, sound and ability to control parameters.
  4. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    My first pedal, I think, was a this one


    Oh man, what a horrible sounding pedal. I too was way turned off my multi effects after this one too. But it sorta taught me some things. I actually still have it. It doesn't work though. I think I got a DOD fx25b, a BDDI, and sovtek bass balls and a sovtek Black Russian all about the same time softly after this one. I wish I would've tried to hold onto the Black Russian and bass balls all these years. Those were awesome pedals.
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  5. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    My first pedal was more for guitar--a Boss BF1 flanger.
    Boss was making the smaller pedals already--and had the BF2--but I got BF1
    It was on sale-I could get a phaser-ish sound & a chorus-ish sound from it--so it is versatile.
    I really wanted a distortion though--which I got shortly after.
    I still have it--but I don't use it as often.
  6. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    I think this was my first pedal I bought used at a pawn shop for like 20 bucks in the late 80's.
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  7. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Banned

    Feb 23, 2011

    I had one of those too, and before that I owned a bigger Zoom guitar multi effect.

    And yeah, they were truly horrible cheap sounding, and keeped me skeptical of the Zoom products in many years to come.

    But then I decided to buy a B3 anyway and it is nothing like those, in fact it might be the best sounding digital multi effect pedal I ever heard, including the Boss ones, which in my opinion, while not horrible sounding, sounds a bit sterile, bland and without any real character.

    Even the dirt and amp simulations sounds fairly good on the B3.

    On topic though, my first pedal was a Boss MT-2, and while not the same pedal I still own one.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  8. Bass Growler

    Bass Growler

    Jul 10, 2015
    My first pedal was a Boss CS-3, which I still have. I bought it used in '95, and used it for 19 years straight until I replaced it with an MXR bass compressor. I still love it though.
  9. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    My first, Boss CS-2.
  10. image. This was my first, mosfet distortion! Got it in the early/mid 90's and kept it for about 20 years. It did actually sound quite alright. It went on and off the board until I finally sold it a year ago.
    Lots of cheap plastic parts, looking like Lego and a flimsy switch.
    But sure did it's job more than ok.
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  11. XXL

    XXL calm seas dont make skilled sailors Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    My first pedal was a beat up 80's MXR distortion plus. Its probably why I like having so much dirt in my signal chain.
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  12. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    I couldn't afford a flanger, so I bought the phaser sitting next to it. My next pedal was 12 years later. Big Muff. Used it for one song.
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  13. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I think my 1st pedal was a boss delay sampler. I used it for poor renditions of thunderstruck and cool delay textures.
    1st multi was à boss me5b which to this day remains an excellent unit.
  14. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    My 1st effect was an EH LPB1. Outboard preamp that plugged directly into the instrument. Another, that I still have is an EH Doctor Q envelope filter. Both were from the early/mid 70s.
    BTW - If anyone wants to fiddle with the Doctor Q make me am offer. It still works somewhat but the range if effects is greatly diminished. In other words....needs work.
  15. ofajen


    Apr 12, 2007
    92.4W 38.9N
    I'm not sure what was the first pedal. My first effect was the blue face MXR Digital Delay (model 113, I think.) That was a fabulous device. Eventually developed problems, I shipped to some approved shop in California, but never got it back. Apparently some parts for it basically can't be located. In the mean time, I got a later model MXR rack unit that works well. Only loss was that amazing vibrato control with the pull out range from 10 to 1000 Hz that did weird FM effects. Anyway, if it still worked I'd still be using that first MXR.

  16. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    This was also my first ever effect. But I used 4 things, the octaver, the manual wahwah, the auto envelop and the EQ for a better slap tone. Once it died, it took like 10 years before I got anything else.
  17. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    i played keys , bass , gtr ... i think my first fx pedal was a MXR phase 90 ... then probably a boss Chorus ... i do remember a TC Chorus/Flanger ... in the early 70's

    tried the Zoom B3 a while back when it first came out ... didn't do much for me , except give me the modeling bug , ... programmed via my latop ... ! now have Line 6 HD ProX with a few extra pedals ... still not a big fan of digital dirt ...!
  18. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    EHX Pulsar trem.
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  19. Bass Growler

    Bass Growler

    Jul 10, 2015
    I saw Paul Gilbert with one so you're in good company.
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  20. My first effect was the Arion Bass Distortion. I traded it a long time ago for a MXR Dyna Comp I no longer have. I've recently been in touch with my high school buddies and they've been sharing old recordings and man, that distortion pedal sounds awesome! I need to find another one!
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