high quality effects pedals you would recommend

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by jenkzy56, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. jenkzy56

    jenkzy56 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    just curious what cats are using/digging
    is the EBS stuff the holy grail of quality sound?
    how about pigtronix, any other companys?

    i guess i am interested in compressors, enelope filters, delay/modulation.

    would love to hear from those of you who use these boxes
    or perhaps have just given them a whirl
    really just trying to get a list of boxes that i will eventually try out

    thanks in advance

  2. irvinz


    Nov 23, 2006
    has too much gas
    this is gonna start an uber long thread lol
  3. santucci218

    santucci218 Guest

    Jan 26, 2007
    lol, too bad spanky isnt here.
  4. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Check out the boxes that Peter Cornish is building. He's the best in the industry.

  5. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    of the mass-produced stuff, EBS is my fave
  6. Swift713

    Swift713 Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    search and you will find
  7. OhThePeacock

    OhThePeacock Guest

    Sep 15, 2007
    Wausau, WI
    Look at Bongo's reviews for compressors...I'm he's reviewed a million that you've never even began to hear of. :D
  8. I like:

    for dirt, compressors, chorus.

    for dirt, compressors (well they built my OS clone but it's not a regular model)
    and phaser (also not a production model... it's a phase 45 clone)

    for dirt, delay, modulation, envelope
  9. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    You mentioned Pigtronix. Their envelope phaser is one of the coolest effects, ever. And very well built. As to EBS, I like the Valve Drive alot. Very natural sounding od, and variable from smooth grit to all out tube grind. It got a bad review on Bongo's compressor thread, but I like the TRex Squeezer alot. Very tweakable, all the right controls, very transparent and quiet. And I did try a number of other compressors before settling on the TRex. There's tons more, seek and ye shall find.
  10. OhThePeacock

    OhThePeacock Guest

    Sep 15, 2007
    Wausau, WI
    Tonefactor seems to get quite a bit of love around here too.
  11. i2k


    Oct 31, 2000
    Among non boutique builders, EBS, Maxon & Jacques (french fx shop) are the best. Old Ibanez supposed to be good as they were built by Maxon.
  12. there's so many good boutique builders it would take too long to list them all. Go to


    and look at all the brands, pick some stuff you like, and then post a new thread and then we can help you narrow it if we've played it before
  13. artitrol


    Jan 15, 2005
    Guyatone Ul-tron is a cool thing...i think it's a "perfect mu-tron iii style" envelope filter......and i think the Moog low-pass filter is the best low-pass filter pedal...but sometimes the band-pass filter is useful especially when you use a gated-fuzz before the envelope filter.
    about the delay pedal, i would perfer the Diamond memory-lane and the compressor is also Diamond too......
    i have had some EBSes, include a custom-made octa-bass( custom japanese made foot-switch and custom "black&white n&o-face" finish ), but i sold them all after i got the Aguilar db924. because the EBSes are little tone suck when i used db924. the EBS comp is really noise-less and punch, powerful for rock music or power slap tone, but i think the T-rex is better when you want to a dynamicful fingerstyle tone. i don't like the T-rex 's big body and electronic-bypass. the Keeley comp is a cool ROSS style too, and it's very kick ass when it have added the trim and attack pot......
    if you have a fuzz in your toyzboard you maybe have some funny. Z-vex and Roger Mayer made some great fuzz pedals for bassplayer. and i think the cheaper one, G.I. Fuzz made by Mi Audio from Austrilia has more funny.

    and don't forget something to keep your singal and tone when you used 3 pedals or more...it will be a buffer/preamp or some great cables......i hate tone-sucker pedals...
  14. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    There is no such thing as a holy grail, because our individual tastes are always going to differ significantly.

    EBS makes quality gear, no doubt, (as does Pigtronix) but it comes down to preference.

    What you're going to get with a generic question like this is either people asking you to be more specific (do a search) or simply a list of people's favorite gear, which might be useful for making a list of things to research, but otherwise doesn't help you in your quest for the sounds you're looking for.

    I'd be happy to tell you my favorite compressors, filters and delays if you want, but I think you'd be better served rephrasing your question to get more specific info. What kind of music do you play? What kinds of sounds do you want to achieve? What's your budget? These are all helpful things to know.
  15. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    Search, then read. When you're done reading, read some more. After that, follow up with a few bouts of reading and then top it off with a solid read. If you want an encore, Read: Extended Version. Dessert? Read pudding.

    There are countless brands/builders/names/etc. that have amazing tone, a whole lot of them are discussed here. I'm not going to pick a favourite, but the only brand I have more than one pedal of on my board is Homebrew Electronics.
  16. irvinz


    Nov 23, 2006
    has too much gas
    i disagree nad

    follow up should be heading to a store and spend hours there.
    extended version? order/buy them back to take into your living room and start the massacre.

  17. I only have one EBS pedal (older Octobass) and its the only EBS I have tried. It sounds great and seems well built but there is a very short mute in sound when you turn it on.

    I use it in a bypass looper with a distortion so its not a problem for me, but I wouldn't want to use it without my looper. I'm not sure if all EBS pedals do this but its something to consider.
  18. jenkzy56

    jenkzy56 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2007
    thanks for all the replys folks
    much food for thought and stuff to READ about!

  19. Hookus

    Hookus Guest

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Well, actually......


    And a holier, and holiest.....
  20. Christian Waiau

    Christian Waiau

    Jun 16, 2005
    las vegas/maui, nevada/hawaii
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, Aguilar, Darkglass
    hahahaha... ive always wanted one of those just to "say" i have that pedal.

    anyway... for me personally... ive liked DHA and HBE