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If you could only use one brand of pedal...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by whero, Aug 16, 2020.


  1. Here's an odd question that came out of a conversation this afternoon...

    A friend of mine is a great rhythm guitarist. Due to [circumstances] he gave up playing for almost two decades, during which time he sold nearly all his gear. A couple of years ago [new circumstances] he got back into the music scene, but as a bass player. His band recently fell apart, and now he's switching back to rhythm.

    I was jamming with him this afternoon and he was talking about all the gear he used to have (that he wishes he'd never sold) and he said something that surprised me: all his guitar pedals used to be Ibanez, and they don't make some of them any more, so there'll be some he probably can't get. If he doesn't like the new Ibanez version (e.g. a Phaser), he just won't have a Phaser at all.

    That degree of brand loyalty surprised me. At least, I certainly don't have it. But it did start me thinking. Because you'd have to consider which effects were "must haves" for you, and the range and quality of pedals made by different manufacturers to fill your needs, but...

    as a bass player, if you could only use one brand of pedal, what would it be?
     
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  2. MattZilla

    MattZilla

    Jun 26, 2013
    CNY
    I doubt it’s brand-loyalty as much as circuit-loyalty and I can relate- I stay away from Ibanez pedals due to the weird eq I remember my teenage ears hearing on those 90s plastic rocket ship component looking pedals they had out.

    Gun to my head to swap my pedals for brand unity? Except for dirt, a TO wah, and a whammy, the rest of my boxes are mxr anyways.

    If the rules can be bent out to Parent Brand Loyalty, Jim Dunlop is where I’d set my hat. I could swap the TO for a gzr95 and probably make a few Way Huge pedals get close enough to my rats and muffs.
     
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  3. GMC

    GMC

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    Seems like a crazy question to me. Hey ho I'll play...I could live with an all Eventide board, particularly three H9 max's and I'd be close to done. There's dirt, compression and all the other great stuff Eventide are known for. I probably could do the same with Strymon, although their compressor offerings are scant. I could easily live with an Electro Harmonix board..although that could be quite a large footprint. Source Audio...easily however, their compressor options are still in development and probably not available until the end of the year. But all their other pedals are amazing. The problem for me is that I'd still need a Midi controller as I'm all digital / midi. At the moment I'd need to go Boss for that...so I'd probably have to use Boss effects too, unless the looper / midi master isn't included in the "One brand" effects rule. I could easily go all Boss, but I generally prefer other brands sounds.
     
  4. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Washington DC
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Broughton Audio
     
  5. gh0st42

    gh0st42 Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2019
    Colorado
    I’d “live” with whatever brand was available if I could only have one, but if I got to pick, 100% Broughton.
     
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  6. Chamber

    Chamber Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2011
    California
    Dunlop/MXR or JAM Pedals. Either would be fantastic, really. Hard choice.
     
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  7. RabidMusic

    RabidMusic Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    Kentucky
    Either Boss or MXR, since I have 5 of each. I guess Boss since they have a more complete line.
     
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  8. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    JHS or Broughton? Or maybe Walrus because they come with stickers.
    Or Electroharmonix because they make fun druggy effects.
     
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  9. PullThePlug

    PullThePlug

    Jan 8, 2014
    Sacramento
    Had all MXR pedals minus a tuner at one point. That was awful.

    Tech21 all day if I have to choose one brand.
     
  10. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka I "heart" pointy headstocks Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Boss
     
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  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I couldn't do it. Every company makes good pedals, every company makes bad ones, and I have no desire to put up with a bad pedal or drop a type of pedal I love because a favored brand makes a bad version of it.
     
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  12. I do mxr pedals only. I don't use alot of stomp boxes but I've found mxr tone, quality, price, and size are excellent
     
  13. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    probably, it would be Iron Ether or 3leaf audio.
     
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  14. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I'd probably just go with Boss and "close enough".
     
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  15. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    Zoom B3n does it for me. I also have a love affair with tech 21as well
     
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  16. MYLOWFREQ

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    If I had to use one brand only, I'd be using MXR pedals. I'm glad that's not the case though!
     
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  17. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    For me it is easy to answer, because i use only 2 fx pedals - TCelectronic hall of fame mini reverb and Dunlop Cry baby bass wah. If i should choose, i would take Dunlop wah.
     
  18. tyohars

    tyohars

    Nov 11, 2016
    In particular order, MXR/Dunlop, JHS, Boss, Zoom
     
  19. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    If I had to pick, it would be TC Electronic. Their selection is vast, the designs are solid and with many of their pedals toneprint-capable, very configurable.
     
  20. Rojd

    Rojd Supporting Member

    May 29, 2018
    Rocky Mountains
    I have different brands of pedals, but if I had to choose just one, it would be either MXR or EHX.
     
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