More than one of the exact same pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Liko, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. No; I don't really have a need for more than one of the same effect at all.

    46 vote(s)
  2. No; while I like multiple options for an effect, I diversify among different brands.

    18 vote(s)
  3. No, for some other reason.

    13 vote(s)
  4. Yes; I really like this pedal in multiple rigs, but it's a pain to move, so now I don't have to.

    33 vote(s)
  5. Yes; I have a vintage version of the pedal that stays home, and a cheaper reissue/clone for gigs.

    12 vote(s)
  6. Yes; I like different sounds I can get from the pedal, so I bought two for easy switching.

    19 vote(s)
  7. Yes; I like the way this effect stacks on itself, and I need more than one to do that.

    8 vote(s)
  8. Yes, for some other reason.

    31 vote(s)
  9. I have only one carrot, it's all I need.

    6 vote(s)
  10. I own a lot of carrots.

    18 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Liko


    Mar 30, 2007
    DFW Metro
    So far I've avoided buying more than one copy of the same brand and model of pedal. It seems redundant, for the obvious reasons; if you want multiple choruses, or reverbs, or gain pedals, why not branch out a bit and get something at least a little different, that expands your possibilities a bit further?

    But, lately it occurs to me that there are totally legitimate reasons to own more than one of the exact same pedal. For instance, having a pedal you really like in two places at once, avoiding the hassle of unmounting and remounting it to different boards or even just schlepping the thing from place to place. Even on the same board, having two copies lets you do two things with the effect, like having an extra preset, with the additional option of using both of them at the same time.

    Just as one specific example, one of the most sought-after OD pedals still in current production (Analogman King Of Tone) is two of the exact same circuit stuffed into one box, which speaks volumes about the utility of redundant effects. And given that pedal's scarcity and used price (currently around $700 on the 'Verb), I wouldn't be surprised one bit to see someone "slumming it" with two $250 POTs side by side to get similar behavior.

    So, the questions for the thread are:
    1. Do you own more than one copy of the same pedal?
    2. Which pedal(s), and how many?
    3. What benefits do you get?
    I was going to limit the discussion to having multiples of the exact same pedal, but if we want to talk about owning vintage vs modern incarnations, or even clones (as long as they're intended as exact repros of the circuit) I'm up for that too, especially if they're used on the same board.
  2. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    A lot of people have multiple Eventide H9s, although you might not consider them the *exact* same because usually one is a Max and the others are a Core.

    I have two for the purpose of using different effects and placing them in multiple spots in my chain (though the pre/post routing also can do some of that).
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  3. primusfan1989


    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    Yes for me but only for one specific pedal. Ive had 3 boss OC-2 (one MIJ two MIT, sold the MIJ for big $). Only have two now, gonna get a third. Their isn't a reissue, I rely on this pedal for a certain "808" kinda tone that I can't seem to get with any other pedal.
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I have multiples of several pedals. Why? Because I'm an obsessive spendthrift jerk, that's why! :woot:
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  5. Guilty as charged...
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  6. Jakeman

    Jakeman Swamp Thing Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    New Orleans, LA
    Not the exact same pedals, but if I upgrade a pedal to the newest version, I keep the older one around.
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  7. Liko


    Mar 30, 2007
    DFW Metro
    The H9 is a bit of a special case; closest I can compare to is NI's Guitar Rig in pedal format, and yeah, I totally see using more than one for inline vs loop and for faster stacking/switching of layers and presets. It's kinda cheating though to have one pedal set up with gain and a second with mod/reverb and call them the same pedal.

    I remember when TC's TonePrints were new, there was a concept of a generic pedal, just a DSP engine in a box, that you could load any TonePrint into, making that pedal any single effect you liked (a concept that has survived in multi-effect form in the Plethora and G-Series). Having multiple H9s feels kinda like that; they're the same hardware, but it's the firmware/software that makes the pedal what it is, and that can be as different between two H9s as any two single hardwired effects on the market.
  8. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    True, but you didn't specify otherwise :)
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  9. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    I have two identical boards. One I keep at home and the other at the rehearsal space. I also have two nearly identical rigs (same amp, different cabs) with which I do the same. The pedals on the twin boards are:

    Line 6 G70 (wireless)
    Digitech The Drop (pitch shifter)
    EHX Pitch Fork (octave up/down)
    Ibanez CS9 (Chorus)
    Boss DD-3 (delay)
    MXR M80 (DI/ Overdrive)
    Also TC Helicon Duplicator for vocal doubling and reverb
  10. Seashore


    Jun 2, 2019
    I would if I could afford it, but only for the convenience of not taking my board apart every time I need to switch between my guitar and bass rigs. On the same board, I would go for different flavors rather than duplicates. One of my friends used to run two of the same noise gate - one in front and one in the loop, maybe between a drive and a delay - and I could see that being useful.
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  11. lucas303


    Mar 11, 2019
    An example, though it's not mine:

    I see three Strymon blueSky's on there.
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  12. I have 2 EHX Bass Soul Food pedals each with a different mod - the JHS “Bread & Butter” Mod and the Alchemy Audio germanium mod.

    I have 2 Kermit green DOD FX25s, I've been meaning to A/B test to keep one and sell the other.

    I had a DOD FX62 Bass Stereo Chorus years ago and sold it, but now I own one again. I'm a bit of a DOD FX series collector.
  13. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Yes... for some other reason.

    My Digitech Drop... I depend on it so much that I take a backup to all gigs.
  14. fivestringgecko


    Mar 28, 2007
    I voted "yes, for other reasons." Reason being: to have a backup.

    I have two Pigtronix Bass Envelope Phasers (the small one, not the EP2). It's discontinued, and it's my favorite and the most unique envelope filter I've run across out of the 40 filters I've tried or owned... so I bought a second "just in case."

    +1, three OC-2s here as well... MIJ and two MIT. There are other octavers that are darn close, but there's only one true OC-2. I'm crossing fingers on a Waza version being released in the not-so-distant future. I have an Octabvre MkII on my main board because it's one of the closest clones, and it has the Sub Only switch, which is a neat trick. And I don't want to beat up my OC-2s on a gig.

  15. saltydude


    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    I’ll use secondary rare pedals for trade bait occasionally. If I can get my hands on them that is.
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  16. SidNitzerglobin


    Feb 12, 2019
    I have multiples of a few different exact same pedals (first examples popping to mind is 2 Strymon Flints, 2 Keeley Memphis Suns, 2 Fairfield Circuitry Barbershops & 3 Modele Bs, 2 Nocturne Mystery Brains).

    Main reason is I like to use them on multiple setups & it's a pain to have to render one of the boards more or less inoperable to swap them around all the time. I can see the utility of having a couple of some exact same pedals on the same board for having 2 different settings available w/ a couple stomps rather than trying to knob twiddle on the fly too, but I can't say I've ever used this configuration personally.

    I dunno that I really consider a vintage/original & a reissue pedal as the same pedal (I guess that depends on the pedal/reissue), but I've got a few newer ones that I bought so I could leave my vintage version safe at home most of the time too.

    The backup argument is compelling for me too on some of them. You never know when they might stop making/change one of your favorites...
  17. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    I have a cuppla pedals in different versions (Pigtronix compressor, Mr. Toad overdrive, DOD envelope, EHX Nano verb).

    But I did it intentionally with the EHX Nano Green Russian, one for bass, one for guitar or bass, on different boards (1 bass board, 1 guitar+bass board).
  18. I have a MBD-1 and love it. So, I also picked up the MBD-2. It's essentially the same pedal, just in a smaller form. I like a compact board for easier transport and space is a premium. Haven't gotten around to putting the MBD-1 up for sale yet.
  19. PullThePlug


    Jan 8, 2014
    Came close, having a Phase 90 and Variphase on the same board at one point. Not exact duplicates though
  20. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    If I was gigging on guitar again I would absolutely have two of the same boost pedal and two of the same delay pedal on my board with very different knob settings. And a dupe of the tuner that's on my bass board.
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