Most Useless Music Equipment You Have Bought?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Boplicity, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Just wondering if any of you have made a mistake and bought what later turned out to be a useless (for you) piece of music equipment. For example, I have bought a digital delay pedal that I never used and a phaser. Both pedals were bought to capture a special sound in a song I thought my band would play, but they never did. The digital delay was for a Porno for Pyros song. The phaser was for "Outlaw Torn." That dad gum phaser may have blown out my fifteen inch speaker too.

    Anyway, I never used either of these pedals and just wasted my money.

    What has been your experience with useless music equipment?
  2. every bass pedal i've ever bought has turned into a waste of money. never actually use them. my Zoom was basically a tuner...
  3. a guitar...

    well somebody had to say it! ;) :D

    The most useless piece i think was a string mute. I wanted to get a Jamerson like tone on a song the school chorus is doing. It ended up decaying my notes to quickly, so now i just shove pink erasers until my bridge..
  4. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Like you, I bought a lot of effects pedals and seldom used them. Most of the bands I played in wanted a clean tone from the bass. What usually happened was the guitarists in the band "borrowed" my pedals.:mad:
  5. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    I found some thin packing foam and tried that as a mute. Actually it worked pretty good and was FREE!!! Interesting, though, Freaky. I didn't even know you could buy a string mute. Sorry it didn't work out for you.
  6. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I wouldn't say it is useless quite yet....but I don't really use my overdrive pedal much amymore.....used it a little....but it just doesn't seem to add anything worth using much.....

    I don't have very much else that isn't necessary for playing....and my practice amp I still use for little practices at peoples' houses...
  7. My Ibanez SR1000. It sits in my room ina case, seldom touched (only when I break all of the strings on my other basses... Iv used it once in the last 4 months)
  8. I saw a Digitech Bass Processor in my local music store and it had a lot of cool features and it sounded cool so I bought it. bad, bad, bad idea. Noisy, noisy, noisy. I basically bought a tuner with a built in drum machine. death to digitech
  9. Ditto....................................

    Gone through more stupid "stomp boxes" and multi-effects units than I care to remember. Currently a Zoom pedal sits around collecting dust.

    Isn't funny how we as bass players get jealous of our thinner stringed counterparts, and go buy these things.

    Then we spend hours tweeking them, only to use them once or twice then realize that we liked our tone and sound much better without FX :confused:
  10. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I believe effects will be the big winner in this thread of useless equipment.
  11. Nato


    Jun 2, 2002
    I think the reason why the guitarists need all those effects is to make them selfs sound more impresive than they are where as bass players need nothing we are already good clean.:D
  12. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    A beginner guitarist can hide behind his distortion ;).

    Well, my useless equipment is a set of allen wrenches where not a single one fits the adjustment holes in the bridge of my bass. Suckage.
  13. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    For me, probably a broken cable, it doesn't do much good until it is fixed.
  14. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    A Fender speaker cabinet loaded with a Eminence 15" speaker, obviously built to Fenders specs. The thing sounds sheethouse no matter what I do to it.

    Oh and a casio keyboard. But I sold that for more than I paid for it so it's forgiven.

    Oh and my DOD envelope filter which sounds great by itself but gets lost in a band situation.
    That's it... I think.
  15. Wownirvana


    Jul 7, 2002
    Athens, GA
    I bought a Big Muff that wasn't really useless at first (I was in a grunge band) but after that it was so I sold it. Then I had a Morley wah for all of a month. I bought a cheap $10 china for my drum set when Mars had them on sale. I rarely ever used it even though it didn't sound that bad. The most useless would have to be my LTD b-204 I just sold. It is an awesome bass for just about everything but what I normally play. I even upgraded it to 18V but still didn't play it much so I sold it and made a few bucks. Used the money to buy a Hodad that should be here Wednesday. Even though I didn't like it much, I am going to buy the 5 string version if I ever decide to buy a 5 string (that'll be the day).

    TWISTED Guest

    Sep 8, 2002
    Perth, Australia
    A wah pedal. The volume drops when you turn it on and it has no level adjustment so it don't get no useage.
  17. I bought a Korg Tuner (G 200 or something like that) and a week later I bought a Zoom multi effect pedal, wich has a tuner in it. And now I only use it as a tuner and I lost the Korg tuner... :rolleyes:

  18. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    There's ton of useless crap that I have bought over the years. The latest being a Shure wireless, the most useless peice of doodoo I ever bought:D
  19. Why? whats wrong with it? I've been thinking about getting one coz I'm just sick of peole stepping on my wire and un plugging me:)

  20. An old, secondhand Bespeco volume pedal.

    I wasn't even going to use it as a volume pedal, I was going to put the potentiometer for the delay speed from a delay pedal into it, so I could control that with my foot (getting loads of mad noises*). But the darn volume pedal only turns the pot 45 degrees, which is totally useless for a pot that I need the full 300 degree turn on.


    Still, it was only £12.99, I'll find some use for it, someday. Maybe to control the guitarists volume without him noticing..... ;)

    *With that pedal, an Ibanez Soundtank DigitalDelay, the pitch of the delay changes as the speed of the delay changes. And that change is about 4 octaves as well, from slowest delay speed to fastest. It's really weird and, *I* think, kinda cool.