Pedal Woes

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Paddy, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Paddy


    Apr 19, 2005
    Kent England
    Just posted my first review on TB - The Boss SYB-5 synth pedal.

    What a disapointment - only my opinion but the tracking is just woeful. Now looking at alternatives - possibly the Digitech, can't really justify stretching to a 2nd hand Deep Impact but who knows.

    I was really hoping this pedal would deliver but oh know - that will teach my impulse buying self. As soon as I searched TB for SYB-5 looking for advice I realised my error (2nd lesson learnt).

    I feel better now - thanks for listening.

    Any other tales of impulse buying woe people want to share - it's quite cathartic

    On a lighter note. Can't wait for my Gremlin Overdrive to arrive tomorrow - will report on what will be my tone heaven.
  2. metalguy2

    metalguy2 Guest

    Dec 26, 2004
    Most of everyone's first purchases were on impulse... Trust me.. we feel your pain
  3. thejohnkim


    Sep 30, 2003
    I have a DT BSW, its actually my 2nd one, but my take is that it has one good synth-type sound. It's very usable and tweakable, so if that sound floats your boat its a great buy, especially since i find extra value in it as a great clean octaver and good envelope filter.

    my previous synth experience was with the synth section of a boss me-8b which after a while became too big and annoying to keep just for the synths (although they were really good and tracked well)

    check out the EHX Bass Microsynth also......haven't used it but the samples sound promising
  4. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    I recently bought an OC-3 and was disappointed. What made it more disappointing was that I lost £50 on the re-sell aswell.
  5. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    The only things I ever bought on impulse that i didn't like was an Electro Harmonix Russian Big Muff and a Boss AW-2. The AW-2 lost too much bass, so I replaced it with an MXR Bass Auto Q which is perfect. And as for the Russian Muff, I just didn't really like Fuzz at that point, nothing particularly wrong with it, as you can tell by how mnay pedal boards it appears on. But everything else I've bought I've liked.
  6. seakamp


    Jun 30, 2005
    Well, for a Deep Impact you are going to have to go 2nd hand. If you want a great synth that is easily programmable you should limber up a bit :p
  7. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I was fortunate and bought my Akai Deep Impact new a few years ago for $129. If and when it breaks, I can tell you that I will immediately drop $400 on a used one the same day mine goes kaput.
  8. jgrotto


    Nov 29, 2005
    Perhaps a little late... but I had an Electro Harmonix Bass Synth that I liked. A little finicky at times with the trigger but some patience and care with the slider tweaking fixed most of the issues. I sold mine for around $300... pricey but worth it if you need a bass synth.
  9. Karn


    Nov 28, 2005
    i've never had a case of impulse buying 'til now...maybe i'm just lucky...
    the syb tracks really bad.i suggest to search for an used korg bass synth on the planet IMHO.i own two of them(you know..just in case :D ).
    paddy ,how do you find the owen overdrive???i've asked friends in london to search for it and nobody managed to find it...i was thinking they stopped producing 'em...
  10. Paddy


    Apr 19, 2005
    Kent England
    I managed to convince the store to take back the Boss - I muttered something about "Fit For Purpose" and that worked.

    I haven't tried the Gremlin yet - (not a total impulse purchase I did a lot of reading first :smug: ) - Martin has been spot on to deal with, he only deals direct so check out his website or his email [email protected]. I think he has some with slightly imperfect paint jobs at a slightly cheaper price.

    I'll post a review when I've experimented.
  11. Karn


    Nov 28, 2005
    thanks a lot paddy...
    I read about the gremlin in an old copy of bassist(too bad that magazine vanished...good one..) and became very curious about it...
    i'll check out the site...i hope the cheap one's still there...i'm not so rich at the moment.. :smug:
    I'm waiting for your review...hope to see it soon!thanks a lot !
  12. Paddy


    Apr 19, 2005
    Kent England
    I read that same review years ago - that was a very good mag to go by the wayside. :crying:

    It's where I learnt about the Gremlin and I was glad to be able to get one - if you do a google on it everyone who writes about it says it's a good pedal. Just don't expect a Fuzz buzz or Ultra, Ultra-heavy distortion pedal though - that wasn't what is was designed to do.

    Martin has been a pleasure to deal with -
    My orginal email to him had some questions on power and how it would fit in my pedal board etc. He did the research and gave me detailed, accurate answers.

    When I called him to order we spent around 15 or 20 minutes chatting about the pedal, my signal path etc. We talked about the kind of sound I'm trying to achieve and whether the Gremlin is the right kind of pedal. And, he mentioned that it comes with a 14 day trail period. Nice man to do business with :)
  13. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    You should hit up Ebay and get a second hand Deep Impact... :D
  14. sk8inbassist17

    sk8inbassist17 Guest

    Oct 23, 2005
    Atlanta, Ga USA
    well the first pedal i bought was the digitech bp-80 i ended up returning it and tradeing it for the boss odb-3,

    i bought the bp-80 b/c it was only 99.99 dollars and i thought it was great from the sound of the desription, i guess you could say thats and impulse buy.