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What’s the Unicorn in your pedal collection?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tommyeadg, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. tommyeadg


    Jan 10, 2017

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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    An original Mutron Bi-Phase. Yup, it's really all that, and more.
  3. tommyeadg


    Jan 10, 2017
    No pics, no pedal..
  4. gh0st42

    gh0st42 Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2019
    Tough call, but think I gotta go with:
  5. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    DOD Buzz Box.

    Totally unusable in 99% of all tasteful musical situations. Fortunately i have no taste whatsoever.
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  6. tommyeadg


    Jan 10, 2017
    Never seen this Bro-tone before, what is it?
  7. gh0st42

    gh0st42 Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2019
    I remember trying out the Buzz Box when it first came out.

    It sounded so beautifully trashy and terrible. It really was an offensive sounding pedal!

    Always kinda wished I'd bought it back in the day.
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  8. gh0st42

    gh0st42 Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2019
    It's a one off from back in the day when Josh did Custom pedals.

    It's based on a Lovetone Big Cheese with extra bass control, and then added the Square Wave channel from the Broughton PLL on a seperate footswitch.

    It is anything but subtle. Thick fuzz, with a crazy gate, and the Square Wave kicker.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
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  9. Austone Electronics Fuzz Nutz TexTone.png Jon B.jpg
    One of my prized possessions is my Austone Electronics Fuzz Nutz TexTone built by Jon Bessent at ToneCraft inside Musical Exchange at 48th & North Loop in Austin Texas. Jon was a mystical, meticulous old hippie soul that blueprinted the perfect Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face from several vintage examples from collectors around town. He then set out to meticulously reproduce them in his shop. Jon would measure each component to exact tolerance points as he had learned building power supplies and circuit boards for NASA years before to exacting specifications.

    Jon had a financial partner Randy and several customers that requested a FuzzNutz with a tone control. Alas it was not as simple as adding a tone roll off because it changed the character of the sound too much. This set off a long period of experimentation and redesign to find a circuit that retained the original FuzzNutz but added a satisfying tone variable. Along the way Jon came up for the design for what would become the Millineum Overdrive
  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i bought it brand new in the mid 70's (and still have it):
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  11. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, chaat enthusiast Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I had an MXR Distortion+ that I used when I played guitar in the 80s. It seemed pretty pedestrian at the time. I sold it to a guy who screamed and played violin in a punk band. Then the lead guitarist in the band I was playing with got mad because he found out Jerry Garcia used one and he couldn't find one.
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  12. AlvarHanso


    Jun 20, 2011

    My favorite pedal is my Moog MF-103 12 Stage Phaser, but the unicorn would be the Moog MF-105B Bass MuRF. I don't what know the limit on the run was, but I was told the Bass MuRF was the rarest MuRF except for the white ones, but they didn't make a Bass MuRF in white, just the MIDI MuRF. Tonight was the first time in a long while that a google search brought up ones for sale. Also, I would love it more if I spent more time getting to know all of the sounds possible, but in almost 9 years of owning it, I know I haven't even scratched the surface of the sonic capabilities.
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  13. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Broughton Audio Alex-1 Bax

    One off custom pedal from back when Josh Broughton was still accepting custom commissions. It’s an Ampeg B-15N baxandall EQ and preamp stage in pedal format. Plug it into a power amp or effects return and you get the B-15N sound with as many watts behind it as you want.

    No stomp switch either at my request. For me it’s an “always on” device.

  14. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles

    Not a particularly exciting pedal, but really good at what it does. There are two of these in existence, made by Broughton. A precursor to his Resonant Filter EQ.


    Not sure how many there are of this one, but you don't see them in the wild very often.


    Broughton Design made my @nshuman for the PCDH19 Charity auctions. Mine is the only one with a custom crush. This one still functions normally, but has been rehoused.

    The cool thing is that I found all these through Talkbass.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2020
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  15. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Without question, my Gjika Mini Amp is among the rarest of the rare. And it is good.

    rare pedals.jpg

    Others that are on the rare side of things:

    Arcane Analog — NKT213 Buzzaround Tribute
    Custom Audio Japan — V-Comp (tube compressor)
    Frantone — Lo-Tone Classic Fuzz
    Fuzzrocious — Broke Dick Peanut Gallery ver. 2
    Fuzzrocious — NOS Rat King with LM308AH
    Guyatone — GST-U05 Ultron Auto Wah
    Hartman Electronics — Analog Flanger
    Hartman Electronics — Envelope Filter
    Mu-tron — Bi-Phase
    Mu-tron — III
    Paul Trombetta Designs — Mini-Bone V2
    Penny Pedals — Fingerprint Noir
    Resonant Electronic Design / Field Effects — Manifold Drive
    Resonant Electronic Design / Field Effects — Small Hadron Collider
    Ross — Flanger
    VFE Pedals — Klein Bottle
    Wren and Cuff — Caprid (large box)
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  16. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    How many watts does it push out of the 8 ohm speaker jack? I bet that sounds sweet in the bedroom.........
  17. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    Here's it's twin Unicorn. :smug:


    It is positively magical when used with my '67 Guild Starfire II...

  18. I rarely use them, but these two aren't going anywhere...(not my pics)

    Hand built Siegmund Micro Tube OD


    MXR Limiter

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  19. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    Straight From Budapest Hungary. More fun than Rare.
  20. mdalamond

    mdalamond Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    SE , North Carolina
    Closest thing I have is a Prunes N Custard. Not super rare but I like it.
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