What pedal is worth buying new?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Argali, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. Argali


    Aug 19, 2008
    Portland, OR
    I'm a committed used gear guy, especially when it comes to pedals. However, I'm curious if there's anything out there that is worth buying new. If so, why? Thus far the only thing I've bought new with no regrets pedal-wise is my Carbon Copy.
  2. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    It may not be for everybody,but i have found the Tech 21 VT pedal indispensible,and worth every penny.
    I own a small collection of other pedals i don't use often,but really like,they are:
    ART Phat Boy
    EBS Bass IQ
    Fender Phaser
    Digitech Hardwire CM-2 Tube OD

    The digitech is mostly a backup unit for the VT,it does a somewhat similar thing,although i like the VT much better.
  3. IncX


    Jul 23, 2007
    anything with a good resale value ... in my case, it was a catalinbread echorec. i noticed the brand new price and the used price arent so far apart
  4. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    Anything from a small boutique builder. They have families to support. :)
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  5. Beat me to it!

    Only pedals from small independent/boutique builders. No point in buying anything new from larger operations, as long as what you are getting used is intact and hasn't been abused. Even then, you can get some great deals on ugly pedals that work just fine.

    In case anyone needs some suggestions for who to buy new from:

    Iron Ether
    Dr. Scientist
    Wren & Cuff

    Of course, there are WAY more...
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  6. NoxNoctus

    NoxNoctus The Crushinator

    May 9, 2004
    Annapolis, MD
    Buying new only? I had to think, and other than the merit of supporting small business, I can't think of anything really. These things are fairly safe bets; heavily soldered analog components inside of a rugged metal housing. If it's not scratched up you're 97% likely to never have an issue with it.
  7. nshuman


    Sep 4, 2012
    Well, price vs availability is really the key. You have some pedals that virtually never hit the used market. Sometimes, you get some pedals brand new for the price of used when you are either buying them as a pre-order or some builder or reseller has a massive discount going on.

    One thing for sure is that when I don't buy a pedal new, I'm usually buying it used. ;)
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  8. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    Most pedals I've bought (see profile) were new and usually sold decently on the used market. However, I find that Digitech and EHX pedals are better purchases when bought used. Again, IMO.
  9. Kosko

    Kosko Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2005
    When you figure in places like Prymaxe selling with a 20% discount, it can often be cheaper to buy new.
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  10. Argali


    Aug 19, 2008
    Portland, OR
    That may be true, but any time I've wanted to apply that 20% to an order through them, the pedal I wanted was excluded from discounts.
  11. nshuman


    Sep 4, 2012
    Then you have to use the chat function or email and ask them nicely if they can give you a special code.
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  12. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    Can't think of any.
  13. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Any Darkglass is a pretty good buy new. Used saves about 20% from what I've seen. I love the B3k and VMT enough that the price doesn't really matter.
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  14. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Clean Fuzz/Distortion Pedal.
  15. Ramleg85


    Apr 21, 2013
    Hartford, CT
    I just bought a tc electronic tuner pedal new. totally worth it best tuner ive ever owned. sorry not really a sound shape pedal but still.
  16. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    it's usually hard to find the pedal I want used down under,so I've bought a few brand new, at a good price.

    I got my Boss CEB3 Bass Chorus for $105 delivered,brand new. Used ones were the same price or more.

    My MXR M87 Compressor was $350 in local shops here. Got mine brand new and delivered for $220 from evilbuy.

    Bought a used Sansamp PBDDI and it isn't fault free, but as it's third-hand there's nothing I can do about it,it works, but every now and then performs unexpectedly.

    I'm willing to pay a bit more for a brand spanking new pedal with box and manual for resale later.
  17. irbass


    Jun 16, 2011
    Charlotte - NC
    All of them.
    Just wait for discount or black friday and spend time looking on google.
    I paid $258 on a Brand new Radial JDV DI last black friday. Free shipment
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  18. lordradish

    lordradish Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    I did this very same thing, today, got 100 bucks off of an Eventide H9.
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I buy new, I buy used, don't really have any criteria. Just whatever strikes me at any given time.
  20. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    more often than not, things I like come from really small builders whose pedals etc are not easy to find second hand and many of which I will have been in contact with prior to making the decision to buy their products. Most of them are really good in terms of communication and sharing info an dadvice, which makes me want to buy new from them or at least not second hand making use of the above mentioned black friday deals or similar.
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