Which pedal(s) do you use to cover up your lack of talent?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by nad, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    I searched, came up with nothing. So, which pedal(s) do you use to cover up your inherent lack of talent?

    Personally, I like a nice fuzz for such things. I kick one of those on and suddenly it sounds as if my playing speed doubles and scales I've never even dreamed up come flowing forth from out my fingers, but in reality I'm just thumping away on root notes with bad time, as per usual. It's great!
  2. Bootzilla


    May 4, 2009
    As long as you sound like a tube who cares about talent?
  3. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Fuzz.. Everything sounds good with enough distortion.
  4. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    actually, a good compressor helps mask my "spaz hands.":bag:
  5. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Pensacola, FL.
    Delay helps to cover over my lack of speed and stamina. :D
  6. kingpin2512


    Aug 9, 2008
    Just throw on some distortion and everything sounds better.
  7. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    On DB, I always add a tad of chorus. Makes my intonation sound 10x better.
  8. jumbo_steelie

    jumbo_steelie Supporting Member

    the assmaster has been the viagara to my talent libido.....
  9. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    I use whatever I can get to be honest. It's like Butthead said about Iron Maiden doing MTV Unplugged; "We're not unplugging the explosion machine dude, that's what got us here."
  10. Fuzz and Delay. I find delay especially forgiving.
  11. takfar


    Dec 21, 2008
    A long delay makes simple stuff sound cool. With fuzz, however, I find I actually have to be more mindful of my playing in order to keep things from sounding indiscernible.
  12. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    chorus is the cheater pedal I wish I had.
    Distortion/fuzz/drive gets us to a point where we don't care about the skil we otherwise obsess over.

    rock and roll, baby.
  13. irvinz


    Nov 23, 2006
    has too much gas
    delay =)

    whoops. sorry my delay was out of time.... again
  14. spigmu


    Mar 25, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Leslie emulator. Everything ****** sounds great through it. Even whole ****** tracks. Whooooooshhhheeeeeewooooooshhhhhhhhheeeeeeeewooooooooosheewooshewosehwosheooshewoshewoshewowshewoshewshewoshewoooosheeeeeewooooosheeeeeeewhoooooooooosheeeeeeeeeeeee....!
  15. Swift713

    Swift713 Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    Isn't that what they're all for? ;)
    Compressor makes my right hand more consistent, I can't slap to save my life without a whole lot of squash. Also, it tames my tasteless use of effects.
    Overdrive adds intensity to my predictable and redundant bass lines.
    A nice long delay adds complexity and interest so I don't have to think so fast. I should really learn how to make it sound like I can play faster and not get tired.
    Filter adds excitement and interest.
    Octave fills up space that I can't by myself.
    Even the tuner makes up for my tin ear.

    This is my favorite thread yet!
  16. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
  17. All of'em!! But principally dist + compression so I have this huge wall of sub-sonic noise
  18. jucas


    Dec 14, 2003
    I don't think I could use enough effects to cover for lack of talent, but I sure try. Except maybe my booster, that just makes my lack of talent louder.
  19. If I could play better I wouldn't need so many toys I guess. :D
  20. I use the Tech 21 XXL B to mask the fact that I'm using sub-standard equipment, and a Bass Big Muff to make the stoners in the audience feel good. I also use a chorus pedal to make it sound like I'm not playing with a pick as much.

    I also use a tuner to cover up the fact that I can't tune by ear (and it's a TU-2, at that...)

    After all, as I told my drummer/guitarist friend: "Volume over quality: if their ears bleed, they're having fun."