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Who else opens up every pedal they own?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Robertron, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Robertron


    Feb 12, 2010
    NewYork, NY
    Whenever I pick up a new pedal I always find myself popping the back plate off and looking at all the innards immediately. Does anybody else do this?
  2. Guilty as charged.
  3. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
  4. Kipaste


    Jun 27, 2006
    Helsinki, Finland
    Yes. I can honestly say that for most part I have had more fun tinkering with pedals than actually using them.
  5. For sure.
  6. XXL

    XXL calm seas dont make skilled sailors Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    Yes sir. I search for trimpots.
  7. CliffD


    Jan 27, 2008
    San Diego/Seattle
    Always, usually to remove a battery because I don't use 'em and they add weight. Now that most of my newer pedals are non-battery oriented I look for notes from the builder.
  8. I only open up second-hand pedals, I kinda like the warranty on the new ones.
  9. Jedisan


    Feb 25, 2009
    East Bay, CA
    Fer sure! I always open 'em up, gotta see what's inside. I always pop off the back plate of any bass I get too.
  10. ModulusMK


    Apr 9, 2008
    I will say yes too... most of them after a while get modded. Now I'm building them (not all), it's way cheaper and you can make whatever you want it to sound like, use better quality parts and make ones that doesn't even exist in the stores... it's cool thing.
    (went a little deeper in this thread :))
  11. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    Yup. It's become a compulsion!
  12. Most of the time, yeah! It's fun and I like seeing the innards of new pedals. Also I usually take any battery out as mentioned. Make sure everything is secure in there.
    One recent pedal I bought new I had to resolder some loose wires!
  13. Warranties are for chumps. :bag:

    I like digging into mine. I rarely have the time to properly hack on mine but I do it sometimes. Problem is, I only have pedals I'm pretty fond of left and I don't want to chop them. :(
  14. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger Commercial User

    Sep 22, 2005
    Not Mars
    The Overlord of Nordstrand Pickups
    Yarp. I sniff CD liner notes as well.
  15. I do and know very little about electronics.
  16. MooseLumps

    MooseLumps Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    pedal, bass, cabinet, and amp.

    I'm going to discharge the caps the hard way one of these days. then there will be no more 'lumps
  17. ex-tension


    Jun 11, 2009
    Not only pedals, almost every electronic thing.
  18. Eric!

    Eric! Commercial User

    Jan 22, 2009
    America's High-Five
    Mojo Hand FX
    But for the life of me I could NOT get the back of the Geiger Counter off of it for the life of me x.x totally blue-balled.
  19. G0rilla


    Feb 1, 2008
    Latvia, Riga
    Making ears bleed since 1989
    Me too. My band mates are already joking about me...
    -how you test the pedal in shop?
    -well, i just open it!
  20. Always, never know what youll find, might be surprised with a trim pot or switch of some sort.

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