Biggest pedal disappointment(s) of 2019

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by LordThurisaz, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. beastly

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    Agreed. I came to post DOD Expression pedal. Broke under the weight of my hand first time I sat down to use it. Which was unfortunately like, 16 months after I bought it. And they wouldn’t/couldn’t help replace the pedal or the part. So it looks good on a shelf somewhere now.
     
  2. LordThurisaz

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    Interesting paperweight.

    Possibly amp, speaker, or pickup related. Either way, still sucks hoping for a holy grail type tone (at least in the realm of what a piece of gear does) and getting something that just flat out doesn't sound good.
     
  3. UnbrokenChainz

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    Keeley Aria. Comp side was fine but I couldn’t get a single usable sound out of the Drive side. It’s probably me.
     
  4. JackfromAK

    JackfromAK Gold Supporting Member

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    My biggest disappointment was probably that I didn't even get a chance to try the DOD envelope filter because they were out of stock. I got the Phasor and Boneshaker and they were okay considering they cost couch-cushion change.
     
  5. LordThurisaz

    LordThurisaz Member

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    What's the drive side based on?
     
  6. JackfromAK

    JackfromAK Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got one of those and I finally put it back on my board after having it on the shelf all year. I basically agree with this take.
     
  7. brs928

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    One of my favorite pedals! The "low" drive side is super mid-focused, though.

    It's similar to Keeley's Red Dirt, which is a modified Tube Screamer.
     
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  8. brs928

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    My biggest disappointment was a T Rex Squeezer. I found one for a good price. It looked cool (hey, a compressor with a tube!) and it had a lot of knobs.

    But I could not get it to sound good at all. Listed it for sale the next day.
     
  9. LordThurisaz

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    Sometimes, a lot of knobs/switches = more ways to **** it up and a smaller window to get it right.
     
  10. Sigmund Floyd

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    I don’t think I really like any EHX pedals.
    Hard to explain but there’s a harshness or metallic edge to them. I feel the same about the few keeley I’ve tried.
     
  11. WWW

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    Going a bit against the grain here, but Ceriatone Centura was my biggest disappointment.

    To Ceriatone’s credit though,
    1. I really think I’m not a klon guy.
    2. I only purchased 4 pedals in 2019; two outstanding @pickdropper minis and a polytune 3 were the others.
     
  12. billboneys

    billboneys Supporting Member

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    Never played it but this guy is killing it.
     
  13. therhodeo

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    He's a local guy. Really unique style. The pedal has very little to do with him sounding good.
     
  14. openbar

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    Was gonna say that guy would sound good through a (fill in your most hated cheapo amp here).

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  15. WWW

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    Man was that awesome. I deliver goods to your local Chik fil a a few times per month and Owasso seems like a pretty bland place to live. Consider me interested. Please PM me info on where to see this cat if you would be so kind.
     
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  16. placebo62

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    Enzo. Was super pumped for it, but god bored real quick.
     
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  17. billboneys

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    I believe he made the guitar he was playing as well. Not sure he's still doing that though.
     
  18. Strumlord

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    MXR Prime Distortion

    worst of 2019, or did I buy it in 2018?
    Regardless, it was be my worst pedal for every year going forward.
     
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  19. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg I Drink and I Know Things. Silver Supporting Member

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    Mine was the Chase Bliss Warped Vinyl. The one tone I needed to get out of it did not sound good at all(a Univibe sound). In fact, the CB Wombtone, a phaser, did a more convincing job. I ended up using a JHS Unicorn v2 as it's an optical vibe in a standard size form factor. At least I was able to recoup my money on the Warped Vinyl. With Chase Bliss' reputation, I was pretty bummed about this.
     
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  20. andy474x

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    Suhr Eclipse for me... plenty of good hype, but I haven’t been able to get a natural sounding tone out of it.
     
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