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Boutique version of the Expandora pedal?

BluesHarp

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Every older circuit ( tubescreamer, muff, etc ) has some clones or modified versions under a different name floating around.. is there one for the bixonic expandora?

If I buy an original.. is the 1st v better or the 3rd?

Been wanting more Gibbons tone here lately. :aok

7-30-16 Edit: Im aware of the Kilt.. bringing it back to focus on the original and perhaps
other circuits out there that are similar to this pedal.
 
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lux_interior

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What was wrong with the original version that a $240 DIY clone will rectify? As for which version is better, I've played the one with the 3 knobs and the switches, and the one with the 4 knobs. I like both - probably the 3-knob one more. But it was so many years ago (and on different setups) that I can't recommend one and not the other. I like its "biting" sound that crosses the fine line between OD and distortion. This "bite" reminded me of a Boss OD1, but there is a chance it might sound harsh on your amp.
 
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BluesHarp

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$240?? Thats insane.. id rather buy an original and know I have resale value.

Reason im curious is that some boutique versions are much better than the original circuit and are then worth the money. Since I dont know, im asking.
 

JamonGrande

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I've always thought of Expandora as a boutique pedal myself - or at least one of the first, when Way Huge, Fulltone and Prescription Elect. were hardly anywhere to be found (pre-online shopping as well).

sorry if this is a little ot

joe
 

BluesHarp

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I see.. no, that helps. Thanks.

Kind of surprised that its circuit hasnt been improved on and it doesnt have more attention.. on Gibbons tone alone.
 

Ginsly

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Slightly old thread, but I was wondering about the different versions myself. I have the last version with the dip switches on the outside, and while it can be harsh at some settings it really is a wonderful, diverse pedal. I tried an original version years ago, and I don't remember if it sounded any better than mine - what I do know is that it's a pain the ass to have to remove the bottom plate to change the dip switches every time you want to switch between overdrive/distortion/wild fuzz. The last version is great for that reason alone.
 
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Bluesharp,

I've owned the Expandora Reissue (switches on faceplate) for a few years.

The "forbidden mode" is undeniably awesome. Makes your signal sound like
It's about to explode.
Add some slap back delay and you are set.

Overall IMO the pedal is voiced more for humbuckers.
 
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These are a great pedal.
The originals used an obsolete and now rare part which I think is the main reason they are discontinued.
I like them so much I've done what I can to put more of them in the world. I also build them, stock, or with a variety of modernisations.
codtone.com
 

BluesHarp

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( to bring back an old thread I started )

Whats the very best sounding version of the Expandora?
I tried searching here but couldn't find the posts ive read before from those of
you who have owned or tried two or all three versions.
I take it that the round version with no dip switches on top is the original and the version that Gibbons used. ??
It also has the least amount of bass content. So, how do the other two versions compare to the original
and which one is the second version and which is the last?
Comparisons? In EQ, background noise amount, overall gain, and the most mojo.. any details would be great!
 






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