Ernie vs. ?Lady

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by justonwo, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. justonwo

    justonwo Supporting Member

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    These pedals seem extraordinarily similar in their design, and the descriptions are nearly identical. How do these two compare?
     
  2. Skreddy

    Skreddy Supporting Member Vendor

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    They are identical (at least in theory) except that the Ernie uses aggressive 2N5088 transistors as also used in the Zero, and the ? Lady uses creamy, "brown" sounding transistors as used in the Mayo.

    The difference is the ? Lady is more pillowy sounding, a bit of an earlier vintage. The Ernie can still do that sweet, singing cello sound. It can also riff like Master of Reality-era Black Sabbath, though. It has a stronger, more aggressive fundamental voice, where the ? Lady has a softer, fuzzier, warmer, grittier voice.
     
  3. TheLemon

    TheLemon Senior Member

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    You heard it from the man himself.

    The ? Lady sounds like what the perfect fuzz to me would be- a grittier, fuzzier, vintage sounding Muff.
     
  4. justonwo

    justonwo Supporting Member

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    Who has both? Anyone care to comment on which is their favorite?
     
  5. Jumbo Fuzz

    Jumbo Fuzz Member

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    A bit OT from your question as I don't have both , but I just want to note that the Ernie can sound flat out mean. It can riff like a monster. When I first got it a couple of weeks ago from Skreddy, I initially thought I got a Zero accidentally boxed as an Ernie..lol.
     
  6. justonwo

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    Are the Ernie and ?Lady supposed to be Ram's Head clones or just loosely based on that vintage pedal?
     
  7. Skreddy

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    I didn't slavishly follow the ram's head schematic, because frankly I've never found one that really sounds all that great (well--not true...one did, but to get a great sound out of it you'd have to turn up the sustain, which would then create an ocean of noise). I developed the sound for the ? Lady and Ernie by just aiming for a fat, endlessly-sustaining, harmonic lead tone and used whatever parts would get me there.
     

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