Somehow, and I can't explain, I've bought the Fab Chorus three times! Sometimes, I'll move a knob and think "Holy s--t, that sounds amazing". Other times, meh.
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Had proof of this in a band, years ago. They wanted a classic Santana tone, so I dialled one in. Everyone said it sounded shite, too harsh, too toppy, etc and wanted me to change it. I convinced them to go with it and play. In the band context, it was just right.Yes.
Sometimes more than once with the same stinking model of pedal. I have owned several FD2's for example.
I think after 37 years of playing, that I now know why this happens. Especially with drive pedals.
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Guitarists (at least the kind of guitarist I am) tend to compare pedals to each other while in a quiet room. You string three or four or a dozen pedals together, and you stomp on pedal A, play a riff or chord, turn off pedal A, turn on pedal B, play the same riff or chord, turn off pedal B, turn A back on, repeat, move on to C, D, E, F, G, then back, etc., etc.
All while listening to just you play in a quiet room.
I'm not sure this should be the only deciding factor in wether or not to keep or flip - even though we probably all do it. I still do, dang it!
Try this experiment - listen to some of your favorite guitar tracks in any genre and try to isolate them in your "mind's ear" if you can. Really listen to how those tracks sound and attempt to strip away all the other instruments.
Most guitar tracks would sound like crap, or at least have some distasteful quality to them when heard in isolation. The engineer just knew what to do to make it sit right. It probably involved shaving off a TON of bass, and adding some top end sizzle that would make it all pretty shrill if you heard it alone.
This is why the "my pedal lacks bass" phenomenon of the last decade has caused pedal modders to wreck their Boss DS-1s and SD-1s. They keep upping the input cap until the bass is too thick. Sure, sounds nice when no one else is jamming with you, but get in a band or recording situation, and the bass player will give you dirty looks for getting out of your lane.
At least I think that's why I have owned four or five OCDs.
The story of me and the FD2! Sold my push/pull FD2 only to buy the mosfet version a few years later. I nearly sold that 12 months ago too, but the more I tried other overdrives the more I found myself coming back to FD2. Its permanently on my big board now.There has been times ive sold pedals I thought were good but not great in order to upgrade and get something better (more expensive) only to find myself missing the original and going back to it.
Also there’s been times I’ve had huge expectations for a pedal, got it, been a bit underwhelmed initially, learned how to dial it in, reassessed it with reasonable expectations or tried alternatives and realized it really is a great pedal and used it happily for years.
I am a 2nd time OCD owner too!It’s the fulltone ocd pedal for me. I guess when I bought the pedal years ago, my playing techniques were not able to utilize all the greatness out from the pedal.
I recently play through the pedal
Again and so surprised how great it sounded. Definitely a keeper.
I tried the Shin Juku at Sam Ash about a year ago. I was unimpressed, but got the pedal anyway. Somehow I knew it would sound great with my rig. I was right. I love this thing!I bought an MXR Shin Juku pedal not long ago. I could get a decent sound out of it but not a great sound.
It's been sitting on top of a spare speaker cab and today I plugged it in again at the settings that I last played it with. Wow!
Can't believe how good it is sounding!
What's going on??