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Favorite User Manuals

DR5Guy

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One often overlooked detail is the user/owner manuals included with the pedal or amp. While trivial to some people, a good manual can unlock a lot of features for new users. I find the manuals from Mesa/Boogie, Roland and BOSS to be miles ahead compared with the rest.

Please share your favorites.
 

Black_Label

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Roland/Boss. It's sort of an exploratory, figure-it-out-yourself approach to manuals. Half of all the features in a product are 'hidden features'.
 

Robleishman

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The newer cba manuals are pretty good.
Empress reverb.
Pigtronix e2d.
The moog Taurus manual is excellent.
 

Fulldrive-1

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If you have a Mesa, you need a 200 page instruction manual, online tutorial, and a degree in electronics engineering to get it going. Have y'all ever counted the knobs and switches on some of these things?

Here's the instruction manual for a Marshall JMP:

1. Turn on.
2. Turn up.
3. Stand back.
 

mrpinter

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This user manual for the EQD Disaster Transport Sr has got to be one of my very favorites. I'm a designer and I've done a lot of print design. This one has all the good qualities: clarity, clean and bold look, a spare and uncluttered layout, and above all very well written and presented content; instructions are well illustrated and very easy to understand.. and this for a somewhat complicated pedal. Here are some of it's pages:




 

rck

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Mesa amp manuals are pretty thorough and informative and also include some humor.

I like Amptweakers and their easy-to-read layout. It contains all the details with lines drawn to that feature on a illustration of the pedal.

I don't like Eventide's manual for the H9, it's not easy to read and is pretty extensive.
 
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eh, ive never really felt stongly one way or another. most pedals i buy have a flyer more than a booklet.

the only exception being the manual that comes w the zoom ms50g. it was by far the worst POS manual ive ever seen. thats a complicated pedal so the manual was very important. its a poorly translatedin complete pile of crap.
 

4b454e

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I've always read boss manuals with some bemusement. Amusement when I got to the equarizer portion of one...
 

TexasGuitar

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The best one I can remember reading was the manual for my old Line6 DL4. It was actually fun to read.
I never owned the pedal but when I was young and just discovered the internet (searching and researching) I found that manual and real it through and through. If I had a chance to use one I would of known every feature and parameter.
 






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