Has anybody ever RTFM before you bought a pedal?

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  1. Buck Woodson

    Buck Woodson Member

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    We're mostly men so we never ask for directions and we never read manuals unless and until we're hopelessly lost, right?

    But if we're seriously thinking about buying a pedal, especially an expensive and/or complicated pedal, shouldn't we be reading that manual BEFORE we buy it? To make sure our expectations align with reality? Not that I've ever done it but I probably should.
     
  2. captaincoconut

    captaincoconut Member

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    I don't buy compliacated pedals in the first place, but when I buy a pedal for a specific feature set I always look in the manual to confirm that it actually does what I want it to do.
     
  3. Oldschool59

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    I always read the manual before any purchase. So, one could say that I never impulse-buy. I walk in that store knowing more about the product than the salesperson. It has happened that I had GAS about something, and, upon reading the manual, realize that it is not the device for me.
     
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  4. tjontheroad

    tjontheroad Just Wanna Be Misunderstood Silver Supporting Member Vendor

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    I read manuals for fun while eating breakfast. Sure beats reading the newspaper.
     
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  5. Tmidiman

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    Always, especially with more complicated devices. Like to get as much juice as I can from my devices.
     
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  6. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    Reading the manual is part of the buying process.
    And as a contributing TGP member, I sometimes read the manual for other people too lazy to it themselves. Many questions about gear are answered in the manuals.
     
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  7. Johnny Fuzz

    Johnny Fuzz Member

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    Nope. Manuals are for women. I’d rather break the damned thing.
     
  8. Blue-moon

    Blue-moon Supporting Member

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    If I have to read the manual for a pedal, then that pedal is for sure not for me. I like simple pedals. Simple pedals for a simple mind.
     
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  9. captaincoconut

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    'I got this Phase 90 pedal. Which knob settings can you recommend?'
     
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    Pedals have manuals (LOL)? I mostly buy used and they rarely come with them. On the rare occasion I feel the need, I look at it online. Occasionally before, but typically after purchase.
     
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  12. ellsworthman

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    I RTFM for everything....pedals, amps, tools, toasters, you name it. I especially enjoy the ones with pretty pictures. ;)
     
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  13. Sam Xavier

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    Nope but I do me research. Watch demos, read reviews, even - woweee!! - try the thing out first.
     
  14. CharAznable

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    I actually always do. I need to make sure the thing does what I want it to do in a usable manner
     
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  15. sixesandsevens

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    Sometimes. I definitely have for modelers, but much less so for pedals.

    I did watch the walk through videos for the Strymon El Capistan before buying and probably looked at the manual PDF.
     
  16. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    If the manual is in the box with the new pedal, how do you read it before buying it? That's like psychic-itry witchcraft stuff.
     
  18. *J*

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    I keep my manuals in the bathroom next to the toilet bowl.
    Right now I’m reading the pladask Electrisk Fabrikat manual.
    Very helpful.
     
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  19. smithguitars

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    I collect the manuals for everything I’m interested in and study before purchasing. I like manuals. They help me decide on my priorities and learning the functions of the pedals that I may have not of thought of.
     
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  20. TonePilot

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    I can think of three actually.
    1. Digitech JamMan Looper
    2. SDRUM
    3. GT-1000
     

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