Has anybody ever RTFM before you bought a pedal?

Buck Woodson

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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.
 

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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TheoDog

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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.
 

Drew66

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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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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.
 

Lung plunger

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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.
 

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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TonePilot

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




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