have you ever felt like you can't miss what you never had with effects?

mahler

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Recently, I've been feeling that while of course I love to research pedals and strive to go for the best, sometimes in the back of my mind I think, "If I am so happy now, and don't need to be happier...i don't need to get this". I'm talking more into delays, I love my 1 delay to bits, and while I know analog delay is where its at for many people tonewise, I feel like I am so happy now and I never used to have an analog delay, so as long as I'm getting tone thats good to me I feel as if I don't need one. I know some TGPers don't think this way, and people will tell me well let me just say "you are missing something@" but do you ever feel like this with pedals?
 

theGhost

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actually... I couldn't agree with you more.

Perhaps the secret to all of this is that this place only reinforces our gas because it is full of discontent people assuming there is something "better" out there. So, we feel like everyone is constantly searching when in fact the people who are content are too busy with other things to be constantly on this board.

Meh... I'm sure there's some pretty happy people here too, but still, I feel like this place only creates GAS simply because you hardly ever meet the contented people because once you're willing to say "good enough" then you have no need to be here.
 

Nork

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the grass is always greener on the other side. :D

i spend a lot of time on here and the orange board...mostly 'cause it's entertaining. i'm a minimalist when it comes to pedals. easier that way. otherwise, i spend my time making crappy music in my basement that makes me happy, or jamming with very talented friends, which also makes me happy.

but, i really appreciate knowledge - not boutique/snob mongering that i've noticed happens on these things - that stuff is just stupid. if it works for you, who cares where it's made/by whom? some of it's just lame. but...other people's experiences, the good and bad, are of great value. i've met some really great personalities over on the Orange forum board that have led me to cheaper than "boutique" solutions for gear that've worked out quite well.

but the fact is that someone will always have something that we find ourselves wanting - enter all of human history. that's just nature. it's tougher to be happy with what you have and be content in life. if this wasn't the case, i feel society would be much better off, less materialistic.

there's also the joy and rush of trying something new and find a gem. that's always fun!
 

Demioblue

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I see your point.

I find that delays are more of a "filler" pedal for the way I like to use them. They're there to serve a purpose, and if I'm happy with the way my delay pedal works, then I don't think about it, and just use what I have. Same applies for Reverbs, Choruses and Phaser/Flangers. Analog or digital, doesn't matter. As long as they deliver what I want.

My delay is the DL8 from Hardwire. Why? Because I get so much variety from that one pedal, I can't be bothered to hunt anymore. And most often, I'm only using one or 2 different settings.

Drive pedals, on the other hand, are different. There are so many different voicings, that sometimes the current tone you're using isn't exactly suitable for that you want to say. If you whisper, you can't sound angry, and if you shout, you can't sound gentle. So drive pedals for me are where I need various textures and voicings.

But even if I recognise that I need/want different voicings for all sorts of tones, I don't go specifically to say that it MUST be a tube drive or what not. If it works, it works. I didn't go for the HW version of the 808 because it's handwired. I went for it because it gave me a tone I couldn't get from the stock 808, and I attribute that to the mogami cables rather than the handwiring. It gave me the tonal texture I wanted, and it's my main booster today. Everything else I use for my main drive pedals is from Hardwire, and in one rare case, the Vox Saturator. Nothing terribly boutique about those. They work, and they sound they way I want them to.

So I don't hunt that much anymore.

But I too appreciate knowledge. Mainly because it helps me understand my own needs better, and I'm able to extract what I want from my current set up. Or not. if it's the case where my current setup is unable to deliver, THEN I start looking again. But with my current stash of pedals (oddly 90% from Hardwire), I've not felt the need to hunt.
 

mahler

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Good to hear I'm not alone, and I enjoy the Gear Page none the less as it has introduced me to the few pedals I LOVE, and that will probably happen throughout my years here, and I try not to let TGP increase my GAS. And I agree on certain pedals not being as important to "get the best" on as others. I for one have 3 fuzz/O.D. pedals but my point is that often as guitarists I feel like we go for what seems nicer than what actually works!

Any way keep posting!
 

charmboy

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I have the exact same feeling when it comes to compressors... I intend to keep it that way! :)
 

Jahn

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My only problem is that I like pedals on my big board so much, i want to buy another to put on my small board!
 






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