Hendrix, Clapton, and now...

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by A440, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. A440

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    I have to say, these make me laugh and want to do electrons so i can build a pedal which sounds like "(insert great guitarist)". Becuase loads of people are set to buy it for a good deal of money.

    I think they are a waste of space and money, it better to go out and do some basic research into what they use/used. and then buy that than buy one which claims to do a few sounds, but does them badly with no feeling.

    In finishing A players tone is in the hand, amp, guitar, and then the pedals/cables. Not just in a pedal.

    Aj
     
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    A footpedal with it's own footpedal!

    Actually my sister-in-law who knows no better bought me as a gift (hey, I'm a guitarist right?) both the Clapton and the Hendrix. The Hendrix one is actually quite fun! The Clapton one I tried out a/bing the Layla tone against my '57 Strat and a modded Vibro - Champ from 1967 and it was scary close - as usual they are let down by dynamics or rather the lack of them.....

    Best, Pete.
     
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    I wonder how its gonna sound with his one knob vox! ;)
     
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    I am curious about the 3 part harmonizer...
     
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    FWIW, I think these pedals are great. They are what they are, by which I mean modelling pedals, but nevertheless I think they provide many great tones at a decent price. plus, I think that perhaps people starting on the guitar can get one and have loads of fun exploring the sounds of these great artists. and in the end, fun is what it's all about.

    perhaps they lack dynamics or sound bad at stage volume, but companies don't just make equipment for professional or serious musicians only.
     
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    I've got a good strat and a load of vintage style pedals (ge/si fuzzes, souped-up VOX wah & Sweetsound UltraVbe) - but I still have a ton of fun with their Jimi Hendrix pedal.

    A Pete says, there's no dynamics w/these things, but that's typical of every amp-modeller (Pod, AdrenaLinn, etc..) that I've tried. They may not *feel* quite right, but they can sound bloody convincing.

    But not thru' any of my funky old tube amps - I think that's where a lot of user dissatisfaction sets in. 6 of the 7 Hendrix pedal's presets are based on a cranked Marshall Super Lead w/plate reverb emulation, so I only use it thru' a PA, or a digital sampler/recorder..
     
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    My sister-in-law buys me socks....

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    I tried the Hendrix pedal and it was so horrible, I was actually insulted. I would pass on it if it was free.

    Sorry Pete!


    Hogy
     
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    I am kind of turned off by these, this one included, and have been since the first Hendrix pedal.
    When I was 17, if a Van Halen pedal had been introduced, maybe I would have been excited.
    I don't own a 5150 amp, or a Music Man, Peavey, or Charvel guitar, either.

    The Hendrix family fought long and hard for the rights to Jimi's name and likeness. There is a fine line between respectful, dutiful, and well-intentioned custody (remastered CDs) and, uh, this.

    I do think these things are strictly commerce oriented, designed for inexperienced players.
    Does Clapton need the money or is he donating his proceeds to Crossroads or something?

    This also goes to what I think is a bigger issue with guitar players.
    Manufacturers perpetuate the myth that great tone can be had via a given piece of gear.
    Uhh, look where I'm writing this.
    I'm all for finding the best guitar/cable/fx/amp I can find and/or afford, but the greatest impact I've had on my tone has probably come from working on my touch.
    I played sax for a number of years, and even took private lessons. I was instructed to work on my apeture (sp?), that is, your mouth on the horn, playing one note, and looking in the mirror.

    When I was using a Mesa IV, after practicing I would diddle w/ the EQ and try and cop tones...VH, May, etc, just to see how close I could get.

    After I was done practicing, being the operative phrase.

    Is this any different than say driving a red Ford Gran Torino w/ a big white stripe down the side....now, or in the 70s?
    Or the guy in the GP "Spotlight" column some years ago w/ the EJ haircut and photo?

    Oh wait..now I've hit on something.
    Digitech needs to develop an ERIC JOHNSON pedal. :rolleyes:
     
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    I can't seem to figure out what the rocker is for, anyone?
     
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    Look where you're writing this indeed. Plenty of tone-snobs on TGP. Welcome to the party.

    I, too, once played saxophone, and the word you're struggling for is "emboucher". But those private lessons clearly paid off. "Aperture" means "hole".
     
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    I always sneered when I saw these EC and Jimi pedal ads. I'm surprised to see that some people actually kind of liked them. Next time I'm in GC, I'll have to check one out. Not that I think it will really sound a lot like EC and Jimi or that I'd buy one, but they sound like fun toys. I agree that Jimi's and Eric's tones are primarily in their hands -- at least that's where the magical part of their sound is.
     
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    Fought long and hard for his rights....so they can sell $70 t-shirts.:rolleyes:

    Ugly profiteering. IIRC his stepsister who runs the estate had his body moved to some gaudy memorial, without telling his surviving brother, who continued to visit his empty grave :(
     
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    You hit the nail on the head. The companies that make this stuff are trying to get the beginners and bedroom players of all ages to buy this stuff. That is where the money is at. The pros don't spend anything compared to the millions of amateur players in the world. I haven't tried any of these new peds but I wish they would have had some of the cool stuff that is out now when I was starting out. It would have inspired me to play even more.
     
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    It is amazing when you see the setups of the pros, how many rely on Boss for the majority of their stompboxes. Yes, there are some Klons and other mystical pedals but mostly Boss. I suspect that they realize that the audience can't here a difference, nor can the players hear a meaningful difference on stage, and they are reliable and easily replaced. That leaves basement guys like me who twist a knob, lower head to amp, hit a chord, [repeat] for an income base.
     
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    a little off-topic, but I've read/heard some ugly things about the Hendrix family too. I am a huge Hendrix fan (aren't we all? :)) but the recent merchandise that the Hendrix family puts out just stinks of crass commercialism.

    I doubt the albums they are releasing would have had Jimi's stamp of approval. So many of them are just poor quality and not stellar performances at all.
     

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