I hate pedals

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Lou Brush, Oct 8, 2006.

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  1. Lou Brush

    Lou Brush Member

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    I've been playing professionally for over 30 years and I've come to the conclusion that I despise pedals. I don't even like reverb. I simply prefer a dry guitar tone through a high-quality amp. I want my guitar to sound like a guitar. I see all these elaborate pedal boards and just cringe. I like showing up to a gig with a guitar, an amp, and a cable. Does anyone just plug straight into the amp anymore?

    I know folks like U2's Edge get great live tone through a very complex pedal system... it's just not for me. It sounds artificial to my ear. I play blues, rock, country, and jazz and have never had the need for tone-shaping pedals. Most of my guitar-playing friends don't get it. Just my 2 cents. Flame away.
     
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    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    If that's what you like, that's great. As long as you don't have a superior attitude and look down on people who do use pedals. Then we've got an issue.:)
     
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    I view pedals as sort of a necessary evil. While I prefer the sound of my guitar straight into a good non-master volume, non-channel switching amp, sometimes a song requires wah, reverb, delay, or distortion to sound right.
     
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    I have a friend who feels like you do. He calls pedals "tone removers"...
     
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    not a great way to introduce yourself with only holding 2 posts ...........know what i mean, but Im not a lover of pedals myself, I have a Bad Horsie wah but I think a wah is an essential pedal to many many players, I sometimes add the merest hint of analog delay...........but thats my lot , I too want to hear guitar, not pedals.

    jimmy
     
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    matte Senior Member

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    just hate. why discriminate?
     
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    stupid pedals. i wish i were deaf.
    thank you, homer j simpson.
     
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    I used nothing but a Marshall amp for years, and it was the most uninspired time I had as a player. I started putting pedal board together (not my first by any means) three years ago, now my enthusiasm and level of creativity are through the roof.

    I love playing a Les Paul through a clean amp for practice--there's nothing to hide behind. But the truth is, I can do much more with an effects board in place.

    The only way I could play with no reverb is wirth a cranked tube amp, which is simply not feasible on a daily basis.
     
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    To me, it depends.

    Sometimes guitar tone can be overdone with pedals, where it no longer sounds like guitar, and other times, use of pedals can really enhance tone.

    Moderation is the key? :D
     
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    The reality is, once you go electric it's a slippery slope... I'm sure the acoustic purists are saying the same thing about those guys with their electric guitars. It's whatever you like. Personally I love a dry amp, only if the room sounds good! :)
     
  12. Lou Brush

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    Thanks for the advice. I see I stumped the experts with my 1st post, so I thought I'd dumb it down a little :)
     
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    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    Bravo! Good on you. Simplification is addition by subtraction - works like a charm.

    Now love everybody else that's different or wear your Gear Page Scarlet Letter with shame. Seriously, sushi makes me go poopie but others tolerate with gusto. Lately, I can't stand my hair, my face, my friends, my job but last night someone told me to, "Try and throw your arms around the world."

    I'm gonna try.

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    So that's supposed to be an improvement in introducing yourself? I looked up your first post, don't know the answer - try the Les Paul forum, that's where the Gibson experts hang. As for pedals, what did they do to you to cause this hatred? :)
     
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    Birdseye Silver Supporting Member

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    I know what you mean. This little Boss woulda got me if I hadn't jumped outta the way just in the nick of time.[​IMG]
     
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    Aren't you Special ;)
     
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    Birdseye, are you Hank Marvin?

     
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    Classic, as always. :AOK
     
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    What an incredibly boring troll.
     
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