New To TGP? Here's What You Need to Know!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by drbob1, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    There will be a lot of smart aleck posts after this one, including stuff like "Post to a Dumble thread", but this is serious stuff, insofar as GAS can be considered serious...

    1. Sign up for an Analogman King of Tone (KOT) pedal. There is no downside. You can save your pennies for the roughly 1 year until your name comes up, then buy it. You can post a "what options should i get" thread, which will be hugely popular. And if you don't love it you can sell it at a slight profit on the Emporium. BTW, to use the emporium you have to be a supporting member, something everyone should be anyway!

    2. Order a Timmy direct from PaulC. Sure, they're easy to get now from online retailers, but direct Paul gets to keep all the money and he's priced them WAY too cheap forever. Plus if we all encourage him, he may build some of the other cool effects he's been thinking about!

    3. Start reading the Amp Tech forum, because the answers to a lot of the questions you don't know you should be asking about how amps work, and what's safe or sounds good will be answered there. Spend a few months lurking and you can save yourself the embarrassment of another thread about whether you can use your guitar cable as a speaker cable (no, in case you wondered).

    4. If you have a vendor complaint, it's worth being a contributing member for a while before airing it. If your first post is a problem then you're going to get a very rough ride as some folks have used TGP as a club to get their way with builders.

    5. Try and keep a positive attitude. There are fights and hissy fits all the time, and they can be fun, but if everyone is negative and critical, then TGP is not a pleasant place for the serious artists and builders, and if they leave it's just a fanboy site.

    6. You know that "use the search button" thing you get in every forum when you ask a question? Well, there are 10s of thousands of threads on here, and almost any question has been asked before. It's worth trying a search first, but be aware that you can't use words of 3 letters or less with the built in search. In fact, it can be VERY hard to find something using the straight up search. You can use advanced, that sometimes helps, but the best feature is using Google search on the site, so you can use 3 letter words (like Axe and TRS and Fox...).

    That's all I've got for now, I'm sure I'll think of some other things...
     
  2. jordane93

    jordane93 Member

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    7. No you don't need a buffer.
     
  3. SirGilmour

    SirGilmour Supporting Member

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    8. Boss pedals are really good.
     
  4. tremolo3

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    April Fools' day, right?
     
  5. ERGExplorer

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    9. You can use Google for searches on this site, by simply including the search term "site:thegearpage.net". If you wonder if anyone has tried the Curly Fried Overdrive, you enter "site:thegearpage.net curly fried" and get back the reviews you want.

    10. Just because others use the KOT or Timmy doesn't mean you have to run with the TGP herd. I don't own either.
     
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    ummohyeah Member

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    11. Don't say you dislike Paypal as a service or you'll get insulted and *ignored*.
     
  7. MilwMark

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    7.1. Also, you already have 3 in your chain.
     
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    11.1 Paypal gift is frowned upon.
     
  9. NewDr.P

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    ignore people making suggestions that dont know anything about your style and needs.

    most likely theyre spouting things theyve overheard and probably dont even really understand what theyre recommending fully.
     
  10. MilwMark

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    ^^12. Every thread either starts out as, or devolves to, "Name your current favorite pedal."
     
  11. 1973Marshall

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    13. Despite ongoing discussions being our bread and butter, be prepared for snark or "not this again" from a small, but vocal minority when you ask a legitimate question or one that has been asked before. (Hint: We talk about the same thing over and over and it's awesome!)
    14. The good people outweigh the jokers by dozens.
    15. There is a Finger Forum in the event the tone is in fact in your fingers. =)
     
  12. ChampReverb

    ChampReverb Silver Supporting Member

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    16. You will pose a question about what the best _____ is for ___ music.

    After 4 or 5 or 45 pages of suggestions (many made by people who clearly did not read the original post) you will finally arrive at a point where *two* of the suggestions match.

    You have finally arrived at the point of TGP consensus.

    Declare victory and go home.
    Quit your job.
    Call your bookie and bet all your savings on Lucky Dowager in the 9th.

    -bEn r.
     
  13. Johnny2013

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    ugh, why does everything for sale in the emporium these days ask for paypal gift payment? I move along when I see that.

     
  14. MartinPiana

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    13. My favorite current pedal is the EHX B9.
     
  15. kludge

    kludge The droid you're looking for

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    Oh, and there's some sort of TGP equivalent to Godwin's Law that says all arguments about tone end when someone says "Dumble". The person invoking Dumble loses, and is hereafter known as a "dumbly".
     
  16. goodhonk

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    don't trust posters with more than 1k posts
     
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    14. If you don't make $2500 a week (or more), don't bother.
    15. Only discuss the rarest boutique equipment, like some pickup winder that you heard about in a bathroom in Romania that makes 1000% accurate PAF's using new old stock wire and Seth Lover's original winding machine, or the like. You can make up names if you want.....nobody will know but they WILL search for it....
    16. Clapton sucks....
     
  18. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    Beware of posters extolling in absolutes how fantastic brand name "x" or brand name "y" stuff is.

    Those same posters will inevitably be saying that brand names "w" and "z" are complete garbage in absolutes.

    These folks are known as fanboys and their opinions are always suspect because of brand snobbery.
     
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    2,964,123. Buy a Turbo Tuner
     
  20. ERGExplorer

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    When TalkBass started deleting ads mentioning gift payments, a host of problems for members disappeared. It was nice that the forum cared about the members.

    If the seller is really hard up for the $2.60 fee on a hundred bucks, what prevents that seller from raising the price just a touch?

    Not being willing to let the seller pay $1.50 for a full guarantee on a $50 purchase tells anyone with a brain that something smells wrong.
     

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