Pedal without indicator LED? Is it annoying?

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  1. Sam Xavier

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    Oh yeah? I wrote a romantic ballad which begins with the most over the top, crazy howling fuzz. :)

    Then again, I also set myself a challenge to write a love song - a different one - with the word "arse" in it.

    IMO, both of 'em worked out well.
     
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    VFE pedals have (had?) a board mounted mini-pot insides that you can use to adjust the brightness of the LED, which I thought was a nice solution... One person's too bright is another's too dim...

    Steve
     
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    I can live with bright LED’s but no LED is a problem.

    I can’t count the number of times I tried playing and wondered why my guitar sounded so weird, then realized that the wah was on. Accidentally starting that tender ballad with the Rat set to kill is more rare, but I could see that being annoying.
     
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    Non starter. I have to know at all times what’s on and what’s not.
     
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    A fuzz with LED is more annoying
     
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    Great idea. Would be even better if it were a small, thin, low sitting knob right next to the LED so one could adjust it on the fly, but that wouldn’t easily get turned by accident. Would love to see more pedal makers do that.

    In another thread I mention that one could identify the current limit resistor for the LED and replace it with a higher value to dim the LED some, but this is a much better option so when in a bright environment like outdoor summertime shows one could up the brightness, and indoor gigs lower it.
     
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    I think exceedingly bright, flashing led's are more annoying than no led's. (I'm looking at you Count to Five!) YMMV.
     
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    Wah pedals have given problems for too long before some manufacturers finally put an led in. I had to point the problem of a wah on to countless guitars players with pedal boards, trying figure out why their sound was bad.
     
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    I think a fuzz, especially if you are picky enough to get such a boutique fuzz will be fine.
    I got used to it with big box rats.

    The only time I had an issue was with a vintage phase 45. It was so subtle that I though it was on when it wasn’t sometimes.
     
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    Good grief. I did a decade and a half without pedal LEDs. I can remember my first one - an Ibanez CS-9 Chorus - and I still have it.

    Bob
     
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    Put the pedal into a bypass looper setup which does have an LED. Problem solved
     
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    My wah has an LED on the side... the side that I can't see easily during a gig. Last gig I played the first two songs with the wah (and LED) on... Duh.
     
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    Fair enough, but then again, people used to live in caves if you go back far enough. :)

    I played for 6 or so years before LEDs became a thing. First one was on a Boss DM-2, which my then GF bought me for Christmas. Prior to that, though, I modded an A/B box and put LEDs in it, then I made one for a friend, seeing as it was ridiculously easy.
     
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    Aside from the immediately obvious, if it's buffered bypass and not powered you've lost a useful troubleshooting facility in finding out why you've no signal.
     
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    The funny thing is, and I’ve done it too, just rocking the pedal will tell you instantly if it is on, and doing it slowly means you wouldn’t have to go full range or have it be jarringly out of place in a song.
     
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    maybe not being able to tell if it's on or off is a solid indication that you could remove that pedal from the lineup? ;)
     
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    I have a Boss noise gate NF-1 from 1979 and while the older boss pedals have a LED indicator they only come on when you push the pedal on, they don't stay on and with something as subtle as a noise gate it can be a pain to tell when it's actually on or not sometimes
     
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    If you are buying from the builder directly, just ask if installing an LED is possible. At most it would need the footswitch swapped out, a hole drilled, and the LED.
     
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    It can be annoying in weird rooms or on stages where you can’t clearly hear yourself.
     
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    Remove a wah pedal from the lineup because you forgot to check and left it in one position? Doesn't make much sense.
     

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