The good, the bad and the ugly of 2009

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by triviani, Dec 16, 2009.


  1. triviani

    triviani Supporting Member

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    Isn't about time to start the thread for the good and the bad of 2009? Those pedals you loved and those you got rid off 1 hour after the box arrived..

    Who wants to start? I have to make the list, I bought-traded-sold a lot this year!
     
  2. charmboy

    charmboy Member

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    Keepers this year:
    FoxRox Aquavibe
    Sonic Research Turbo Tuner
    Analogman King of Tone
    BYOC Bender
    BYOC Phaser

    Let go, but actually liked:
    ZVex Tremolo Probe - lots of fun but I needed the trade value for some essential gear... still wish I kept it though
    Sovtek/EH Green Russian Muff - My wife had been using this on bass but she found she got WAY better results from a Peppermint fuzz. Traded the muff for a Brown Rabbit which also delivers nicely on bass.

    Happy to let go:
    StroboStomp 2 - Sad since this was an xmas gift from my wife a few years back, but she's somewhat of a gearhead too, so she understands!

    Incoming:
    I've got an Analog Man ARDX20 Delay in the mail right now, so I'll be able to make a call on that one in a few days, although I suspect it will be a keeper.
     
  3. JRC4558Dude

    JRC4558Dude Member

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    I bought a used RetroSonic Phaser for $80. That was a good score. I also got on the list for an AnalogMan KOT. I'm looking forward to playing that in.....2011. Also have a Hartman Analog Flanger in the mail. Hope that one lives up to my expectations.
     
  4. Greiginoz

    Greiginoz Member

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    The Good = My Klon I got in October, it's not coming off my board!
    The Flipped = Keeley TS9 Mod + It was simply not for me.
    The Mistake = Selling my Keeley Fuzz Head (DAMN), 2010 will probably mark the return unless my wife gets pregnant which means the end of my guitar days!!!
     
  5. 78deluxe

    78deluxe Member

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    I basically built my dream board this year after selling a bunch of stuff. Here are the main things


    Keepers:
    Ethos TLE
    King of Tone
    Box of Rock
    Boss DD-20
    Hardwire RV-7 Reverb
    VL Microvibe
    Turbo Tuner
    Micro POG
    Lovekraft Chupacabra


    Got rid of Quickly:
    Fuzz Factory (the Chupacabra was the fuzzy sound I was looking for)
    Moog Bass Murf (cool but too noisy)

    Got rid of only to fund the above purchases:
    Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro+
     
  6. PlexiFuzz

    PlexiFuzz I know karate. Voodoo, too.

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    Keepers:
    Skreddy Echo
    Skreddy Lunar Module
    Skreddy Screw Driver Deluxe
    Wattson Classic Fuzz
    Catalinbread WIIO
    Blackout Musket

    Liked, but let go:
    Catalinbread DLS
    Mojo Hand JuJu Boost

    Did not like at all:
    Analogman KOT
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2009
  7. dsmc80

    dsmc80 Supporting Member

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    Good:
    Wilson Effects Wahs
    Lovepedal Les Lius
    Signa Drive
    Matchless DC30

    Bad: (overpriced Tube Screamer pedals)
    Klon ...I know I'll catch grief for this, but I don't need another "great buffer" yada yada yada. The sound is good, but there are others that are better.
    Rockbox Boiling Point ...Again a good pedal, but I want a clean boost in it's own pedal and a TS as it's own pedal (that doesn't cost $350)
     
  8. deathbyska76

    deathbyska76 Member

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    oh man.... lots of good this year. skreddy LM, Echo, and SD.... DLS, HOG, M9...
    bad? probably some of the deals i made to get those. haha. selling off my redwitch trem, RRR, Superdelay, and prometheus (all of which were on the good list until i decided to go m9.) and as for ugly? I would have to say, ugly, is the boss DS1 and ibanez SM7 sitting in the back seat of my car while its in the shop. hahah
     
  9. stien

    stien Member

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    Biggest mistake: Buying an Echoplex. No other delay comes close.

    Let go, but actually liked:
    Hardwire DL-8 - Sounded good, but looper wasn't for me.
    Timefactor - Sound quality an issue, especially for looper and tape modes (have since been fixed :mad:)
    Malekko Ekko 600B - Not enough options for me, lacking in modulation.
    SMMH - Too digital when slammed with lots of dirt, endless tweaking & less playing
    Memory Boy - Can't stand up to EP
    Tone Reaper Fuzz V1 - Too compressed for my needs, sounds killer though.
    Timmy - When I realized I could get OD by volume knobbing a fuzz, sold this. Stupid move.
    Boss RC-2 - Led to wankery and general laziness of playing. Good learning tool but needed to let go.
    Nova Repeater - Same as SMMH, too digital when hit with a ton of fuzz. Nice delay though.

    Sold and happy about it:
    Sheraton II
    G&L ASAT Special Tribute
    Tempo Hollowbody (60's)
    DRRI
    Genz Benz Black Pearl 2x12
    G&L Legacy Special

    Bought and kept:
    Pitchblack
    Flying Tomato Fuzz (but it's for sale, on the fence about it)
    '65 Bandmaster/Avatar 2x12


    It's been a busy year.
     
  10. hairsonmychest

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    The Good
    Timmy
    MP SHOD
    Sonic Research tuner
    Ceriatone Creme brulee
    BYOC OD2

    The Bad
    all the compressors i've tried
    all the flangers i've tried
    all the "marshall in a box" i've tried

    The 'i can't believe i bought that'
    all the ring mods
    indian food
     
  11. muffinman

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    Keepers:
    Diamond Compressor :love:
    Electro-Harmonix 16-Second Delay
    Foxrox Hot Silicon
    Subdecay Prometheus :love:
    this1smyne custom Supro dual master switch

    On the fence:
    Catalinbread WIIO
    Ibanez TK-999 Tube King
    Morley/Tel-Ray PFV
    Retro-Sonic Chorus

    Liked, but let(ting) go:
    Fromel Velvet Vice
    Guyatone SV-2
    Heavy Electronics Grind Fuzz
    Mojo Hand Gyro
    Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone
     
  12. gnasher

    gnasher Member

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    Foxrox Octron
    Pharaoh Echo Jr.
    Fulltone Fatboost V1
    Boss CS-1
    Zvex Mastotron

    Gone and happy:

    EHX Bass Blogger
    Line 6 Otto Filter
    Boss PS-5

    Regret letting go of:

    Akai Unibass
    Ashdown Hyperdrive
    DHA DI-EQ
     
  13. paintbox

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    GOOD

    BK Butler Tube Driver (amazing)
    Retro-Sonic Delay
    AnalogMan Peppermint Fuzz (not versatile? BAH!)


    BAD

    Danelectro Anything (all the cool cats except overdrive just suck, don't care who they're ripping off . . . )
    Bad Monkey (Great pedal, just became redundant whe I got something better)
     
  14. triviani

    triviani Supporting Member

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    Here is mine...

    Kept.

    Pharaoh Echo Jr. Digital "analog" delay, not great but good enough.
    Baja Tech Custom Das Fuzz. Good germanium crunchiness.
    Hardwire DL8. I love it!
    Fulltone 70. Don't use it much but it stays.
    Mahoney Buzz Tone. Very nice pedal!
    Analogman KOT. It lives to its legend..

    Didn't stay.

    Hartman BC108 Fuzz.
    It didn't get along with my Fender Jaguar.
    Danelectro CC Drive. No, this one I didn't like.
    Subdecay Blackstar. Still thinking why oh why did I sell it.
    Moody Sounds Mushroom Echo. Didn't find a use for it.
    Boot-leg Gain Helper. Didn't pass the cut.
    Barber Half Gainer. The bigger dissapointment of this year!

    Wishlist for 2010: A nice tremolo, and one more delay.
     
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  15. Charles#5

    Charles#5 Member

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    MP Sweet Honey
    SR Turbo Tuner

    Bad:
    AM KoT

    Rediscovered:
    MI Audio Blues Pro. I realized this really is a great dirt box.
     
  16. tjs

    tjs Senior Member

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    Ugly: Dice Works. It may very well be a great pedal, but I'll probably never see it, nor my money back...
     
  17. fuzzfoot

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    2009 Keepers:
    PTD Mini-Bone
    Cornish SuperChorus
    Cornish TES
    Providence Delay 80's
    Moollon Delay
    POG2
    Rang III
    and (most surprisingly) Soundblox MultiWave Distortion

    Couldn't Bond With:
    Thundertomate Analog Delay
    Hartman Flanger
    WIIO
    Empress ParaEQ
    RocketRide Chorus
    Model H
     
  18. Jules-RM

    Jules-RM Member

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    My finds of the year:

    Barber Super Sport - replaced my Keeley Rat 2 for med gain riffage. Like a Rat with more low end and sparkle.
    MI Audio Boost N Buff (orange) - indispensable for both the buffer and the boost. Separate vol and gain knobs are a real plus.
    Retro-Sonic Phaser - How I always wished a Phase 90 sounded.

    Disappointments of the year (what can I say, fuzz just doesn't work that well with my setup):

    Skreddy Ernie - Top Fuel is back on my board, sounds perfect.
    Lovepedal 200lbs
    Zvex Fuzz Factory

    Honorable Mentions (not on my board, but I still like):

    Blackout Musket Ver 2
    Barber Trifecta
     
  19. dsmc80

    dsmc80 Supporting Member

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    The Indian food is totally worth it! I had a lunch meeting at a local Indian place today!
     
  20. NeilYoungFan

    NeilYoungFan Supporting Member

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    Keepers : Cornish pedals, Providence delay 80's and Ultimate Attenuator
    Gone for a good reason : Epiphone Sheraton
    Gone even though very good : Analogman Sunlion, Mad Professor Sweet Honey, Maxon AD999, Lovepedal COT50 Lil'China and many others.
     

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