What are the "no brainer" pedals?

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  1. erikzen

    erikzen Member

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    I actually have a Danelctro Fab Flanger that I bought in a Kissimmee pawn shop. I don't think I've ever actually plugged it in. I think I paid $5 so it should be excellent!
     
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    Add to the list...

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    For me it would be:
    • Fender outboard or amp style spring reverb - There is some daylight between the two but either one will suit me fine for the effect I lean on the most. Currently I have a Surfy Industries SurfyBear Metal pedal into an amp with spring reverb for two different spring tonal options.
    • Klone - I don't use it as much these days because current amp sounds great on its own, but a fat cleanish boost like a klone is a lifesaver for when my tone seems a little lifeless or if I need that fat push over the edge.
    • EHX Deluxe Memory Man - My favorite pedal delay and an instrument all unto itself. This is the delay that taught me to love delays. I also have a real tape delay now that I also lean on, but the DMM is indispensable.
     
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    a delay... whatever inspires
     
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    I like (and own) the RMC (10) wah, but I'm not sure it qualifies as a 'no-brainer' pedal only because its effect is so concentrated in the toe position that it takes some practice to use it well (it was a big change for me from stock VOX and Crybaby wahs). Some people expect a wah to have a much more obvious sweep across the full range, and I've indeed read of instances where new buyers think their RMC wah is broken (or wrongly configured) when they first plug it in.
     
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    :agree

    Also the smallsound/bigsound Mini is worth every penny at $150 or less.
     
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    Maybe not everyone knows this, but a compressor is a must. I mean, you can get by without one, but why would you want to? Set subtle and always on, it improves everything down the chain, and feels better playing too.

    My pick is the Xotic SP. Bought it twice in my life. Selling it the first time was a misstep for sure.
     
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    Yes! I have that one, too. Very versatile!
     
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    Not sure about “no brainer” pedals. How about “brainer” pedals?
     
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    In the G1XFour form factor you get pretty much all this plus an expression pedal which is very useful. I cannot believe how great the wahs sound and work. The verbs, delays, comps, EQs and all the modulation effects are quite good ("no brainers" for the price). There are even some very usable drives, including a klone, an RC booster clone, a Sweet Honey clone, and a really good RAT.

    Even if you only use it as combination tuner, EQ, and volume pedal, and backup amp/cab sim it's worth the price and board real estate.
     
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    This is assuming you like all the pedals you already have. SHO at the start of the chain, DM at the end.
     
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    Most pedals are pretty brainer. Matching pedals with amps and guitars and style of music is pretty much what this forum is about. That being said, I think the Diamond Compressor is pretty no-brainer. It just subtly makes everything a bit better.
     
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    Sort of, except for some of us the list is pretty endless. I'm assuming you mean our favourite three players. For me that's like asking me to choose which of my children I prefer; an impossible question. If you are a guitarist you can pick up something from other guitarists, no matter how good or bad they are or you are. Too many guitarists have influenced my playing; from Hendrix, Page, and Blackmore, to Fripp, Holdsworth, Belew, and Eddie Van, and on... and I ain't going to put Joe Pass on the scrapheap, never mind Charlie Christian, John McLauchlin et al...

    In reality, I could probably come up with groups of three "favourite" guitarists for days on end. Paco de Luca? How many folk have listened to Kazuhito Yamashita's take on "Pictures at an Exhibition"? If you want to hear jaw-dropping guitar where do you put Stanley Jordan?

    This is a site where guitarists congregate. Lots of us will be pretty universalist in our liking for other players. Some will be otherwise and have definite favourites.

    I have two Strats. That may define me better than any concept of specific musical tastes. And I play everything from Prog-Metal to R 'n' B and Reggae, with some exceptions for deep genre work in country, metal, classical, or flamenco.

    I'm a unchained guitarist; I'll give it a go and hope I can keep up. (The only one I really came a cropper with was trying to play with a Klezmer band; I didn't have the necessary cultural referents. They knew all the tunes backwards and I was just reading; sometimes a bar behind, alas.) I've yet to play with any Malian musicians, for example, but it's on the list. If anyone thinks I'm being deliberately multicultural and PC or something may I remind them that learning other cultures' approach to music certainly didn't hurt Pagey. Or for that matter any of the white chaps from London who were influenced by, or stole from the culture of Black Americans. I mean to say, when Surf Music in the US was pioneered by a Lebanese chap playing Middle-Eastern scales you have to accept that we can take it from anywhere and make it our own.

    BTW I love Nile Rogers, Andy Summers, and Johnny Marr too, but not exclusively.
     
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    I have 5 of them on my pedalboard, so couldn't agree more! (Ok, not exactly a Rat, but a variant still).
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