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What gear have you sold because it sounded terrible?

Watt McCo

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By "sounded terrible" I mean was a sound you just couldn't get along with and couldn't make work for you, period. Not literally "terrible", but also not "didn't sound as good as the new shiny box I got so moved it along".

I'm realizing there is a lot more analog gear in that list for me than digital:

Blackstar HT40 (don't ask why I even tried)
Tone King Falcon Grande - I could get some good clean sounds out of it, but not with reverb. But the point was to be able to get clean and crunch sounds with awesome reverb.
Tech21 Kotzen OD pedal
Walrus ACS1
Fulltone OCD
Mooer Trellicopter
A whole bunch of guitars and pickups.
A whole bunch of plugins that can't be sold :(
Boss Nextone.

Overall, I would say plugins and IRs are the area where I've flushed the most money in terms of bought it, used it very briefly, haven't turned it on since.
 

Racehorse

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Zoom G3XN - bought it as a practice rig, couldn't even do that.
Vox VT20 modeling amp - same as above.
Digitech "The Weapon" Pedal (Disturbed signature pedal) - no more to say.
Electro Harmonix Flanger Hoax - certain this pedal has a good sound in it, I may have just been too dumb to operate it. But every setting I tried was horrible.

Surprisingly, that's it. Everything else was sold for different reasons, not because it sounded terrible.
 

Will Chen

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I've sold an absolute ton of stuff over the years, but I can't think of anything because it absolutely sounded terrible as historically I've tended to audition things prior to purchase. I think most the stuff I've sold because I absolutely didn't bond with them have been instruments.
 

phil_m

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Hmmm… Only a few things I really disliked come to mind.

The original Vox Tonelab - I just thought it sounded muddy and dark no matter what I did with it.

Blackstar HT-5 head… Back when I got this, I don’t think Blackstar had the reputation they do now. But, it’s kind of a one-trick pony amp.

Empress Echosystem delay… Technically, I didn’t think this sounded bad, but I didn’t think it sounded as good as people were saying it did. I also found the UI pretty irritating.

Meris Enzo… I hate to say this one, because I really want to like Meris, and I think they’re a cool company. I just found getting the settings on this pedal really tricky. It seemed like moving knobs a tiny amount either way made huge changes to the way the pedal responded, and I’d find myself finding a setting I liked and then losing it.
 

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Goldtop Epiphone Casino. I kept it for longer than I should have because it did, in fact, sound pretty good plugged into a cranked tweed Bassman. It also looked fantastic. But everything sounds good plugged into a cranked tweed Bassman, and this guitar sounded like a strung up cigar box in most other circumstances.
 

dmock66

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Mine are only a couple - I've primarily moved stuff to do what I thought were "upgrades to a better product" - but the things that just didn't "sound right" to me that I didn't get along with:

- Blackstar HT-5 - it just sounded "scratchy", for lack of a better word. The clean tone was flat and the gain tone was "scratchy".

- Tech 21 RK5 - Brett Kingman made that sound like $1MM - and the ultimate backup rig. It never did that for me. Like the HT-5 - the clean tone was flat... and I just never got along with the gain tone.

I guess I had a few Joyo gain pedals that I got cheap and sold off... but that was a "just figured I'd try them" - so they didn't come in with high hopes, more just to try.
 

Jay Mitchell

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This probably goes back a few years more than you had in mind and includes instruments as well as gear.

Peavey Classic 4 x 10 ca. 1976 - tube preamp + ss power amp didn't quite work out for me. That amp sounded thin and could not clean up at even modest gig volume. Was replaced by a Silverface Twin.

1963 (approx.) Epiphone Sorrento E452TD - thin archtops sound, well, thin. Was replaced by a 1950 Gibson ES150.

MXR Distortion Plus - what were they thinking?

MXR Phase 45 - never bonded with it.

Boss GT3 - bought it used for cheap on ebay to check out modeling. Never could get good sounds without aliasing trash, even on clean amp sims. Sold for the same meager amount I had paid for it.

Boss GT8 - Boss' second chance with me; they apparently hadn't learned much since the GT3. Bought cheap, sold cheap.

I've bought and sold quite a bit of other gear, but I got rid of the above specifically because I was not pleased with the sound.
 
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dronerstone

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100% agree about the OCD. I'm glad I never bought one.

To name a few from the top of my head:

Fulltone FB3
Bad Monkey
Ampeg GVT15 head
Fender Jag-Stang (back in the 90's, a horrible stock guitar)
 

I R P

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There is a pedal I bought for some reason and then immediately recoiled in horror when I tested it out… JPTR Roygbiv.
 

thumperjack

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So you sold the Axe III because it sounded terrible...and currently play through an Axe III?

no I sold the Axe Fx III because it pissed me off, I currently use an Axe Fx III mk 2 to take profiles/captures of, and/or experiment with its myriad available tools and parameters
 

bigcupholder

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I had a Pocket Pod back in the day. I used it for one summer while I was traveling for work. Sold it immediately after.

The only amp I've owned and disliked was an Orange Dark Terror. It was just a fizzy muddy mess. I ended up trading it for a Tiny Terror plus $100, and the Tiny Terror is great.

The one time I had the Stomp. Fired it up; loaded up a few of my former go to presets and turned it off within 10 minutes tops. I wasn't doing it right. Bye Felicia.
lol that's ridiculous to give up on something with that many options after 10 minutes
 

JiveTurkey

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I had a Pocket Pod back in the day. I used it for one summer while I was traveling for work. Sold it immediately after.

The only amp I've owned and disliked was an Orange Dark Terror. It was just a fizzy muddy mess. I ended up trading it for a Tiny Terror plus $100, and the Tiny Terror is great.


lol that's ridiculous to give up on something with that many options after 10 minutes
It was the 4th round. I know you're new here but try to keep up!
 




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