What was your gateway pedal into the world of boutique?

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  1. gururyan

    gururyan Member

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    Yes, at one time, believe it or not...most of us only had mass produced pedals on our boards. So when, where, how and why did you become a boutique user? It still amazes me when talking to guitarists outside of TGP, the blank look they give me with I drop boutique pedal names. They are obviously not addicted to the expensive and elitist world of boutiquery.

    So what was your gateway pedal?

    Mine?
    I actually took a baby step first, I started in easy. My first venture into the world of boutique started with some Keeley mods to my Vox wah. After that taste, I wanted more. I decided to dive into some heavy stuff. I ordered a Banzai Cold Fusion from Olaf. That was the snake for me, I have been a boutique user ever since. I didn't find TGP until years later when I emailed Pete Cornish about something and he told me about TGP. He linked me and everything. So in a way, I have Pete Cornish to personally blame for being my pusher. I would have stopped after a pedals I bet, but because of Pete and TGP...my addiction is stronger than ever.
     
  2. Upgrade

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    The Mojo Vibe hooked me!
     
  3. erksin

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    Yeah - I'm guessing 99% of the guitar playing world hasn't a clue about the 'boutique' stuff save for Fulltone...

    My introduction was a Stamps Drive-O-Matic. Awful pedal, but gave me the bug to try the other makers out there.
     
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    Paul Cochrane's Tim/Timmy. :)
     
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    Yup...1997 Fulltone Fulldrive II, I still have it. I tried the Stamps next--for a day and yes it was awful! Then I got a 1999 Barber TP and I still have that.
     
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    In 96 I took the plunge and bought a Deja-vibe. Ordered it direct. It's been amazing to watch the evolution of pedal effects in the last ten years.
     
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    The original run of t.c. electronic pedals...
     
  8. DavidE

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    1995 silver box Fulltone Fulldrive. I was one of Mike's early customers. Got to know him on the old old AOL boards when he and another guy came up with the idead for the Fulldrive. I've had one of a few Fulldrives on my board ever since.
     
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    keeley modded ts-9 was first, then lovepedal fab50 first "real" boutique and then the rest was history $$cha-ching$$
     
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    Serious Poo Armchair Rocket Scientist Graffiti Existentialist Gold Supporting Member

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    Z. Vex Fuzz Factory for me.
     
  11. gitpicker

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    Fulltone Choralflange for me - I couldn't believe I was dropping almost $300 on a guitar pedal!

    But since some might suggest that Fulltone sits firmly astride the line between boutique and non-boutique pedals (probably due to his high volume of sales) I would put forth the next venture after the CF into this wild and wacky world of boutique pedals - the Foxrox ZIM!
     
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    Mesa Boogie V-twin preamp pedal in 1997 ( I think that would qualify). after that! Analogman Bi-Comp right after they came out I think with the four knob.

    I used rack effects only for along time
     
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    Way Huge Red Llama, bought one when they first came out.
     
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    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    It was a Fulldrive 2 for me, hang on, maybe it was a Mayer Voodoo 1? Hmmm not sure now....

    Until forums like this became more common the isolation of the city in which I live meant that it was difficult to get unbiased opinions about these sorts of products so I was probably a bit behind a lot of you.

    I remember having techs mod things like TS10s for me to get more volume lift and a fuller tone. I remember trying to get some tone tweaks done on a TC Booster Line Driver Distortion. 'Custom Boutique' does that qualify?

    Actually out of interest, who else had stuff modded before they knew of boutique?
     
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    MY first was a Fulltone Bassdrive :)
     
  17. al carmichael

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    FullDrive II was my first, unless you count a late 70's Rat as "boutique." I guess they kind of were back in the day. To be honest, I haven't gone too far down the boutique trail. Friends like Sean and Jpagey have been kind enough to let me try a bunch of great stuff, and Alf modded a Fuzz Face for me once, but what I use works for what I do.

    I'd love an Eternity and I love Sean's Twin 60 and COT50. Add a Zendrive to that and I think I could play for the rest of my life with those and what I have now, which is mostly NOT boutique stuff.

    But there's always SOMETHING, isn't there?
     
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    ordered a fulltone fulltdrive & a zvex fuzzfactory last year, together. Those were my first boutique pedals.
     
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    Keeley modded DD3 last year. Now there's a Zendrive and a couple of Effector 13s on the way, and after finding this forum probably loads more. This site isn't good for my GAS!
     

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