Your first pedal, and maybe a little story about it?

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  1. mdog114

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    Can’t remember if it was a Ross Phaser or a Distortion +.

    They added flavor.
     
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    BOSS Metal zone 15 years ago. Must have played 10.000 hours of metal riffs and solos through it the first 5 years, while i was a kid. Then i wasn't into death/thrash/black metal playing anymore . Never touched it since until I sold it last year. Amazingly heavy sound! Loved it. Great pedal!
     
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  3. Brad2

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    The first pedal I used was not mine, it was from the rythm guitar player of my first band. It was an original Electro Harmonix Big Muff. My first pedal that I bought myself was a Pearl compressor.
     
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    I inherited my first pedals from my best friend in high school, an Ibanez flanger FL-305 and a DOD 680 analog delay. During our college days we started a band that lasted for about 10 years and they were still the only pedals I ever used in that band. I used them very subtly as always on pedals to give my rhythm playing a little depth and movement.

    I actually still have them somewhere and was recently wondering if I should dig them out. I doubt they still work correctly. I haven’t used them since the early 90s. I wonder if they can even be repaired at this point.
     
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  5. Don Rusk

    Don Rusk BearFoot FX Owner

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    Morley Power Wah Fuzz - Parents said I could get one pedal for my birthday ('74) - Wah/Fuzz/Volume in one pedal ?!?!? yes. and I was a big Rush fan and saw a Guitar Player article and loved the huge chrome Morley delays etc he used ...
     
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    I inherited my dad’s Morley power wah back when i started playing. Abysmal fuzz tones and the wah sweep was backwards... never did figure that out
     
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    My friend Dave played through a Peavey Hotfoot Distortion and a Companded Chorus. I asked my Mom to get me those two pedals for my birthday. INSTEAD, she got me a DOD Supra Distortion and the two-knob chorus (FX-60). That started me off on my love affair with the DOD FX line.
     
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    My best buddy in high school’s first pedal was a digitech rp6 or something and he played a Yamaha Pacifica through a frontman. Sounded like absolute trash. My diabetic cat peed all over it and it stopped working. I always maintained that the cat did him a favor.
     
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  9. rog951

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    Those Pearl pedals sounded great, but they always broke on me. I still have a flanger but the footswitch isn't reliable anymore. :(
     
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    If you decide to dig it out and feel like getting rid of it, let me know! :aok
     
  11. Meriphew

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    I bought my first pedals when I was a kid at an old (now gone) Tucson landmark called The Chicago Music Store. It was a huge store filled with loads of character, and loads of characters. They had tons of vintage gear everywhere (literally tons). They had a bunch of Boss pedals behind the counter, so I bought a HM-2 and whatever the Boss Flanger model was at that time. Usually it was Joe (who was awesome - RIP) who helped me. That place became like a 2nd home to me and my friends.
     
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  12. Dr.Twang!

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    There was a guy in my ceramics class in HS (admittedly, one of the more challenging academic pursuits in good old Lodi, CA ) that played in a local band, and had an original “vintage” Maestro FZ-1 he was looking to sell. (well, it wasn’t really vintage yet...) For the low, low, sum of $10 it came complete with a fresh battery and the amazing guarantee “It makes every NOTE sound like a CHORD!”
    Well, since I knew only 4 chords at the time-this sounded like a a great deal-and maybe just the trick to make my Japanese strat copy through Univox bass amp sound just like Ronnie Montrose.
    Falling short of that goal, I then purchased a new Univox Super Fuzz, also to no avail.
    Thus began the quest that continues to this day......
     
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  13. smellytele

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    Fun thread!! I have owned a lot of pedals over the many years that I've been playing, most I don't have anymore. But I still have my very first pedal that I bought in the summer of 1988. I cashed my pay check from McDonalds and immediately drove to my favorite music store and bought it. Can't remember why I so desperately wanted a wah. It still works (I just tried it to make sure), but I haven't used it in a decades. These types of threads remind me how old I am LOL!
     
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    At this point it’s part of the permanent collection. This thread has inspired me to dig it out and see if it works. I have a vague recollection that it wasn’t functioning properly last time I used it.
     
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    It was the late ’90s and I had been playing guitar for a few months. I was 12-13 years old. Some songs that I was learning had wah wah in them, and I really, really loved those guitar sounds and riffs I was learning, so I had to get one.

    I went to the local guitar store to check out the selection, and the Morley Power Wah was cheap and recommended by the store owner. Trouble was, I was so new to guitar that I didn’t really know how to play anything properly, so I needed him to demo the pedal for me. I remember him showing me some riffs and how to use the pedal. I went back home and begged my dad for the money for the pedal. I got it for some reason and went to buy the Morley Power Wah.

    I had it for the longest time, over 15 years. Funny thing is, I never really liked it! I always thought the Crybabies my friends had sounded MUCH better. But I held on to it, because all my friends said MY wah sounded great. I never understood why they always liked my wah sound. I always preferred theirs.

    It was actually my only pedal for about 6-7 years, I think, until a friend sold me his Ibanez DE7 delay pedal. I think it was pink! It was a piece of crap and I never really used it too much. Not a good pedal. I gave that to a friend a few years ago.

    Eventually I gave the wah wah to the same friend as a gift and finally bought a damn Crybaby. Now I play an RMC10.
     
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  16. Brad2

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    Yes they sounded very good, very warm and natural.
     
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    JHS (John Hornby Skewes, that is) Fuzz. Big old blue enclosure. Bought from a local Second Hand shop, for about £15, when I was 16. Total piece of crap in retrospect but at first I thought it was great. Was first class at cutting out in the middle of a gig and picking up taxi radios, though. I understand this thing has become a classic, vintage pedal and is highly sought after, which reinforces my opinion that some people have more money than sense and in the case of some of 'em, a pocket of loose change would still make them qualify.
     
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