Pedal geeks i need u (help jjjusten make decisions about awesome pedals for his store)

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so I am about to add this dudes stuff to the mix, super reasonable and imo super fucking cool low rent handbuilt fuzz box/overdrive/feedback loop stuff. but i am audio fatigued/overwhelmed having listened to fuzz samples all day, so if i could enlist yer advice that would be cool.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:17 (eleven years ago) link

mod is dumb w/html

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:18 (eleven years ago) link

also on the futurity list hopefully

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:21 (eleven years ago) link

consider vfe pedals. great, extremely well priced

upset and upsetting (electricsound), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:21 (eleven years ago) link

this is high on the list of why subdecay is on the list btw

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:30 (eleven years ago) link

Vfe looks interesting for sure - what I really need is mod stuff more than distortion/od/fuzz at the moment, so idk if they would be down with me cherry picking all the mod stuff or not. I will contact them tho

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 01:56 (eleven years ago) link

Ok this dude is also going on the list - idiotbox effects.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:10 (eleven years ago) link

oh shit just ordered 11 noisemaker pedals.

back and forth emails/phone calls made me pretty sure this is the kind of dude i want to support - he's definitely in it for the love of making pedals, and pretty committed to the idea that his stuff shouldn't cost more than reasonable labor + parts. the pedal community could use more people like this, and i wish more independent stores could make the leap from understanding what it's like to do what we do to supporting the manufacturing equivalent of that.

order for the curious:
crush fuzz
donner party
noise invaders (this is so so awesome)
four horsemen
a-ok boost
infinity loop

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:50 (eleven years ago) link

really wished i could buy the "dead hipster" based on name and graphics alone, but i wasn't that crazy abt how it sounded

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:51 (eleven years ago) link

no dead hipsters?

lol xpost

upset and upsetting (electricsound), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:52 (eleven years ago) link

I heart these guys a lot:

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:52 (eleven years ago) link

also why the fuck aren't more pedal dudes dumping youtube and doing the soundcloud clip idea? makes so much sense, sounds better, and i need another clip of some dude visually rocking out in front of an amp like i need a hole in the head.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:54 (eleven years ago) link

i know this isnt a measure of pedal, and i hate the handpainted artisinal blah blah blah collectors market, but dammmmn those walrus pedals look good.

speaking of which, apparently the noisemaker dude does all his own graphics and according to one guy i know who did some snooping is all of 23 years old.

goddamn kids.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:57 (eleven years ago) link

fyi if peeps know local peeps that do good stuff and want to start spreading their wings, this is my goal for the next few years. well that and not starving. and finding a location that doesn't still have the patented mr. movies carpet that we inherited when we moved into the shithole where we currently reside (this is also in the works. i have said too much.)

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:01 (eleven years ago) link

Those Subdecay pedals are really wild. Thing about things like that they look really fun to mess with but trying to get them into tunes and use them live isn't quite as easy to do.

It's definitely not a total unknown company but the pedal I am currently all geeked on is a Keeley Nova Wah I got used a few months back off the Bay. You can make some cool nasty guitar tones with that box.

earlnash, Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:49 (eleven years ago) link

Really geeked out over this guy:

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:21 (eleven years ago) link

that skreddy dude is a really good upstanding guy too, he knows his stuff.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 21 September 2012 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

also i just ordered every pedal that earthquaker makes why because i am insane

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 21 September 2012 00:21 (eleven years ago) link

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 21 September 2012 00:22 (eleven years ago) link

Earthquaker! Local Akron boys make good. I have their Ghost Echo reverb. thumbsup.gif

hail dayton (brownie), Friday, 21 September 2012 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

Earthquaker Grand Orbiter will be my next purchase once paychecks start rolling in again

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 21 September 2012 16:14 (eleven years ago) link

I'd really like to get my mitts on an Organizer. That is a crazy goddamn pedal.

WHY THEY HIDE THEIR BOOBIES UNDER MY GARAGE? (how's life), Friday, 21 September 2012 16:49 (eleven years ago) link

Those Earthquaker pedals sound and look really cool.

I want the Hoof fuzz pedal and the Tone Job pedal looks like could be really handy. That guy gets a cool Tony Iommi tone with the two together in the one demo.

earlnash, Saturday, 22 September 2012 03:22 (eleven years ago) link


i guess i wont be getting much done this morning.

Therion - Beyond Santorum (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:14 (eleven years ago) link

guys, the organizer. holy shit.

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:49 (eleven years ago) link

I've been wanting an Organizer so bad. I'm going to probably have to sock away money every week to do it. What do you like best about it? What are your impressions?

how's life, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:51 (eleven years ago) link

that thing is crayzee

arby's, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:59 (eleven years ago) link

the lag control is kind of where the magic happens, seems to delay the effected signal while passing the direct signal through untouched. also, they managed to pull off the magic POG thing where chords roll through it with no glitching whatsoever, but its a very different beast than the micropog. one thing to note is that even with the choir control all the way down, there is still some swirliness to the up and down octaves.

i might take another go at the rainbow machine here in a bit, the first time i tried one i was more baffled than anything, and i like weird stuff!

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:06 (eleven years ago) link

ha was going to ask about that one. it's called rainbow machine!

i saw a vid of it one time and my first thought with it was what it could to do non-guitar stuff

arby's, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:11 (eleven years ago) link

i think i am a little closer to decoding it but man, that thing is crazy. non-guitar use might be kind of interesting actually, too bad i turn stupid the minute i touch anything w/o strings on it.

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 17:40 (eleven years ago) link

haha wow, a crate of new pedals pretty much = me not getting a damn thing done at work apparently. feel pretty solid abt all of these now that ive had some time with them. speaker cranker is one of the best dirt boost/od one knobs ive heard in a long long time.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:18 (eleven years ago) link

and in a few days, we get to do the whole thing over again with a box full of noisemaker pedals.

also protip for other manufacturers: if you include a pound of your brands locally roasted coffee blend with your orders, you can probably have all of my money forever.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:19 (eleven years ago) link

like seriously "earthquaker blend coffee" stamped right on the damn bag. someone up there was from ohio, its from a coffee shop named bent tree i guess?

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:21 (eleven years ago) link

the coffee roaster is in Kent, Ohio. Never had it! Let me know how it is.

ticks up my sleeve (brownie), Thursday, 4 October 2012 12:50 (eleven years ago) link


Elvis Telecom, Monday, 8 October 2012 05:46 (eleven years ago) link

earthquaker blend seemed like pretty decent coffee until my wife said "this is good but theres a weird taste of hot dogs to it" and now i cant untaste that idea.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 10 October 2012 18:55 (eleven years ago) link


another thursday down the drain

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:45 (eleven years ago) link

ok so right off the bat, the 3.14 is one of the best muff-style fuzzes i have ever heard, the noise invader is awesome, and the donner party is batshit fucking crazy.

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:08 (eleven years ago) link

ok arbiter is also killer

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:13 (eleven years ago) link

and...i apparently cant stop myself, so I am working up an idiotbox order over the next week.

want them all

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:03 (eleven years ago) link


The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:04 (eleven years ago) link

sold out of the rainbow machine and the disaster transport already, sold the chimera from noisemaker the day i got it in, perhaps i am not insane only time will tell

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:06 (eleven years ago) link

xpost is that cool person code i do not understand

costly pussy riot (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:07 (eleven years ago) link

um okay I want the Pac-Man one just because it has Pac-Man on it, I don't even know how to play well enough to even consider introducing pedals into my guitar universe

xp: it was a bad reddit joek

The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:08 (eleven years ago) link

see this is my level of ignorance wrt reddit! which i am happy about. and yeah the pacman graphic is awesome, also dig all the star wars references and the fact that the guy is not wandering down the old bullshit path of pedal buzzwords.

The -D4 is a straight-up distortion pedal. Muthafucka say wha? That ain’t cool and booteek! It should be a non-coloring transparent overdrive or some other bullshit internet forum descriptor. Well, this is exactly what it says.

my kind of guy

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:11 (eleven years ago) link

look I only learned about subreddit designations in the wake of the outing of the dude who was moderating the ones where ppl were posting pics of random teen girls for others to put in their wank bank, I'm not very deep into this particular rabbit hole

The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Wednesday, 17 October 2012 20:12 (eleven years ago) link

just bought one of everything from idiotbox effects.

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:27 (eleven years ago) link

i swear that after this i will be done

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:30 (eleven years ago) link

although these dudes:

I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:31 (eleven years ago) link


I'M THE ONLY ON (jjjusten), Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:31 (eleven years ago) link

i hit up f*lltone on ig several weeks back

they blocked me lol

i bought their supa trem jr last year before all the shit went down and i was always really happy with it. still have it and use it. feels kinda wrong, but i'm poor so it's all i've got and i use trem a lot. some dudes on reddit were just repainting their f*lltones or scraping off the logos. i'd love to repaint it a beautiful cerulean blue, but would not have the slightest clue on how to actually do that efficiently and correctly.

right at the beginning of quarantine times (like march-ish?) i traded a bunch of pedals for a fender acoustic guitar. didn't keep my mxr carbon copy and am now regretting it. i got the boss dd-8 when it was first released, which has the dm-2 mode in it, but it's just not the same. i also considered jumping on the rubberneck train when i saw they were being blown out, but again: am v poor, can't really justify it.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 17 August 2020 00:34 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Mrs. Telecom picked up a Dreadbox Komorebi flanger/chorus for her bass rig last week... great sound! I never really got into chorus at all, but this feels like something musical on it's own. Dreadbox comes out of the boutique eurorack market so they're coming from a unique direction on this.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 04:54 (three years ago) link

Austin, you are right to regret the loss of the Carbon Copy. I could not live without mine. And no, there is not a Boss delay that sounds as good. Trade back.

I don't have any F*lltone gear. But wouldn't a piece of duct tape be easier than repainting?

do as thou wilt, as long as thou dost punctuate it correctly (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:47 (three years ago) link

That Komorebi sounds pretty amazing. I wish I still played enough to justify buying pedals. I sold everything I had except for two fuzzes.

peace, man, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:34 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Anyone have an opinion on the Earthquaker Afterneath pedal? Seems dope.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 December 2020 01:25 (three years ago) link

i have the version 2 of it and it's an absolutely HUGE reverb. i love it, but i don't use it very often. for a reverb, it's pretty wild. i mean, it self-oscillates! perhaps not surprisingly, it's only really good for one thing and it doesn't stack well with other pedals (maybe a chorus or a drive). but still, if you need some hovering ambience, just do some swells into it and it's pretty magical.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 10 December 2020 16:37 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...
three weeks pass...

Oh boy!

DJI, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 21:05 (three years ago) link

lost me at "register for DLC!"

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 30 January 2021 01:42 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I'm ebay'ing my Pigtronix Infinity looper and remote here:

The truth is that I could never get my head around it. It's fantastically capable, but it constantly forced me to adapt to its UI and with everything else going on - like trying to play guitar - its too much. And too big. Help me fund the Ditto+ I just bought and good grief it's a great looper.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 07:45 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

I’ll probably watch this:

DJI, Monday, 3 May 2021 14:30 (three years ago) link

i tried...

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 May 2021 13:50 (three years ago) link

what was the holdup? another thing that probably should have been 15 minutes rather than an hour and 50 minutes?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 7 May 2021 14:25 (three years ago) link

2 hours and 20 minutes, way too much screentime for JHS, but ultimately it's just too broad and shallow. offers nothing to headz, but tmi for noobs (with no narrative thread to keep interest).

nice to see some friends onscreen but zzzz

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 May 2021 15:14 (three years ago) link

How did I not know Moog made a MF Tremolo? Fuck.... (goes off to sell more gear to get one)

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 05:43 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

can anyone ID the effect on this swervedriver tune for me please? its the sound right at the start of the song that sounds like some sort of chorusy glassy thing, almost like a weird mellotron flute sound. it does appear elsewhere in the song, most clearly from 3:38 through to the fade. is it even a pedal or is it someone playing behind the bridge or is it just open string harmonics in a weird tuning?

building a hole (NickB), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 22:05 (three years ago) link

Autofilter or something like a Mu-Tron Bi-phase maybe?

Joe Bombin (milo z), Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:38 (three years ago) link

thanks milo, never explored either of those before

building a hole (NickB), Thursday, 10 June 2021 13:01 (three years ago) link

I have a very basic pedal question: are OD pedals more impacted by the output of your guitar (i.e. your guitar volume and picking strength) than by the amp volume? I had always assumed that if an amp is closer to breakup to begin with, it should be easier for an OD pedal to push it "over the edge" so to speak, yet I've found it easier with my current OD pedal (Plumes) to set the amp at a lower volume and the guitar higher, which is the opposite of what I like doing for clean tone.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 11 June 2021 02:23 (three years ago) link

trying to get my head around this… what pushes the amp is the OD’s output level, so we’d need to know how you’re setting the Plumes. also what amp.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 11 June 2021 12:57 (three years ago) link

also what volume you’re playing at. stage vs bedroom makes a difference here too.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 11 June 2021 13:11 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

what's that youtube account that does pedal and synth demos with no narration and the visuals are all just stylized shots of the pedal and other objects - you never see the person doing the playing except maybe their hands? i used to watch them frequently but now i've forgotten what it's called

na (NA), Monday, 15 November 2021 21:27 (two years ago) link


o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 21:29 (two years ago) link

yes thank u

na (NA), Monday, 15 November 2021 21:30 (two years ago) link

no worries. i got a bit obsessed with watching pedal demos over lockdown (and yes, buying pedals), these are two of my favourite under-the-radar channels atm:

Megan L: - super-useful for seeing how each pedal works in yr chain, but also she has absolutely killer jangly shoegazery jams in all her videos with just the loveliest guitar tones imo

Andrew Brassell: - impeccably shot with also great vibey jams, i don't knopw whether i actually love this guy or am just incredibly jealous of him

anyone got any recommends?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 21:54 (two years ago) link

Can anyone recommend a good, basic reverb pedal? I'm looking for something for clean tone, tremolo style playing. Not trying to do any experimental stuff with it.

Heez, Monday, 15 November 2021 21:55 (two years ago) link

xp oh shit, those weren't supposed to be imbeds, just links to channels. let me find some samples.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 21:57 (two years ago) link

okay different links... (sorry i'm making a mess of this)

megan l:

andrew brassell:

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 22:24 (two years ago) link

Can anyone recommend a good, basic reverb pedal?

i've had ye olde tc hall of fame recently which i liked and kept, and ehx oceans 11 which i hated and sold (the spring setting was okay though)

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 22:26 (two years ago) link

also just got obne sunlight which is mega but probably not what youre after

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 22:28 (two years ago) link

I have one of those organizer pedals that I was hoping to trade for one. So should I be looking into the basic spring reverb pedals? Sorry don’t know shit about this other than that I’ve played with a few pricey ones that do way more than I need

Heez, Monday, 15 November 2021 22:43 (two years ago) link

what genres of music are you making?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 22:49 (two years ago) link

Trying to do something vaguely jazzy americana

Heez, Monday, 15 November 2021 23:24 (two years ago) link

you'll probably want something with spring, plate and hall reverbs then unless you want one particular sound. i do think the hall of fame 2 is good value. not tried any of the cheaper options though

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 15 November 2021 23:56 (two years ago) link

when i needed to get a reverb pedal i ended up picking the hall of fame 2, it's not "basic" but on the other hand i don't see myself ever needing to buy another reverb pedal.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 01:24 (two years ago) link

i also really like the good old standbys for reverb. i have an mxr reverb and a boss rv-6 and that's realistically more than anyone needs. hall of fame does pretty much all of the same stuff, but honestly nobody can really tell the difference and they all sound pretty good. go with the cost effective option.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 03:59 (two years ago) link

Thanks for the input. Realistically that’s how I should go but I just stumbled on something called the TRex roommate.

Heez, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 04:05 (two years ago) link

xp is the mxr or rv-6 cheaper than a hall of fame 2? especially a used one?

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 04:07 (two years ago) link

I have an MXR reverb + somewhere. Good verb but it didn't play well with the rest of my board and developed a high-pitched whine in some combinations.

Honestly my absolute favorite is the Marshall Reflector. I use it for everything, and it's always on. Every setting on it just... works.

Looks like used ones are widely available for less than one hundred American quatloos.

weregoats of boston (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 11:40 (two years ago) link

I really liked the reverb in Strymon's Flint and preferred the simplicity to something like a Blue Sky. Plus there's a tremolo!

I've had a Boss RV-3 for something like 15 years? Still on the board, still great.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 19 November 2021 00:34 (two years ago) link

I have a BigSky and it is too complicated.

DJI, Friday, 19 November 2021 00:37 (two years ago) link

Boss RV-3


things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Sunday, 21 November 2021 03:59 (two years ago) link

I used to have an alesis nanoverb, I loved that thing. Great hall sounds.

brimstead, Sunday, 21 November 2021 06:13 (two years ago) link

I don't know if they're still cheap but the Digitech Polara sounds good, lots of options without getting too deep into the weeds on them.

papal hotwife (milo z), Sunday, 21 November 2021 07:35 (two years ago) link

I don’t know why I used past tense up there. I still have the Flint - it’s an awesome pedal that just happens to be on the opposite coast right now

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 21 November 2021 08:26 (two years ago) link

oh milo, that's a really good suggestion! too bad that whole line of digitech stuff went out of production (though a quick search on reverb and it's not gotten outrageously expensive for second hand ones). the polara had some really strong conventional sounds (especially the spring — really good!), but then it also had some more weird modes like the halo setting. super unique and versatile.

i keep wanting to play a flint, but that strymon stuff is just too expensive to be going out on whims for.

i think i've finally gotten tired of delay. never thought it would happen, but i knew it was over when i looked at my trusty old bicycle delay and found myself asking, "do i really need this one? like REALLY need it?" seems like new delays coming out anymore are just focusing on presets and weird glitchy processed repeats. that stuff is fine, but meh i don't really have any interest in making those kinds of sounds. i bought a boss dd-200 last year and that has been pretty much my go-to ever since. i'm boring now i guess.

please don't refer to me as (Austin), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 16:06 (two years ago) link

Another Digitech reverb that gets a lot of praise is the Supernatural, especially for the spring reverb.

Source Audio is also really good.

peace, man, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 16:22 (two years ago) link

I have a Marshall Reflector too and like it. Have had it a long time and remember doing a lot of comparing with the EHX Holy Grail and maybe a Boss one when deciding what to buy. Clearly came out on top.

hamicle, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 19:30 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Maresn3st, Thursday, 9 December 2021 16:43 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

"Key Moments:
17:00 Kevin pleases himself.
19:20 J seems to nod approval.
23:32 J ‘Let me take over’.
26:23 Kevin imposes more knob twists."

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 9 September 2023 03:19 (nine months ago) link

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