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charlie brown

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This may sound "odd," but after awhile, with ANY particular Stomp box,

(especially distortion, or "overdrive" pedals), I seem to become "deaf"

to their particular tone. That is, it starts sounding like every other

pedal I own. And, nothing like it did, when I first got it. This has

happened on less expensive models, and "boutique" models, as well.

Doesn't seem to matter. If I go back and forth, between them, then I

can tell the difference. But, if I use one for any length of time, it

really starts sounding like every other one. The other odd thing is,

that I sometimes find going back to my "old" pedal, sounds "better."

I'm not convinced, that's true...but, just "different" from what I'd

been using, for some time. If THAT makes any sense???! [blush]

 

I think this little "problem" (if you like) is one reason I've tried to

avoid them? It never seems to work, though...I'm always looking for

"the one!" But, with this "problem" "the one," may not exist?! [tongue][crying]

 

Anyone else have this (admittedly) odd "problem?" [unsure]

 

CB

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I know, huh? Sometimes my little Marshall (AVT-20) sounds Great, other times,

it seems overly "harsh!" Doesn't matter which guitar I'm using at the time,

either. Same with the Fenders, though they tend to sound less edgy, rather

than "Harsh," if anything. Weird! I don't know if it's "ear fatique," which

IS quite possible, or just "tone fatique," from listening to our amps, and

pedals, too much/too long??? :unsure: Maybe, BOTH?!

 

Those same pedals can drive me "crazy" (which is short trip, I admit [flapper][biggrin])

due to their completely different sounds, or "tones," depending on room

(or, outdoors), actual volume of the amp, etc.

 

CB

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This may sound "odd," but after awhile, with ANY particular Stomp box,

(especially distortion, or "overdrive" pedals), I seem to become "deaf"

to their particular tone. That is, it starts sounding like every other

pedal I own. And, nothing like it did, when I first got it. This has

happened on less expensive models, and "boutique" models, as well.

Doesn't seem to matter. If I go back and forth, between them, then I

can tell the difference. But, if I use one for any length of time, it

really starts sounding like every other one. The other odd thing is,

that I sometimes find going back to my "old" pedal, sounds "better."

I'm not convinced, that's true...but, just "different" from what I'd

been using, for some time. If THAT makes any sense???! [blush]

 

I think this little "problem" (if you like) is one reason I've tried to

avoid them? It never seems to work, though...I'm always looking for

"the one!" But, with this "problem" "the one," may not exist?! [tongue][crying]

 

Anyone else have this (admittedly) odd "problem?" [unsure]

 

CB

 

lol, absolutely. thats why i buy them, sell them, then wish i hadnt sold them, buy more, sell more... its a vicious cycle. i now only use a delay pedal, and a vibe pedal for Trower / Hendrix stuff. i am waiting on a Tech 21 XXL i won on Ebay. dist pedal I had 15 yrs ago, sold it 5 yrs ago and regretted it...

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Yep...probably why I've owned at least a dozen different distortion boxes of the past 50 years...starting with the Gibson Fz-1A so I could play "Satisfaction"...LOL Maybe I just set them up so they all sounded the same...LOL Remember the Mosrite "Fuzz-rite"?? or the MXR Distortion +?

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I had a Big Muff years ago. Never could get used to the tone. Now I just use the distortion from my amp. No distortion pedals, normally. I do have a Grunge Pedal that I use when I want a really high gain distortion, but that is rare.

 

You know, the best "tone" I've heard, recently, was a ES-335 and Twin Reverb combination!

Of course, the player KNEW what he was doing, which was a big part of it. But, it was just

SO SWEET, with that natural tube saturation/overdrive, that cleaned up nicely, with his

guitar volume changes. It reminded me, of what tones I used to get, and love, back in my

youth! So, I may TRY to go back, to just that...at least, for awhile? It's so sweet, and

pure sounding, it's hard to argue with/about. [thumbup]

 

 

CB

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You know, the best "tone" I've heard, recently, was a ES-335 and Twin Reverb combination!

 

Yeah, I bet that sounded sweet. [thumbup] As much as I love my pedals, I admit that I have been plugging straight into my old Deluxe Reverb a lot lately. Hard to beat that sound! I admit I do use an attenuator though so I can run it up to about 8 and still be in the same room with it! [scared]

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Yeah, I bet that sounded sweet. [thumbup] As much as I love my pedals, I admit that I have been plugging straight into my old Deluxe Reverb a lot lately. Hard to beat that sound! I admit I do use an attenuator though so I can run it up to about 8 and still be in the same room with it! [scared]

 

Deluxe Reverbs are awesome, as well! [thumbup] I think, that will be my next amp purchase. [biggrin]

 

 

CB

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Deluxe Reverbs are awesome, as well! [thumbup] I think, that will be my next amp purchase. [biggrin]

 

Prices are still pretty low - good time to pick one up. Lots of silver face ones for $800-$1000 if you look around. That's about what you'd pay for the DRRI (which doesn't sound as good). Or you can pay about $2500 for a nice blackface model. [biggrin]

 

On a related note, I was talking to a kid I know in a local band and he recently scored a "drip-rail" silver face twin reverb for $600! Great deal - and it sounds amazing too!

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