What pedal have you had the longest?

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by Johno » Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:39 am

I have an old DOD PDS 2000 delay sampler, bought off a mate in the 90's.... on my current board.

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by mgeek » Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:58 am

A friend gave me a Colorsound Power Boost maybe 20 years ago, that he'd won in a guitar magazine competition. For ages I didn't really get what it was for (a volume boost? huh, why?...) as I was mostly DI-ing, doing home recordings, but then I got in a band and plugged it into an amp... HOLY SHIT

The thing is absolutely savage. It'll tip any guitar, any amp, any mixing desk over into a glorious, always on the verge of feeding back racket, that I've not really heard others do when checking out Youtube demos etc. Properly sounds like things are breaking, in the best possible way.

It's got 'prototype' written inside the casing, so I do wonder if it's a variation that didn't go into production? It doesn't have the master volume on the side like most of the reissues I've seen.

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by fuzzjunkie » Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:50 am

mgeek wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:58 am
A friend gave me a Colorsound Power Boost maybe 20 years ago, that he'd won in a guitar magazine competition. For ages I didn't really get what it was for (a volume boost? huh, why?...) as I was mostly DI-ing, doing home recordings, but then I got in a band and plugged it into an amp... HOLY SHIT

The thing is absolutely savage. It'll tip any guitar, any amp, any mixing desk over into a glorious, always on the verge of feeding back racket, that I've not really heard others do when checking out Youtube demos etc. Properly sounds like things are breaking, in the best possible way.

It's got 'prototype' written inside the casing, so I do wonder if it's a variation that didn't go into production? It doesn't have the master volume on the side like most of the reissues I've seen.
Yeah, the master volume is almost necessary on those because it’s pure chaos otherwise. Which can be a good thing. The original circuit didn’t have that control, but it was a common mod.

It’s probably not a variation, just a direct replica of the original, and then later they decided they would sell more if they fixed the main complaint against them, which is “this pedal is an awesome monster, but it needs a master volume!”

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by mgeek » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:02 am

fuzzjunkie wrote:
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Yeah, the master volume is almost necessary on those because it’s pure chaos otherwise. Which can be a good thing. The original circuit didn’t have that control, but it was a common mod.

It’s probably not a variation, just a direct replica of the original, and then later they decided they would sell more if they fixed the main complaint against them, which is “this pedal is an awesome monster, but it needs a master volume!”
It's the entire point of the pedal for me! Completely demented. Never back mine off 'everything on full' ;D

I don't think it's a replica of the original pedal, didn't they run off 18v? Tried a clone of that circuit in a studio once and it wasn't as unhinged sounding as mine, fwiw

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by MechaBulletBill » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:12 am

according to kitrae, there were two versions, the earlier 18v power boost and the 9v overdriver

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by Yasawas » Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:21 am

Funnily enough I was thinking about this earlier then I saw this thread. GMail makes searching through email frighteningly easy:
On the 06-Jul-2008 you ordered the following products from Dolphin Music:

1 * Z-Vex Fuzz Factory - Union Jack Ltd Edition!!
I feel pathetically adamant to point out it is a green union jack which is funny to me and I would never otherwise have that fucking flag on anything.

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by dc » Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:38 am

somanytoys wrote:
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The Digitech RP200 pedal that I got a little bit later wasn’t much better. I gave that to a nephew to use for playing with headphones.
hadn't they gone to a cheap-ass plastic enclosure by then? that and the Zoom equivalent always looked pretty wan to me.

i had the Digitech RP-6 at one point around 1998, which had pretty good delays and reverbs at least and came at the end of that line with robust metal shells. i never could get the expression pedal to sync with the effects though, like they promised in the ads >:( :fp:
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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by rat n' fuzz factory » Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:44 am

Ive got a RAT II, I have had it since 1988, my main sound until about 9 years ago when I moved to a Turbo Rat and a You Dirty Rat. Still use it from time to time. It has been trough hell, I remember playing at a rainy festival and my Crybaby and Rat sank into the muddy floor, the Crybaby was never the same and needed a new pot the Rat was fine, dried it on the Ford Transit dashboard.

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Re: What pedal have you had the longest?

Post by somanytoys » Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:49 pm

dc wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:38 am
hadn't they gone to a cheap-ass plastic enclosure by then? that and the Zoom equivalent always looked pretty wan to me.

i had the Digitech RP-6 at one point around 1998, which had pretty good delays and reverbs at least and came at the end of that line with robust metal shells. i never could get the expression pedal to sync with the effects though, like they promised in the ads >:( :fp:
To some degree, yes. I think both of the ones I owned (zoom 505) had some metal and a decent amount of plastic, but were pretty durable.

I haven’t used it in years, but I would think that many of the Digitech’s effects besides dirt may have been okay. But it also seems like the units colored the overall sound a LOT, even on bypass.

The expression pedal on mine worked great, I think you could even calibrate it, but I could be thinking of something else.
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