Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

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Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by JVG » Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:40 am

Hey all,

I feel we’ve been lacking fun little threads recently, so how about posting pics of the prettiest or ugliest pedals in your collection.

And yes, it’s all personal taste, so there is no right or wrong :)

The aesthetic could be influenced by colour, shape, design, state of decay, sentimentality, or anything else that makes it look good or ugly to you.

The sound of the pedal is not important.
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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by MattK » Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:47 am

Prettiest: Strymon Big Sky
Ugliest: EHX Hot Tubes (late 70s and scratched up to oblivion)

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by JVG » Mon Feb 12, 2024 12:50 am

My prettiest:
I love looking at the Boss Waza chorus. The colour is the main reason - that shade of blue just gets the happy chemicals going in my brain. I like the simplicity and symmetry of design, and the metallic Waza logo is pretty cool.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by BoringPostcards » Mon Feb 12, 2024 6:19 am

Prettiest pedal would be my MBM Salt Shaker Tremolo. It’s shoreline gold. I’ve kept it in good condition somehow.
My ugliest would be my Black Russian Big Muff. It’s totally beat to a snot, but functions just fine.
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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by fuzzjunkie » Mon Feb 12, 2024 10:04 am

This thread is worthless without pictures… I will have to post mine after I get home.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by marqueemoon » Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:14 am

For me the ugliest is also the prettiest.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by JVG » Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:10 pm

marqueemoon wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:14 am
For me the ugliest is also the prettiest.

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That’s some serious patina.

How does a pedal end up in such condition?

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by marqueemoon » Mon Feb 12, 2024 2:14 pm

JVG wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 1:10 pm
marqueemoon wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:14 am
For me the ugliest is also the prettiest.

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That’s some serious patina.

How does a pedal end up in such condition?
Honestly I’ve been pretty gentle with it, but it had a hard life early on. Steel enclosure + paint that doesn’t adhere well and some humid environments did the rest.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by fuzzjunkie » Mon Feb 12, 2024 3:36 pm

marqueemoon wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:14 am
For me the ugliest is also the prettiest.

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Damn. That’s uglier than Johnny’s. Uglier than mine too. I’ll have to choose a different ugly pedal now.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by ThePearDream » Mon Feb 12, 2024 8:16 pm

So, I have a self imposed rule for myself these days, that I only use pedals I've made myself. It works for me and I don't spend any time or money on new pedal releases.

Anyway, my prettiest is probably my Rat. I worked up the graphics and had it UV printed. The sweep knob is basically an variable Ruetz mod. It lives in Turbo mode, with the sweep at 9 o'clock and drive at noon

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My ugliest is an Acupulco Gold copy with a too big Cheeba Chews sticker with flappy edges, and a giant green LED. It was my first perf board build.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by fuzzjunkie » Mon Feb 12, 2024 9:07 pm

Tantalizing Turquoise or Pretty in Pink? These are the best looking ones I own. I’m partial to the Tonebender myself.

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For the ugly ones - An old Big Muff that has seen some things, and the Jekyll and Hyde is a weird wedge shape, the knobs look like 80s leftovers and the font is old German style, not Victorian England. As a design there’s just too much conflict.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by eilrahc » Wed Feb 14, 2024 12:34 pm

I am also a member of the Tonebender club, but mine is a big yellow hybrid, and I love that it's big and yellow and has the comic graphics on it. I'm also a huge fan of hand-painted Zvex, so my Fuzz Factory is definitely one of the coolest looking ones that I have.
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The ugliest ones I own are probably two Muffs. The black Russian is already pretty industrial looking but the paint is bubbling around the sides and in the corner, and you can't see it here but the battery box cover is missing and the hole is covered with cardboard and gaffer tape. The NYC one has seen a bit of action, I went to change the knobs a while back and then lost the originals somewhere, and I've managed to knock the LED into the enclosure and can't be bothered to take it apart and poke it back through.
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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by mr bungle » Sat Feb 17, 2024 12:26 pm

I agree, that Jekyll & Hyde is hideous.

I don’t have any ugly pedals, well I don’t think so. :D Even my 70s Ibanez’s look awesome to me.

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by JSett » Sun Feb 18, 2024 2:26 pm

fuzzjunkie wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 3:36 pm
marqueemoon wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2024 11:14 am
For me the ugliest is also the prettiest.

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Damn. That’s uglier than Johnny’s. Uglier than mine too. I’ll have to choose a different ugly pedal now.
Yeah mine is halfway to that state....

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Re: Your prettiest and ugliest pedals (for fun)

Post by fuzzjunkie » Sun Feb 18, 2024 6:55 pm

JSett wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2024 2:26 pm

Yeah mine is halfway to that state....

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