The Best vintage Guitar stomp boxes
Old 28th October 2005
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The Best vintage Guitar stomp boxes

I just bought my first vintage pedal. An old tube screamer. An old TS-808 tube screamer. Now I'm hooked. I want to put together a small but effect pedal board. What other classic stomp boxes are considered a must? Thanks for you suggestions in advance.
Old 28th October 2005
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An MXR "Phase 90" and an MXR "Distortion +"... or some might say an original 70's "Small Stone" phaser from Electro Harmnix and one of their "Big Muff ∏" boxes... there was another really cool company in the 70's call "Systech" that made a "drive" box that was pretty astounding... and some other people called "Sea Moon" that made one of the best 'envelop followers' I've ever experienced.

Have fun with the search...
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Dyna Comp
Ampeg Scrambler
Jordan Boss Tone
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Old 29th October 2005
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MXR Phasers
Old Vox wahs


Modern Classic:

Landgraph Overdive----- 808 times 10!!!
Old 29th October 2005
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zvex fuzz factory... coolest fuzz pedal ever. hands down. bar none. carved into a stone tablet and presented to God as the 11th Commandment.

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I have a full Rockman kit from my eighties days of touring, and I just noticed that they are very expensive on eBay. I have a Dimension C from Roland, but I mostly work on bying really good new stompboxes. Some of the boxes I have will become classics in the future. :-)
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Perhaps not quite vintage, but getting there -- Matchless HotBox. Great tube pre pedal box. Two channels with gain, bass and treble controls. Smooooth. They made others as well.
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ha.....no vintage here.....
tell you whatta you look for if you wanna get snotty about vintage....which is very fun....

you wanna original vox fasel wah...maybe thomas organ co? (you don't have to go wah wah crazy here....find a nice setting and stay on it for a while...)

you wanna Harmonic Percolator (crazy fuzz kinda?) Dig It

You wanna early boss Jet Phaser...crazy phaz0r fuzz

tooo many fuzzez!!
they make crazy old fuzzez....and the z.vex is bad ass....but vintage ones are really funny

the Fender Blender (Velvet UnderGround!!!) now reissued!!

Fookin' AMpeg Scrambler.... ReIssue? yep..

MXR noise gate/line driver....really healthy pedal to have....
shi+ any old MXR stuff will probably still work...they tough like a Brick...

Mu-Tron Bi-Phase!!

someone here said "It's a Great time to be a gearslut!"
word.....

go check out ToneFrenzy....
it's good for you...
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Boss VB-2 vibrato. Lovely, and getting rare I think. Anybody have one for sale ???
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Thanks, for your suggestions. I'm looking into a lot of these pedals now. Keep it a comin'
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I'm kinda partial to the newer stuff. But sometimes I get out the old triangle knob Big Muff from the 70s and unleash the beast. I'm also way into the old Digitech Whammy pedal, not the crappy reissue shit they crank out now. Someone gave me the DOD 440 Filter and I think its pretty cool, its no Lovetone Meatball but it has a decent sound.

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My faves are the Boss CE-1, the Ibanez AD-80 and the MU-TRON III.

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Old 30th October 2005
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zvex fuzz factory... coolest fuzz pedal ever. hands down. bar none. carved into a stone tablet and presented to God as the 11th Commandment.

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Old 30th October 2005
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I like most all of the old Electro Harmonix stuff...Black Finger (compressor) Memory Man (sounds very different from the new ones), Octave Multi-Plexer, Frequency Analyzer...they're all very good sounding and unique. The Low Frequency Compressor is the absolute coolest thing for bass. The downside is it's a pain to change the batteries and they don't have a true bypass. But there's ways around both of those problems.

Look at the Foxx Tone Machine...comes w/ fur!

Roland CE-1 (the big grey guy w/ two footswitches). Great chorus and pitch modulation.

Boss T-Wah. An older version of the Auto-Wah that has some awesome grime to it.

For the newer stuff, I scream with joy for all of the Z.Vex pedals.

And...it's not a pedal, per se, but a Maestro Echoplex never hurt anyone. Great for mixing, too.

Peace
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Look at the Foxx Tone Machine...comes w/ fur!
next on my list.. i've been wanting one for years.

also I'm looking around for a Univox Super Fuzz... the orange and blue monster.

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Boss T-Wah. An older version of the Auto-Wah that has some awesome grime to it.
I just discovered this one.. EXCELLENT filter pedal.. extremely expressive.. the combo of the Zvex FF and the T-wah give me my fave fuzz tones. I kept seeing it in Dean garcia's pile of pedals and now I know why... it's not really like a wah at all.. it can sound like a small stone for "paranoid android" like flutter.. or if you put it after a fuzz.. BLISS

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Quote:
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Mu-Tron Bi-Phase!!

Old 30th October 2005
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I'd probably suggest the EH Small Clone and the Boss DS-1 along with one of the Memory Man units.
Old 30th October 2005
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I use the Electro Harmonix or a Fuzz Face along with a MXR Phase 90. and an old Cry Baby. Still love the sound. None of the more modern devices have captured my interest.
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I still love my Boss CE-2 and DM-2
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I think the remakes of old pedals are a good option since they don't have problems an old beat up unit has and some things are improved in little ways. For instance, the fulltone fulldrive 2 I like better than the original. The fulltone tape echo is pretty awesome too. If youre a hendrix or trower fan, you owe it to yourself to check out prescription electronics vibe unit effect. That's my favorite pedal. I would totally dig finding a maestro phase shifter though, for that richard isley "who's that lady" sound.
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For phasing I love my old Schulte Compact Phasing 'A'.



I don't have and haven't made a pedal for it yet thou...

Mu-tron Bi-phase surely is a killer as well.
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Definitely get a vintage script logo MXR Phase 90. Has only one knob but every setting sounds good thumbsup
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i like my small stone and vox wah.
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oooooh....hell les...i forgot mode zero.....
pr0n!!
lube up those hands....
(gross)

just dig that ToneFrenzy has Samples Too!!!

i can't spray it enough...
Old 30th October 2005
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The problem with old boxes is endless hum, crackle and whatnot. The odds on finding one worth recording on are pretty low. Just my experience.

As far as vintage sounding equipment, a couple of weeks ago I ran across a fuzz box by Spooktone. Holy crap is it good. Total Davey Allen bad ass tone! I've recorded with it twice in two weeks.

Otherwise, I really love my Klon Centaur. They were made out of the East Coast about a decade ago, then the guy quit. I have gotten some of my best recorded sounds using this box.
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Have to respectfully Disagree with the above post.....
look if there's hum (loose wire/bad ground) crackle (same or bad caps) or what not the pedal could be sent to a tech just like any other vintage piece....
actually pedals are a great place to start learnin electronics...
very basic...and cheap....
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Have to respectfully Disagree with the above post.....
look if there's hum (loose wire/bad ground) crackle (same or bad caps) or what not the pedal could be sent to a tech just like any other vintage piece....
actually pedals are a great place to start learnin electronics...
very basic...and cheap....
True enough but I've got so little time to actually play and record music (and my eyes set on so much other pieces) I try not to get lost on the highways and byways of fixing equipment. If you've got the time, it's a great thing. And you're right, they are by and large simple little boxes that can teach a lot about electronics.

I merely suggest the above two because they are both "classic" to my ears and easily available in perfect condition.
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i think my favorite out there is the original Shin-ei univibe. absolutly none of the other univibes can compare. it's rediculous.

i also love the boss CE-1

and the mxr phase 90 (even the new ones are good)

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