August 14th, 2011, 06:56 PM
Just thinking about some pedals and started wondering what you guys thought were pedals that are a "must have" for just about any type of music? I play mostly jazz inspired pop, usually my Duo Jet or my SG through a Fender Blues Jr. and I have to admit that I have mostly been one of these guys that preferred to plug direct into my amp. I have recently been thinking about trying different sounds and different pedals. I have used a Boss RC-2 and a Boss CS-3 but haven't in awhile. I also have a vintage RAT distortion box, but again, not a lot of use lately.
What are some pedals that you guys recommend or feel that you could not live without and most importantly, what do they do?
August 14th, 2011, 07:50 PM
Not a pedal guy, but clearly the most useful pedal would be an EQ pedal. 90% of all pedals are kind of gimmicky, but the EQ pedal is really a tool to get your tone the way you want it.
If you are looking for a specific pedal for your Gretsch, I would suggest the Danelectro Reel Tape Echo. It really gives a good approximation of that old slapback, echoey classic Scotty Moore tone.
August 14th, 2011, 08:05 PM
I could not live without:
a delay pedal, an EQ pedal, and (most of the time) a compressor.
My amp has reverb, so I don't need a pedal for that.
Never found a distortion or overdrive pedal that I couldn't live without... still searching...
August 14th, 2011, 08:13 PM
BBE Sonic Stomp.
The only pedal that I consider essential.
August 14th, 2011, 09:16 PM
I second the preamp - it's a pedal that two years ago I'd never heard of and now I can't imagine doing without. I use the Dyno Brain, but other alternatives exist. I also like OD pedals. If you don't want much dirt, I'd also look at a clean OD like a Timmy.
As others have pointed out, an EQ pedal lets you shape your tone.
And for me, a delay is pretty critical, but depending upon your style, perhaps it's not a top priority for you.
August 14th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Timmy or Tim - or similar "transparent" gain pedal
Clean Boost for lead boosting (optional)
Reverb (since neither of my amps have it)