One Knob Wonders

drmilktruck

I Bleed Orange
May 17, 2009
18,905
Plymouth, MN
Fretboard Journal did a series of articles a few years ago on "One Knob Wonders." These are pedals in various categories that just had one knob for control.

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/hands-one-knob-wonders-dot-one/

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/hands-one-knob-wonders-part-two/

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/hands-one-knob-wonders-part-three-modulators/

I'm a simple guitar player, too many options confuse me. I like pedals that give you one knob.

What do you think? Is one enough? Favorite one knob wonders?
 

cowmoo

Country Gent
Aug 19, 2011
4,257
North Wales
Less is definately more but i do like the ability to control the wet/dry mix and other variables.
What i do not like are pedals with tone controls…. especially drive pedals
Just leave my already amp set treble n’ bass and give me the effect!!
 

Ricochet

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Nov 13, 2009
21,487
Monkey Island
All pedals, amps, and guitars should be one knob wonders!
I’m not much of a pedal user but I have a
MXR Micro amp, MXR CAE Boost, and ZVEX SHO clone. All worthwhile always on contenders for different reasons.
 

loudnlousy

Gretschified
Oct 18, 2015
12,182
Germany
I learned that- in my nerdy personal tone-world- too many knobs and options on a piece of musical gear will lead to endless hours of dialing them in correctly. It is really a no- fun- thing for someone like me.
I would call me a tone-autist who will twist pots for months (literally!) until everything will sound right. (And then I will usually stuck to it for a decade or so. Just to avoid going into the painful process again.)

Plug and play is what I like. (Remember those old Rockman-devices?)

That`s why I generally opt for single volume/single pickup guitars, no effects and a one-channel-amp that has only a tone-pot, pre, master and presence control. There are still enough options with the cables and speakerboxes in existence...

Back to the topic: I always liked the MXR Phase 90 for it`s simplicity and nice tone.
 
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hcsterg

Friend of Fred
Feb 13, 2012
6,472
France
My "One Knob" serie (DIY) o_O:D :

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OK :rolleyes: - returning to commercial products, I would name this one - the DOD version of the Phase45 MXR :

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A+!
 

Back in Black

Country Gent
Jun 22, 2020
1,301
Ontario Canada
Fretboard Journal did a series of articles a few years ago on "One Knob Wonders." These are pedals in various categories that just had one knob for control.

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/hands-one-knob-wonders-dot-one/

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/hands-one-knob-wonders-part-two/

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/columns/hands-one-knob-wonders-part-three-modulators/

I'm a simple guitar player, too many options confuse me. I like pedals that give you one knob.

What do you think? Is one enough? Favorite one knob wonders?

DMT,

Sorry for being critical...but one knob and one switch button is not one control...one knob, I'll grant you, but not one control.

BIB.
 


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