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What is/was the cheap pedal that surprised you the most?

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  1. speyfly

    speyfly Well-Known Member

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    I had to do some diggin to find your post, NICE. I really love the sound of a Strat, owned 4 but I just can't play them cause of the floating bridge.

    Congrats!!!

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    Well worth the $28. Has both chips. TS808 and TS9
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    Ibanez TS7 (paid $30 new)
    Ibanez DE7 (paid $60 new)
    GFS Brownie Classic (paid $50)

    The TS7 has the original TS9 circuit with a high gain hot switch and JRC4558D. What's not to love, if you love the TS9 circuit that is. I'm also a big fan of the grey/titanium finish of the tone-lok series. Been a big fan of that look since my Timex Titanium watch I had in the 80's. :cool:

    The DE7 Delay/Echo replaced a broken Boss DD3 and IMHO it's a better sounding and more versatile pedal than the DD3. I can see why these have such a cult following.

    The Brownie Classic is a great WF Rat and Turbo Rat clone with a 3rd option that lifts the clipping diodes out of the circuit. Mine came with the LM308AN chip with a socket for simple chip swaps and all the caps are German wima's, if that matters to anyone. The only problem with the Brownie is they have one incorrect resistor 56k ohm instead of the proper 560 ohm. The fix is very simple and the pedal is very mod friendly and easy to work on. So if you can solder it's like a 5mn fix. Rat's are my favorite dirt pedal and I give this clone a big :yesway:
     
  5. Joao Marcelo

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    MXR Super Badass Distortion. I sold my Friedman BE OD after a comparative with it.
     
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    I like that the B Monkey has separate bass/treble tone controls. A lot of overdrives always sound treblier than the "before" signal, and a single tone control doesn't always fix that in a helpful way. Plus I got mine free in a raffle, and that price is hard to beat!
     
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    Same issue with the floating on AmPro II. Got my bridge tightened down. Now it is all good. Very nice guitar imho.
     
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    The penetrator treble booster from Mod kits. Easy build and great sound. Lots of pick chirp on the strings like an old Sabbath disk.
     
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    I would love to have a Hard-Tail Strat but they're expensive and won't get the play time like my Gibsons and they're hard to find pre-owned (again expensive when you do).

    Some day
     
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    I got my first DOD YJM308 for $40.00 off craigslist and used it with everything; 1976 Strat, Malmsteen Strat, Les Paul Standard, Les Paul Special, Brian May Special, even my Precision bass/Ampeg SVT. One odd thing I discovered - if I play my 1994 Les Paul Special (P-100's) on the neck pickup with a treble booster it totally sounds like Malmsteen, which kinda makes sense considering the pickups are stacked single coils and the DOD 250/YJM308 are similar to a treble boosters hard clipping circuit. I dropped that first YJM308 on the floor one day and broke the foot switch, and a second one cost me $100.00 used. Some day I'll repair that first one and have two.
     
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    The Ibanez Tone-Lok series is full of sleepers. I’ve always felt that the SM7 is one of the best high-gain pedals you can buy; it beats the pants off of a Metal Muff IMHO.
     
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    no videos guys?
     
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    Here's one I did for a Black Sabbath cover on a split 7" release with the Helicopters of Sweden... I'm using the LPB1 I mentioned earlier, between a 1961 Gibson ES-330 and a 1973 Marshall lead 50 on a 1960B 4X12 with greenbacks:

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    EHX LPB-1. Bought one for $30. Sold it for $30. Realized that even though I didn't use it much it was worth $30 to me to be able to use it. Bought another one for $30. :lol:
     
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    All these bands that we were playing with wanted their Marshalls to do what they were hearing from mine, and I would tell them it's not a mod and was easy. It got to a point where I was ordering them like mad off eBay for people (this was just before reissues). I like the MXR Microamp (which is the same type of device) equally or better.
     
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    i have one and paid $30 as well. lol dont remember why i got it.
    i think it was when i was tring to build a board the would house
    all my pedals at once but i didnt go through with it because it was a
    stupid idea after some thought. its setting aroud somewhere still in
    its box.
     
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  20. Matopotato

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    I mean the shop have a 1yr tweak&support included. So I said the floating bridge was too much floating for me, so they tightened it. It is not dead on, but close. So the bar is not very much use in the one direction. So no extra cost, and you might find how to do it yourself. Might need an extra spring though, but I am not sure.
     
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