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My first pedal was a Ross Compressor... I play bass so this was the obvious pick ! Still have it, still use it , and will never let it go ! ;)

 

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Crybaby bought at a store in Markham back in about 1973. Last seen in about 1998 when my mom was using it to hold the kitchen door open. Might still have it in a box somewhere; need to have a look some day.
 

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Mine was a Denzo Distortion which was DS1 Clone, I got it in '89. It's the 2nd pedal from the right in the front row. This pedalboard was also the first one I had which I used in the 90s and early 2000's.

 

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Mine was a Denzo Distortion which was DS1 Clone, I got it in '89. It's the 2nd pedal from the right in the front row. This pedalboard was also the first one I had which I used in the 90s and early 2000's.

Think I also had an OS-2, bought it at Kitt's Music in Ville St. Laurent (north end of Montreal) 20+ years ago. That was a cool little store, always enjoyed going in there.
 

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My first pedal was a Roland fuzz wah. Hey, two pedals for the price of one, how can you go wrong. But it wasn't very good at either. Traded somewhere along the way.

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The Double Beat is a terrific fuzz. I've built two clones of it. The stock has a 3-position switch that lets you filter the fuzz in three different ways (it does NOT produce the waveforms shown). I extended mine to include 3 additional distinct filters, since I had 3 positions left on the rotary switch.
 

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It was a crybaby i got for xmas in about '92 or '93
 

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Mine was an Ibanez Mostortion. The main reason I bought it was because one of the guitar magazines had a "You Can Win Steve Vai's Rig" contest and that was the pedal they were including. I was a huge fan of his at the time and the pedal was the only thing I could afford in the rig, so I bought that. I don't think I ever saw him using one though (LOL).

I was a really good sounding pedal but I ended up selling it when I started my 'everything must be true bypass' phase. In hindsight I should have just had it rehoused and had the switch changed out (I've seen a few that have had that mod, so it is possible). They're a bit of a hidden gem, and a few Nashville guitarists use and speak highly of them. I sold mine a couple of years ago for $100, but they go for over $300 now. Ooops...


 

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My first pedal was a Roland Bee Baa that I purchased in the summer of '76.

That was followed shortly thereafter by a phase shifter and a wah pedal. I don't recall the make of the phase shifter other than it was blue, the wah was likely a Dunlop. The phase shifter and wah were traded for something a year or so later.

The Bee Baa was not working and I had it in storage until a few years ago when it finally went to recycling ...:rolleyes:

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Mine was an Ibanez Mostortion. The main reason I bought it was because one of the guitar magazines had a "You Can Win Steve Vai's Rig" contest and that was the pedal they were including. I was a huge fan of his at the time and the pedal was the only thing I could afford in the rig, so I bought that. I don't think I ever saw him using one though (LOL).

I was a really good sounding pedal but I ended up selling it when I started my 'everything must be true bypass' phase. In hindsight I should have just had it rehoused and had the switch changed out (I've seen a few that have had that mod, so it is possible). They're a bit of a hidden gem, and a few Nashville guitarists use and speak highly of them. I sold mine a couple of years ago for $100, but they go for over $300 now. Ooops...


I recall Lee Roy Parnell spoke quite highly of it. I purchased materials to make myself a clone, but it fell to the bottom of the stack. Maybe I should move it up the stack a bit. Its main distinctive characteristic is use of an op-amp chip that few, if any, other overdrives use, a CA3260 dual op-amp. I've seen the single op-amp version (CA3140) used in some things, but never the 3260.
 

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My first pedal was a Roland Bee Baa that I purchased in the summer of '76.

That was followed shortly thereafter by a phase shifter and a wah pedal. I don't recall the make of the phase shifter other than it was blue, the wah was likely a Dunlop. The phase shifter and wah were traded for something a year or so later.

The Bee Baa was not working and I had it in storage until a few years ago when it finally went to recycling ...:rolleyes:

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Interesting, isn't it, just how many Roland/Boss pedals during the early/mid 70's had multiple stompswitches to select different performance features, decades before m multiple stomps started coming back on all those boutique pedals. It's like we wandered in the desert for 30 years, labouring under a single stompswitch, before someone thought "Well, it doesn't HAVE to be one switch, does it?".
 

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Interesting, isn't it, just how many Roland/Boss pedals during the early/mid 70's had multiple stompswitches to select different performance features, decades before m multiple stomps started coming back on all those boutique pedals. It's like we wandered in the desert for 30 years, labouring under a single stompswitch, before someone thought "Well, it doesn't HAVE to be one switch, does it?".
And that flexibility of this pedal was why I bought it. Two cool fuzz tones and a treble booster in one box!
I used it for 10 years before I was motivated to buy another distortion pedal
 

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We're talking about the dark ages of my life here so details will be sketchy at best.

My first pedal was a Bellone's passive volume, circa 1977. I played a lot of lap steel as well as regular electric guitar and the volume pedal was great for swells as well as a general kill when I switched to something else. John Bellone Music is a shop in London Ontario that marketed a few products under its own name. I still use a passive volume pedal, though it's an Ernie Ball nowadays. My first experience of volume pedals came with messing around with church organs.

After that I don't remember the sequence of purchases but early on I had an A/B box, phaser, and a malfunctioning distortion. EQ figured into my tone but I can't remember my first EQ pedal. My bandmates and jammates passed around pedals a lot when I was young, so I'm not entirely clear on what all I actually owned and what was borrowed,
 

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The Double Beat is a terrific fuzz. I've built two clones of it. The stock has a 3-position switch that lets you filter the fuzz in three different ways (it does NOT produce the waveforms shown). I extended mine to include 3 additional distinct filters, since I had 3 positions left on the rotary switch.
Now you tell me! LOL

It was traded or lost so long ago, I can't recall. I didn't really use it as a fuzz, more as a distortion pedal, which it seemed to be OK at. But I've never seen any love for one, like I do for a few other famous fuzzes, so I just assumed it was a member of that big 'fx failed to reach iconic status' club. I recall the wah never did it for me, though. To this day, I'm still not much of a wah-guy. Perhaps if I started with a Vox ..............
 
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