By the way what was the first effects pedal you bought

Discussion in 'The Buzz Box' started by gary mitchell, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. gary mitchell

    gary mitchell Squier-Nut

    Aug 23, 2019
    I had one like anything else just had to learn the pedal. I used on bass worked fine. I then used with something else on a trade and it went.
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  2. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

    Dec 14, 2009
    Ibanez MS-10 Metal Charger .. Still have it, still think it's a great pedal. (stock photo below)
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  3. otisblove

    otisblove Squier-Nut

    Aug 19, 2016
    My first was one of these bad boys in the early 90’s.


    Almost 30 years later I bought this...

  4. DrBeGood

    DrBeGood Squier-holic

    Dec 9, 2014
    Sutton QC, CANADA
    What a friend ...

    I think this was my first ever for guitar.

    Ibanez CF7 chorus.png

    I might have had some in the 70's when I played bass. I vaguely remember a distortion of some sort and a wha. I had an Echolette though if you can call that a pedal. Was great when we played One Of These Days from Pink Floyd.

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  5. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-holic

    May 9, 2019
    Calgary, Alberta
    I got a Zoom 505 for xmas 1999, I remember taking it to the Y2K New Years party, where I entertained people by playing riffs with various presets. Some of my earliest PC recordings were using the 505 input directly into the back of my computer, which I replaced with a GT-8 and now a GT-100. The Zoom didn't have a lot of customizability but it did warm me up to the idea of using a pedal as an interface and also to using multi-FX as part of my setup.
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  6. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic Silver Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2012
    Western Oregon
    Digitech Bass Synth Wah was my first pedal...then I lost it at my first gig :(
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  7. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Squier-Meister

    Apr 6, 2014
    Wokingham England
    Mine was going to be a Tube Screamer, but it was too expensive (about £22 IIRC :eek: back in the early 1980s). Instead I bought a 'Coron' Distortion pedal, which is a mustard coloured pedal, that I believe is meant to be a copy of an MXR Distortion pedal. I think I paid £10 for it. Still have it, but not used very often. :)
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  8. factory hack

    factory hack New Member

    Sep 14, 2020
    Dunlop Cry Baby Wah I bought back in 85 that I still have today.
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  9. VM51SQ

    VM51SQ Squier-Meister

    Apr 14, 2017
    I had their chorus. I can't remember anything about it though. Must not have been that great...
  10. Stu-Dio

    Stu-Dio Squier Talker

    Dec 7, 2019
    Kirkland Quebec
    Back in '66 I used a cheap reel to reel tape machine as a Fuzz. My first purchased "pedal" wasn't a pedal as it plugged into the guitar. It was a Boss tone fuzz. That was bought in '67. I still have my OD-1. I once modded it so that the LED stays on when activated. I think they were trying to save battery power but it was a stupid move not to keep the LED on.
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  11. kharrisma

    kharrisma Squier Talker

    May 2, 2020
    NH, USA
    Bought my first pedal during a period when I would roll a joint before I rolled out of bed, and the rest of the day would pretty much follow suit. Probably don't have to say that I don't remember much from that period in any detail. However, my first pedal was a Repeat Percussion (don't remember who made it... surprise, surprise!), a "stutter" kind of effect. I used it to play the bass solo piece in the middle of Pink Floyd's "One of These Days" (as mentioned by a previous poster)... and the funny part is that I don't even play bass. Just liked the way it sounded, and of course wanted to copy it. Used my Kimberly strat-clone to play it. Maybe '68, '69, '70 ish? I was 16 or 17... so much is a blur... Don't use pedals today, running a small Blackstar:ID Core 10 ten-watt amp with some built-in effects. I love the thing; mostly use headphones so as to not disturb the neighbors (takes very little to disturb them...)
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  12. One String Sam

    One String Sam Squier-Nut

    Jan 10, 2015
    The Moon
    A wedge shaped fuzz box, can't remember name. Bought it in 1983 and genuinely can't remember what happened to it. This was followed by a Colorsound Wah, a WEM Copicat and an Ibanez OD 850. I still have the wah and echo, the overdrive was stolen in the 80's, I always missed it despite owning a Boss OD 1 and Mega Distortion sourced an original OD 850 from Romania about five years ago.
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  13. TeleJason

    TeleJason Squier Talker Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2019
    Gosh, it's hard to remember but I'd have to say it was an EHX Soul Food in 2017.
    Yeah, I was strictly an acoustic player my first 35 years of guitar.
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  14. bolloxbollox

    bolloxbollox Squier Talker

    DOD FX-52 fuzz - still have it - used on Bass &/or Guitar for years
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  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-holic

    Dec 18, 2015
    I bought a floor tuner and this Boss Blues Driver at about the same time. The first pedals I ever owned, about twenty years ago. Still have both. I could've (and likely should've) stopped there, once I had my Vox wah, that is.

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  16. Jatmosphere

    Jatmosphere New Member

    Sep 14, 2020
    Western Mass
    My first was a MXR Phase 45 in ‘81. Great pedal. Wish I still had it.
  17. gcvsa

    gcvsa Squier Talker

    Mar 30, 2015
    My first pedal was a Boss RV-2 Digital Reverb, bought new at Sam Ash on 48th Street in Manhattan in about 1990 or 1991. I paid $69, because it was on clearance sale. The RV-2 was, if you can believe it, not very popular when it was first released, primarily because it was the first pedal Boss made that could not use a battery. It used so much power that Boss didn't even put battery leads in the case, but instead shipped it in a large box with a PSA-120 adapter (the one in this picture is incorrect, but this was the only pic I could find with the box).

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  18. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
    Bought this one but it put so much hum into the system. Got rid of it and never bought another one.. Screenshot_20200925-101117.png
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  19. VM51SQ

    VM51SQ Squier-Meister

    Apr 14, 2017
    download.jpeg DiMarzio very metal. My brother has it now. At the time I didn't know about the RAT, but I think it's in that style. I didn't care for the pedal too much to be honest.
  20. Fathand

    Fathand New Member

    Aug 27, 2020
    Used EHX Electric Mistress flanger & Boss stereo chorus, £40 the pair in early 80s. No idea what happened to 'em. Which is a shame.
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