Jump to content

Am I thinking heresy here?


Diende McAuk

Recommended Posts

  • Members

Hanging out here can mess up a guy's mind and bring him to financial ruin. The constant cravings, the contradictions, the never-ending fits of GAS :mad:

 

Here's my current dilemma. I have a mental list of 3 pedals I'm about to pull the trigger on: Boss DD-20, Strobostomp and a Fender Blender. Total cost about $700.

 

Then I got to thinking. A PodXT will give me a tuner, loads of delay and more dirt than I could ever want for half that. Hmmmm... :idea:

 

I've only been playing a year and a half now, totally hooked. But by the time I become any good I'll be too f@ckin' old to stand on stage and play. :(

 

Am I thinking wrongly here? Will it pass? Should I remain a pedal guy and surrender to my GAS? I guess I don't have to send my daughters to university...

 

Seriously. PODxt good enough for me? Stick with quality pedals? Perspective invited. :cool:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

Originally posted by jcn37203

What on Earth posesses you to want a Strobostomp at this level in your playing?


I can see maybe a studio guy or someone like that wanting that kind of precision.


It's like buying an observatory to look at Mars.

 

 

Yes, but I think the strobostomp actually made me hear my guitar better.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

DD20, daddy-o, and a dimestore strobelight: total of $240.


actually, there is one problem with getting something like a POD if it's your 1st effect. you may very well end up playing everything with a heap of FX. it's sort of way too much at once so you play everything processed. just a warning.
i do think there are better units than the POD, though. everything on it sounds really synthetic to me. i'd go for a yamaha magicstomp, a boss me, or---hell, just get the dd-20!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members
Originally posted by Diende McAuk



See! Its this place! I lose perspective. GAS makes... mind.... go.......... soft............
:freak:



Well here's how to do the tempered tuning "trick" that Strobostomp owners flip over. You can just use a pitchfork if you want, but it does assume a well set-up guitar.

"I am going to offer an alternative method of tuning the guitar which results in a much more pleasing and balanced tuning and which moves the open string intervals closer to their natural acoustic relationships. This particular method was shown me by guitarist Howard Harrison. It does however, require the use of your ear.

First tune the bottom E. string to a tuning fork or tuning machine. Next, fret the E. string at the tenth fret. This will give you a D. Tune the D. string to this note by ear. Next, fret the D. string at the fifth fret. Tune the G. string to the D. string at the fifth fret. Now fret the G. string at the second fret. This gives you an A. Tune the A. string from this note. Now fret the A. string at the second fret. Tune the B. string from this note. It will be an octave up. Next, fret the D. string at the second fret. This gives you E. Tune your high E from this. Again this will be an octave.

Voila! Strum the guitar. It should sound considerably more pleasing. If you are playing an acoustic or electric guitar by yourself this should work delightfully. If you are playing with other instruments it can take some real effort to find a harmoniousness between all the separate instruments, but I think that if you try this approach you will begin to get a taste of the difference between tuning to a machine and tuning to natural acoustic principles.

But then, what if you are in a loud rock band or a large group where everybody uses the same tuning machine and everyone is in a hurry and no one has the time or inclination to listen to you rant about acoustic principles and esoteric philosophy? Then I will offer you this approach:

Tune the guitar as usual to the machine. Tune the G. string slightly flat by about 2 cents. Make sure that the B. string is not flat. The B. string can be raised ever so slightly. Perhaps one cent or even 1/2. Experiment with it. If you have been using the other approach to tuning you should start to develop an ear for yourself. In any case, this approach can help significantly. Neither method can recover the full acoustic balance because all the frets are placed according to equal temperament. As long as we insist on being able to play in every key at the same time we will suffer this tradeoff. Enjoy."

Source: http://www.richardlloyd.com/lessons/index.htm

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

I used a BigAssPeavey Classic (cheap loud amp), a cheap multi-reverb delay unit, and a cheap wah, for a really....really long time. I ended up focusing on playing and not twiddling. Now I screw around with pedals. I have to force myself to learn from videos and to sit down and right songs.

Beware...beware.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members
Originally posted by Diende McAuk

Hanging out here can mess up a guy's mind and bring him to financial ruin. The constant cravings, the contradictions, the never-ending fits of GAS
:mad:

Here's my current dilemma. I have a mental list of 3 pedals I'm about to pull the trigger on: Boss DD-20, Strobostomp and a Fender Blender. Total cost about $700.


Then I got to thinking. A PodXT will give me a tuner, loads of delay and more dirt than I could ever want for half that. Hmmmm...
:idea:

I've only been playing a year and a half now, totally hooked. But by the time I become any good I'll be too f@ckin' old to stand on stage and play.
:(

Am I thinking wrongly here? Will it pass? Should I remain a pedal guy and surrender to my GAS? I guess I don't
have
to send my daughters to university...


Seriously. PODxt good enough for me? Stick with quality pedals? Perspective invited.
:cool:



HA! I said that a podxt would be the end of it for me because it had everything I needed. Sure... couple pedals, a guitar and a new amp later....

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members

Originally posted by us2bslim

I used a BigAssPeavey Classic (cheap loud amp), a cheap multi-reverb delay unit, and a cheap wah, for a really....really long time. I ended up focusing on playing and not twiddling. Now I screw around with pedals. I have to force myself to learn from videos and to sit down and right songs.


Beware...beware.

 

 

 

Wise words - as much as enjoy pedals and kooky/spooky sounds, my playing has suffered massively in the time I've been heavily into effects and tweakage. My musicality is up - but chops and skill are DOWN DOWN DOWN.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Members
Originally posted by Diende McAuk



Aw c'mon man, I'm not even 40 yet!


But you make a good point. I'm buying the DD-20!
:D



not to mention that the DD20 has a tempo light that's synched to the delay time. turn off the delay and you gochyerself a strobe!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

×
×
  • Create New...