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    Default Your most “bipolar” pedal?

    Sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it, no matter where you set the controls there are some days you think “why did I buy this” other days you think “this rocks!”

    For me, it’s the Wampler Velvet Fuzz. So many days I’ve thought about selling/trading it. Then days like today it’s raw and singing, thick but cutting, perfect for Gilmour and Hendrix type fuzz tones.

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    I think that I'm lucky, I don't have any pedals like that.

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    I've got a germanium big muff like that. Some days the things is ridiculously awesome. Some days it's just a muddy mess.
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    I have an old HBE (HomeBrew Electronics) fuzz that sometimes sounds out of this world, then other times it sounds awful...

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    Is this just a fuzz thing? :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas Adams
    This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

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    MXR DynaComp. Hated it for everything except for Strats in the notch positions, totally sublime at that, and only at that.

    Mooer Ocean Machine. I don't own one bit recently tested one for half an hour and it has the most steep learning curve of any pedal I've ever tried. But holy crap does it sound awesome. It's an endless pedal. But it's really complex.
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    Default Re: Your most “bipolar” pedal?

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarStv View Post
    Is this just a fuzz thing? :P
    I think it kinda is. Fuzz is one of those things that I play with, then hate. Then after awhile, I miss it, and play with it some more. Probably unrelated, but fuzz always sounds better with beer.

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    Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi. Some days it’s everything I’ve ever hated about fuzz pedals. Other days, it’s every bit as cool as you’d think it would be.
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    Aren't germanium chips supposed to be more sensitive to environmental conditions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    Aren't germanium chips supposed to be more sensitive to environmental conditions?

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    That might explain some of it.

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    Give me a a good LED any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    That might explain some of it.

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    Huh. And I always figured on perceptual errors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
    Huh. And I always figured on perceptual errors.
    Temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, all can play a part, one way or another.

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    I believe that is why they started using silicon back in the day: consistent performance.
    A guy on another forum I lurk puts his ge fuzz face in the refrigerator all day before a gig! Swears it works.

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    For me, it’s the Wah Wah pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
    Huh. And I always figured on perceptual errors.
    Never discount perception. When recording stuff, after a couple hours I need to step away and come back the next day. The same total crap recording usually sounds amazing the next day with a fresh listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Douglas Adams
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    Default Re: Your most “bipolar” pedal?

    Monte Allums Boss SD-1 GT. Sometimes it's great, but recently, it's spent much more time off my board than on, especially since I built a Centaur Klone. Sometimes I love the huge crunch tones the SD-1 gives, but then other times, it sounds bright and thin.

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    Id say my Line 6 big Green Delay.

    Its soooooo much fun to make sounds with ...

    -but its also a bit of a tone suck if a really wet mix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Locher View Post
    I believe that is why they started using silicon back in the day: consistent performance.
    A guy on another forum I lurk puts his ge fuzz face in the refrigerator all day before a gig! Swears it works.
    Interesting, next time a germanium pedal finds it's way into my hands, I might have to borrow some of my church's recording equipment to a/b warm versus cold.
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