First pedal, what should I know?

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  1. JonCanfield

    JonCanfield Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    I’m intrigued with the Electro Harmonix Canyon pedal. I’ve never owned or used a pedal before. For now it’s going into a Fender Mustang GT, but later probably something like a Champ.
    Anything I should be aware of, extra things to buy? General wisdom?

    Thanks!
     
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    scooter500 Senior Member

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    I want that pedal too, but what do you want to do that your current amp - guitar combo can't deliver enough of?
     
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    JonCanfield Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    If I go with the Champ, ther is nothing beyond volume. This looks to have good reverb and Trem along with looper. The shimmer looks pretty interesting as well. The Mustang isn’t a bad amp, but changing parameters is kind of a pain, and it just doesn’t have that the sound
     
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    freak Silver Supporter

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    distortion? Not sure what type of sound you are after?
     
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    Well I can't type worth a damn sometimes. That was supposed to say that tube sound
     
  6. Mike J.

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    The one thing you should know is:
    If you start buying pedals this one won’t be your last one ☝️
     
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    Well, you can't expect it to sit there all lonely now, can you. :rofl:
     
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    Just keep in mind that we are living in a time where there are sooo many of the "same" pedals using different marketing, packaging, paint and chassis themes, etc. Don't fall for all this because it will cost you dearly. :)
     
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    If you're using batteries for power, unplug your cables after each playing session, and keep a spare on hand. It's better to go with a wall-wart, though.
     
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    @OP

    The Canyon is a cool pedal. I was dead set on an analog delay, but the canyon looked too cool

    + For extras, i got the mxr tap tempo switch.

    - the delay should go in a loop or after the distortion depending where you get ur dirt from.
     
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    Sweet Baby by Joyo. Only a few smackers.

    Have you seen the shows? You might watch Andy from Reverb.com or That Pedal Show or Shane.
     
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    I was in your predicament a few years back except I didn't even know which peddle I wanted to get first. OR what effects I needed to achieve specific tones.

    I ended up getting a ZOOM G3 which has a plethora of effects. It allowed me to experiment with a ton of effects for cheap, and refine and define specifically what I'm looking for in a "boutique" or specialized, peddle. Not a second of regret.

    Today, for the price of the Crayon you are looking at, Line6 has a M5 multi effect unit that can cover many different effects. It's a cheap way to experiment with different effects and not break the bank.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks @Jymbopalyse
    I'm actually looking at the Canyon not the Crayon, but I'll take a look at this as well.
     
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    This! I had none for 37 years and was perfectly ok with that. Now pedals are becoming like potato chips around here and I had to buy a One Spot to run them all and am now building a pedal board.
     
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    Canyon is a great first pedal. Lots of very cool ambient-type sounds you couldn't possibly get from just a guitar and amp.

    I would just play around with it for a while first, and see not only how much you like it but how much you actually use it. Pedals are indeed a slippery slope; they're expensive, there are hundreds upon hundreds of different ones on the market, it's easy to get sucked in and starts GASsing for one and quite honestly, many of them are underwhelming and even disappointing once you finally get them.
     
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    I just read this and laughed out loud. I played for 50 years and never had one single pedal. In the last year, I bought 17, a DI/cab simulator and a power supply/tuner. My Digitech Trio is no longer lonely. I built an acrylic board, but it only holds ten pedals. Rather than built a behemoth board, I may build a box o' cubbies to store them. I ain't even gonna try to hook up 20 pedals :Ohno:
     
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    Lol! I got a Trio in January and then had to get a looper last month. Eek!
     
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