What was your first effect ?

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  1. Bluesyzep

    Bluesyzep Senior Member

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    MXR Distortion III.
     
  2. EvLectric

    EvLectric Senior Member

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    EH LPB-1 in77, I think.
     
  3. skat37

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    dod grunge pedal....I still have this thing and love it. cheap yet simple distortion when you need that extra umph
     
  4. Steve Mavronis

    Steve Mavronis Senior Member

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    My first stompbox was a tan Ross R50 Distortion in 1982 to use with my Hondo II Les Paul copy. I still have it and just repaired a broken DC jack so it works again! Here is a recent photo I took:

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  5. dcooper830

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    Wow! That's so cool! You even have the original box and everything. Nice!

    That model was the first distortion box i'd ever seen in real life back when I was first learning to play. I was in awe! (I was 13 years old).

    Out of nostalgia I bought one off Ebay a couple months ago. And it's a good sounding distortion! It needs a tone knob... but I just put an EQ pedal after it and I can get it to sound amazing.
     
  6. jmcdonaldva1

    jmcdonaldva1 Senior Member

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    My first was a Boss DS1 but I retired it for a Rockman Distortion Generator.
    I don't user either one anymore:)
     
  7. landonblevins1995

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    boss ds1, soon after a dunlop crybaby
     
  8. dylan.rocks.all.nite.long

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    I actually forgot about this until the thread got me thinking. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old (1977) I was into electronics and built a distortion pedal for a friend. I made it in a sweet tin using stripboard and components that my dad 'acquired' from his employer. I remember it didn't have an output socket but a short lead that went from the tin to the amp.

    I can remember it had a 741 op amp and I decided that I could soup up the gain, after all more gain is better isn't it :dude:
    My mate thought it sounded pretty cool, but looking back it was pure compressed fuzz with little in the way of dynamics. Sounded great through an AC30 at the time!

    The first effect I bought was a TS9 in 1982/83 which I still have. Back then there was nothing special about tube screamers, I bought it because it was cheap. My mate with more cash bought a Boss Heavy Metal pedal.
     
  10. Benjammin

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    it was a used Crybaby, with only 3 feet :laugh2:
     
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    Limited Edition (White) Dunlop Crybaby Wah that my dad bought me for my 16th B-Day.
     
  13. Spot

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    My first pedal was a homemade because I was poor and liked to tinker with electronics. I bought a metal box from Radio Shack, took the guts from a portable cassette player, soldered a ¼” jack onto the leads for the cassette player head and another ¼” jack to the speaker leads, put a push button switch in line with the battery, drilled a few holes in the box for the jacks and switch and called it a distortion pedal. It was so distorted it actually sounded great (aside from the squealing when you weren’t playing) This was back in the early 80’s so I think I had the world’s first Metal Pedal. I named it The Sh*tdrive and still have on display in my lab LOL. :dude:
     
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    Dunlop crybaby.
     
  15. gibsonguitar1988

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    BOSS DS-1 Distortion. I still have nightmares about that pedal! :laugh2:
     
  16. Marshall & Moonshine

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    Yeah, man!! So was mine!! I don't know what model it was. I bought it in the mid 90's. My parents' retarded beagle (redundant??) chewed the rubber off the knobs. I don't remember where it went.
     
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    MXR Distortion+ back in 1982. Still have it.
     
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    EH Little Big Muff I bought off a 9th-grade classmate for ten bucks. It worked about 70% of the time. I took to it with dad's soldering iron and then it worked about 30% of the time. I don't remember what happened to it.
     
  20. CannonsAhoy

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    My first pedals were a Vox wah and Digitech DigiDelay. I like them, although my amp doesn't seem to agree... :hmm: Gotta buy another cable to put them in effects loop, hope that helps...
     

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