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Old 05-18-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
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Sooo many pedals...

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For my birthday in Feb, I got a subscription for a German Guitar & Bass magazine. From all the ads and reviews, I noticed how many fx pedal manufacturers are out there today! Back in the day, it used to be all Boss, DOD, Ibanez and a few boutique pedals. Today I can't even count all the different brands with their crazy names and fancy logos!

Is the market really that big to justify that many different manufacturers? I mean, really, how many different overdrive pedals does the world need? When you buy a reverb, do try 50+ pedals to pick the best one? And how different can they all be from one another?
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:46 PM   #2
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It just the boutique market; no different from wines or craft brews.
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:57 PM   #3
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It just the boutique market; no different from wines or craft brews.
Good analogy, but at least craft brews have a sort of locality/regionality to them these days. I agree with Taustin that there's just too dang many
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I like to build some from kits. Add those in, too.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:13 PM   #5
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There have always been a lot of different pedal manufacturers...not nearly as many as now of course.

Lots of pedals are variations on older pedals that you can't find anymore or cost a stupid amount of money. Or they contain different or better and more reliable components. And believe it or not most do sound different from one another. It's what makes searching for the right one so much fun

If you really want to go down a rabbit hole start looking at Fuzz pedals. I'll spend days looking and listening to sound clips.
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I had a serious fuzz pedal addiction for a while there. I'm down to three now. A lot of those boutique guys offer stuff you just can't get off the shelf, whether it's a bass friendly Rat clone or a version of a long out of production maestro fuzz.
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This thing is crazy, I have a model of it on the Helix and it's fucking nuts.

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I had a serious fuzz pedal addiction for a while there. I'm down to three now. A lot of those boutique guys offer stuff you just can't get off the shelf, whether it's a bass friendly Rat clone or a version of a long out of production maestro fuzz.
The only two fuzz pedals that I want are the Creepy Fingers Fuzz Bud (colorsound clone) and the Creepy Fingers Harakiri (super fuzz)

The first guitar player for MD had both (along with like 50 other fuzzes) and they both sound killer on bass. I used his fuzzbud on parts of this song



I bought a vick audio one knob colorsound clone but it doesn't come close to the creepy fingers
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I'm happy with my Grey Stache, my Team Awesome Fuzz Machine, and my Assmaster.
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I'm happy with my Grey Stache, my Team Awesome Fuzz Machine, and my Assmaster.
I really wanted to like the Assmaster but I just couldn't get a sound out of it that I liked.

Which version do you own?
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I really wanted to like the Assmaster but I just couldn't get a sound out of it that I liked.

Which version do you own?
Germanium with the expression mod (which I've never used). It's a super particular pedal- absolutely hates my G&L's, loves my Ric and Jazz. I've got the Grey Stache on my board at the moment because it likes just about everything I throw at it, with the exception of the oscillator mod not working with active basses.
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Old 05-21-2017, 02:00 PM   #12
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I am just marveling that so many competitors can manage to stay in business at the same time. How many units can they all possibly sell?

Some brand names I stumbled over today, just browsing through a magazine:

Daredevil
Earthquaker
Carl Martin
Robert Keeley
Mooer
Something Gorilla
Big Joe
Diezel
Lovepedal
Red Panda
Radial Tonebone
Rockett
Xeotic
...

And these are just the few I remember. Can they all sell enough units to build a sustainable business?

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Old 05-21-2017, 02:06 PM   #13
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Any hack w a soldering iron n some decals is apparantly a pedal mogul.
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I am just marveling that so many competitors can manage to stay in business at the same time. How many units can they all possibly sell?

Some brand names I stumbled over today, just browsing through a magazine:

Daredevil
Earthquaker
Carl Martin
Robert Keeley
Mooer
Something Gorilla
Big Joe
Diezel
Lovepedal
Red Panda
Radial Tonebone
Rockett
Xeotic
...

And these are just the few I remember. Can they all sell enough units to build a sustainable business?
EQD is making a big name for themselves. Mooer makes 40 dollar chinese pedals so they sell gobs. Diezel makes really expensive amps so pedals are secondary. Radial makes world class DI's, reamp boxes and rack switchers, so pedals are really not a make or break. Rockett makes a really good small Klon clone that sells very regularly.

Is the market saturated? Absolutely. There's still room to grow though.
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Old 05-21-2017, 05:38 PM   #15
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All of those pedal companies have been around for awhile.
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