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Pedals: Discuss
Post by tekbow on Nov 24th, 2011, 09:02am

Ok so there's been lots of threads along the lines of "what;s a good/the best etc pedal for use with Soldano's", but it thought i might try to start something a little different. So have we thought about just what using pedals adds to or subtracts from an amp, any amp?

I'm a fan of pedals, specifically OD's, fuzzes and distortion. i have more than a few. The one thing i don't use them for is to try to "do better than" the soldano's own onboard OD. What i use them for is getting different types of OD, tone shaping etc etc. And i generally use them on my HR 50's clean/OD channel just at the point of breakup.

I think a lot of people don't know how to use OD's (am sure everyone on here does) but it seems like, most of the time, people are using them fullout to try and get as much get as much gain as poss for a heavy tone or to try and change the character of their amp in an extreme way. By people i mean the general casual guitar playing public.

I think the interaction of a pedal with an amp can yield great results as well as adding versatility. Soldano's are very versatile amps as it stands and even from 2 channels and a shared eq there are lots of options, but good pedals take that further. A soldano, for example, can't do fuzz. It's not designed to, am not sure any amps are, but the smokey blues character out of a good fuzzface or all out crunchy sawtoothed grate of a tonebender style fuzz are irreplicable with anything but a pedal based on those to my mind. It's all just levels of flavour.

Take a big muff. yes a soldano can do a liiquid singing sustain, and sound sweet, but combine a muff on the clean channel set just to breakup and you get something that neither a soldano, nor a muff on a completely clean channel can do by itself.

So what do you guys think? I know there's a lot of guys that say "we don't need pedals" and thats fine, great in fact, but from the point of view of colouring, flavours and versatility? No pedal on a clean channel with the pedal dimed is going to sound better than an amp being used how it should, but i personally don't think that's how pedals should be used.
Re: Pedals: Discuss
Post by JLB on Nov 24th, 2011, 10:30am

KLON Centaur overdrive for me with every amp, SLO included.

Modulation i.e., chorus, phaser, flanger, univibe, tremolo etc. when needed.

Re: Pedals: Discuss
Post by kaseri on Nov 24th, 2011, 12:03pm

Klon once in a while for me too but I mostly just use the volume control on the guitar for shades of gain and I also occasionally use a reverb or a slight delay. It really depends on how I'm feeling as to which I choose.
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Post by tekbow on Nov 24th, 2011, 1:13pm

These might explain what I'm trying to get at a little better i think.

especially the second video with the rat etc etc. It shows how you can get different "flavours" without losing the characteristics of the amp or guitar.

I have a few transparent overdrives (not the klon, refuse to pay $1000 for one on ebay, hope they start making them production again soon), KOT, tubedriver, keeley TS808, as well as a bunch of non transparent ones and i have to say that I've been having fun finding out how they can enrich, enhance, and generally create a different texture.

I guess I'm trying to get people to comment on what they actually do with a pedal, as opposed to telling us what they have, how they like to use them, how it interacts with amp, do they experiment with other pedals for different feels.
Re: Pedals: Discuss
Post by kaseri on Nov 26th, 2011, 06:26am

I'm running the Klon as a clean boost with VERY little additional gain. I mainly use it as a solo boost as well as a slight volume booster over loud drum parts. The delay/reverb is mainly used during softer more "airy" sounding parts to add a little something to the overall guitar tones.
Re: Pedals: Discuss
Post by tekbow on Nov 27th, 2011, 08:49am

Cool description, the klon is as stated a very transparent pedal so if you turned the gain up i guess you'd be getting "your amp but more"

Anyone have any news on the "klon 2"?
Re: Pedals: Discuss
Post by MrYou on Dec 18th, 2011, 8:02pm

I really liked the "fuzz" tone and feel/response of the Soldano Supercharger GTO into the Decatones Crunch channel.

Some day I may venture there again, but maybe with the SLO-100 Overdrive into the Decatone Crunch. Its not a priority right now but I agree there is some fun to be had when combining different Overdrive/Crunch tones.

I'll also add, that I'm not a big pedal junky, but I do like different tones, so when I eventually get an Axe FX II for effects I may see what it offers regarding pedal modeling.
Re: Pedals: Discuss
Post by Peter Parker on Jan 9th, 2012, 12:56am

No news on Klon 2 so far.Was looking for the same.
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Post by heritage80elite on Mar 14th, 2015, 10:14pm

Thought I'd revive an old thread and post a pic of the pedals I'm currently running in front of my SLO.

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