Here is a simple and elegant little talk by Kennis Russell about why as musicians gear snobbery infects us and causes us to think that better gear means better musicians.
I've been going down this route for pedals a long time now, now I believe it for guitars as well. My Squier Telecaster is actually better than my American Deluxe that costs 10x as much, and it pains me to say this, because I wanted the American one to be so much better.
I'm going to order a $200 dollar guitar off Aliexpress now (really).
The elves are working overtime here at Cheaperpedals trying to deliver amazing pedals at a decent price. We ship everyday (except Sunday), with plenty of shipping options at checkout. We are US based, no BS, super fast turnaround times.
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The Mooer Mod Factory is a modulation swiss army knife at low low costs. GuitarNerds (great YouTube channel btw) made it a Top 5 pedal for beginners building a pedalboard!
Big fan of mini pedals here at CP. It's 2016 so pedals need to take up less space. While there is time for big pedals when there are a lot of knobs, a lot of pedals just have 3-4 knobs and can be squeezed now into a compact and lighter size. You can stick a pedalboard in your backpack now.
Here's an article by Total Guitar Magazine that lists 31 of the best Mini Pedals and surprise surprise roughly 1/2 of them are in carried by us!
This is a pedal insider rant. I can't tell you how many customers write saying their pedals are not working or acting weird. But it turns out that it's an issue with their 9V battery not working well with their pedal. I would say 50% of customer complaints are due to batteries!
Please for the love of God people. Let's stop using 9V batteries in pedals. Manufacturers stop making them an option, and customers stop using them.
9V Batteries Are Not Needed. It's 2016. Not 1916. There are a plethora of cheap reliable and better pedal power options. You have inexpensive wall adapter, isolated dedicated power, even portable rechargeable ones that can power your whole board remotely.
9V Batteries Are Unreliable and Dangerous. Ever leave a battery in some device for a few months then come back and voila the acid has leaked out and started to corrode possibly damaging your expensive gizmo?
Different Pedals Will Behave Differently With The Same Battery. Did you know different pedals behave differently with the same battery? Overdrive pedals generally are ok with voltage drops due to an older battery. But delays are not. Delays are very sensitive and huge power vampires that will start making ghastly noises or no noises at all if they are not getting enough juice.
Some Pedals Drain Power When Off. So don't be surprised if your "new" battery suddenly isn't new.
Rechargeable Batteries Lose Charge Over Time. Rechargebles become less and less reliable with age. Bad for musicians who need reliable power on stage.
9V Batteries Are Expensive. Does it make any sense to buy a $3-4 battery every few hours of playing? Save your money and time.
9V Batteries are Bad for the Environment: Batteries contain acid and heavy metals that go in landfills and into our water and soil. You owe it to the earth to stop using them.
NAMM 2016 was...loud. To those of you who haven't been, imagine a Guitar Center on Saturday at 4pm x 1 million.
Anyhow here's the CP report:
- Lots of the usual suspects. Guitar wankery galore, heavy metal burnouts and their busty girlfriends.
- Moog had the coolest booth where you could chill with cactus
- And of course a lot of companies were rehashing all sorts of pricey overdrives, boosts, and delays in mini form as is the rage now.
- But also there were a lot of weird handheld device integration with pedals, allowing you to tweak settings from your iPhone or what not. This seems weird and counter intuitive. I thought the whole point was simplicity with pedals? Anyhow the pedal business seems to be pulling in two directions: 1) toward the analog "vintage" stone ages or 2) interconnected device utopia. I'm not a fan of either.
- Met with the Electro Faustus guys. Super cool guys with a good work ethic and they're coming out with a really unique pedal called the Guitardammerung that's some sort of matching phase, distortion thing that sounded really different. Stay tuned for it!
- Met a young gentleman from New Zealand named Lee who's pedals were the sexiest things I've ever seen! They had knobs that glowed and changed colors and a slider instead of typical knobs. (Sorry for the bad photos) Not cheap, but sounded great, looked like sex, and Lee was working hard on his little business. Kudos!
And finally yes, we're going to start carrying Hotone pedals. A lot of customers have been asking about them and we checked them out and they seemed to be doing good stuff so we'll start carrying them. Going to be working on putting them up on the site. Their best selling pedal is a volume/wah pedal in one!
Amazing new pedal that we love called the Mooer Tender Octave that is a mini clone of the EHX Micro Pog. Truly polyphonic tone generator for + and - octave. EHX sells for $200+, and we're selling for $88. Can't tell the difference!
Sounds amazing with chords, like a baritone guitar, and can do Jack White type octave whammy sounds.
Cheaper is better.
Some people just can't be reasoned with...you know who they are.
Hitler can't quite match Stevie Ray Vaughan's tone... and he's not happy about it.
Posted by Styles Music on Sunday, August 23, 2015
Because we're in LA, we attended NAMM 2015 and it was crazy. Tons of new pedal companies and a lot of old rehashes of the same tired OD, Dist, Delay, Chorus lineup everyone seems to have. However we're excited to tell you guys we're going to start carrying Earthquaker Devices!
Yes, the best pedal company in the world in our opinion! Yes they're not cheaper price wise, BUT they are creating some of the most innovative awesome sounding pedals around. Not just the same tired old reissues, but really mindbending stuff that is hand made in the USA. We're always proud to work with companies that create value, whether it's a $35 pedal or a $150 one. Bang for the buck, and Earthquaker is shaking things up.
Bonus: We also discovered a new Chinese brand that knocked us out creating boutique stuff that sounds and looks amazing, with an amazing owner who loves tone above all else. Stay tuned!
Just in, the new Joyo Ironman series of mini pedals! Joyo is stepping up to the mini pedal trend by introducing an entire new series of pedals that covers new Amp ground and effects. Just some highlights are the smooth blues "Blue Rain" pedal and the Orange amp sim "Orange Juice." There are 16 new pedals in all, and more coming soon later in the year. Be the first to try what's getting rave reviews across the web.
See them here:
Joyo Ironman Pedals
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