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tiller2
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Dec 9th, 2017 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm using more guitar pedals in my music, and my wife and I will be in London with her relatives for the holidays, where we will exchange gifts in a secret Santa arrangement.

So my question: What are some excellent UK-manufactured pedals (or their companies) that cost under $200 or so to put on an idea list for the exchange? Our hosts might enjoy giving a British boost to my musical activities.

Effects I "genuinely need": Tremolo, reverb, fuzz, echo

One can always use another: Overdrive, distortion, anything

As for companies, are Marshall pedals first-rate?

Thank you for your ideas!

(This message was last edited by tiller2 at 11:26 AM, Dec 9th, 2017)

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Dec 9th, 2017 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve had several Marshall pedals over the years. Yes, they are good. I don’t know if they’re UK made these days. They used to be.

tiller2
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Dec 9th, 2017 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, I see online there are some boutique pedal makers, such as Frederic Effects, in London itself. Might exceed the price limit, however!


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Dec 9th, 2017 11:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

An original Sola Sound (later ColorSound) Tone Bender fuzz tone pedal in the wooden enclosure, made for and sold by Macari's Music Exchange on Demark Street in London.

Find one of those--and you HAVE something :o)

tiller2
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Dec 9th, 2017 12:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds pricey. I'll have to check London's back alleys and trash bins for a discard :D

I have thought about going over to Denmark Street but it's quite a ways from Kensington, where we'll be... and I suppose my SO might not think that's the greatest idea ever.

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Dec 9th, 2017 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You only live once.

Commission Roger Mayer to make you something special.

You know you'll regret it if you don't act..

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Dec 10th, 2017 09:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Collins Echo unit is incredible. Perfect for nailing Hank Marvin's sound. Not cheap, but worth every penny!

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Dec 10th, 2017 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The original Dallas Rangemaster (treble booster) is another gem from the 60s/70s.

Players like Pete Townshend and Rory Gallagher made plenty of great, wonderful noise with this little beast in front of a Vox AC30. Eric Clapton and Richard Blackmore used it in front of their Marshalls. Keef Richards used it live and in the studio. Marc Bolan, Wishbone Ash and Brian May relied on it to kick their tone into the stratosphere when they needed to punch up a solo.

The odd thing about the Rangemaster is even though it's identified as a treble booster, the circuit does something different: it proportionally boosts the entire spectrum at the output, based on the level of treble at the input.

This means simply flipping your Strat from the neck pickup to the bridge pickup gets you a full boost somewhere in the 6dB range, which is pretty huge. With the boost on, the amount of grit could be controlled with the guitar's volume knob. Combine that control with a fine, responsive amp and you can achieve tonal nirvana.

Virtually all the players that used this pedal left it on all the time because it was completely controllable from the guitar. That--and the fact that there was no 'stomp' footswitch on the unit; it was a little slider switch that toggled the pedal on and off.

Find one of these in original condition and you have something!

tiller2
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Dec 10th, 2017 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for all the ideas, which are intoxicating, i.e. GAS inducing.

The Collins echo, Roger Mayer's sleek one-off pedals, and the Rangemaster surely cement Britain's eminence in pedal design....

Here's hoping that my improvement in guitar skills and wealth eventually will merit that kind of investment ;^)

(This message was last edited by tiller2 at 01:26 PM, Dec 10th, 2017)

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Dec 10th, 2017 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The amount of guitar skill a person has governs neither the quality, cost, or amount of gear they possess. I am the *premier* exponent of that school!

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Dec 11th, 2017 03:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hudson Electronics Broadcast?

Console derived Class A germanium pre-amp - Clean boost to fuzz.

Got a Guitarist magazine top rating and available from Regent Sounds of Denmark street at £155 approx.

Not your average mass produced box.

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Charente
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Dec 11th, 2017 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check 24mins into this :

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tiller2
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Dec 11th, 2017 07:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Broadcast sounds amazing, Charente.

May be a stretch cost-wise, and "germanium" doesn't fit the UK theme. Britainium? :D

Good to know about it. Cheers.

Charente
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Dec 12th, 2017 02:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Isn't the queen herself a little germanium?

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Dec 12th, 2017 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is an article of your thread question.

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Dec 12th, 2017 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great article GG.

I must admit I've never heard of any of those makers.

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Dec 23rd, 2017 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thorpy Effects are probably the best known British effects builder. Their overdrive pedals are absolutely superb. That Pedal Show did an episode on the Thorpy Gunshot if I remember correctly.

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Jan 1st, 2018 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I have thought about going over to Denmark Street but it's quite a ways from Kensington, where we'll be... and I suppose my SO might not think that's the greatest idea ever."

In London terms, Denmark Street is practically next door to Kensington. Just saying.

Any self respecting guitarist would be picking up some gear whilst over here, especially given the weak £!

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Jan 2nd, 2018 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"In London terms, Denmark Street is practically next door to Kensington. Just saying."

Google Maps shows 32 minutes by train with a 410 ft walk from the station to Denmark Street.

C'monnnn!!! Waddaya go to lose???


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Jan 2nd, 2018 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are numerous options from all parts of Kensington. We are talking central London here, it is hard to imagine being in town and not passing right by Denmark Street in the course of general mooching about.

If the OP has a very tight schedule, and limited options for travel, that is a different matter. Denmark Street is not what is used to be.

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