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10 Most Valuable Effects Pedals

August 9, 2013

Sorry for the mixup.  View todays Article Here

 

by PGS Fitz

This week, we're looking at some vintage effects that are legends or modern classics, fetching top-dollar in the used market. As always, a giant disclaimer that this isn't a science-- vintage gear is only worth what someone will pay for it, right?! If anyone reading has tales to tell about acquiring any of these awesome pieces (or any of the other awesome vintage gear that we didn't get to here!)- as always, we'd love to hear about it in the comments! 

 

Binson Echorec

The Echorec has been experiencing resurgence lately, perhaps due to some well-made modern takes on this vintage spinning-drum based echo unit. The Binson Echorec is a key piece of early Pink Floyd and played a major part in the psychedelic rock movement. These are highly sought after: Echorecs are selling for between $1500 and $2500 these days. The one we have in the office here at Pro Guitar Shop is, sadly, NOT FOR SALE!

 

 

 

Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster

 This pedal comes up so infrequently that it’s hard to get a true gauge of how valuable it is, but within the last couple years has been known to fetch between $2000-2500 a pop… the Rangemaster with it’s simple but perfect circuitry was the pedal that several legendary players used to push their amps into sonic ecstasy—Clapton, Iommi, and May all come to mind. Though treble boosters lost their grip on the guitar world during the 80s in favor of straight-up overdrives, treble boosters are back on players’ radar and several companies are making this style pedal again… at a much more affordable price point than one of these hard-to-find originals.

 

 

 

Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face

The Fuzz Face is a legend for a reason. This extremely simple circuit with a pair of germanium transistors provided guitarists of the sixties all the hairy fuzz they could ask for. Jimi Hendrix added the Fuzz Face to his rig, and the rest is history. There have a been a million versions of the Fuzz Face, but original Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Faces from the sixties can still command between $700-1100.

 

 

 

 

Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive (Gold Case)

We all know it by its single syllable name:  KLON.  The legend. The mania. The backlash.

 

Everyone has an opinion about the Klon, but the fact remains that Centaurs are in high demand and still fetch huge sums on the used market, making it a modern classic. Less of an overdrive pedal and more of a tone booster, it is infamous for it’s epoxy covered circuitry designed to thwart any circuit-thieves. The Klon market is now saturated with clones (and literally, Klones) due to the scarcity of the original Klons. A gold case edition will set you back at least a grand and maybe as much as two grand. Magical, mythical tone don’t come cheap.

 

 

 

 

Maestro Echoplex EP-1 (60s)

 

In the 50s, Ray Butts built an amplifier, the EchoSonic, that had tape echo built into it.  These amps with built-in slap-back became staples of players like Scotty Moore and Carl Perkins and started an echo revolution… The Echoplex was designed not long after the EchoSonic and may or may not be based directly on the EchoSonic’s circuit (the history books can’t quite decide on this one!). The Echoplex thickened up the guitar signal, providing atmospheric echoes and slap-back as well as a noticeable boost. Original EP-1s are very hard to come by—we couldn’t even source any for this article. We clocked some EP-3s coming in right around $1000, with EP-4s coming in significantly lower in the $500-600 range

 

 

 

 

Mu-Tron Bi-Phase & Flanger

 

Mu-tron produced a number of still-sought-after pedals in the 70s, notably the Bi-Phase and their take on the Flanger. The Bi-Phase featured stereo phasing and the ability to control it with an optical expression pedal, making it a lush, spacey addition to the rock guitar rig. Their Flanger remains a classic thanks to it’s bucket brigade circuitry and built-in expression pedal. The Bi-Phase has been selling for $1000-1450; the Flanger is much more rare and has been selling for $1000-1250, with at least a couple recent sales fetching as high as $1800.

 

 

 

 

Roland Space Echo (70s)

 

Roland’s tabletop tape echo units offered a wonderfully atmospheric tape delay with multiple tape heads, variable motor speeds, and later reverb and that famous Roland Chorus… These units have always been in demand—though my personal belief is that Johnny Greenwood himself re-ignited desire for these units in the last decade or so!  Roland made several versions of the Space Echo, with the RE201, RE301, and even the RE501 all fetching around $1000 (give or take a couple hundred on either side).

 

 

 

 

 

Tycobrahe Octavia

 

Tycobrahe yanked the name “Octavia” right out from Roger Mayer, who never copyrighted the name and never released a production model (having simply built a few Octavia for several of the biggest guitarists of the day) and created a classic. The Tyco Octavia creates your classic octave fuzz tone that carried the music of the seventies… finding one of these in good condition will easily set you back four digits, with units typically selling for between $1000-1300.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Univox Uni-Vibe (60s/70s model)

 

We don’t even have to tell you what this is or why it’s so popular—but in case you need a hint, here’s one word: Hendrix. Though the Uni-Vibe was intended as a rotary speaker emulation for organ/keys—it made perfect sense in the signal chain of the rock guitarist of the sixties and seventies. We recommend listening to “Voodoo Chile” at maximum volume to get a feel for this awesome pedal. Today, vintage units can easily fetch over a grand, recently showing up in the $1200-1500 range, with some stellar, mint pieces fetching over $2000. 

 

 

 

 

 

Vox Clyde McCoy Wah Wah (’66-’67)

 

The original Clyde McCoy Wah was designed to emulate Clyde McCoy’s trumpet-muting and has been a Holy Grail of Wah-Wah pedals ever since it was first produced in the late sixties. Players yearn for the expressive, vocal tone of the Clyde—and the market shows that it’s holding strong. Original Clydes are fetching between $700-1100 on the used market.

 

Comments

  1. Effects Database says:

    These are all expensive, but it’s not really a top 10 :-)

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:39 am
  2. Jamtaks says:

    How about the Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MK II?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:44 am
  3. Tobias Edward Hawthorne says:

    What about an Akai Deep impact, they go for a tonne!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:46 am
  4. Guy says:

    I could kick myself. I had a Mutron Bi-Phase that I used through the mid-1980s and then traded in in 1990. Got peanuts for it. When I played my old recordings for my son who plays guitar in a band, he asked to try it (since I have so many of my old effects) and was disappointed that it was gone from my arsenal before he was born.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:46 am
  5. tavo says:

    thanks for making my RE301 space echo even more valuable on the market! :)
    -thenocturnebrain

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:46 am
  6. Jamtaks says:

    And the Lovetone Flange With No Name?!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:46 am
  7. Cave says:

    ^Agreed!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:46 am
  8. Dave Ambrose says:

    Arrrrg! At different times back in the 80’s/90’s I had an Echoplex and/or a Space Echo but I sold or traded them for newer/shinier toys. I’m totally kicking myself now - not b/c they are worth hundreds of dollars more than what I paid, but because nothing I’ve found since could do what either of them did so well. *sigh*

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:49 am
  9. Chuck says:

    All I have to say is: Harmonic Percolator

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:50 am
  10. Brian D'mage says:

    Show some love to the SIB echodrive!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:51 am
  11. aeromonte says:

    What about an original Ibanez TS-808 tube screamer?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:52 am
  12. Mod Orange says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP0wGGQRQAI

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:53 am
  13. Sci-Flyer says:

    what about the Electro-Harmonix 16 Second Delay?? In good working condition they sell for $1500-2000. My favorite all time digital delay hands down!!!

    Also, the FoxRox Paradox TZF flanger isn’t cheap either!!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:57 am
  14. Dano says:

    I think “most valuable” is used here in the Bill and Ted way, just meaning very, but not actually the most valuable of all.  Tone Bender MK1, 1.5 and 2 being notably absent.  ell, even some Big Muff cost more than Space Echoes these days.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:58 am
  15. Keith says:

    Pedals from Diceworks (Fuzz Epic, Muff Diver, Finale’, etc) were fetching $500 and more for a while but you rarely see them for sale much anymore.  The guy who made them (Erich Holden I think) kind of disappeared.  His meticulously crafted pedals are a joy to behold internally though.  No PCB’s, just point-to-point wiring with mind-blowing precision and efficiency.  Usually took 3-4 months at least to get a pedal from him once ordered but once you looked inside you could tell why they took so long to build.  To this day, I’ve never seen or heard a pedal as versatile and amazing as these. 

    Oh, and have to mention the Pink Flesh pedal from Skreddy, which I’ve seen going for almost $1000 back a few years ago.  I haven’t seen one on eBay for quite a while, so you know that the people who have them are holding on to them.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:01 am
  16. Jamtaks says:

    Let’s not forget the Pete Cornish Tape Echo Simulator…

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:05 am
  17. Mike Shepard says:

    uh…. Tube Screamer?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:06 am
  18. Keith says:

    Providence Delay 80 also comes to mind…$500+  Used very rare bucket brigade chips (old school method) so very few made.. I have one.  You plug in to one and HOURS will disappear before you know what happened, they are SO fun.  The hallmark of a great FX pedal, you start playing shit you never even thought of playing before!!  Highly recommended!!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:09 am
  19. Jare says:

    I would add the Meatball which is in my opinion much more popular than Mu-Tron line. Altough allegely lovetone was probably inspired (read based of) by Mu-tron.

    Also the original rangemaster was not a pedal as written above ” This pedal comes up so infrequently..” But defenitly owes to be on the list.

    cheers

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:21 am
  20. guitslinger says:

    I was lucky enough to pick up a used Vox non picture Clyde McCoy wah wah in 1969 and it was and still the one piece of gear that I’ll never get rid of.For years I kept taking apart the original pot and cleaning it when it became scratchy until it finally just fell apart.For years I tried to fing a replacement pot that gave me the same tone and performance as the original but never could find one until just before this past Christmas.My wife bought me a new Vox Handwired wah and the pot is identical to the original Clyde pot in every area of performance and sound.Now after all these years I can get the intro to “Voodoo Child (slight return)” to sound just like Jimi could.There was something unique about the tone of the non picture Clyde that made it stand head and shoulders above anything before it and since it went out of production.I can see why it was Jimi’s preferred wah wah because it just imparts a tonal footprint that no other wah can and it’s warbling nature when rocked fast can’t be duplicated by any wah pedal that I have ever tried-even the “picture” wah. I have been asked many times at gigs by other guitarists what kind of mods I have done to my wah wah pedal to get such a deadly tone,I simply turn it over and when they read the bottom plate,they know that I didn’t need any mods.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:31 am
  21. Mojave Johnson says:

    Hmmm…  In my years working in music stores (from which I’ve been away for a decade), I bought and sold a few of these for the stores I worked at.  The Dallas Rangemaster, Dalas-Arbiter Fuzz Face (yes, the original ones), Klon Centaur, Mu-Tron Bi-Phase, Roland RE-201, and the Clyde McCoy Wah all came through my stores, though none of them was commanding astronomical prices back then.  I especially liked the Fuzz Face and the Mu-Tron, but I didn’t have a use for either (and still don’t), so I didn’t buy them.  They did sound cool, though.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:35 am
  22. guitslinger says:

    I neglected to mention that I had my local music store order from Korg Canada the pot they use in the V-847-HW Handwired wah wah pedal and installed that in the old Clyde.In the meantime the V-847-HW is wah wah pedal that comes closest to the original Clyde McCoy-of course the RMC Picture Wah and the Fulltone Clyde come very close too but the Vox really has the edge.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:39 am
  23. Ray says:

    I would add the B.K. Butler Tube Driver overdrive.  A staple of the rigs of Gilmour, Gibbons, and others.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:41 am
  24. Silvio says:

    No Big Muff?!!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:59 am
  25. Joe says:

    Maybe not the most high-$$, but two Boss pedals come to mind: the SG-1 Slow Gear and VB-2 Vibrato. They are rare and go for upwards of $400…FOR A BOSS PEDAL. Pretty crazy what people will pay for sonic unobtainium.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 6:17 am
  26. telepath says:

    These examples are - in the main - more about collectors collecting now than for making music.

    Thats OK, just saying.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 6:59 am
  27. Tim says:

    You forgot my favorite effect…. the Ludwig Phase ][ protosynth.
    Super duper expensive.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 7:19 am
  28. Steve says:

    For those of you competent with a soldering iron you can build a DSP echo based on the Spin Semi SKRM FV-1 chip with superb emulations of Meazzi Echoes, Vox Long Tom, Roland and Abbey Road style Tremolo/Reverb for a very modest cost.
    Check out Piet Verbruggen’s blog at www.echotapper.nl for more information or check out Shadows Web Music Community forum or Shadows Talk forum.

    More than 200 have now been built following Piet’s 400+ hours “labour of love” design.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 7:24 am
  29. Mike says:

    Fender Reverb and the Boss DM-2 analog delay

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:16 am
  30. Spy says:

    Plenty of errors…
    1: Binson Echorecs (the first models) going for 1500 - 2000$? No, not really. if you meant euros, then yes, that’s closer to what’s currently going on.
    2: Klon Gold: “Magical, mythical tone don’t come cheap”... erm, yes, it definitely can. And it has nothing to do with $2000 collectibles. *facepalm*
    3: EP3s in good condition can definitely come cheaper than $1000 if you take your time to look, unless you are trying to bump up their prices, in which case you are probably succeeding.
    4: Same case with the RE301, but not as much.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:30 am
  31. Jim Moulton says:

    The Mutron 3 Envelope Filter, that Garcia used in the 70s.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:32 am
  32. Reuben says:

    I once scored an original vintage Flying Pan FP777 for $25 in a pawn shop. True story.

    What about the original Way Huge Camel Toe?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:33 am
  33. gjman65 says:

    Any list without the Ibanez Tube Screamer is incomplete.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:53 am
  34. Frederick says:

    2247 Ram’s Head Muffs aren’t cheap these days…

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:21 am
  35. Brent Roberts says:

    No Pete Cornish stuff on the list?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:31 am
  36. gillyzoom says:

    PGS Fitz yet another fail at hack guitar journalism mate stick to what ya know you “aussie drongo” yep that’s right playin’ guitar not writing reviews.The title should have read in my humble opinion ” 10 cult pedals”. To imply or make reference to value then the item has to be of some kind of value to the person that wants it thus making it valuable to that person.I myself am a huge fan of the Boss Slow Gear pedal which aren’t getting any cheaper.Most other players that I discuss this pedal with have no interest with the Slow Gear at all.Its the old one man’s trash is another mans treasure syndrome.All that articles like this do is create is even more hyperbole around these so called “rare and expensive birds” tone is way too subjective a topic to pigeonhole in a small article such as this.Maybe I am just getting too old and bored with all the rehashes in guitar journalism and should stop reading articles that just keep re-packaging the same tired old facts.Maybe in the future PGS can imply “noobs warnings” on their articles so that experienced players don’t waste their time reading the same article repackaged 10 different ways.Finally on a more personal level how the F-CK this “Fitz” character ever got the job when PGS held the competition to win a place as a reviewer / “hack Journalist” is beyond me.What no other entrants? As a fellow “aussie” he is an embarrassment also he looks like Scotty from the block a real “tradie “douche. I will finish buy saying that I have always held PGS video reviews in the highest regard for content and professionalism but lately since they have grown as an online presence they have started repeating themselves “ad nauseam”. Whilst I realize it’s about the bottom line and sales I hope Andy will one day you may wake up and smell the coffee and maybe start to be a bit more selective as to what makes it onto the corner/reviews in the future.I would be quite happy to give PGS 2000 - 3000 words in an article regarding the Boss Slow Gear pedal or any other rare bird of their choosing the balls in your court PGS I am willing to put my money where my mouth is how about you guys.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:50 am
  37. Abbacus says:

    So many really great pedals of yester-years! Fortunately for all of us, there are really good “clones” available today for just about everything, and even more better or improved versions of just about anything you could wish for. Truly, we are in the golden age of gear!  A real, mint-condition Binson Echorec would be fun to have though. Even with the temperamental, high-maintenance issues. Back in the early days of Pink Floyd, David Gilmore did seem to spend quite a bit of time sitting on the stage at sound checks messing with his but the results were hard to argue with.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:50 am
  38. Abbacus says:

    Wow! What’s with all the angry posters lately? Like the KGB coming to a birthday party. Reminds me of the “Blue Meanies” and the Angry “Glove” in The Beatles Film, Yellow Submarine. Anyway, I guess all we are saying is give gear a chance!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:57 am
  39. Michelle Rose says:

    Mourn with me: In 1976, I owned a blue Fuzz-Face, a Big Muff Pi, an admittedly beat-up Binson Echorec (the drum needed alignment or degaussing and had so much hiss, it was almost unusable) plus an EH PB-1 (the first of the true line boosters. It plugged straight into the amp and had a toggle switch), then later an MXR Distortion+. I traded the Fuzz-Face for a Cry-Baby which was in turn traded with a bunch of other goodies I could kick myself for trading.

    All was not lost: I still have the Dist+ and my godson has the Big Muff. The Binson was sold for $50 because I coveted a Roland Space Echo a friend owned and he wanted $200 for it. Bad tactical decision. The Roland turned out to be a bit of a lemon: the heads were super- worn and even changing tapes twice a night didn’t help. It was fun to mess with in the studio, though. Back in those days, we’d take a pre-EQ monitor line out of the mains, plug it into the Space Echo, crank the gain and run the output back into a different channel on the board so it could be EQ’d. (Much hiss on that dawg, too) I finally got rid of it because the heads deteriorated completely. Another bad tactical move: if I’d been a bit more handy with a soldering iron, I coulda/shoulda replaced them.

    (Sigh) But my biggest blunder will always be parting with a 1965 SG Special (tailpiece vibrato) with a custom paint job for a measly $500. Just shoot me now. With a really BIG gun.

    BTW, there IS a Binson for sale on E-Bay, listed at $1599. The next 6 listings below are Catlinbread Echorecs (with a free T-shirt!) for only $299. Guess which one I’d buy?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 11:41 am
  40. Rick Nicholson says:

    so what? There are many many current pedals exceed these pedals at far more sensible prices.
    If someone wants to shell out that kind of money for these, it’s their choice. I remain very unimpressed by this article.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 11:48 am
  41. retail nicholas says:

    fitz! c’mon, no companion psychedelic machine?!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 11:50 am
  42. dba says:

    What about the Univox Super-Fuzz - considered one of the best fuzz pedals ever.  I just sold one i purchased new in the mid 60s for a surprisngly high price. I had no idea it was so collectible - I almost thru it out a couple of years ago.  Plugged it in and it was still an amazing pedal - to get that original Sky Saxon and the Seeds sound.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm
  43. will says:

    Madbean has boards for all but the most complex of these pedals. I built a Meatball on one of their boards. Get over the hype. Hendrix had 11 Fuzz Faces behind stage, and drove Mayer mad testing each one before a show to check which of the tempremental beasts sounded good on that night. The sound is influenced by temperature, and the can not be powered by your power brick, because the are reverse polarity. It’s the angels sitting on the germanium that makes them so unique. Really. Listen hard, you can hear them whispering.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm
  44. Philip Schlosser says:

    I have to say as much as I like echo plex…the boomerang is far far better

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  45. Mark says:

    The orginal Digitech Whammy Pedal WH1 should be where? Number 11?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm
  46. A.J says:

    I own an original Univibe .... still works fine !!!!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  47. Ezio Pellegrini says:

    I really enjoyed the article.  I wish I could afford one of the original Clyde Wah Pedals.  I have the Vox V846Hand Wired Wah and I’m pleased to read that it’s tone is like the Clyde.  I also own the Budda Budwah (the new Peavy one) and it also has a very vocal wah tone.  As far as boosters go, I own the 65 Amps Colour Boost.  I guess that is the closest I’ll get to the Rangemaster.  Hopefully one day, some of the pedals of today will be the collectible pedals of the future.
    Thanks for the articles PGS.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm
  48. Tom McAbee says:

    Great article, even if we can’t agree on the top 10. The production dates for the pedals listed would have helped. In 1973 I was playing a Les Paul Deluxe (goldtop) through a Silvertone 1484 twin twelve with a blue Dallas-Arbiter Fuzz Face and a Thomas Organ Company Cry Baby. Traded the 1484 in an “upgrade” to a solid state amp, sold the Les Paul to buy my wife’s engagement ring, and threw the Fuzz in the trash (circa 2000) not thinking I could repair it. Still have the Wah and the wife. Ah, the foolishness of youth (and a little later for the Fuzz)!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  49. Fano Boss says:

    Baldwin BUZZAROUND ?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm
  50. Hanx says:

    Just because it’s expensive dosen’t mean it’s the the most valuable effect pedal…@Sci-Flyer

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm
  51. triad999 says:

    Boys, boys, boys ....(OK and girls, just to make sure I’m covered)

    Look if you have survived as a guitarist past your 21st birthday (not to mention well into my 50’s ..oops I mean your 50’s) and you didn’t have a dozen or so tails of equipment loved and lost then I would wonder what the hell you were doing for all those years, Lets face it, having owned amazing pieces of gear, great and small, is symptomatic of the disease we all succumb to when we give up our souls to the music. No doubt some of us look upon our current lot of gear and pine for some of the great ones that we let go, I have a ‘68 ES335 that I bought as a young player for $300, a ‘64 Deluxe Reverb, $200 and a ‘70 Deluxe Tele that top my long list that take turns giving me nightmares because I got rid of them to trade up for “cooler” gear. I can’t even remember the number of classic effects (at least half of that list) that were once mine in my 40+ years as G.A.S. sufferer.
    The best way to look at it is like a great love that didn’t work out. Only remember the good and don’t start second guessing what made you break up with her. Besides, all that buying and selling, horse trading and upgrading is what made you the guitarist you are today! I know guys that have all the stuff they ever bought traded for, or stole and its pretty cool to hang with them and take a trip down memory lane once in a while but at a certain point in all of our lives (at least in all the folks that are commiserating about gear gone) we decided between becoming a collector and being a player. At that moment the search for whatever perfect tone you hear in your head became more important than whatever the value of what you had was or could be.
    So I say; revel in their memory but rejoice in your individual hunt for originality!

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm
  52. Sheerheartattack says:

    What about the Guild Brian May (red one)  treble booster?

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm
  53. Thomas Arthur Nelson says:

    gillyzoom needs to put the bottle down and pick up a copy of Strunk and White (“The Elements of Style”).  Pretty clear this article is about monetary value, not tone values Still, how could the Lovetones Meatball not make it - it has all sorts of value in any category.

    posted on August 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm
  54. Keith says:

    @Thomas Arthur Nelson - Took the words out of my mouth.  Gilly’s wound too tight and the article was fine and spurred a TON of fascinating responses that has had me Googling images for pedals I’ve never heard of (even though I’ve been playing for 30+ years).  Not sure what his axe to grind with Fitz is, but lighten up, eh? 
      Anyway, hopefully most of us recognize that if rock legends of yesteryear had access to a modern pedal from Wampler, T-Rex, (fill in the blank)... they quite likely would have used them and then we’d be lusting after a different bit of gear.  Point being, we all know the magics in the fingers, not in the gear.  Give Jimi/Eric/EVH/Rev Willy the crappiest setup and you are still guaranteed to hear magic.  We all know that it’s the indian not the arrow.  That said, it’s just fun to fiddle with the stuff that wreaks of history, and with that, prices are bound to get whacky.  ;-)

    posted on August 10, 2013 at 12:20 am
  55. EBEEP says:

    Agreed Triad!  I was one of those folks on the mail order list during the original run of Centaurs.  It’s a fine pedal with the gain from 7-9 o’clock; then it just sounds like a distortion pedal, a decent one, but still a distortion pedal.  I preferred a TS-808, eventually sold the gold box on the eBay and never looked back.  Had a RE-201; great sounds but also a pretty big noise floor.  A 5-knob EH DMM later (wood box version) and the 201 went on to a good friend of mine.  What I’m getting at is that all this gear is good gear, but it’s not objectively superior to other items available in a variety of price ranges.  Also of note is the legendary mics, compressors, boards, and EQ’s used to record the idealized tones made by these devices in their prime; but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.  Listen with your eyes closed and be willing to try anything/any gear to find your tone.  I found mine in a Chinese Vox and a Mexican Tele; and not before owning/exhausting most vintage and boutique avenues.  My next amp in the hunt is a solid-state Carlsbro Stingray Professional; worth about $150 in the UK.  Best of luck to you all!

    posted on August 10, 2013 at 2:00 am
  56. franziskore says:

    Most of these in the Top are included in the first Line 6 modeler series, yellow-green-blue DistM4,DelayD4,ModuM4…now ultraafordable in second hand (or new). I wonder if having the price of the original pack around $7000 against $200 ( the 3 -around 45 original vintage pedals modeled- ) help you stop complaining saying that “the original are much better…” there was some comparative with the yellow distortion and the old on Ytb and, really, it’s not so big difference to me. Even The Edge was a huge fan of this yellow one.

    posted on August 10, 2013 at 5:38 am
  57. R Silletto says:

    After reading this I guess my pedalboard is pretty valuable. I use an original Klon I bought when they first came out and a Harmonic Percolator I bought in the ‘70’s from an add they put in the classifieds in Guitar Player….They both sound amazing.

    posted on August 10, 2013 at 8:59 am
  58. Steve says:

    Great ino on Wah’s guitslinger. I was thinking about an Area51 drop in kit for my standard 847, but the HW Vox might be the way to go if it sounds close to the Clyde! I think Jimi’s Wah tones were the best ever!

    posted on August 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  59. Alex says:

    All this gadgets where junk in the mid 80’s. I’m pretty sure most kids at that time convinced their parents to give away hundreds of this pedals for pennies, in trade for MIJ jacksons superstrats. Who needed a Ram’s Big Muff? What you needed was a Randall amp, and cool rig digital effects. Later in the early nineties, people got bored of the active-pickup-high-gain sound,  and started to look back at all this artifacts… And the prices started to raise…

    posted on August 11, 2013 at 10:58 am
  60. celticgods says:

    What?
    Nothing from Electro Harmonix? No Small Stone?

    posted on August 12, 2013 at 12:43 am
  61. fenderteles says:

    Have to say I find the whole thing ridiculous ... good guitar + good amp = great tone. I could put my ‘69 Tele with the PAF humbucker through just about any piece of crap amp and get a decent sound out of it. Don’t use any effects….

    posted on August 12, 2013 at 7:37 am
  62. Moo says:

    I have a Roland Space Echo R-201, nearly-perfect, sitting in my office waiting for the right buyer.
    @Fenderteles…  I agree good guitar+good (tube) amp (+good player) = good tone - but pedals have never been about “good tone”  for me.  They’ve been about signal processing and generating new and different sounds, actually taking the guitar out of the realm of “guitar tone”  I’ve played a ton of gigs armed with only a guitar/amp/cable… and a ton of gigs armed with everything but the kitchen sink, including MIDI synths and etc.  Both are perfectly valid approaches - it just depends what you’re up against and what the musical director or band leader etc. is looking for.  Personally I like both approaches - it’s a blast to just plug in and go.. but it’s also fun to layer new sounds together etc.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 3:20 am
  63. SlopeRocker says:

    The reality is most FuzzFaces from that era were total garbage. They had considerable trouble finding matched sets of components that worked well. I read where Hendrix used to try cartons of them before he’d find a couple that worked well. In sum they’re totally inconsistent unit-to-unit

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:15 am
  64. SeanG says:

    I agree with Mark. I sold my original Whammy in fairly beat condition 4 years ago for twice what I paid new. Maybe we should have a list of more modern effects that have become instant classics.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:25 am
  65. Abacuss says:

    What you all fail to realize is that this entire list was created so google search will take whomever that is researching those said pieces of gear, to Pro Guitar Shop.. .. its already doing its job. task accomplished :) :)

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:32 am
  66. The Lord of Eltingville says:

    I used to have a Roland Space Echo in the 80s.  That would easily make my list of top ten essential effects.  Like the list above, I have also a number of boutique pedals that are fun to play with, but nothing I’d consider terribly important.

    As with so many other things in the 80s, the Roland was sold for quick cash.  I still kick myself about that one…

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:35 am
  67. iain mclennon says:

    I’m with “Gillyzoom” - There is absolutely NO device that will make a better guitarist of anyone.  In fact, the best musicians are those able to do amazing things without the benefit of devices.  I will be hoping for a return to the quality articles to which I’ve grown accustomed from Pro.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 7:04 am
  68. Perry says:

    I’ve got an original Mutron III envelope follower in excellent condition. Anyone know what they’re going for now days? Probably from mid to late 1970’s.

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 9:35 am
  69. craigwonderfingers says:

    So many comments, so forgettable.  This list is a fine list.  Opinions
    are like every other part of your body—everyone has one.

    Glad to see that Klon made the cut—it is really the only pedal you
    need if you have any tone in your fingers at all.

    Cheers!!

    posted on August 13, 2013 at 9:43 am
  70. Jet says:

    There was no Univibe on Voodoo Chile…was there?

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 5:09 am
  71. Cenobyte says:

    Interesting list of rare, expensive, classic guitar gear… may have been a good idea to accompany each item with a modem equivalent pedal or unit (stuff you sell) which could get folks similar sounds, for people just getting into this stuff etc ... just a thought. ;)

    posted on August 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm
  72. Ezio Pellegrini says:

    Hello Jet.  As far as I know, Jimi used the Vox Wah (Script Wah - not the Clyde Picture Wah) on Voodoo Child (Slight Return).  This is found on Electric Ladyland.  Voodoo Chile is the epic slow blues masterpiece which is about 15 minutes of pure guitar excellence.  Hendrix did not use a Wah Pedal on Voodoo Chile.  The Univibe was not used on either of these versions.  He did use the Univibe extensively on Live At The Fillmore East.  This is an excellent double CD that Hendrix recorded with The Band of Gypsies (Billy Cox on Bass and Buddy Miles on Drums) - New Years Eve of 1969 to the early morning hours of 1970.  This CD contains some of Hendrix’s most powerful guitar work.  You can hear the Univibe on Machine Gun.  Jimi Hendrix was the master of the Wah Wah Pedal.  Let’s all keep his music alive and strong.  R.I.P. Jimi Hendrix.

    posted on August 15, 2013 at 11:23 am
  73. Joel Dark says:

    Regarding the Space Echo,anyone ever heard of Brian Setzer at that shop?The only,and I mean only,famous guitar player to use one exclusively for the last 25 years.This guy could use anything,and he sticks with that box.Wake up,people,and listen to someone who can actually PLAY,instead of making industrial noise that snobs call music.

    posted on August 18, 2013 at 3:55 am
  74. Steve says:

    Hi Joel. I have a Space Echo RE-201 that I use in the loop of my Jubilee that sounds fantastic and creates studio like delays!

    posted on August 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm
  75. Guitslinger says:

    I have to put in my 2 cents worth supporting the guys who would like to see Electro Harmonix pedals represented.Mike Matthews is an electronics wizard and has created some iconic pedals over the years and turned out high quality innovative products at extremely low prices,considering the quality and performance you got.Over the years I have bought several E H pedals and every one of them has lasted all these years with the oldest being a Red Rams Head Big Muff Pi and I have bought many fuzz/distortion pedals since but keep going back to the Muff-it’s perfect for doing Hendrix covers.

    I also have an original Electric Mistress,Bad Stone and Frequency Alalyzer but I traded one pedal and I have regretted it ever since,that was an original mid 70s Crying Tone wah wah pedal which is as far removed from the current one as you can get.It had 4 different wah wah settings,could also be used as a volume pedal and could also be set for a reverse wah.The pedal could create wah tones that were a lot like the original Italian made Jen Cry Baby and somewhat like the Clyde McCoy.Unfortunately I don’t have that pedal any more-I traded it and a set of guitar practice headphones for of all things a Vox Phantom XII.Even though I came out with the best side of a hugely lopsided deal,I really regret getting rid of it because it was an incredible pedal.A couple of years back I emailed E-H headquarters and suggest that if they rereleased the Crying Tone Pedal it would probably be a run away hit,sadly they introduced what they have on the market now.I reiterate what I previously said,that at least one Electro Harmonix pedal should have made it on the list.

    posted on August 25, 2013 at 12:14 am
  76. KMC MUSIK says:

    Thanks for using our photo without asking - the Octavia is still available here if you are interested - http://www.vintageandrare.com/product/Tycobrahe-Octavia-1975-15920

    I have seen you also use many other people’s photos without credit.  I think you;ll find this is a violation of copyright laws.

    posted on August 25, 2013 at 7:16 am
  77. craigwonderfingers says:

    Nope—ever heard of “fair use”?  Perfectly ok.

    posted on August 25, 2013 at 7:39 am
  78. Mr Judge says:

    @craigwonderfingers - Fair Use to promote a commercial venture?  You’re quite mistaken…  have a look and perhaps don;t be so quick to share your expert opinion - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_17_of_the_United_States_Code

    posted on August 25, 2013 at 8:39 am
  79. craigwonderfingers says:

    Harry & Susanne,

    You are assuming that the magazine did not first get permission to use the photos (other than maybe yours), or did not take these pictures themselves, in . So be it.  It is but an assumption.

    Thanks for sending the law—perhaps reading 17 USC 107 should enlighten you.  This article is simply a critique and review—and the use of your photo—which is the only copyrightable element at issue at all here—“for purposes of criticism, comment,...teaching,...scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.”  The four-factor test in the law provides even less support for this being interpreted as anything but fair use, since the purpose of this article was clearly educational, and the photos were included only let the user clearly identify the pedal being described.  The article itself is a purely educational critique.  Critiques such as this article are the classic use, in fact, of “fair use.” Put it differently—if your picture is so special, has anyone ever paid you a cent just for your picture alone?  If you have never sold a copy of your vaunted picture, by itself, then it has no commercial value and the magazine has not affected the value of your copyright, which was zero to begin with. 

    Put it differently, go try to find a contingency lawyer who will take your case.

    I would think there are better uses for your time—try selling pedals instead of threatening magazines that are trying to drum up interest in the pedals that you happen to sell.  You ought to thank them.

    posted on August 25, 2013 at 11:36 am
  80. Richard Silletto says:

    I’d be happy to provide a photo of my Klon and Harmonic Percolator on my pedalboard if you guys want to use it. I promise I won’t pimp you about copyrights…..

    posted on August 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

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