The worst equipment?


mc9mm
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04/13/2002 1:24 am
Whats the worst equipment you have had (or played or whatever.)?
My choice is definetely the Zoom 707 Effect processor.
I was told it had some real cruel effects, and nice sound
and it was cheap and blabla.
Well it had effects, so far so good.
But all of the 100 or so effects sounds like
crap. The normal (clear, tone or whatever its called)sound
is the worst I've ever heard.
Its like playing a 500 year old rusty banjo while someone
is strangling a cat at the same time.
So 200$ for 100 effects that sounds terrible isnt good.
Its better to spend that on like 3 effects that sound good.
Now I havent tested that much fx-processors, but Im sure this is one of the worst.

DONT BUY!

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04/15/2002 3:23 am
Anything made by DOD.
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04/15/2002 5:54 am
Boss ME30 and their Metal Zone pedal. Awful, just awful sounding!
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04/15/2002 3:19 pm
I was on the verge of buying the zoom707, i have a marshall 100watt valvestate with DFX but wanted more variety in sound. i guess i'll give the zoom a miss. My pal has the zoom GFX4 i think its called, that was ok i thought.

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04/15/2002 3:38 pm
This is a good topic..

trend you said Metal Zones aren't any good- didn't Steve Vai and some other big names use Metal Zones? Not that I'm saying they're good on account of that, just wondering because I'm looking at buying a good distortion pedal and want a Steve Vai type tone.
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04/15/2002 4:29 pm

I have a Zoom 505 guitar, and even if it's not the best thing on earth, it's still good for jamming. Would not recommend for live shows.



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04/15/2002 5:00 pm
Originally posted by James
trend you said Metal Zones aren't any good- didn't Steve Vai and some other big names use Metal Zones?


Nope, Vai doesn't use the Metal Zone, I'm pretty sure. He does however use the DS-1 or something, the orange one. I'm not quite sure if the DS-1 is the exact model he uses, but http://www.vai.com could answer that question for you.

Now, for getting a Vai-like tone, this pedal wont do the trick I think. A lot of people use pedals like this just to overdrive the tubes in their amp just a bit more, and I'm sure Vai doesn't use it constantly.
So, the pedal is just a little part of a much bigger picture.
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04/15/2002 5:09 pm
Originally posted by Benoit

I have a Zoom 505 guitar, and even if it's not the best thing on earth, it's still good for jamming. Would not recommend for live shows.




me too - i feel about the same about it as well, though i am working on some patches and have managed to get a valveish,*hah*, overdriven sound and a "Strat-mulator" -strat emulator..not strat mutilator.

I'll post the darn things when i've got round to writing them down,if anyone wants.

Worst gear = Marlin "superstrat" [Floyd who?],Broadway electric guitar ,1 small amp from Tandy (Radio Shack) and 1 small amp from Maplins (like Radio shack).
Accuracy,you say? hmm interesting concept..
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04/15/2002 10:39 pm

I remember now my first amp :)

My brother had rigged up the external mic of an old turn table and hooked up a 1/8 plug to it. I used to jam on it, the sound was so bad (I`m laughing so hard right now, I think one of my lungs blew up)

Good memories

I had a cheap Sears guitar that had about 18 frets!!! So small, so crappy.

Man that was the first month I started playing, back in 1992. Seems like another life time.

Sorry for this but it's really cool for me to remember these things.
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04/16/2002 10:12 pm
Originally posted by James
didn't Steve Vai and some other big names use Metal Zones?


If I remember right, VAI and Satch use a DS1 made by Dod I think... And it's always funny when someone tries to sound like VAI, because that guy goes through a rack as large as a fridge, and full of gear that cost as much as a car... (The eventide H4000 for example, costss around 10000 bucks) Anyway, i guess that even if you played through his rack, you would sound like you...
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04/17/2002 1:01 am
Originally posted by lalimacefolle
[B...Anyway, i guess that even if you played through his rack, you would sound like you... [/B]
I recall telling someone on another post that when BB King played a Tele, he sounded like... BB King playing a Tele!
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04/22/2002 6:15 pm
Originally posted by Lordathestrings
Originally posted by lalimacefolle
[B...Anyway, i guess that even if you played through his rack, you would sound like you...
I recall telling someone on another post that when BB King played a Tele, he sounded like... BB King playing a Tele! [/B]


Eddie Van Halen was one of the first guys I recall who stressed this issue. In 1977 when Van Halen opened for Ted Nugent, Ted got to the Arena Early one day and decided to do his soundcheck using Eddie's gear, The famous "striped" strat and the variac-modified marshall, and Guess what, as Eddie put it , "It sounded like Ted".

In 1994, Steve Vai had a show in New Haven CT. but his equipment had not arrived from Europe yet, so he was forced to play through a Marshall Stack, Straight, with no rack gear whatsoever , and guess what. It sounded like Vai.

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04/25/2002 12:14 am
I remember hearing about Clapton playing through a super-crappy amp during a show because there was no other amp available and guess what???? He sounded like ERIC CLAPTON!

Just my 2cents ;-)
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04/25/2002 8:07 am
Talking of crap equipment, i managed to convince my pal SCOTT to bring his guitar and amp up to my house to play. He got a cheap guitar and amp package so i didnt expect to much in the quality. He plugged it and i played it, it sounded like the chingly noise you hear from head phones turned up, am like- am i really playing that? hee hee

later!
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04/28/2002 9:29 pm
my horrible squier amp. it was ten watts and came w/ my first guitar-the Squier Strat Pack. As soon as I turned it above 5, it would start to feedback so loud I couldn't hear any guiitar coming from it. I put it upto 7 once and blew it out. That was pretty cool.
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04/29/2002 9:48 pm
Zoom gear is innovative and inexpensive but IMO it sounds horrible! i know people who have had ART stuff and not one of them has had anything good to say about it.

I have a Zoom 505 that I can't pay someone to take. Great concept and the clean voices are 'ok' but that's all

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04/29/2002 11:48 pm
Bought one of these with the idea, lot of effects, a little cash. You get what you pay for. On the other hand after trying to program a clean and dirty patch I found I was going for the same sound I already get out of my Music Man R12x50. I was able to get a raucus wah sound out of it, kind of the Robin Trower sound but that's about it.
Grog go now! Make noise!
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04/30/2002 4:28 am
I used to have a Zoom 505 and it sounded pretty crappy. It was jack-of-all-trades and master of none. One day my 45+ lb amp fell on it and ended Mr. 505's days forever. Good riddance.
Just my 2cents ;-)
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