What total rubbish product have you bought??

Might be an education to list all the bad gear we have bought and are willing to own up to, OK i'll start off, i once bought 2 VOX distortion pedals from a guitar show, you know what its like you have £30 spare in your pocket and you see a bargain as you are walking out, i paid £30 for a VOX distortion booster and also a valve overdrive pedal, and it was the worst S&%T i have ever bought, i broke one up for its capacitors and stuck the other on ebay, it went for £55 and the guy loved it, but to me it was horrible and fizzy, Once bought an Epi casino which played quite nice til you tried to gig with it, it was like a howling wolf in the band. I also got some of those little Danelectro pedals, i bought 4 of them, a reverb, chorus, digital delay, and a tremelo, and they were very bad, they sucked the tone right out of the guitar, again i bought them without playing them on the spur of the moment, never again.

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Ibanthrasher wrote:
I own a Fender Squire Strat... need I say more??? Of course, it was an xmass preasant so the price wuz right :) :mrgreen:

Quite possibly the worst piece/s of equipment were A ROSS phaser (cut the signal in half then distorted it. Then there was the Coron DC8 Distortion III. (I've never heard of it either and had to look at said pedal for the make and model) This distortion unit sounded more like radio interference than a guitar FX pedal. Utter, utter bilge both of them. My ZENTA Telecaster was a dog. My Shaftesbury Barney Kessel was OK but the neck was very narrow with the strings too close together. But, as a leftie, the double cutaway worked a treat.

By the way, my Squier strat (silver series) is a bit of a nice guitar (for the price!)

p.s. anyone know any thing about the line6 Vari-Axe

Dave

A ROSS or a BOSS?? Ross make real cheap and nasty headphones, must be them, but i dont remember seeing any effects by them, Ive played a Variaxe, the first one, i think its the 500 series, and for the money they are very good, i would have like to hear them in a band mix at volume, cos as we know the tone completly changes under these conditions, but overall i thought it was a good soundy likey guitar, and would make a good recording guitar, not too hot on the shape though, i can never understand why they dont make the electronics in kit form, so you can have them fitted on a guitar of your own choice, 1Bassleft's newly aquired Sun Mustang would obviously benefit a great deal from a 2 hour session with the wood router!! :lol: might add a bit of character... buzzzzzzzz

I didn't get the Sunn Mustang. If you remember, I waited for some insight from the intelligentsia - and all I got was " :roll: " . TBH, I was thinking that even if the guitar stunk, there was a Dod pedal that might have some comedy shred to play around with on bass. £40 the lot, it was hardly going to kill me. Wait 'til you get a sprog saying "I'd like a violin." Bet you don't buy a Strad. Speaking of (Fender) Mustang, there is a nice nick Musicmaster going for £200. If I thought he'd make a go of it, I'd buy it.

Plenty of Ross product. Their practice combos circle eBay with £10 starting prices, like lost, unloved souls. Their pedals did have the benefit of being instantly biodegradable when stood on. I remember seeing them in the stores way back. Even then, they didn't conjure up the word "sturdy".

If useful, ops are coming in from "The Bottom Line" on the Variaxe Bass. It's blimmin' heavy - check the guitar because, presumably, the electrics are the source of the added weight. That's another worry I have about the "Transformer", BTW. Apart from weight, ops are very postitive. Some decent players have tried them out and, eg, one regular now uses it and switches from ABG to flatwound Jazz to vintage Jazz rather than lug three basses around. Apparently, the fretless sounds OK on single note but doesn't 'glide'. That's usually where the bass modellers fall down.

lee_UK wrote:
A ROSS or a BOSS?? Ross make real cheap and nasty headphones, must be them, but i dont remember seeing any effects by them, Ive played a Variaxe, the first one, i think its the 500 series, and for the money they are very good, i would have like to hear them in a band mix at volume, cos as we know the tone completly changes under these conditions, but overall i thought it was a good soundy likey guitar, and would make a good recording guitar, not too hot on the shape though, i can never understand why they dont make the electronics in kit form, so you can have them fitted on a guitar of your own choice, 1Bassleft's newly aquired Sun Mustang would obviously benefit a great deal from a 2 hour session with the wood router!! :lol: might add a bit of character... buzzzzzzzz

Yeah! it was a ROSS. An orange thing two with slightly sunken controls. It was about twice the width of a Boss pedal. It makes me shudder just to think about it.

Oooohoooohhhoo! (I just thought about it!)

it would be nice if we had a picture of the offending item, if we had a picture we could name and shame the great orange critter, i supose when you bought it you thought you'd been tango'd ? :lol:

Maybe not total rubbish.

I have a "Godwin Organ Guitar" it is beautifully constructed but overly complicated and so heavy you can not hold it for more that a few minutes at a time. It is a huge acoustic style guitar, the internal space of the body is completely filled with the electronics from an organ.

There are 13 knobs and 19 switches. Each fret is insulated into six sections across it's length so that the strings act as separate earth returns when they are pulled down. Each segment creates a different note from the organ component.

Every time you play a note you get both guitar and organ tunes! It also comes with a huge volume pedal. Apparently it requires 2 separate amps to work. No one has been able to play it successfully at this point.

Has anyone ever played one of these beasts? :?

Nope, but it sounds very similar to the Wilson/WEM Rapier with built-in organ thing. A total sales disaster - it can be seen on Reg Godwin's excellent WEM guitars site.

I made the mistake of trying to save like $5 by purchasing a DOD FX64 Ice Box Chorus Pedal instead of the BOSS equivalent. The depth and level have to be set on 10 to get ANY chorus at all - JUNK! What's worse is that before this unfortunate purchase, I talked to a guy from my hometown who worked for Digitech in the early 90's. He said that the general feeling on the assembly line was that they were producing a second rate product.

I also own a solid state Fender Deluxe 112 amp that has all the warmth of a frozen turd. Its only redeeming quality is that I accidentally backed into it with my truck and it still works. Cheap and Loud!

lee_UK wrote:
A ROSS or a BOSS?? Ross make real cheap and nasty headphones, must be them, but i dont remember seeing any effects by them, Ive played a Variaxe, the first one, i think its the 500 series, and for the money they are very good, i would have like to hear them in a band mix at volume, cos as we know the tone completly changes under these conditions, but overall i thought it was a good soundy likey guitar,...

Did a bit of research on the Variax guitars. They emailed me (within a couple of hours). The 300 has a fingerboard radius of 12 inches and the 500 and 700 are both 10 inches. the only leftie I've seen is the 500. They have a good forum on their site and it's been flaging up a lot of the regular problems with the electronics etc worth a look for the "shed some light on the Variax" dept.

http://line6.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum&f=18

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