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    It's good to be back! I haven't posted to this forum in a while, but I've been keeping up.

    I'm looking to buy a Chorus/Flanger pedal for a show my band (It's our first show, so I'm f***ing pumped!!) is playing on November 10th in Hoboken, NJ called the Quiet Woman. I've checked out a couple of pedals in the marketplace, most noticably the Ibanez Tone Lok CF-7 pedal. After trying it out, I was pretty disappointed with the pedal while playing with distortion.

    The quintessential tones I'm looking for would have to be Alex Lifeson or Andy Summers as far as chorus is concerned and EVH for the flange tones. A fellow guitarist suggested i check out both the
    Electro-Harmonix Polychorus Chorus/Flanger or a TC Electronic SCF. Does anybody here have any experience with either of these pedals, or could recommend a better combination pedal than the ones mentioned? I'm looking to spend no more than $175.

    Also, does anybody have a suggestion for our band name??? My buddies and I have been throwing around some pretty ridiculous ideas, but we haven't been able to agree on anything.

    If anyone is in the Northern NJ/New York City
    area and wants to check us out let me know. See below for our set list:

    Van Halen: Jump, Eruption/You Really Got Me
    U2: Where The Streets Have No Name, Bad
    Bon Jovi: Wanted Dead or Alive, Living on a Prayer
    Dave Matthews Band: Ants Marching, Say Goodbye, Best of What's Around, All Along The Watchtower
    Living Colour: Cult of Personality
    Huey Lewis & The News: Power of Love
    Santana: Oye Como Va
    Jeffery Gaines: In Your Eyes
    Bush: Machinehead
    Billy Joel: Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
    Bruce Springsteen: Thunderoad, Glory Days Tom Petty: Running Down a Dream
    Dire Straits: Walk of Life
    Pearl Jam: Black, Yellow Ledbetter, Porch
    Smashing Pumpkins: Cherub Rock, Today
    Coldplay: Yellow
    Cake: I Will Survive
    Led Zeppelin: D'Yer M'ker
    Dion: Runaround Sue
    Rush: Tom Sawyer
    1980's Band: Don't You Forget About Me
    Guns and Roses: Patience
    Poison: Every Rose Has Its Thorn
    Seal: Crazy
    The Animals: House of the Rising Sun
    The Who: The Kids are Alright
    Chris

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    Hey, I'm The One, good to see ya back.
    First show huh. Should be great. Sounds like your energy level is right up there.
    Your song set really covers all the bases.
    TC electronics makes some amazing effects, but it sounds like your not looking to spend that kind of money.
    You didn't mention what type of amp you're using, but the amount of gain it puts out will be a big factor in the sound of the effects you use.
    A great flange is the mxr flanger, and if your gain isn't too high, an excellent sounding chorus pedal is the old Boss CE-2 chorus. They're not expensive, and you can still find them around. IMO they're the best chorus I've ever heard in a pedal. The only problem is that if you're using a really high gain amp you might hear the light swish of the chorus, even when the chorus is turned off because the gain of the amp amplifies the analog chorus signal even when it's not on. You can get away from that if you put the chorus in the effects loop. A chorus pedal, like reverb and delay will tend to sound better and more controllable in the loop as a rule, but the CE-2 sounds great either way.
    There are also some very good, and inexpensive rackmount systems that can be used in the loop and controlled with a footswitch as well. I'd recomend a lexicon unit, because it's easy to dial in the wet/dry mix, they're footswitchable, you can control the in and output signal, and they sound good. You may have to experiment a bit, but when tuned in correctly, it's fairly transparent, and adds to your sound without affecting your tone.
    The lowest price processor they make at the moment is the mpx 100, and I've seen some used ones go for under what you mentioned. You can probably pick up a used lexicon footswitch for about 15 or 20.
    I still like the CE-2 and the mxr flanger combination the best, but you've got to think of your budget.
    There's a lot of pedal freaks on here, so I'm sure there are other opinions that will help you more than mine will, but those are my two cents. You've still got time to try a no. of pedals out before you decide.
    Good luck with the gig.

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    That Cake version of I Will Survive rules! I'd like to hear your version of that. You should play Nugget too [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by homeunit:
    [QB]get this http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...tem=1474351566

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    Another shameless plug. [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

    [ October 14, 2001 at 01:56 AM: Message edited by: Roshambo ]

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    Tribb-

    Thanks for the suggestions. I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amp with a 1x12 (I think it's a stock Fender speaker). Right now, I'm only using the clean channel because I'm not a big fan of the amp's distortion. I'm using a Boss Metal Zone MT-2 which is okay, but I prefer amp distortion versus any effects. The Metal Zone is okay -- a little muddy and thin if thats possible. I'd compare the sound to Ed's live tone when supporting VH3 -- not great.

    I really have no experience with rack mountable gear. So I'll look into the Boss and MXR pedals you mentioned.
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    Unchained Wolf-

    That song does kick ass! We've turned around the progression a little bit with some jazzier sounding chords, but my solo is "In the style of Ed"
    Chris

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    I'm the One, a metal zone pedal is really not a good choice for that amp. It's just as you described, thin and buzzy, and doesn't allow the amp's natural overdrive characteristics to show through. It also tends to color your sound in an annoying way, as I think you're discovering.
    You want a pedal that pushes your preamp into saturation without adding distortion, letting the amp's own distortion come through, and the metal zone is not what you want for that.
    Also, I believe the stock fender speaker with your amp is an eminence speaker, a good speaker for fender amps because of it's "round" tone. While delivering a nice "fendery" sound, they're a little too soft for a good aggresive punchy sound. Try a 12" celestion G12-70,75, or 85, and you'll hear quite a difference. You'll have a broader tonal range with more punch, and a tighter bottom end.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Roshambo:


    Another shameless plug. [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

    [ October 14, 2001 at 01:56 AM: Message edited by: Roshambo ]
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    Yup, you caught me!

    It's still a damned good pedal though! lol
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    I agree with everyone in saying that the MXR Flanger is a good choice. I got an original one myself and it's by far my favorite effect pedal. It also looks cool IMO.

    BTW, Homeunit I actually might bid on that chorus unit. Good business sense posting that link [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]

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    TRIBB-

    I just bought an old Boss CE-2 Chorus pedal per your EXCELLENT advice! I couldn't be more pleased with it. I can't stop playing the intro to Women In Love off of VH2. Thanks again!! Rock ON =VH=

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by I'm The One:
    TRIBB-

    I just bought an old Boss CE-2 Chorus pedal per your EXCELLENT advice! I couldn't be more pleased with it. I can't stop playing the intro to Women In Love off of VH2. Thanks again!! Rock ON =VH=

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    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    If you liked that, you should of bought the DC-3 [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
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    I'm the One, glad you found one.
    They're great pedals, good for anything from Van Halen to Stevie Ray, and everything in between. Hang onto it.

    HomeUnit, you are shameless..LOL [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

 

 

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