#1
I want a Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Metallica sound. What I was wondering is, would a pedal such as the MXR dis. + pedal Randy used, does that pedal from today have the same tone as the 80s model? Do pedals change their sounds over the decades?
#3
Quote by forsaknazrael
Yes, the circuits often change. Also, the kind of components readily available change. Thus, the tone changes.

For example, Dunlop's Fuzz Faces, though aesthetically like Jimi Hendrix's, are not the same, circuit-wise.


Or companies buy out manufacturers, or go their own way after using another companies design (Maxon/Ibanez and the Tubescreamer come to mind, as well as Dunlop buying MXR).

There are plenty of pedals that are infamously built differently now and sound different. The Rat is a pretty mainstream example, along with the Fuzz Face and Tubescreamers.

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#4
Part of the reason they're not the same is down to inconsistancies with the original. It was difficult to find a Fuzz Face that sounded like a Fuzz Face back then even.
#5
Quote by forsaknazrael
Yes, the circuits often change. Also, the kind of components readily available change. Thus, the tone changes.

For example, Dunlop's Fuzz Faces, though aesthetically like Jimi Hendrix's, are not the same, circuit-wise.

I think the availability of parts is a big issue here. Even when companies tried to keep things the same they ended up using the parts that were available at the time, which caused changes. That's why NOS chips and such are such a big deal now.
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Part of the reason they're not the same is down to inconsistancies with the original. It was difficult to find a Fuzz Face that sounded like a Fuzz Face back then even.

Very true. With bad tolerances in components, there was a lot variation, even between pedals that technically had the same circuit.
Even with amps this is an issue. For example, Kerry King's JCM800 is supposed to be stock, yet due to component differences due to tolerance drift, it sounds pretty different.
#7
Quote by forsaknazrael
Very true. With bad tolerances in components, there was a lot variation, even between pedals that technically had the same circuit.
Even with amps this is an issue. For example, Kerry King's JCM800 is supposed to be stock, yet due to component differences due to tolerance drift, it sounds pretty different.


Not only that, you got some variation with circuits - for example different versions of EHX pedals often had older versions of the circuits in the newer casing.

The Fuzz Face was probably the worst of the worst though in terms of tolerances.