#1
Alright, guys and gals. I used the search function here on UG, did some research on the web and even tried it out at the Guitar Center by me and have decided to get a Sonic Stomp by BBE. My amp (as told by my sig) is the Mesa F-50. I love my amp, but I want a little more out of it along with a tighter low end for the Tool-esque riffs my band usually plays.

So now that I am 98% sure I am going to be sticking with the Sonic Stomp, I just want some feedback from those of you who own the Stomp and even those of you who have played it just to reinforce my reasoning that it will help me tighten up. And I am not looking into a OD because I have all the gain I'm gonna need with the F-50 and i don't want to add anymore gain to the clean channel because it is honestly one of the best I have heard.
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#2
I haven't used a Sonic Stomp, but I believe you could look into an EQ pedal too. If the Sonic Stomp works for you - get it, but just trying to maybe add options here.
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#3
Nah man, I understand. It is just that I am soooo close to getting my tone that I don't want t have to worry about another 6 or so bands of EQ to have to mess with. I appreciate the input though and I just knew someone was going to recommend an EQ
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#4
I think that sonic stomp looks really sweet.
It seems to do things that an EQ can't, and you put it in your effects loop.
Try it out, and report back.
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#5
Does it really do things an EQ can't?
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#6
It like sorts out the frequencies (bass, mid, treb) to make it sound more uniform.
I think people misconstrue the sonic stomp to be a 2 band EQ. I actually played one, and it's real nice. really clears up your sound if it's muffled, the opposite if it's too thin.
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#7
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Does it really do things an EQ can't?


I believe it's pretty much a different thing.
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#8
yea, like I said before I tried it out on a twin reverb in GC and it even made that sound more full and clear. I didnt think it was possible.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/BBE-Sonic-Stomp-Pedal?sku=157030

there is a full description on what it is. i dont feel like describing it myself lol
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#9
Had one for about a month didn't like the way it changed the character of the amp and the pick sensitivity went out the door.
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#10
by pick sensitivity do you mean attack? like a conpressor does? because at times I fingerpick and because I use the pads of my fingers instead of the nails, there is a slight volume difference. so if it works kinda like a compressor, that would sort of be awesome too...
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#11
I mean the touch of the guitar went away. I truly think there are other options to tighten up your sound Barber makes an eq that really is nice.Three different voicings. Thats what I use. Look at my sig that will tell you what I use. I like pedals that let your amp shine thru a transparency I guess.
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#12
Hmm, well I still think that I am going to go with the Stomp. I checked out that Barber EQ. Looks nice, though its not quite what I am looking for.

But if there is anyone else who has any input on this badboy, speak up.
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#13
There's a few scarce soundclips on the internet.
Really made the tone of this one kid's JCM sound tons better. Like, studio quality to what it sounds with it off.
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#14
The main message I get from reviews of Sonic Stomps is that once people have them, they don't turn them off because they improve their tone so much!
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#15
^Yeah. Basically that.
Same with EQ's.
But, an EQ and Sonic Stomp combo would probably be cool (EQ in the signal path, and the SS in the effects loop).
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#16
Well I am about to get one soon so hopefully the do help as much as they are supposed to. If I dont have an effects loop do you think it would still work alright from guitar -> sonic stomp -> amp?
#17
I think i remember there being a really useful review on the UG Reviews section about the Sonic Stomp that explained it. Look there maybe.
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#18
I have one. I like the way it clears up and smooths out my amp. I wouldn't say it tightens up the amp, but it's great for what it does.
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#19
hmmm...good input guys.

and yea, there aren't many clips on the internet either...very few.
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#20
I think the sonic maximizer sounds horrible and fake sounding on guitars (it's good for some other studio stuff tough) a good compressor would be better.
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#21
^What amp were you using? I don't think a sonic stomp could save a cheapo amp.
On the HC forums, I saw this one kid plug one into the effects loop of his JCM900. It went from flabby to fabulous in a stomp.
I really want one.
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#22
I know, every time i read a review I just want it more. I also convinced my other guitarist to check it out. Looks like both of us are probably going to be getting one lol. And hopefully we will be recording soon, if we do I will try and get comparitive sound clips up. But who knows when that will be, practices are so far and few between. Stupid college education...
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#23
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^What amp were you using? I don't think a sonic stomp could save a cheapo amp.
On the HC forums, I saw this one kid plug one into the effects loop of his JCM900. It went from flabby to fabulous in a stomp.
I really want one.


I've used it with a marshall JCM 800 and a my vintage Aims tube head. I just thought it had this sort of weird unnatural vibe to it.
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#24
well you know what they say, tone IS subjective....
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#25
yeah I know, just putting out an alternate perspective to the ridiculous amounts of praise these things get.
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#26
Nah man, I understand that. I hate it when things are over hyped and then are a total let down. Luckily, to me, this isn't a let down. Though I do believe that maybe another hour to half hour toying around on the Stomp couldn't hurt.
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#27
I own the rackmount version (I use it for mastering) so I have spent a good deal of time with it, I just don't like the way it sounds with guitars.
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#28
I'll go to guitar center sometime (I won't actually buy anything), and i'll do my own tone freak review of it.
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#29
I was considering doing a review myself for UG since there is only one, and it is not so detailed. I mean, with a simple pedal like this, you can't write much. But...more info never hurt anyone.
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#30
I dunno, maybe its just me, but I took my guitar in GC, hooked it up to the same amp as mine (Vox Valvetronix AD30VT) and tried the Sonic Stomp.
I wasn't impressed. Didn't seem to do much. But I usually don't turn things up to loud in any guitar store.
Does it need a substantial level of volume before it kicks in?
Maybe the battery was low on power?
It can't be the amp, because several people on the valvetronix web site give the Sonic Stomp high praise as well.
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#31
Hmm...no idea Monk.
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#32
I know it might be a little late, but I bought a sonic stomp about a month ago and was blown away! It was almost like taking a blanket off of my amp. I always have it on, no matter which amp I go to or which guitar I'm playing!! You can select the amount of bottom end, which gives you that tight low end ... and you can select how much of the high frequency you want as well, which gives you that crystal clear tone. It's amazing; and I would definitely recommend it to any guitar player, old or new!!

Also, BBE throws in a power supply with all their pedals because they are sweet like that ... which is always a plus!!
#33
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I dunno, maybe its just me, but I took my guitar in GC, hooked it up to the same amp as mine (Vox Valvetronix AD30VT) and tried the Sonic Stomp.
I wasn't impressed. Didn't seem to do much. But I usually don't turn things up to loud in any guitar store.
Does it need a substantial level of volume before it kicks in?
Maybe the battery was low on power?
It can't be the amp, because several people on the valvetronix web site give the Sonic Stomp high praise as well.
Maybe its because the pedal just doesn't go too well with the digital modelling? That is a problem with Valvetronix sometimes
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