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  • Dave Locher
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    Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
    I love going between side-mount jacks on one pedal and top-mount jacks on the one next to it. Good times.
    That is the only reason I don't like them! If all pedals were top-jack I'd be happy, but all my current pedals are side-jack so no toppers for me.

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  • Little Pigbacon
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    I love going between side-mount jacks on one pedal and top-mount jacks on the one next to it. Good times.

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  • Masta' C
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    1) Graphics: I love how artistic and beautiful many pedals have gotten, but some are so graphically intense that reading the knob functions becomes difficult. That's a bit excessive, IMO. Same with fonts that are so small the letters are merely suggestive.

    2) Lack of presets on pedals that have more than a handful of knobs/switches. I realize this isn't a feasible request in every instance, but some pedals are so complex that being able to return to a sound you like after you make a few tweaks can be a real challenge.

    3) Non-standard power requirements: I'm looking at you, EHX! Many of their pedals operate best on 9.6V power, which is why they always come with a dedicated power supply. This is fine if you want a bunch of EHX-branded wall warts cluttering your space, but it doesn't make sense in a world where so many things have become standardized. I realize you can power most EHX pedals with a regular 9V supply, but they typically don't sound quite as good as they do with the recommended 9.6V setup!

    Knob styles and sizes are an easy swap on most pedals, so that's not a deal-breaker for me. I do agree with GuitarStv that chrome knobs are the worst "color" functionally

    As for top-mounted jacks, I'm growing to like them. Switching to the "pancake" style patch cables served me well and the top-mount design allows me to fit more pedals on my small board. I'm not sure I understand the perceived benefit of traditional side-mounted jacks. If you're trying to save space, they just get in the way and it's not like every mfr bothers to put them in the same place.

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  • Mincer
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    I never liked the DOD 'barely touch' vintage switches, much less the 1/8" power jacks. To be fair, they put those jacks in before there was any kind of standard.

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  • misterwhizzy
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    Granted, I haven't used a newer one, but I don't understand Visual Sound/TrueTone moving away from the footswitches they were using with their V2 pedals. I think someone here said there was an issue with the supplier, but those are the best on any pedal I've ever switched on.

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  • Bogner
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    Designers try to make as much pedal as possible in as little of an enclosure as possible because guitar players want room on their pedalboards. If they make a bigger pedal then the other half of the guitar community will say the pedal is too big and be upset over its size...lol.

    If it sounds good and is built well, I am happy with it. Some pedals controls are tighter than I may like but ultimately, they are still easily adjustable so I adapt and move on.

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  • GuitarStv
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    Shiny chrome knobs are a pet peeve of mine. Can't see the damned settings under anything but the best lighting conditions:

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  • Mincer
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    Originally posted by Obsessive Compulsive View Post
    I got an SD Dirty Deeds from a trade. I reckon the designer was on crack for cramming input/ output jacks and power supply jack all on the top side, leaving lots of real estate on the sides. Not to mention the super small EQ knobs.
    I kinda like all the jacks on top. The issue is that a lot of cables won't fit there, so you have to get cables with smaller jacks. But it allows pedals to be closer together on a board.

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  • LLL
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    Tough to say, cuz I'm far more into what the pedal sounds like rather than knob twiddling satisfaction.

    I typically adjust to whatever design.

    If there were anything, It would probably be plastic casing or cheap switches; stuff that can break easy.
    Last edited by LLL; 07-06-2021, 12:35 PM.

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  • Little Pigbacon
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    I hate the tiny knobs. I am not adjusting the tint on a 19-inch TV from the 1980s.

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  • jeremy
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    a few of the duncan pedals have similar features. big knobs, and small knobs, with in/out/power on top. i dont mind that at all actually

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  • Obsessive Compulsive
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    I got an SD Dirty Deeds from a trade. I reckon the designer was on crack for cramming input/ output jacks and power supply jack all on the top side, leaving lots of real estate on the sides. Not to mention the super small EQ knobs.

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  • Coma
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    Knobs on the side are genereally due to mods, aren't they? The only pedals that comes with it stock that I can think of are the Keely boost and those cheap Hotones.

    Top mounted jacks are a great design feature IMHO, the problem being ofc that they clash with the old standards. Same reason we have old crappy legacy standards in electronics and so forth - everything was built a certain way and switching to something newer and better requires a massive, systemic overhaul.

    Side mounted power jacks are my pet peeve though. Esp placed so close to the jacks you run into trouble using an angled barrel. Looking at you, MXR!

    Battery jacks without a quick access slot sucks too. Again, legacy BS. At Least TC simplified things with their large cetner screw. Then again, who the hell still uses batteries for their pedals?

    Super slippery pots that go spinning as soon as you nudge them with your foot. Can easily be solved with rubber o-rings but it's still a hassle.

    ****ty latching footswitches that has no resistance for the first 80% of their travel and then push back like US politicians against universal healthcare. EHX, your hands are anything but clean!

    Machine-soldered footswitches that can't be replaced without damaging the PCB copper traces underneath.

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  • dave74
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    Originally posted by Dave Locher View Post
    Personally I hate top jacks. I've passed on two pedals this year because of them. I get why the "big board" folks like them, though.
    I'm not crazy about power jacks on the side, though. Those should all be on top.
    I agree on both counts. In fact I have not one single pedal with top-mounted signal jacks. I hate them that much!
    The power-jack on the side I live with on quite a few, but IMO they're better on top, though I do understand that the design sometimes just doesn't allow for it.

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  • Dave Locher
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    Personally I hate top jacks. I've passed on two pedals this year because of them. I get why the "big board" folks like them, though.
    I'm not crazy about power jacks on the side, though. Those should all be on top.

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