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    Default Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    Good day,

    I'm debating on which to get first, a reverb pedal or a buffer.

    I cannot realistically afford both, but can afford one or the other.

    I know I need/will need a buffer, but I'm at that magic spot where I have just enough cable such that the highs are rolled off the way I like while having the low-end still be clear, but I know that it won't take many more pedals before I really lose the highs and the lows get really muddy.

    For you more experienced players, which would you pick? Note on the reverb pedal, I currently do not have one and am just using the amp's reverb, which is good enough for now.

    I'm currently leaning towards the buffer since I can just lower the treble on the amp and the reverb is fine and it's cheaper.

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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    None of your other pedals have a buffer? Tuner, OD?

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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    Well, I love reverb and all of the strange stuff you can do with it, so that's where I vote. I like reverb on an amp, but with the pedals, I am always trying to create new sounds rather than trying to place the sound in a bigger room.
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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    I think one of my pedals, an overdrive, has a buffer.

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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreatOz View Post
    I think one of my pedals, an overdrive, has a buffer.
    That may be all you need.

    Then definitely reverb.

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    Buffered reverb.

    Nailed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    Buffered reverb.

    Nailed it.
    Exactly -almost every reverb pedal has a buffer. Just make sure it's NOT a true bypass pedal -so you have the buffer in both reverb ON and OFF position.

    So just get a quality Reverb pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    Buffered reverb.

    Nailed it.
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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    In all seriousness, what buffer are you looking for and why? Just because it seems like you are about to start losing treble? Can you get a used SD-1 (if your OD isn’t buffered) to try with/without a buffer?
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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    But a reverb, build a buffer, they’re pretty simple builds. Are you gigging? If no, go reverb.


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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    I'm going to go with reverb, I completely forgot that two of my pedals have buffers in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatOz View Post
    I'm going to go with reverb, I completely forgot that two of my pedals have buffers in them.
    Awesome. Want to talk about which reverb pedal since we’re here and have time?

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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    I went with a DigiTech Polara, mostly because it's versatile and would do what I needed it to. And it was on sale for $100 new lol.

    I was thinking of going with something like a Boss RV-500 or a Strymon Blue Sky, but they were outside the price range and to be honest, I don't think I would really need one of those at this time. If I need something more substantial, then I'll get something more substantial later.

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    Polara sounds good.

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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    If you have a reverb that’s “good enough” and you don’t yet need a buffer then why spend money that you dont need to?

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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    "Good enough" is more like "tolerable", I like the idea of having a reverb pedal because it let's me switch between just amp reverb for less reverb and the pedal for more reverb. I have the reverb on the amp set so that's it's useable, but not my preference.

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    Having a reverb with a lot of options is kind of mind expanding when you are used to only spring reverb. I love spring for blues and that type of sound, but adding some plate after a higher gain (a la VH) Marshall tone... The first time I did that I thought “oh yeah, I’ve heard that sound on record before...”
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    I have lived my entire pop/rock/metal life without a buffer. Although I'm sure something up front was buffing anyway....

    A good reverb on the other hand is a MUST have. I hate buying an amp without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    If you have a reverb that’s “good enough” and you don’t yet need a buffer then why spend money that you dont need to?
    I wonder if my wife hacked your account.

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    Default Re: Pedal Priority, which would you get?

    Quote Originally Posted by PFDarkside View Post
    Buffered reverb.

    Nailed it.
    Check out the bypass options on the Neunaber Wet Reverb.
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