That Duane sound

docjohndocjohn Posts: 9Member
I hope this is the right "Effects" subsection on the forum. I've recently acquired a Gretsch D6120 DE and wish to complete the ability to get that Duane sound. I've read on the Gretsch and DE forums that he uses a MXR M159 pedal, something that's now discontinued. I'd like to get a pedal available in the UK that would provide a similar sound. I'm aware of the Boss TR2 but gather it's not as sophisticated as the MXR one was. I was recommended (in a music shop I visited on holiday) to get a BBE Tremor or a BBE Two Timer but again, I don't know which is the better one. That music shop guy wasn't a particular Duane Eddy specialist, as such, so he may have just been talking generally about the reverb/echo sound I could get. (In fact he did say, get one on line and if I don't like it, send it back within the date limit.) I should add that it's not just the DE sound I want as I play Chet Atkins stuff and rockabilly as well, but I'm sure that whatever produces the DE sound can be tweaked for the other uses. So what suggestions can you guys come up with? Thanks in advance.

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  • SteerSteer Posts: 132Member

    This is a very specific request. If no one here knows, then you may want to head over the Gretsch Talk - I think that lots of people on there will probably be into that sort of sound.

  • docjohndocjohn Posts: 9Member

    Yes, I realise the Duane Eddy sound is pretty specific. I don't intend to be a DE clone, just to be able to play a couple of his numbers in my band!

     

    The Gretsch Pages site recommended Demeter Tremulator (now unavailable), Nailhead Tremoflow (USA only, made to order), Full Tone Supatrem (about £240 over here) and Danelectro Coolcat (about £40 over here). Getting a Nailhead built and shipped over here is a little too involved for me.

     

    I've looked at demos on You Tube. The demos for the two BBE units seem to concentrate on all the weird and wonderful effects you can get, reminiscent of modern pop/heavy metal (sorry, not my favourite music!) and using a solid body rather than an electro-acoustic guitar. The demos for Boss, Dano and Fulltone make them seem preferable. Assuming that you get what you pay for, that means the Fulltone wins hands down.

     

    But I'm a complete novice on pedals, never having used them before. I just thought there might be a British guitarist somewhere out there who plays rockabilly or twangy stuff and who could advise me.

  • Reg SoxReg Sox Posts: 3,121Member

    I can't really add anything to the conversation other than the fact I have a BBE pedal (can't remember the number of it) that I use as an external preamp for my piezo equipped instruments.  Not the one you are looking at for your DE sound, but I can say the BBE build and sound quality is excellent.

     

    Cheers, Reg.

  • AlidoreAlidore Posts: 528Member
    Pete.

    “There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.”
  • docjohndocjohn Posts: 9Member

    That website says it's been discontinued.

  • AlidoreAlidore Posts: 528Member
    Pete.

    “There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.”
  • docjohndocjohn Posts: 9Member

    Hi Alidore, yes, it's on their webpage. I phoned them up, they checked, and as expected, they called back to say it was now discontinued.

     

    As it happens, I went to a music shop in Guildford today and tried out a couple of pedals. When connected in series, a Mr Black and an MXR Carbon Copy seemed to give me the sound I'd hoped to get playing in different styles. I'll think some more and unless I hear any reservations from anybody I know, I'll probably go back to get them.

     

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