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How Many Knobs On Your Pedal ?

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How Many Knobs On Your Pedal ? - Today let's talk about something dear to us all knobs. Get your mind out of the gutter, we are talking about guitar pedal knobs. We have had customers ask when shopping for a pedal "How Many Knobs Is On That Pedal"? Which used to strike me as odd, is that important, would it matter if it had 3 or 5 ? The answer is YES ! There are two schools of guitar pedal shoppers, the guy that needs a sound, wants it simple, just really wants one or two sounds DONE ! There is the other guitar player that is adventurist and wants 30 sounds, and lots of knobs to tweak. He really doesn't know what he wants, but he wants to find it in that pedal. He isn't looking for one or two sounds he is looking for 8, 10, 12 usable tones. 

Let's look at Phaser's for example, the MXR Phase 90 is the classic 70s deep phase tone number of knobs that would be one ! Speed, set it to the beat of the song or halftime etc and that's what you get. The sold mmm 100000 of them so a lot people liked that tone. But then you look at a Electro Harmonix phaser and it has 9 knobs, lots of crazy sounds, Atari video game sounds, a lot of tones that most people would say are just crap. But if your in the Radiohead type music spectrum, they are art to the ear's of tone. 

So what are you ? Are minimalist or give me all the options of 52 flavors ?