Thoughts On The Boneshaker, Now That The Dust Settled.

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  1. James

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    I recently picked one up for a good deal.

    So far the best distortion I ever owned was a VS Jekyll and Hyde. However it is pretty big on a pedal board.

    I though the boneshaker would be a great utility distortion but I'm having a rough go at it. Honestly my DS1 is currently kicking it off the board.

    It feels like the lower end of the distortion range is kinda OK, not as amp like as they say and the upper range of the distortion gets very splatty.

    I thought it would be pretty bitey like a rat or a metal muff but it feels too complicated and hard to pair with my amps.

    I'm using a Vox ac10 or a JCM900.

    Am I wrong not to like it or do I need more time?

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    I use it like an OD that is always on. I quickly found out that treating like a distortion pedal is not where it shines.

    I saw somewhere that it was designed to enhance your #1 dirt pedal, and I think it does that very well. It’s a keeper for me.
     
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    I knew from the few videos I watched that it wasn't for me. I have enough unused pedals.
     

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    I like it. It didn't have as much gain as I thought it would from early demos. I use it more like a light OD and use the Parametric EQ to shape the kind of tone I get. I use EQ a lot, so perhaps I'm more disposed to use it that way.
     
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    I only liked it behind a rat. Sold it.
     
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    Nope, I'm right with you. I feel like this is one of those effects where Digitech/DOD did not hit it out the park, which I think explains why they blew them out for $40 each. I bought one and when I finally received it I was less than blown away. It didn't necessarily sound bad but it just had way too many settings for me. I don't want to have to tweak 9 knobs, 6 of which are cut/boost, to get a usable tone. It gave me option paralysis out the proverbial wazoo.

    Edit: The Boneshaker definitely gave me more of an appreciation for the simplicity of this:

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    My initial was it was ok, had potential and I needed more time with it.
    Then my son borrowed it, so I went back to my others, including a RAT2 and Dano Daddy 'O, and I never went looking for it.

    I have the Gunslinger as well that is ok, but like my others better. I will probably sell both.
    Thats it mainly, I just prefer the others.

    The demos always sound better than what I get out of them, lol.
     
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    i thought it was interesting, and for a while i enjoyed boosting the lows with a little hair... but it's current on the bench in a bag along with the gunslinger (which i also think isn't bad but the sd-1, a way huge green rhino, and the floridanfx dirty randy fuzz are more than scratching my dirt pedal itch). they were cheap so i don't regret buying them but if i'd paid $80 each... hmm.
     
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    It sucked big black eggs, as did the Carcosa. Neither were fit for playing IMHO
     
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    I LOVE my Carcosa, and so do many others. Each to his own, eh? What's your fav fuzz PS?
     
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    Right now they're still selling for what they cost when they were blowing them out. I already have two, but there's definitely a price at which I'd buy more.
     
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    No particular one, but I like the BigKnob Colour Jumbo Tonebender, the Surfadelic Soundwave, the Bearfoot BoneBender, Catalinbread Katzenkonig, Wren & Cuff Tri Pie, ClusterFuzz Jr., SolidGoldFX If 6 Was 9, damn.....there are so many good ones.....this is just a few
     
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    I've never had one, nor have I tried one. But I was definitely intrigued when I first saw it. But I look at it this way: When there's a whole bunch of them for sale on the used market, for fairly cheap, that means a lot of guys tried it, and didn't like it. Much like the Gunslinger, which I haven't tried either.

    I'm still intrigued by the Carcosa though.... I might have to pick one up one of these days.
     
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    Definitely a fan of the hardwire pedals over this. Much more usable.
     
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    I think many are disappointed that it does not perform well at what they would think. They bought it expecting a standalone distortion with tons of low end (which would’ve been cool). But, in my opinion, it is mainly a very flexible parametric EQ with some dirt, that must be stacked with a primary dirt pedal to sound great.
     
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    This.

    The boneshaker was designed/intended for downtuned/7/8 string guitars, and is also highly reactive to pickup output. They probably could have marketed it better. It is good for stacking/eq duties in normal use, but on its own is kinda harsh, with the distortion set high.
     

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