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Heinz Plaumann


From:
Michigan, USA
Post Posted 5 Nov 2017 2:17 pm     Reply with quote

Looking for a Dobro simulator pedal as an effect pedal - on the floor or on the steel leg.

Any advice?
Anyone have one for sale??

Heinz
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David Spires


From:
Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 6 Nov 2017 5:46 am     Reply with quote

The best was the original Goodrich MatchBro, and I used it into a POD XT - using an acoustic amp model, room reverb, slap delay, etc... meaning - doing everything to treat it unlike my pedal steel sound. Any kind of regular steel amp is going to make it sound more electric and less acoustic, so it's really the whole chain you should think about.

I play a lot more Dobro these days, and I will say - nothing sounds like the real thing, but the MatchBro did let me adequately copy PedaBro parts.

My advice, learn to play Dobro - it's a blast!

Sincerely,

David Spires
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Jack Stoner


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Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 6 Nov 2017 6:44 am     Reply with quote

+1 for the Matchbro, and play like a Dobro, not a steel guitar effect. I've fooled Bluegrass Pickers with my Matchbro!
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 6 Nov 2017 9:17 am     Reply with quote

The plastic bar that comes with the MatchBro is necessary also. Very Happy
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Mike Perlowin


From:
Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 6 Nov 2017 1:44 pm     Reply with quote

Another vote for the Match-bro. But there are others, like Tom Bradshaw's reso pedal.

I use a Dunlop Q-zone pedal. This is no longer being made, but you can find them on E-bay and Reverb. Mine is hard wired into the effects loop in my Steelaire amp.
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Jerry Overstreet


From:
Louisville Ky
Post Posted 8 Nov 2017 12:07 pm     Reply with quote

If you're playing a standard tuned 10 string pedal steel through a dobro sim, you are probably getting something closer to the Pedabro or pedal dobro sound. For one, the pedal steel tuning is not the same tuning as traditional reso. You're missing the low note.

You would be much better served to tune your lap steel to open dobro G and play that through your device to emulate a real dobro sound. IMO.

The best sim I've used is the BoBro but none of them is going to get you the genuine Os, Ickes, Uncle Josh or JD sound.
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John Macy


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Denver, CO/Rockport, TX
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 7:25 am     Reply with quote

I own all of them, and my favorite is the one built into my Telonics amplifier...
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K Maul


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Mechanicville NY/Hobe Sound FL
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 7:36 am     Reply with quote

I was on a gig once and Buddy was there with the Everlys. He played the Matchbro and it sounded so much like a dobro it was uncanny. I asked him if he used that plastic bar and he said something like...” nahhh....”. But it was Buddy,after all!
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 10 Nov 2017 8:03 am     Reply with quote

Jerry Overstreet wrote:
You would be much better served to tune your lap steel to open dobro G and play that through your device to emulate a real dobro sound. IMO.

Agreed. Much more realistic reso sound on a lap steel tuned to high-bass G than on an E9 pedal steel. I use the MXR/Bradshaw pedal and it sounds quite convincing.
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Mike Castleberry


From:
El Paso Texas
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 10:38 am     Reply with quote

This is what I use. They are great pedals for resonator guitar replication.

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Mike Perlowin


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Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 11:26 am     Reply with quote

The Quilter Steelaire has a 9 volt powered effects loop. Tom Bradshaw's reso pedal requires 18 volts, and is incompatible with the loop. The Match-bro has a separate power supply, and is also incompatible with the loop.

The Dunlop Q-zone pedal IS compatible with the loop. Mine is hard wired into the amp, so I have a pedabro sound at the flip a switch.

As I mentioned, the pedal has been discontinued, but there are always a few on E-bay.


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Larry Behm


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Mt Angel, Or 97362
Post Posted 11 Nov 2017 3:18 pm     Reply with quote

Boss GE7 or something like it, low cost, easy to adjust, many uses.
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Rene Brosseau


From:
Chatham,Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 13 Nov 2017 11:20 am     C6 Reply with quote

My buddy converted his C6 neck to 6 string only tuned like a dobro with a simulator...sounded great
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Tom Bradshaw


From:
Walnut Creek, California, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 10:35 am     "Try It. You Might Like It." Reply with quote

If in doubt about my Resonators' sound, I will send anyone (well almost anyone) a Resonator to try out. If not satisfied with the unit's duplication of the Dobro's sound, simply return the unit to me. I trust Forum members. My policy has always been, "If you don't like something you bought from me, return it."

Incidentally, only about 5 customers have returned one (out of the 430+ sold). Why not try one? [tommybradshaw@gmail.com] ...Tom


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Joey Ace


From:
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 10:56 am     Reply with quote

I use Tom's Reso pedal and am pleased with it.

Technique is important to be convincing. I pick closer to the nut than normal and keep the AB pedals down.
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Chris Bauer


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Nashville, TN USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 11:54 am     Reply with quote

I also use Tom's pedal and am a fan. In a 'naked' mix, I don't think anyone who knows what they're listening for is likely to be convinced that it's actually a reso playing - certainly not without some serious amp EQing and technique adaptations on the part of the player - but in a band context, it works great.

It also plays really well with other pedals if that's something you want/need to do. I have overdrives both before and after mine and they interact really nicely.

I like mine enough that I'm putting together a new touring rig and will likely buy a second one so I don't have to take my existing one off my 'day to day' board.
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George Redmon


Post Posted 20 Nov 2017 3:46 pm     Reply with quote

I use the Goodrich dobro simulator and love it. I took off those ugly looking chicken head knobs. They were kinda ok on the old fender amps, but I just think their so ugly, even on the new Peavey steel amps.



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