I bought a backup Catalinbread Topanga and 5F6 last year in one of their b-stock sales... Those pedals have become an integral part of my sound... Only pedals I've ever bought backups for.
Dyna Comp Deluxe was a mind blower. First time I plugged it in, all settings at noon... I finally heard...
Dyna Comp Deluxe... I play single coils, quietly, and the compressor sparks everything up beautifully.
Catalinbread Formula 5F6... I use it as a tone shaper rather than an OD (I play clean), and it's exactly the sound I always wanted.
Catalinbread Topanga... My main amp is a 1975 SF Champ...
Another vote here for the Topanga. I always just used the built in reverb in my Fender amps... When I picked up a Reverb-less SF Champ a few years ago I needed to get a pedal to use with it, and the Topanga nails a Fender spring reverb perfectly.
I also have an RV6. Lotta fun sounds in there...
It's very possible that without Flipper I wouldn't have become an artist. They were the first band that I heard and loved where I thought "I could do that..." Not in a put down way, but in a sincere, encouraging way: "I can do it... I can play music, write songs, be in a band..."
2018 "Bankruptcy Special," bought used but mint at GC for a song. The mini-humbuckers are so sweet with the guitar volume rolled back. Really woody/natural, chimey cleans. I'm a lifelong Tele player... this is my only Gibson.
Had a question rumbling around my brain recently, and might as well ask it here. On the TBX Strats, did both tone knobs have TBX pots, or just one, and if just one, which one? Thanks!
(I have a '99 AS Strat with the no load pot, and an '88 AS Tele with the TBX, which I really dig.)
Peavey Backstage Plus
(Quit playing for 20 years due to health problems :()
Vox Mini-3 2G
Fender Champ (SF, 1975)
I also have a Vox AV60 that is a great amp, but a little large for my current needs. Got it for a song, though, and will keep it "just in...
Yeah, one of the things I like about the Strat is that when recording, between those five settings, there's almost always one that works well in the context of a particular song. I don't care which one it is, as long as it works. And a lot of time the one that works is surprising.
If the amp has reverb:
Dyna Comp Deluxe
MXR Analog Chorus
Carbon Copy Deluxe
I'f the amp doesn't have reverb, substitute a Topanga for the Carbon Copy.
Catalinbread Formula 5F6
Mojo Hand Mister-O