Today’s pedal line is from Steve Thompson. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to firstname.lastname@example.org . Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
I think this is a great idea for a new feature! Below I listed the pedals on my “board” and a bit about how I use each. I don’t really discuss the order of the line, but I think the order makes logical sense.
– BOSS TU-2 Chromatic Tuner – I’m using the output which mutes the signal when the pedal is switch on.
– Behringer EQ700 Graphic Equalizer – The first pedal in the line that messes with the signal. I was looking for a cheap EQ to use on really only one song. As you can see from the picture, I use a dramatic “inverted scoop” sort of setting. It yields a fairly strange, almost synthesizer-esque sound. I’ll probably end up replacing this with an EHX Micro Synth in the not too distant future.
– Crybaby 535Q Chrome – Nothing too special; the classic crybaby wah with “Q” depth control.
– BOSS BD-2 Blues Driver – I guess this pedal is classified as distortion, but it’s kind of a weird mixture of overdrive and distortion (with a bit of fuzziness thrown in). I can get a pretty decent vintage sort of crunch out of it.
– DigiTech Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive – I’ve actually used this pedal a lot more than I ever thought I was. I have the gain and low knobs set fairly high to get a muddy low-end-driven overdrive.
– Danelectro DD-1 Fab Tone Distortion – Old 90’s make of this pedal. I can’t say I ever paid much attention to Danelectro products, but my bassist had this and didn’t really use it, so I incorporated it into my pedal board. This thing is definitely built like a tank and while it’s nothing special, I use it to get some out of control heavier tones.
– Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Digital Reverb – Out of the three settings on this reverb (spring, hall, and “flerb”), I use hall most of the time and love it.
– MXR Carbon Copy Delay – Everywhere I turn today, people seem to love this pedal. I’m no different. Most often, I have all three knobs (Regen, Mix, and Delay) set at 12 o’ clock with the modulation switch turned on. On a few studio tracks and pretty frequently live, I’ll run feedback into the pedal and tweak the regen and delay in real-time to create a controlled sort-of white noise.
In the past I used a BOSS DS-1 and an Electro-Harmonix Nano-Clone. They fell out of favor just based on lack of use and eventually got booted from the board.
My site is http://www.stevethompson.net/. I’ve been finishing up a new album that should be available before the end of the year and had an electronica-tinged album called Score come out this past May. I live south of Pittsburgh, PA with my wife and our micro-zoo of animals. I play shows locally with a fantastic backing band consisting of Stephen Peck (Ex-ZAO) on drums, Dave Trinh (Ex-States of Melba) on saxophone, and Tony Regola on bass.
13 years ago
Hey i just submitted my board for 11/4/09’s Pedal Line friday under a different email address than usual. Please do not respond to that email address, it is not mine. Also i forgot to add my name haha. But my chain is as follows: Crybaby, Boss AC3, Boss SD1, Digitech Hot Head, Danolectro Tuna Melt, Boss DD7. Find that chain in my email and go ahead and add my name to it, THANK YOU. (Thanks for everything you do with this site, it really is a GREAT community!)Reply