Todayâ€™s pedal line is from Josh McDowell. If you have a pedal line (doesnâ€™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 Iâ€™ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
Hello, my name is Josh McDowell and I play in a post-punk band called The Dirty White http://thedirtywhite.com .Â Hereâ€™s my current set-up.
Right to Left:
Above: Tech 21 SansAmp Classic (needs repair).
Below: Footswitch for a Fender Super-Sonic Amp
All effects run into a Fender Super-Sonic Amp with a Marshall MF400 4×12 Cab
Guitars: Fender Strat, Fender Squire Jagmaster, â€™64 Gibson Melody Maker, Epiphone Les Paul Deluxe, Epiphone Les Paul Junior
First is the VOX Wah. I prefer the classic standard wah sound, since I donâ€™t use it a lot.Â It seems like it needs to be first in the chain to get the proper input signal to get the signature â€œthrowâ€ sound.
Next is the MXR Analog Delay. The modulation switch makes this pedal quite versatile. I like to twist the delay knob while the regen is cranked to get some killer swells and loop effects.Â Itâ€™s also great for getting U2 type delay sounds. Putting this early in my signal chain gives it a more pronounced sound.
After that is normally my SansAmp distortion.Â Â I bought it on ebay after I heard Kurt Cobain used it on the In Utero tour.Â Itâ€™s my favorite pedal by far. Tons of switches and knobs allow you to get Vox, Marshall, and Mesa Boogie tones all from one pedal. Currently, it needs repair so Iâ€™m using my amp distortion which I like as well.
In place of the SansAmp is the MXR Phase 90 (1996). I modded it after reading a web tutorial that would make it more like the script model.Â It sounds better after the mod too. At the 45 degree mark, you can really hear that â€œLove Hurtsâ€ tone. I like to max it out sometimes to get a â€œwobblyâ€ sound.Â It requires a separate power supply as well as the SansAmp because they both use a male adaptor.
The MXR Ten Band EQ is pretty standard, I use it to refine my tone.Â Of course 10 bands are better than 6 and so on. If I had to lose this pedal live, I could. It also uses a separate power source because it requires more that a 9V.
Next is the Behringer Reverb.Â This has a digital after taste that I could do without, but it gets me by until I can upgrade it.Â It actually sounds better with vocals.
Finally is the Fender tuner. Itâ€™s not extremely precise, but it has a bypass that makes it perfect for shows.Â The Behringer pedal board itself has some noise interference, but it beats buying 9V batteries by the pound. It has a 6 point daisychain, but it does not adapt to male end plug.
One other remarkable pedal is the MXR Blue Box. It can be one of the most useless pedals for a mainstream guitarist.Â I play in a noise rock band so Iâ€™ll occasionally use this pedal to get some absolutely ridiculous fuzz sounds. At its most controlled setting, it sounds like an 8 bit videogame, at the other extreme itâ€™s a note-less monster of noise.
Thanks for letting me share my love of pedals with you. Please check out my band, The Dirty White, if you have time.