Today’s pedal line is from Abi Robins. 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’ve been following you guys for a while now, and I must say, I love Pedal Line Fridays! Anyway, I thought I’d throw my rig out there and see what you think!
As a solo singer/songwriter and a girl with a guitar, I try my best to not sound like your run of the mill solo singer/songwriter, or God forbid, another “girl with a guitar.” Needless to say I’ve spent a lot of time working on my chops and making sure I’m writing good songs, but I’ve also spent just as much time developing my guitar tone. With my acoustic it was easy, I got a nice guitar, with some great electronics (Breedlove Pro Series C25/CRH), but with my electric I needed to spend some more time. I got the basics, Boss Volume Pedal, and the TC Electronic Polytune, for my must haves. After going through the various beginner Boss distortion and overdrive pedals, I decided I’d try my hand at building my own. Thanks to the guys at BYOC, I now have a gorgeous sounding, hand made MOSFET Overdrive/Boost. I use this as the base of my tone, I never set it too cruchy, just a nice subtle drive, I let my amp (Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III) do the heavy lifting if I need an over the top sound. From there we head to my delay, Electro Harmonix Memory Boy. Great sounding analog delay. I love the expression pedal function, it allows for some really neat textures and sounds. Then I have the Electro Harmonix Iron Lung vocoder pedal. I can get all of those great talk box sounds with out that annoying drool tube, great for covers of Frampton and a few originals I’ve got in the works.
I’ve recently added the Akai Headrush E2 to my board for looping purposes (although it’s a wonderful digital delay/tape echo pedal), because I like looping more than just my guitar, I’ve placed a small Behringer mixer in the middle so I can loop vocals and percussion along with my guitar. I have the signal going out the mains on the mixer to go straight to the PA, while I use the FX send as the line out for the Headrush, so I can control what’s going through the looper and what’s not. Then, at the end of it all I have a simple a/b switch so I can send the loop to my amp or to the PA. This is great because I run both acoustic and electric through my entire board and do looping with both. The looping set up has it’s limitations, but it’s working wonderfully for now. All of these wonderful pedals are nestled snugly in a wonderful custom pedal board my bass player made me for Christmas one year.
Thanks so much for your time and consideration! Looking forward to the next Pedal Line Friday! 😀