Today’s pedal line is from Casey Scott. 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 email@example.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
Hey Effects Bay! I just recently redid my pedal board, and thought I’d share it! The sound guys at church affectionately call it “The Flux Capacitor.” The board is home-made out of half-inch plywood, half-inch aluminum angle, and other bits of hardware. I also installed 8 little rubber feet on the bottom of it to keep the wood off the carpet and make it a more stable platform that won’t move around on any surface. The pedals are attached through a variety of methods that include Velcro, zip ties, and screwing through the plywood base into the pedal’s existing “foot” holes. Here’s the board:
Starting at the top right, we have an ART CoolSwitch. This is here so that if I want to run two guitars into the board, I don’t have to switch cables. Unless I have two guitars hooked up, I leave it out of the line. But it’s there. Just below that is a GFS tuner. It’s a great unit. All the functionality of a Korg Pitch Black at half the price. Next in line is the Way Huge Swollen Pickle Fuzz. I have it before the Wah for now, but I may change that. I’m gonna see if it grows on me. Next (at the bottom right) is my cherished Tech 21 Killer Wail Wah pedal. It’s a small wah with a huge sound. Very full range (though it also has a vintage mode and a bass mode). It’s out of production now, so if you can find one, buy it! Great wah for a crowded pedalboard. Out of the wah we have the Way Huge Fat Sandwich Distortion, then the Way Huge Green Rhino Overdrive, then the Way Huge Pork Loin Soft-Clip Overdrive. Can you spot the trend? 😉 From there, we go to the Line 6 M5. This is kinda the Swiss Army Knife of my pedalboard. Next we have the Ibanez PH7 Phaser (quite an underrated pedal, IMHO – though I’m hoping to replace it with the Hardwire phaser soon), and the Digitech / Hardwire Stereo Chorus. From there, we go back down to the Digitech Timebender Delay (which is connected to the FS3X in the upper right for memory patch switching). After that comes the last stop on the tone express, the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb. As you may have guessed, there is an upper deck (fuzz, distortion, multi, phaser, chorus). Under the deck are lots of cables, but you may also have noticed a blue strip just above the Swollen Pickle. That’s actually the top of a Qwik-Lok expression pedal that I keep tucked under there that I can use with the M5 or the Timebender. I don’t use it much, but want the option. That little cubby hole under the upper deck is the perfect spot for that pedal to live until I need it.
Finally, in the upper right we have the power strip. This is just an industrial quality power strip from the home-improvement store. Everything is powered by a Godlyke PowerAll adapter (except the M5 and Timebender, they have their own power supplies). Believe it or not, this is a very quiet rig, I think in part because I have a space on the power strip to plug in my amp. Having everything on the same circuit really reduces any hum or ground loops. That’s about it. I’ll probably be tweaking it some over the next few weeks, but I doubt it will change for quite some time. With this board and my Parker Fly Deluxe and Egnater Rebel amp, there’s not much tonal ground I can’t cover. Thanks for letting me share.