Today’s pedal line is from Andrew Meyer. 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.
Nothing really special here. Just the basics. Don’t think it will end up on the site but I’ll share it anyway. Most of the sounds I need I get from the amp itself, so no point on spending thousands of dollars on a “starship enterprise” pedalboard.
I actually made this one just a few days ago; I used to keep all my pedals on top of my amp and run them through the effects loop; that one was footswitchable, so I could just hit the loop button on the footswitch and have on all the effects I had preset before starting a song. Had to make a new one when I traded in for a shiny new Randall and found out the effects loop doesn’t work the same.
The board itself is an old plank I found in my backyard; sanded it off and gave it a nice paint job. Marked EPG for my band (Eight Pound Gorilla!!!), though looking back that was kind of pointless since it’s now hidden by the pedals. Everything is stuck on with velcro. Still looking for some little rubber feet to put on the bottom (with this my masterpiece will be COMPLETE!!!).
Bought the phaser (BOSS PH-2), chorus (BOSS CE-5) and delay (JOYO JF-08) a few months ago through various sources (altogether they probably cost me $160). I use the chorus and phaser for texture on clean parts; sometimes I’ll mix in the delay for flavor, but mostly I just use it for fattening up solos. I got the Morley Mark 1 a couple years ago after hearing Mark Tremonti’s solo on Blackbird for the first time. All of these pedals have seen some action, but this one has made it through a LOT of shows; by far my favorite pedal on the board, great for adding more bite to solos. Then of course there’s the footswitch for my new amp, which I bought with the amp a few days ago. I’ve only used it in practice once and haven’t gotten used to it at all, so the show we have scheduled next weekend should be interesting.
As far as wiring: the Morley is the only pedal I run in front of the amp; it’s got a boost feature which can really drive an amp and help bring it to life. The chorus, phaser, and delay run through the effects loop (tried putting them in front, and it really killed the sound of my amp). In the picture I have the chorus before the phaser, but I’ve since switched them because I like to use chorus and delay together for certain songs and would like them to be physically closer on the board (so I’m not tap dancing every time I need a fatter sound). Current order is phaser-chorus-delay. Wired together with the cheapest patch cables I could find (I could spend $80 on patch cables, but these work fine and don’t add any significant noise). Everything’s powered by a one-spot adapter.
I’ve got two Monster rock cables for the Morley (bought before I realized how overpriced Monster cables are). Still need to shell out for some decent cables for the effects loop; I’ve been using a couple cheap cables I found in my basement (I think from 8 years ago when I got my first amp) but they’re noisy as hell.
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