Today’s pedal line is from Philippe Pelletier. 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.
The board itself is a Pedaltrain-Pro which comes with a soft case. It’s very practical and allows for very easy pedal re-arrangement using Velcro. The board is powered by a Pedal Pad Power Pad II that provides 1.7 amps to 8 pedals. I like it because it cycles well above 60 Hz and very quiet. It also has an extra AC plug on it’s side allowing me to plug-in the adapter for the Line6 delay.
The signal path is as such:
Guitar=>Boss Noise Suppressor(SEND) => Korg GT-3 Tuner => Morley Black Gold Wah Pedal => Pearl OD-05 Overdrive => Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer => Chandler Tube Driver => Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker => Boss Tremolo Pan PN-2 => Electro-Harmonix Chorus Electric Mistress => Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer => (RETURN) Boss Noise Suppressor (OUT) => Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler
Boss Noise Suppressor NS-2: Having played guitar for more than 20 years the most fatiguing thing a guitarist puts up with is unwanted noise and hum. This pedal blew me away. I expected it to reshape my sound but no it worked very well in lowering the unwanted noise level.
Korg GT-3 Tuner: A tuner in your rig is a must if you’re going to be playing live and don’t have 4 guitar techs at your beck and call. This one is easy to read from a 10 feet away. It’s also super quiet.
Morley Black Gold Wah Pedal: This pedal is ancient. I hate it actually, but it’s been a love hate relationship- strange voltage (18v) – tricky to use as most of the wah action is in the very beginning of the foot movement. Probably will be replaced with a Dunlop soon. But then again…
Pearl OD-05 Overdrive: Been with me for a very long time. Noisy pedal but with great sound and EQ. I have a lot of fun tweaking it. Very nice sounding with a strat.
Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer: Fan of the Edge? I am and this pedal used at a medium low drive level is my “clean” sound. It’s the base for everything else. However, I don’t like to use it with other overdrives at the same time.
Chandler Tube Driver: This baby is sweet, this pedal an original, has great sound. Very warm at times and is fun to tweak as well.
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi with Tone Wicker: When all else fails, tap this to take over and remind everyone who is boss. Love the tone control with the wicker. You’ll spend hours experimenting.
Boss Tremolo Pan PN-2: Again lots of fun, a pedal that allows for so much feel and ambiance. I often use is at 40% depth for just a subtle touch.
Electro-Harmonix Chorus Electric Mistress: Great pedal but you have to watch it because you can easily get out of hand with this one and end up sounding like some 80s act with a Roland Jazz Chorus Amp (Echo and the Bunnymen anyone?). The flanger is nice as well although I hardly use it.
Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer: I enjoying usinge a subtle mix with this one when playing arpeggio staying away from the harsh distortion created by the filters.
Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler: This delay pedal is very cool. Usually I stay very far from pedals that promise everything but truly this one is incredibly versatile. I still own a Boss DD-3 but since owning this Line 6 it just sits alone on the shelf.
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