Today’s pedal line is from Mike McQuain. 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 actually have 2 slightly different pedalboards. One is used for recording, playing Broadway-style theatre shows (Little Shop of Horrors, etc.) and for practice at home.
The second board, which I’m submitting to Pedal Line Friday is the one I keep at church for my weekly praise band gig. I usually go through a Line 6 X2 wireless system into the board and then to my Egnator Tweaker combo (15 watt amp that I mic and run through the PA). I usually play one of my Les Pauls or my Gibson CS-356.
Guitar > Input / Output box (guitar in) > Boss NS-2 (input/send) > Budda Wah > RoadRage true-bypass looper for dirt, overdrive, distortion, and fuzz (Danelectro CoolCat Transparent Overdrive v.1 (Timmy clone) > Danelectro CoolCat Overdrive v1. (OCD clone) > Danelectro CoolCat Distortion v1. (CrunchBox clone) > Danelectro Daddy-O) > Lead / Rhythm switch (each with an “always on” xotic EP Booster, lead is set louder) and the looper has a clean bypass > Boss NS-2 (return/output) > Input / Output box (amp out, which may be jumpered to F/X lop send in if I’m running everything before the amp) > Dunlop Rotovibe > Boss DD-20 > DeArmond Volume pedal > Input / Output box (F/X loop return out, which may really be going to the amp input)
One thing you’ll notice about this board is that I’m actually running through my RoadRage true-bypass looper “backwards” (left to right instead of the more common right to left route). I do this so that I can stack my dirt pedals and use the A/B loop towards the right of the looper to switch between my lead and rhythm volume settings. I have EP Boosters on both of these two loops (one set about 9 o’clock for rhythm work) and the other all the way up for a lead guitar volume boost.
The other thing about this board is that I have the option of running my modulation/delay effects in the amp’s effects loop instead of in front of the amp. This is accomplished using the input/output box on the board (see pic). However, most weeks I just keep everything in front of the amp, which is set for a nice USA (Fender) style clean sound (dirt comes from the pedals). But the option to split the pedals on the board is always there in case I want part of them in front of the amp and the rest in the effects loop.
I’ll submit my other pedalboard once I finish reworking it. In the meantime, enjoy this board! Thanks…