Today’s pedal line is from Colin James Robson. 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.
This is my current, simplified pedalboard for a project I’m working on. I am a guitar player and producer who recently moved from New York City to pursue a passion project of building a recording studio on the beach in beautiful Pacific City, Oregon. My partner Andrew Russell (@theroo0132) and I, Colin James Robson (@colin__james) founded Kiwanda Sound Recordings after some successful composition work and a Kickstarter project. You can find out more about the studio, our projects, live session videos, and DIY studio build tips at kiwandasound.com, Facebook, and Twitter.
I usually have a jam packed pedalboard with a ton of modulation and delay, but I kept running into problems with hum and malfunctions. This is my solid setup. Quiet as a mouse as far as signal noise, but roars when brought to life. Signal chain is as follows:
TC Electronic Polytune (hands down the best tuner on the market)
George Dennis Mono Volume (had this for over a decade, optical volume built like a tank)
Digitech Whammy 4 (because it’s awesome)
Custom Audio Electronics/MXR Boost/Overdrive (great loud super clean boost and seriously loud crunchy overdrive)
Fulltone Full-Drive 2 (pre MOSFET, as they’re selling them now. I pretty much have the CompCut on at all times)
Electro Harmonix POG 2 (you can also see the original POG sitting there, but it is mostly fried from a beer spill. Preset ability on the 2 is crucial)
Line6 Echo Park (you won’t find a better tap tempo delay at any price. Don’t pay more for boutique delays, this is where it’s at.)
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb (solid, versatile, sounds great, Boss quality all around)
MXR Smart Gate (keeping it clean)
It’s all powered by the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2. I used Planet Waves Cable Station to connect most everything, and Monster Rock instrument cables between my Jazzmaster Classic Player and Fender Deville 410 with white tolex and oxblood grill. Cable clips from Harbor Freight Tools helped organize some of this. Also, bare feet are essential for multi-toe switching like a PRO.