Todayâ€™s pedal line is from FrÃ©dÃ©rick Gagnon. If you have a pedal line (doesnâ€™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 Iâ€™ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
I really enjoy your blog and thought I would send a photo of my pedalboard so it can be shown in the “Pedal Line Friday” section.
First, it might be worth saying that I have been playing guitar since 1992.Â I have had a few bands.Â Right now, I play and sing in a band called “Lucy Loves Lenin”.Â Check it out if you feel like it.Â We are releasing our first album in Feb. 2013.Â Here is a song from the album: https://soundcloud.com/a-billion-records/lucy-loves-lenin-the-walk-of
And here is my pedalboard (see attached photo).
– Korg Pitchblack Tuner: A great tuner (And I have a confession to make: this is my first tuner ever and I bought it a year ago – after almost 20 years of playing.Â What a shame!
– MXR Dyna Comp: last pedal I got.Â I like it a lot.Â Great for clean tones but also gives different colours to Fuzz and dirt boxes
– Way Huge Swollen Pickle: this Fuzz is great!!!Â It’s very FAT and versatile.Â I use it mainly for rhythms.Â It reminds me of the tone Weezer produced on their Blue Album (though I think Cuomo didn’t use effects at all on the Blue Album)
– EHX Little Big Muff: This belongs to my drummer.Â I took it with his permission and put it on my board.Â I don’t use it as often as the Pickle but it’s great for leads, especially when coupled with the Phase 90 (very Pink Floyd-ish)
– Boss DS-1: Like many, I got this because Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) used it early in his career and because I wanted to see how it would sound with my stuff But this pedal will get a makeover soon: I just ordered a Keeley Ultra-Mod kit on ebay and will perform my first mod ever on this pedal in a few weeks Just for fun.Â If I don’t like the mod I’ll just buy another stock DS-1.Â Not the best pedal but fun to have in there.
– Maxon Overdrive: Classic overdrive; very transparent.Â It sounds great through my VOX AC30, especially with single coils
– MXR Micro Amp: Great boost that gives more beef to the Maxon Overdrive and Fuzzes
– Small Clone: again, Nirvana’s influence here.Â Cobain had it and I have always liked that kind of Chorus.Â I got it used for almost nothing and I use it on a couple of songs
– MXR Phase 90: A classic Phaser that I use on a couple of songs with my band.Â I got it a few weeks ago and I must admit I was disappointed at first.Â As you probably know, this pedal tends to boost your signal a little when you use it.Â It can also distort the sound a little, which is not very good when you were expecting a transparent Phaser. Surfing the web, however, I came across a page that explains how to mod the Phase 90 so it sounds a little more vintage/transparent.Â It’s often called the R28 mod (or script mod).Â Here is the link to the webpage I am talking about: http://www.erikhansen.net/mxrphase90mods.phpÂ So, I did the mod a few days ago and I would definitely recommend it!!Â Removing the “R28” part in the pedal really helped to reduce the boost I was talking about earlier.Â Now I like the Phase 90 a lot.Â It’s perfect.
– MXR Carbon Copy: I know you guys did a review of this pedal on this website.Â Great review by the way!Â I think the Carbon Copy is a great analog delay, maybe the best out there for the price.Â Also, the pedal is small, which is great for small pedalboards like mine
Two more things:
1- The board itself was made by me with a GORM IKEA shelf.Â I had seen people doing this online and thought it was a good way to go.
2- I also have (not shown on the picture) a vintage Roland Chorus Echo Re-301 tape echo that was given to me by my uncle.Â Thank you Syl!Â It is fully functional and for those of you who have tape echoes, I definitely recommend checking out this website if you ever need new tape, new parts, etc.: http://www.echofix.comÂ The guy that runs the website is the nicest guy and was really helpful when I had questions about calibrating this great machine
So here it is!
Thanks for reading!
10 years ago
i know this guy!! i recognized the pedal board 🙂 he did a pedal board building tutorial like 2 or 3 years ago. so awesomeReply
10 years ago
Hi nevo! Frederick Gagnon here. Thanks for your comment! I don’t think I am the person you are talking about since I built my pedalboard a year ago or something. But thanks for your comment!
The above photo and text were sent to Effectsbay a few months ago. I have kept working on my board since. For instance, I have added a few cool things like a Catalinbread Echorec, a TC Electronic Flashback, a JHS Prestige Boost and a Russian Big Muff. Also, I have modded my DS-1 with a Keeley kit and have added a toggle switch to my Phase 90. I now call these pedals the DS-1 “Fredstortion” and the MXR “Phred 90”. Kinda nerd isn’t it? 😉 But fun!