Today’s pedal line is from K Alan Patterson. 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.
and now for some homebrew…I built this pedalboard myself and covered it in a fleece type material. Velcro on the back of the pedals holds them in place and I can pick up the board and hold perpendicular to the floor and they will stay perfectly in place. I started playing 3 years ago next month and have been diligent in my practice and have enjoyed finding new sounds that support my ideas. I’m a singer songwriter in Metro Nashville and play some writers nights and sing with local rock bands when the opportunity arises. Although veterans will find my offerings somewhat rudimentary, I love the way it sounds. It’s simple and sometimes, there’s beauty in simplicity. I have a Fender Fat Strat with a bridge humbucker and a Dean Markley acoustic-electric DM J360SE and it’s all run to an UltraSound Pro 250 that sounds amazing with this board. Now for the pedal line itself.
Again, home fashioned and first in line is:
Ultrasound DI Max Stereo Preamp. Both instruments plug directly into it and I can switch to either without changing. My presets hold and I can go from screaming electric to lush acoustic simply by picking up the guitar and strumming it. I can adjust b/m/t and gain, as well as output and plug in an XLR cable without affecting the other settings.
Dean Markley PT-13 Chromatic tuner. Gotta have a tuner.
Turbo Rat Distortion Pedal. Not expensive, but it sounds HUGE. It goes from mild fuzz to total breakdown. Loud as f…, well, it’s loud.
Phaser. Manufacturer unknown. Again, not expensive but the range of effect is awesome. Have re-arranged a song or two to accommodate this pedal. Jetwashed doesn’t cut it. This little pedal is a hurricane. and finally,
Morely Wah. Wha? can I say? It’s a gotta-have pedal. All of these are tied in thru portals cut thru the bottom of the board for neatness and all connected to a hidden power strip underneath. A battery operated LED adjustable stem light is affixed to the upper right hand corner for dark venues where clarity is required. Thanks so much for allowing me to show off my modest rig. It doesn’t matter how big your rig is if you don’t know what to do with it, right!