Today’s pedal line is from Tim Verhoeff. 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.
Hello, I’ve been a long time fan of the Pedal Line Friday posts and I thought it was time to send mine in! I play in a Electro-Rock Band called B.I.T. and in my band I’m more of a bassplayer that uses a guitar then a guitarplayer so I thought this might be interesting.
I’ve recently bought a Pedaltrain 2 to replace my Warwick pedalboard which was just to heavy and a big mess because of all the wiring. I’ve also changed the setup a bit, because I didn’t use some pedals that where on the old board. As you can see I have a simple motto: ‘the more, the merrier’. I like to have as many sounds as possible at my disposal.
The signal chain routing:
Boss FV-500H (not on the board) – Used as an expression pedal. But I mainly use it in a studio setting. Haven’t used it in a live setting yet. I mainly use the expression pedal to manipulate the rate of the SYB-5 or in combination with the S-bend setting of my Boss PS-6 Harmonist (which at the moment has lost it’s place to the Hummingbird).
Boss Tu-3 – My tuner. Not much more to say here. Works great in dark and bright spaces.
Boss SYB-5 – I love this pedal. It’s the basis of my sound. I play a lot of bass lines in my band and even though it’s a tricky pedal (it doesn’t do chords well, so any ringing notes create glitches) it’s the sound I use 75% of the time. I only use setting nr.5 which is the square wave with and octave below. I don’t use it as a standalone pedal. I always run the signal through the Metal Muff to really distort the signal. And if I want to beef it up I’ll also turn on the MXR Micro Chorus.
Boss AW-3 – The Wah pedal. I used to own a Crybaby but I used it so little I decided to swap it for an Auto Wah. It has an expression pedal input so I can still have some control over the sweep if I want to, but I’m not really a wah user so it’s on the same setting most of the time.
Boss NS-2 – The -very needed- Noise Suppressor. All the distortion pedals and the Bit Commander are in the loop of the NS-2. If I don’t do that the Metal Muff will create more hum than your grandma’s vacuum cleaner. It’s also the only pedal that’s turned on all the time.
Blackout Effectors Musket – The Fuzz. I used to use a Swollen Pickle by Way Huge, but this pedal is smaller and more versatile. This is my distorted sound when I don’t use the SYB-5. I’ve tried using it with the SYB-5 but that pedal works best -for me- with a high gain pedal. The tones are just to muddy when I use it in combination with a fuzz.
EHX Metal Muff Nano – Small pedal, huge sound. This pedal has more gain than any distortion pedal I’ve ever used. I highly recommend putting it in the loop of a noise suppressor. I mainly use it to beef up the sound of the SYB-5. It just makes it scream.
WMD Geiger Counter – This is the most versatile pedal I own. It can do distortion, overdrive, fuzz and mind-blowing glitchy noise. Loved it since the day I bought it, but still haven’t discovered it’s full potential for use in my band.
EQD Bit Commander – I’ld be lying if I said my band’s name has nothing to do with buying this pedal. But it’s a great pedal for creating spacey synth sounds, especially combined with a delay pedal. But it has the same glitch ‘problem’ the SYB-5 has. Single notes work best and using the neck pickup is the preferred way if you don’t want a lot of glitches.
Boss OC-3 – I mainly use this pedal to beef up my clean (no SYB-5) sound. I use it with the Musket to get that MXR Blue Box sound and I use it with a clean tone to get some bottom in there.
Boss BF-3 – A flanger, not much more to say.
EQD Hummingbird– A lovely small tremolo, which I use for the chopping tremolo sound it produces. I also own a Boss SL-20 Slicer which I sometimes use, but most of the time it’s synced to a MicroKorg, so when I want to use a different tempo I use the Hummingbird.
EQD Disaster Transport Junior – One of 2 delays I use. But this is my main delay. Great sound and again it doesn’t need a lot of space on the board.
Boss DD-7 – The other delay. Used for delay and for the looping setting. I mainly use the looping setting for practice at home. The delay is also set longer than on the EQD.
MXR Micro Chorus – Used to beef up the clean tone or my ‘bass’ sound.
I mainly use my LTD Eclipse but will sometimes switch to a Jackson Kelly or Danelectro Pro.