I know today is not Friday, but due to the large queue of Pedal Line Friday, I thought I do a few on Wednesdays! Today’s pedal line is from Colton Wheeler. 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.
Pedal Line Friday
Ernie Ball VP Jr: This is just a regular VP Jr- no mods or anything. I tried the JHS active/no loss version (which is good in its own rite), but it didn’t work for me.
Wooly Effects Yeti Fuzz: A buddy of mine built this for me, and it is AWESOME. By far the coolest and most versatile fuzz I have. The 3-way switch activates different amounts of low end response and the ‘Howl’ knobs introduces a gate that can go from mild to all out spitty destruction. This is an amazing fuzz built by an amazing guy.
Wooly Effects Mr. Wooly Compressor: This is a Ross-style compressor with a 3-way Release switch that works with the ‘Squish’ to help me to find just the right amount of transparent compression for any style or situation. Definitely an “always on” pedal for me.
Dan Zink Minotaur (Klon Clone): I’ve never had the pleasure of owning a Klon, but I was in search of that killer Klon tone when I discovered this little beauty. After listening to side-by-side demos, I contacted Dan and ordered mine. He’s another great builder with excellent communication and a quick turnaround!
Shoot out clip: https://soundcloud.com/buddachile/klon-vs-minotaur
Dan’s page: http://www.danielzink.com/
Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive (JHS Strong Mod): This is my go-to dirt box. I had the stock version of this pedal for a long time before I sent it off to JHS; it was by far my favorite TS-style pedal before, but now it really sings! I haven’t taken it apart to look, but I suspect that part of the mod involves using LEDs for glorious, loud, and crunchy clipping.
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver (Monte Allums H2O mod kit): Inspired by all the other hand built and modded pedals, I decided to try my hand at making a good pedal better. What followed led me to rotate my Timmy off the board indefinitely… With Monte’s H2O mod, this little guy is everything the BD-2 was meant to be.
TC Electronic Corona Chorus: I honestly feel like this is the best and most versatile digital chorus for the money. I use it in conjunction with the Carbon Copy to create ethereal swells.
MXR Carbon Copy: This is my go-to delay pedal for swells. I use it by itself or with the X4, depending on how long I want it to float.
Catalinbread Dirty Little Secret MKIII: I run this at 18 volts to get that Marshall “brown sound” out of my Vox AC30, which is naturally a bright amp. Typically, I kick it on for leads to get that extra crunch and headroom to stand out.
TC Electronic Flashback X4: I was so excited when this came out- finally a digital delay done right! I’ve owned other multi-preset delays, and the X4 hits that sweet spot between transparency, durability, and great tone. Plus, the option to add 4 TonePrints is unbeatable!
Boss DS-1 (Keeley Ultra Mod + True Bypass + Synth Switches): A friend of mine gave me this pedal before leaving the country and said, “Do something great with it.” Well the first thing I did was a home-brew version of Keeley’s Ultra/ Seeing Eye Mod. Then I made it true bypass. Then I read about all the circuit bends people are doing to the DS-1 and had to try a few of my own. Several mods later, voila! It’s a real noise maker!
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TC Electronic Hall of Fame: This is a “set and forget” pedal for me. I didn’t realize how much I loved it until I sold it, so I had to go right back out and buy a new one! Definitely an unsung hero on my pedal board.
– Colton Wheeler