Today I wanted to talk about Eric Johnson Pedalboard. Unfortunately, there was an opportunity to me see him perform with Mike Stern here in my hometown, but things didn’t work out. I always regret these decisions… but they sometimes don’t work out.
I remember the mid-90s when I really exploring guitar. So many players. So many styles. A young guitarist can sometimes be lost in the epic amount of influences and directions you can explore. During that time, I’ve had other guitarists introduce me to Vai, Satriani, etc… and when you usually mention those two, you have to include Eric Johnson in that mix of virtuoso guitar. When I think of Eric Johnson, I think of Strats and Fuzz faces. They guy has tone for days
Check out this video submitted by bnewman004 – Eric Johnson at Saucer Studios – 2010 Up Close out takes – Part 2. He goes into his gear a bit, etc:
There have been a lot of talk about his gear over the years, and there have been many photos of his board. He even talks about his gear on his website, but overall, the information on the web, etc is out of date. It appears that recently he’s added some changes to the board, so when he posted a photo of his board on Facebook (February 2015), I wanted to repost and talk about it.
Here is a break down of Eric Johnson’s Pedalboard. I did have trouble identifying one pedal, the pedal right of theTS808 Tube Screamer. At one point, there was a Strymon BlueSky close to that location, so it’s possible that this could be a ‘verb, but I have a feeling it’s a booster/overdrive. If you know, please comment below.
Butler Audio Tube Driver
Mr. Black Tunnleworm
Dunlop Eric Johnson Fuzz Face
Catalinbread Belle Epoch
Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer (vintage)
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah GCB-95
2 Mini True Bypass or A/B Switches
1 Reg True Bypass or A/B Switch
Electro-Harmonix Memory Man (vintage)
Boss DD-2 Delay
TC Electronic Chorus+ Flanger SCF
Please let me know what you think of Eric Johnson or his pedalboard by commenting below. Also, if you see anything incorrect, or can help identify any missing pedals, please let me know by commenting and I’ll update the post!
UPDATE 2/19 – Looks like the missing pedal is a Catalinbread Belle Epoch!
8 years ago
I saw Eric and Mike Stern play at the Granada theatre in Dallas, Texas, at the very beginning of the current tour. As a former employee of Eric I have seen him play several hundred times but this performance was really good. Using the Fulton-Webb amp for leads and a pair of Deluxe reverbs for rhythm allowed for more guitar in the PA rather than just stage volume. This created a much better mix out in the house. Mike Stern was a great addition as their different styles really compliment each other.Reply
8 years ago
The pedal next to the TS808 is the Catalinbread Belle Epoch, I’ve seen it in some other pictures of his rig for the Eclectic tour.Reply
8 years ago
Ah, the Boss DD-2. About 15 years ago, my brother bought a pedal board at a pawn shop which included three BOSS pedals inside. One was a DD-2. I was SO looking forward to having that pedal in my vicinity. I forgot what the other two pedals were because they were ones I already owned. We tested the board before buying, and the DD-2 was dead in the water. So my brother got a break in the price, and I never got near a DD-2 again.Reply
2 years ago
I thought the pedal looked like a zen drive