Today’s pedal line is from Logan Craine. 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.
Hi, my name is Logan Craine, and this is my submission for Pedal Line Friday, which I indeed check every Friday because it is awesome. I really love to play blues, but I play around a lot so I play a lot of different sounds and genres. I play often in our church worship band, as well as in my school’s jazz band, and I am in my own band, of whom we call the “Blue Couch Folk Symphony”. I play a variety of other instruments as well, but I have been playing guitar for the longest of all of them. I pick my pedals and equipment based on quality of tone but also versatility, as I love a piece of equipment that can do more than one thing exceptionally well. My pedal choices reflect a search for the perfect individual pedal that does exactly what I need it to in the best way possible. (music links- https://soundcloud.com/logan_the_craine37 https://soundcloud.com/bluecouchfolksymphony)
Routing: 2007 Gibson Les Paul Studio in to
1.TC Electronic Polytune Mini tuner
2. Ernie Ball VP. Jr. volume pedal
3. Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah
4. MXR Blue Box double-octave-fuzz
5. Way Huge Green Rhino
6. TC Electronic Gravy Tri-Chorus & Vibrato
7. Lovepedal Gen5 Echo Delay
8. TC Electronic Hall Of Fame reverb all in to a Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 head, also with a LiveWire footswitch.
1. TC Electronic Polytune Mini tuner – This pedal I received free due to a deal TC Electronic was putting on, where if you bought two of their Toneprint pedals they’d send you one. This was great, because this was the tuner I wanted anyway. This tuner is fantastic. I never really use the polytune mode, but the regular tuning mode is fantastic, and the pedal is space-conserving and yet perfectly visible.
2. Ernie Ball VP. Jr. volume pedal – Pretty much just a really good, simple, volume pedal. Doesn’t really do anything except do a great job at changing the volume. Swells are excellent, I don’t use the the tuner function because the polytune already mutes when engaged, and it has a little switch on the inside that does something but not really.
3. Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah – This wah is an example of my excessive search for the perfect pedal. The crybaby’s, the vox’s, whatever else out there, didn’t really do it for me. I tried them but I never bought them because they didn’t sound good. This wah is the ultimate wah pedal. It doesn’t just sound good, it sounds amazing. It has a tone switch on it, that goes from “whacked” to “Jimi” to “Shaft”, as well as a really nice buffer that you can switch on and off and change the input and output gain levels. I really just keep it on the “Jimi” setting, generally, unless i’m experimenting with it, and I keep the buffer to where it doesn’t change the overall volume, or maybe with a little boost on top if I’m using it for a solo. Truly an incredible pedal. Expensive, sure, but it’s top notch quality. Full-tone has always done an epic job.
4. MXR Blue Box double-octave-fuzz – Now this pedal is interesting. I had 70 bucks left on a gift card and I had no idea what to spend it on, so after looking around, I found this thing. It has a knob that mixes a normal fuzz sound with the same sound but two octaves lower. With the “blend” knob all the way to the left, it’s a fuzz pedal. All the way to the right, and your guitar is now a bass. In the middle is a mix of the two. I put it in front of my other gain pedals because it needs a little bit of boost. the output gain, even when all the way up, is diminished from the original signal. I don’t use it much except for screwing around, but I have recorded one solo with it and I do use it as a fuzz sometimes. It was $70 well spent, for sure, though.
5. Way Huge Green Rhino – This is the oldest pedal still on my board. I bought it back when I only had solid state amps with miserable distortion options, and I needed something else. It does a great overdrive. It is a little fuzzy compared to my amp overdrive or other overdrives, especially when driven harder, but I keep it low most of the time as more of a boost or a change of color, especially now with an amp that has such beautiful natural overdrive. Still an excellent pedal, though, no doubt. Different from other pedals in sound, for sure, but it gives a unique grit and fuzz that can add a pretty sweet flair in many situations.
6. TC Electronic Gravy Tri-Chorus & Vibrato – This pedal I bought because I needed to pick one more pedal to get the free tuner pedal, considering I was going to get the tuner anyway so why not grab another pedal with it? I looked through all of the toneprint pedals and picked this one, because I didn’t have a chorus pedal and I wanted a broader modulation sound option. This pedal turns my tone completely around. It is almost always on. It thickens my tone significantly, and really gives it that extra something that makes it beautiful. I use the tri-chorus the most, but the vibrato is nice. I use the vibrato when I need those tremolo type sounds, but in my normal playing the chorus is just what I need. I have a phaser sound uploaded to the toneprint, which I use about as often as the vibrato. The toneprint option really suprised me on both this and the reverb. It is super versatile and a great help in finding the proper tone for a certain scenario. I didn’t buy it for the tone print, and in fact I was quite skeptical about buying a digital pedal in the first place, but now the tone print is indispensable and you really can’t tell at all that these are digital.
7. Lovepedal Gen5 Echo Delay – This is a great delay. I was looking for an affordable analog delay that could really give me the extra analog tone over the digital options without spending a ton of money. I really didn’t want a digital delay, so my options were between this and the MXR carbon copy. This kicks the carbon copy in the tail, and the quality of this pedal is fantastic. I don’t think Lovepedal produces these anymore, which is a shame because I would buy it over and over. I just really love this pedal, it sounds perfect, and I use it all the time, and probably too much. Anybody looking for a delay needs to try out this pedal to see if it is right for them if they can find one of these somewhere. Excellent.
8. TC Electronic Hall Of Fame reverb – This pedal is what got me on the TC Electronic train. My friend had just gotten one of these, and as soon as I used it, I had to have it. I bought it at the same time as the Gravy, but this was the pedal I originally intended on buying, with the tuner. This is the ultimate finisher on my tone. It polishes it up and sends it to church in it’s Sunday best. I only don’t use this pedal when I have a satisfactory natural reverb in the room that I am in, but that rarely happens. I most often use the ambient, room, and spring reverbs, but I love the mod, lofi, and church modes too when I can use them. I have a Sigur Ros patch uploaded to the toneprint, and it is this super awesome way-too-long washy reverb sound that makes everything right in the world. This is the reverb pedal to buy, there is no other comparable item out there that can do as much as this as well as this as cheap as this that i’ve seen. I play these through with an ’07 Les Paul Studio, which has the Burstbucker pro’s in it that do a fantastic job, and a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18, which is one heck of an amp. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed reading about these pedals as much as I enjoy playing through them, even though that is highly unlikely!
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