Remember – we are giving away a Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K Bass Overdrive – click here to enter.
Today’s Pedal Line Friday submission is from David Polidoro. 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, my name is David Polidoro. here’s my pedal board that I wanted to submit for inclusion on Pedal Line Fridays. I’m the guitarist for the band 66 Stitches. my pedal board has always been a work in progress. there’s always an occasional addition, or other ones that come off for a certain period of time. although there are ones that are permanent staples that haven’t left my board in years. it may be messy, but everything works, and I can utilize it with ease and quickness. here’s a break down of what I currently have on there now (from left to right)…
BBE Sonic Stomp
an essential pedal that in my opinion everyone should have on their board, regardless of musical style. when I’m using my small practice amp at home, its the last pedal in my chain, and when I’m using my main amp (for shows, recording sessions, and band practice), its the last in my effects loop. it adds a ton of clarity and fullness to my tone. I could not live without it. its always on at all times.
Digitech Turbo Flanger
for the most part, I don’t usually go for the super high end, fancy, boutique pedals (with a few rare exceptions). this one does what I need it to do, and its very well built. just a simple, workhorse of a flanger that I use typically with clean tones, mainly.
I’ve probably had this pedal longer than any others. its got some road wear, but it still holds up and is used for a wide array of delay purposes, but mostly for noisy, loopy, intro passages, or at the end of songs to make some chaotic, trippy goodness.
once again, another workhorse of a pedal that is used very sparingly for either clean or dirty tones, for a quick spacey phase effect for a few measures right before a riff kicks in for maximum power.
this is another of my “always-on” pedals. again, I think every guitarist or bassist needs to have some sort of EQ pedal on their board. using my practice amp, this is right in the middle – after all compression, & drives and before the other effects. with my main amp, it works best in the effects loop.
this is another pedal that is on at all times, and is probably one of the most essential pedals on my board, considering that I usually play with very high gain tones. and despite what a lot of the elitist pedal snobs will say – “the NS-2 is notorious for tone suck” – I would have to strongly disagree. it works wonderfully for what I need it for. with my main amp, its used in the “X-Pattern” method, and with my practice amp, it comes after the drives pedals, but before the EQ.
I’m a big fan of using bass pedals for guitar, especially when it comes to dirt pedals. this works beautifully. I use it mainly as an occasional boost for leads and solos, set with almost no gain.
amptweaker Tight Metal
this pedal is mainly reserved for either at home practice amp use, AND if I’m ever in a situation live or in the studio where I do not have access to my main high gain amp. this works wonderfully to produce super, mega-high gain metal distortion tones.
I love Joyo’s pedals. I have no problem at all with lower priced pedals, even if they are cheaper clones of more expensive legendary effects. my low to medium gain overdrive pedals are ones that usually tend to get changed up every once in a while. this recently replaced my Boss SD-1, which replaced my tube screamer clone. the Sweet Baby is an amazing low gain OD, and is extremely transparent, which I love. it may not have a ton of gain on tap, but I don’t need it to. its full of clarity and crispness, which more than makes up for it.
a compressor that I use for both clean & distorted tones, that is usually on most of the time (especially for clean tones). once again, a great, inexpensive pedal that is made well, and does what I need it to do – add some sparkle, and presence to my overall tone.
Electro Harmonix nano Doctor Q
I eventually plan on modding a classic Crybaby wah sometime soon, but until then, this one covers the occasional wah sounds that I use on a rare occasion for some solos and leads played on the higher strings.
a very common no-name line buffer I found online that I have no idea who it was made by. it does what buffers do… add level strength to large pedal boards and long lengths of cables.
TC Electronic Polytune
this is the full-sized first version that they came out with, and works beautifully and accurately for really quick tuning opportunities. I especially love the soft touch click-less switch on these.
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus
a dependable industry standard that is a solid, rugged workhorse for all my pedal power needs.