Today’s Pedal Line Friday submission is from long time Effects Bay reader Randall Brown. 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 email@example.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
Randall Brown Pedal Line
My pedal line has grown as I’ve given in completely to pedal addiction. I’ll just go from left to right with the ones in action first. The first several are going into the JC120. You can tell already that I’d an EHX-head.
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe foot switch – I just had my Hot Rod Deluxe repaired and it’s in fine shape. When things are going strong, this pedal is mostly in the “More Drive” formation.
Roland JC120 foot switch – I had my 1980s JC120 repaired a couple of years ago, and it’s a fine thing, too. I only plug in the grey switch for chorus/vibrato, though, and leave the other two alone.
BOSS DD-2 Digital Delay – Currently the oldest pedal on the board. I’ve had it since the 1980s. Proper space echoes. It’s the last one in line so that it does its thing to everything.
EHX Freeze – A lot of my pedal choices fall into the “We need an imitation keyboardist” category. The Freeze is the first line of fake-keys defense. It’s after everything else but the delay so that it catches all the others and can send the delay into warp drive.
EHX OD GLove – Awesome midrange overdrive. Just the right thickness.
Tonebutcher Wee Wah – I won this one from Effects Bay a few years ago. It’s firmly a go-to pedal for auto wah, and also produces a clean boost that lens toward the treble side just a hair. So, it helps leads cut through while slipping in just the right amount of wah.
EHX Cock Fight – Lovely cocked wah sounds – AM radio effect, plus awesome nasty fuzz when asked for. I’m now experimenting with using the OD Glove-plus-Cock Fight-via-JC120 with the the Hot Rod Deluxe’s on-board overdrive. Groovy multi-texture overdrive.
EHX Ravish Sitar – Sitar emulation, but so much more. It’s a jewel for multitextured doubled tones. These tones fed into the WeeWah make for tasty, tasty wahs from outer space. Gets a little “clippy” in tandem with the Cock Fight, so I don’t crank those together much.
EHX Switchblade – With both amps in action, I can finally go overboard with the dual amp effect. I’m experimenting with switching back and forth, but honestly it sounds wonderful with both at once. Sometimes more is more.
EHX Mel9 – This one comes form the Switchblade and goes to the Hot Rod Deluxe. The single-speaker tube amp gives the Mellotron sounds a little bit more vintage color.
EHX Voice Box – Vocal effects! I use the octave for a Sasquatch call in one song, and the vocoder to again fake some synth.
Foreground – On-deck pedals:
EHX 22500 Stereo Looper – Also won this from Effects Bay! Just got it this summer, and I’m still figuring out how to incorporate loops. It’s a new area for me!
EHX Doctor Q – Vintage envelope filter that a pal gave me. Pondering its placement.
Tonebutcher Pocketpus – A beautifully noisey little fuzz & octave guy. While the WeeWah is a mainstay for me now, I’m still watching for the proper application for hte PocketPus.
BOSS Chromatic Tuner TU-2 – I plug into this one all the time to tune, but I haven’t given it a spot on the board. I probably should.