Mar 28 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 3/28 – Andy Hale

Today’s pedal line is from Andy Hale. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 3/28 - Andy HaleHi – I’ve been a fan of pedals for years and spent most of my teenage years buying, selling and trading to try and really find my sound. I play in a band called Winter Circle. We’re an indie rock band that straddles the line between catchy hook-driven and ambient epic sounding rock.

My pedalboard has gone through a lot of changes but it’s always stayed clean and compact. The Effects Bay site has actually been really helpful in turning me on to some recent pedal purchases including random accessories like the Pedal Riser or even the Pedal Labels.

I bought the pedalboard and case years ago and loved that the board floated inside with a little room for storage underneath. Everything is powered by a T-Rex Fuel Tank that lives in the space just under the board. It’s mostly Mogami (and a couple of Monster) cables connecting everything.

Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner – This has been with me for awhile and I have no complaints. I actually own a Polytune but I don’t want to throw off my balance by changing out the pedal that’s served as my foundation.
Ibanez TS9DX – A friend of mine owned this and I traded him a bunch of DOD pedals for it. After some research I realized it had actually been modified by Analog Man. I use it for a lot of of open chords and palm muting parts. I love the crisp and smooth low-end sound while still having definition to notes when needed.
Xotic EP Booster – This is new addition that had previously been held by a Malekko Chorus. I found myself needing an occasional short-lived boost and got this on a whim and a prayer after watching some YouTube demonstrations. The pedal has been surprising in that I don’t have to turn it up much and it provides a nice boost without being destructive or overly noticeable when activating.
Strymon BlueSky – The musical quality of the effect really makes it stand-out to me. It provides amazing texture that can live on its own. I use it in place of a synth for a number of songs. And for easy access I have a StrageTrix Pedal Riser that raises the pedal height.
Wet Stereo Reverb – I run this in Shimmer mode and use it in conjunction with either the delay or the Strymon. The combination seems to get things moving a little more. Like the BlueSky I also have a Pedal Riser here for easier access.
Ibanez DL10 Delay – This has been my favorite delay pedal. There are others I love but I always come back to the DL-10. It has a rhythmic bouncy quality and a no-nonsense three knob approach that makes it super easy. The delay is noticeable but even when turning up the settings I feel in control unlike when using a Line 6 or TimeFactor.
BBE Sonic Stomp – This is an always-on pedal. Our music has a lot of high melodic lead lines and low end palm muting. I feel like this helps to even out some of those parts. It’s a great pedal and actually now a number of years after getting this one it was nice to see the video reviews on the site about it.
Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal – I use it for swells on a couple of older songs and keep it around just out of habit. I’m actually looking for a reason to get rid of it but it’s a great solid pedal.

I run a older model Bogner Shiva amp [head version] going into an Orange 2×12. Despite what the footswitch would indicate, my Bogner actually does not contain reverb. And guitar-wise it’s mostly Gibson or older Epiphone (SG, Les Paul Studio, Epiphone Dot).

You can check out my band Winter Circle at http://www.wintercircle.com or Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wintercircle

Andy Hale


Mar 7 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 3/7 – Adam Parkes

Today’s pedal line is from Adam Parkes. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 3/7 - Adam ParkesI am a complete pedal geek (as you can tell) I have been playing for 18yrs I have gone through a lot of different pedalboard sizes as my collection has grown. And I’m always on the look out for new pedals.

I play in a funk rock band called Mezzotonic. Think chili peppers, Ratm and jamiroquai and you get the idea.

My board is set up to make things as easy as possible to turn pedals on and off, and certain pedals are placed in a where I haven’t got to stretch to opposite ends of the board. The pedals on the top row are all on pedal risers, so I don’t catch the pedals on the front row.

The pedalboard is from a company called Diago. The power supply and the pedal risers are also from diago.

Direct line: guitar to amp.
1: boss TU tuner. Standard tuner never let me down.

2: Cry baby wah wah, I love my wah I’ve had this wah from the age of 16 and is the first pedal I ever purchased.

3: Marshall ED1 compressor. This is always on and I love what it does to my tone, it pumps up the sound a little and adds a slight warmth. It’s set with quite fast attack but with a light compression so I can keep dynamics of my playing.

4: CAE Line Driver/boost. This is also a leave on. I use this to boost (buffer) my guitar signal through my pedalboard,
To combat high end loss I get from running through all the my effects pedals, cables etc

5: MXR modified OD. Believe it or not, this is my first overdrive pedal and infact I never thought I had a use for one. That is, until I got one. It’s such a great pedal plus it has 100hz control knob so you can cut and boost at that frequency as you desire.

6: MXR 78 modified distortion. I have never been able to dial a good hi gain sound out of any amp I’ve ever had. But this pedal makes up for it does all sorts of tones from 70s classic rock right up to nu metal. Plus it has little push button that adds a ton of harmonic overtones.

7: boss line selector. There are many uses for this pedal, I use it to link in the top row of my effects and the whammy to the front end of my amp. It has an adjustable volume control on each loop. That loop then gets sent back to the outout of the  pedal.

8: MXR micro amp. Just a good old clean boost. I use it for boosting my solos. This then goes straight in to the front of the amp.

Boss line selector loop.
Marshall chorus pedal. Does great slow swampy chorus to fast vibrato.

Boss phase shifter. Man I love this pedal. First heard it on gorilla radio by RATM, ever since then I had to have one. Superb pedal.

Boss flanger. Not much to say on this one don’t use it all that often 30 seconds here and there or for and intro on the odd song.

Boss tremolo. I mainly use it on arpeggio style intros, or on slow open chord sequences.

Moogerfooger ring modulator. This is by far one of the most difficult pedals I’ve used it can do really interesting stuff though. But you have to work hard to get things sounding good and not to crazy. I have it set to do a more lumpy sounding trem type sound for live performances. Then get a bit more creative with it in the studio.

Last in the loop is the Digitech whammy pedal. To me this one of the best pedals I own I’ve had it for about thirteen years and to me every  guitarist should at least try one.

Amp effects loop

Strymon timeline. This is the best pedal I own. It’s not only one of the best delay pedals I’ve ever heard but it’s a complete inspiration box. I also have the ernie ball volume pedal which I use as an expression pedal for the timeline. I use a split trs cable ( stereo one end, that then splits to two mono ends) I plug the mono ends into the input and output of the volume pedal then the stereo end into the exp insert on the back of the time line. I can then blend the delay in and out as I see fit, per patch.

Check out my band “mezzotonic” www.facbook.com/mezzotonic
We also have an iPhone and android app.
You can also check out my videos on YouTube here http://youtu.be/7nYxRub0Qk8

Adam


Feb 6 2014

Andy Othling talking about pre-delay in reverb

Andy Othling talking about pre-delay in reverbAndy Othling is a fantastic guitarist that I stumbled upon on the YouTubes while I was exploring some ambient solo looping stuff for my own personal project. I was unhappy with my current loopers and saw that he was using Boomerang. I also noticed, that we shared a similar amp.. and both (at that time) used a Strymon BlueSky, so I thought he would be a good resource. Going beyond ‘sketches’ that he posts, he does an amazing job talking about pedals and techniques. If you’re into ambient stuff, definitely check out his YouTube channel as well as his new site ReverbNerds.com

Recently, I came across a video where he discusses the pre-delay setting on the Strymon BigSky, but this can be applied to other reverbs that offer that control. This is an insanely important control to have big verb AND be able to cut through the mix. I thought this tip was gold

Let me know what you think by commenting below!


Jan 31 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 1/31 – Robin Foster

Today’s pedal line is from Robin Foster. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 1/31 - Robin FosterAs promised here is my current (as in more or less stable but no doubt will change) set-up. A few things change here and there as it depends on if I’m playing an instrumental set or if I’m playing with the wonderful singer that is Dave Pen.

So here goes:
Various guitars, mostly old 90′s Epiphone Rivieras / Sheraton or one of my Jazzmasters (japanese and chinese, yes a chinese Fender Jazzmaster that plays like a dream!). ..I’m no purist when it comes to gear, my favourite guitars are often the cheaper ones for some reason, though there are a few upgrades and I must mention a big-up to the marvelous Curtis Novak who does me ridiculously great deals on his pick-ups which are in most of my guitars. into:

- Biyang Compress X : I got this as a back up for my MXR Dyna comp but this is twice the pedal the MXR was so it rightfully took it’s place. It’s a great soft compressor, very quiet and subtle, unbelievable bargain. I leave it on most of the time.

- Ernie Ball Volume pedal

- Tc mini Polytune : nice little tuner that tunes and is little and nice

- Boss MO-2 multi overtone : this replaced my micro pog, it’s not quite the same but I actually prefer it now, it’s a quirky little pedal great for organ sounds or beefing up a fuzz/disto

- EHX Glove : Haven’t had this long but it’s an instant hit for me. I think it has so much range for an OD, I had an OCD and Kalamazoo in this board spot for a few years and the Glove can do both those tones and more, really versatile little pedal.

- Zvex Box Of Rock : I got this after touring Germany supporting Archive last year , their guitarist Mike put me on to it. I leave the boost on all the time for the colour it gives, basically a super hard on, the drive side is set for low gain, sounds perfect for me into a clean fender.

- Moog MF Drive : Still getting used to this one, it’s almost too versatile, quite hard to dial in the sweet spot, but it can cover more ground than most distortion/fuzz pedals once you get used to it. It’s very cool for old beaten amp sounds, cocked wah and monster fuzz… Hopefully I’ll bond more with it.

- MXR Micro Amp : Had this for donkeys years, always use it for recording and live for adding extra girth, yes girth, to the overall sound when needed.

- Boss DD-20 : had this on my board for more than a decade, built like a tank, reliable workhorse… I use this live on everything. It’s an absolute must for me. I love the warp and reverse settings on this pedal, great for filling the void.

- EHX Freeze : 3rd one I’ve had, great pedal but doesn’t like the PP2+

- Strymon El Capistan : I just love this thing, it’s all over the last soundtrack I did.

- Strymon Flint : great two in one pedal, use the stereo out into two amps.

- Boss RC-2 : I use this as a sampler, it’s full of quirky little soundbites from films and there’s a couple of guitar loops on there too for good measure.

- Not shown but worthy of much love is an Orion Effekt “Motor Fuzz”. My live guitarist Gaetan and I got these from Orion Effekts in Germany after trying them on our last tour. My only true fuzz, use it a lot for recording. I also use a Boss Slicer for soundtracks, great with any instrument.

I used to hook all these up with a long daisy chained one-spot and a couple of single adaptors but when we were on tour with Archive their guitar tech JP looked at my board shaking his lovely French head in disgrace so I immediately buckled to peer pressure and got a PP2+ ( but the one-spot is still there). All this usually goes into an 1968 Ampeg Gemini 15 and a heavily (heavy handed) modded Fender Blues Deluxe.

My son is on the board to give me extra super human powers during concerts.

www.robinfoster.fr

Thanks for listening :)
Robin
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Hank – Robin.. you guys sound great! For those interested, check out the video below:


Jan 17 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 1/17 – Kellan Kern

Today’s pedal line is from Kellan Kern. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 1/17 - Kellan KernMy name is Kellan Kern and this is my pedalboard. I typically play in a worship setting and my style goes into ambient at times. I run an Epiphone Les Paul into a Fender Blues Junior. The board is made by myself, wired with Lava Cable, and everything is powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+. Here is my signal chain:

1. Polytune Noir: I love this tuner, and its compact size is easy to make room for. It is reliable and very fast, and I can usually check tuning in a few seconds with this. It is rather hard to velcro down steadily though.

2. Emerson Custom EM-Drive: This is a transparent overdrive that can be used as a boost and always-on drive, to a nice think overdrive, to an almost fuzz tone if pushed. It is very versatile, stays true to your tone, and sounds fantastic with everything I have tried. I highly recommend it.

3. JHS Superbolt: This is an overdrive that emulates the sagging sounds of an old Supro or Valco amp. It truly does that and sounds great for a nice driven sound. It is very versatile as well, and can go from a light drive to heavy Switchfoot sounds.

4. Blackeye Effects MVP: I had heard many of the problems associated with Ernie Ball volume pedals and didn’t want the footprint of a Dunlop, so I found this from a small company. The pedal is built like a tank, and is small too. The wait time was months, however, and the customer service was very frustrating. Just a warning.

5. MXR Carbon Copy: This is a great analog delay, and for the price, it is hard to beat. The repeats are nice and dark, and for lacking tap tempo, is really easy to dial in to a tempo. This is a really fun pedal.

6. TC Electronic Nova Delay: I would put this delay in the same category as the Boss Giga Delay, and in my opinion, is much easier to use. The presets are a life-saver, and the subdivisions of repeats and the ability to tweak most things allows for a ton of creativity. I highly recommend this as a mid-range priced delay.

7. Strymon Bluesky: I researched this pedal for months before buying, and I was not disappointed. The ease of use was surprising, and the sounds that can come out of it are great. The mod setting covers a lot of ground, and the shimmer setting is beautiful. The ability to EQ the reverb is one of the best things about this pedal, as well as the favorite switch, so I basically have two reverbs at my fingertips.

8. Boss RC-30 Loop Station: This loop station inspires creativity a ton, and even if you are not looking to loop, the drum machine is very useful. It took me quite a while to get used to it, and was not very user-friendly. However, it is now one of the most used pedals I own.

- Kellan Kern


Dec 16 2013

Pedalboard Break Down – Rich Robinson – Black Crowes

Another amazing Rig Rundown from Premier Guitar. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, if you like gear videos, subscribe to their channel. This particular break down is for Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes. I’m not the biggest Black Crowes fan, but when I think about that band, I think of awesome guitar tone. So it’s great when there is a feature on their gear.

For the most part, the effects are in a rack with a controller on the floor managing them. I’ll display them in order from top to bottom based on this video:

Pedalboard Break Down - Rich Robinson - Black Crowes2x Fulltone Tape Delays

Pedalboard Break Down - Rich Robinson - Black Crowes

Way Huge Angry Troll
Way Huge Red Llama
Way Huge Swollen Pickle
Way Huge Pork Loin
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff NYC

Pedalboard Break Down - Rich Robinson - Black CrowesDunlop Uni-Vibe
Way Huge Supa-Puss
Strymon El Capistan
Guyatone Flips Vintage Tremolo VT-X
Demeter Amplification Tremulator TRM-1

Pedalboard Break Down - Rich Robinson - Black CrowesFramptone 3-Banger
Strymon Lex w/Roland EV-5 Expression pedal

Pedalboard Break Down - Rich Robinson - Black CrowesPedalboard Break Down - Rich Robinson - Black CrowesAxess Electronics Controller
Dunlop DVP1 Volume Pedal
Boss FV-500H Volume Pedal
Peterson VSS-C Strobo Tuner
Digitech Whammy
Fulltone Clyde Standard Wah
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Khan DI

As always, if you see anything missing or if anything is incorrect, please let me know by commenting below. Also, let me know what you think of this gear and Rich also by commenting!


Nov 29 2013

Pedal Line Friday – 11/29 – Adrian Furby

Today’s pedal line is from Adrian Furby. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 11/29 - Adrian FurbyHi there – having finally gotten my pedalboard into the kind of order I’ve wanted for a while now, I thought I’d share it with you. I play in a surf rock band (not that 60′s twangy stuff – modern guitar music) and we use texture a lot to get different feels and sounds, so there’s a bit of variation on my board.

I thought hard about placement as well, as I frequently change from one pedal to the other during a song, so I need the right amount of space on the board. Pedals that are ‘always on’ go on the top row, pedals that get a bit of action during a song are on the bottom row.

I’ve used a Pedaltrain 2 as the board, with a T-Rex Classic power supply mounted underneath.

1. Xotic Effects SP Compressor – this is a ‘usually on’ pedal and really adds a nice dimension to my overall sound. The Blend knob in particular is a nice touch on this pedal.
2. AMT Japanese Girl Wah – small form factor, rugged, three different sweep ranges, a light that goes on when the pedal is on. I love this wah – it’s the best wah I’ve ever used, and plays really nicely with my dirt pedals.
3. Lastgasp Art Labs Angelring Boost – I tend to leave this on all the time, as it adds a nice amount of dirt into my sound, but cleans up nicely as well.
4. Lastgasp Art Labs Type 88 Super-oscillo Fuzz – this is my standard dirt pedal. I prefer fuzz to distortion as it’s a little more unruly and interesting. In the past I’ve added an expression pedal to this, for crazy sounds.
5. Guyatone VT-2 Vintage Tremolo – I’ve had this for years, it just works, and I can’t see any reason to change it. I use it a lot in this band.
6. Strymon El Capistan – you need a great delay, and this is the best delay I have ever used. Such a great range of sounds, the tap tempo is great, and paired with a Roland EV5 expression pedal it is fantastic.
7. SolidgoldFX Surfrider Reverb – another ‘always on’ pedal – this reverb is really versatile. You have to try one out.
8. TC Electronic Polytune Mini – Being able to strum and see the state of every string and then just tune the ones that are actually out is a great time saver during gigs. Drop-D option is good too.

And yes that’s my Gretsch DuoJet and Fender DuoSonic II behind the board.

Check out my band “Goofyfooter” on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GoofyfooterMusic or at http://www.goofyfootermusic.com.au


Nov 26 2013

Best Reverb Pedal

Best Reverb PedalReverb is a funny thing. I remember a few years ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead with a reverb pedal in my line, now I have two on my board currently. Now you see and hear various levels of reverb on many guitarists boards. Because of that demand, there are a ton to pick from now-a-days. So what’s the best? What’s the most popular. If you’re interested in getting a reverb, this might be a good resource to pull from. So we need your help! Please vote what you think is the best reverb out there. If you see a pedal missing from the poll, let me know by commenting below. For now, I just pulled 30 units out there.

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Oct 28 2013

Audley Freed – Pedalboard Break Down

Probably around 1998 or so, Jimmy (who does the demos here on the site) introduced me to some Audley Freed. I remember Jimmy was trying to dissect an Audley lick and was explaining to me what was happening in there. I was impressed. Audley is a very interesting musician (musically). The music is not my preferred style, but I definitely can appreciate it. What I really like, is that he has a distinct style and is genuinely interested in putting his mark and style with his playing. Make the lick your own versus just rehashing the same lick everyone else is playing. That’s cool. I haven’t thought about Audley Freed in a long time, but when I saw Mojo Hand post a photo this morning.

Audley Freed – Pedalboard Break DownI like this board. Simple. All about tone. I was surprised to not see a wah, but it might not be pictured.

Here is a break down of pedals for Audley Freed’s board:

Mojo Hand FX Rook Royale
Xotic RC Booster
Strymon El Capistan
MXR Custom Comp
Boss TU-2 Tuner

Here is a cool video where Audley talks about guitar. The series is pretty cool:

Let me know what you think about this board and/or Audley Freed by commenting below!


Oct 16 2013

Pedal Line Friday (on Wednesday) – 10/16 – Bruce

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 Bruce. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday (on Wednesday) – 10/16 – BruceHi all,

I love to see what others have done with their effects and what they like or dislike about them. This is a great site and I have been wanting to submit my 2 boards for review and let people know what I use and like. I’ve been playing for over 40 years, and my influences include David Gilmour, Alex Lifeson, and recently a lot of Christian guitarists like Paul Wilbur and Jeff Kunde.  Anyhow, I like some of the older sounds with the new, and set up my equipment accordingly. I have a main board (The SKB), and a outdoor or practice board (mini Pedaltrain) for other venues.  I use only Bullet Cable slug connector cords and fittings except for the 2 that feed my effects loop. They are Monster Cables. (I have discovered through trial and error and great expense that if you buy quality cables, you never regret it. But purchase quality effects and cheap cables, and it’s like putting cheap tries on a Ferrari. Yeah, it works, but you’ll never get the true sound and performance out of your pedals.) First board is my main one I use for my Church Worship Team. I run it through a Palomino V32 Amp and a V-Boutique Cab loaded with a late 70′s Altec 417-8H Speaker. Think Santana and you’d be close to the sound:

1.  SKB Stage Five Board:  Only use the power supply and to route Effects Loop. Fairly good board, but the connectors are cheap and tend to be noisy.

2. T1M A/B Switch with buffer and dual led’s:  Great little pedal with 2 distinct colored Led’s (you get to choose what colors you want), and I run 2 separate guitars into this. (An American Highway One Strat and Les Paul Traditional Pro with Wolftones). Buffer feeds a strong signal to the next effects. Check out :  this1smyne.com

3. Sonic Research ST-200 Tuner: Does a fantastic job and is extremely precise and quick to pickup the tone.

4. Original 1982 Ibanez CP-835 Compressor:  This is a very subtle delay that I love. I don’t want a sharp country picking sound, but need some sustain and mild compression at times. Works better than many newer compression pedals I’ve tried. I leave this on all the time.

5. Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Overdrive:  I definitely like this drive, especially due to the ability to alter many of the parameters of the overdrive with the clean and drive knob. I think it has a great sound and I will be buying another eventually to replace the SD-1 on my alternate board.

6. Original 1988 Rat 2:  What can I say, you either love or hate them. This is my go to distortion for the Les Paul and for leads on the Strat. I think it’s the best and I would kill the thief if it was stolen!

7. Rockett Pedals Josh Smith Dual Tremolo:  This is a very nice tremolo that I use sparingly. Fattens softer sounds and works with some leads. Don’t like putting it right after the Distortions, but there is a good reason it is not in the effects loop. The pedal has a boost so you don’t lose volume when the pedal is on (Many trems do soften). While a great and necessary addition, it causes a loud Popping sound in the amps effects loop when turning it on and off. Putting it in the chain here stops that pop and it still sounds great. Contacted the folks at Rockett and they suggested moving it here. (Really nice people by the way!)

8. ISP Noise Decimator: Used very rarely now. Once I went to Bullet Cables, it really wasn’t needed. If both OD and Distortion on and I’m playing softly, I use it to get rid of the soft hiss. Otherwise it stays off. I’m thinking of getting the TC Electronic Ditto Looper to put here.

9. Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Modified by T1M: This is an older pedal that I have always liked but was never crazy about. Sent it to Tim at this1smyne.com, and he put a new Pot, Buffer, and switch to turn Buffer on/off, and some cool looking blue led’s in it. For about $75.00, this completely change the sound and look of this pedal and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t put my Volume Pedal at the beginning of the chain because you change your tone as you advance or decrease your pedal. Some may like this, but I want all my sound coming through and just the volume changed, not the tone. The Buffer boosts the signal to the amp and Effects Loop.

Effects Loop:

10. Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay:  Other than the large footprint, I like this pedal. This is a very simple and great sounding delay with dual switches you can combine or run separately. I use dotted eights on the modulation side and triplets on the other. Mostly use the dotted eights, but like what the triplets do especially to my leads and combined. Tap Tempo or manual for both sides is another great feature. Wish it had blinking Led’s to tell me what the Tempo is.

11. Strymon Blue Sky Reverb: Another wonderful addition to my board about a year ago. Pricy, but it does sound fantastic. I like a plate reverb sound and this nails it.  I also use the Shimmer mode on the second switch when the keyboard player is out for the softer songs. Really sounds great.

Pedal Line Friday (on Wednesday) – 10/16 – BruceAlternate Board for Outdoor/Practice Venues: Powered by One-Spot and run through Egnater Rebel-30 amp.

1. Pedaltrain Mini Board:  Good board with nice padded carrying bag to protect your pedals and store your cables.

2. Boss TU-2 Tuner:  I don’t know how long I have had this pedal, but it still works and has a buffer to shoot the signal through all my bypass pedals so I think I’ll keep it. Lights tend to wash out in sunlight which is a bummer sometimes.

3. BBE Bench Press Compressor: After my Ibanez CP-835, I would say this is one of the best analog compressors I’ve used. Still keeps your tone without a sharp attack that is abrasive. Very nice pedal for the money.

4. Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive: Another very old pedal that does a fair job at Overdrive, but tends to be thin sounding. Will replace with another Sparkle Drive when the finances allow.

5. Digitech Hardwire DL-8 Delay/Looper:  Very nice sounding pedal and pretty long looper (20 Seconds). I use it on Analog delay or Tape delay depending on the guitar. I think the humbuckers sound best on Analog, and the Single Coils on Tape Delay. Looper is tricky and you have to get it just right or it will sound terrible. I don’t really like the looper. Not real user-friendly.

6. Behringer RV-600 Reverb: My bargain basement pedal that I make work for the venues. I wouldn’t recommend this except for beginners or those on a strict budget. It works, just not great. Save up for a Blue Sky, you’ll keep that one forever!

7. BBE Boosta Grande: Very Transparent pedal to boost leads or rhythm without changing tone. I would recommend this for the money!

8. Boss FV-500L:  Placed at the end of the chain again to affect only the volume and not tone. Works good, very large footprint.

Use the Pedal Label system advertised on this site for my main board. They are really handy and I would recommend highly. Things can get bumped with my big feet and can ruin a good lead if I’m not careful. Thanks for your time. Hope this helped!

Bruce


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