Aug 29 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/29 – Jesse Davidson

Today’s pedal line is from Jesse Davidson. 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 iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/29 - Jesse DavidsonHey pedal line! My name is Jesse Davidson and I live in Dothan Alabama. I’ve never submitted to this before but I would love to share my rig with you! I do not have any links to music just yet but I will soon. Anyone can follow me on twitter: jesseredeemed and Instagram: JesseJaguarkick

Pedalboard chain.

I have a parts caster telecaster and an epiphone es-339 as my main guitars. First in my chain is a t1m mini buffer. From there it goes into a polytune and then into the cmatmods compressor. The comes my bypass strip. In the strip I have an EM drive and a JHV3 Ghost drive. (The blank space in the top is reserved for a micro pog)

From the bypass strip it goes BBE sonic stomp, VPjr volume, strymon timeline, eventide timefactor with t1m aux switch as my secondary delay. I also use the infinite repeats function with swells to make a really nice pad like underscore when there are no keyboard players. From there it goes into my strymon bigsky and then into a strymon bluesky. This all runs through a badcat Luca. I am powered by a fuel tank jr. And a furman power conditioner that is mounted under my Pedaltrain pro. I use lava instrument cables, George L and planet waves patch cables and Blue Herdim guitar pics. Westone triple driver in ears monitors as well.

Aug 25 2014

Kjartan Dagur – Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break Down

Last week I went into detail on Georg “Goggi” Hólm and Jónsi boards of Sigur Ros. Only one more installment to go.. which is Kjartan Dagur! Kjartan has few more pedals on board than the others, but his roll in Sigur Ros is to really add the depth of the sonic landscape of the band. While Jónsi leads the way, Kjartan defines the landscape. To get you up to speed, here is Premier Guitar Rig Run down cued up:

Here is the break down of Kjartan Dagur pedalboard:

Kjartan Dagur - Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break DownErnie Ball Volume Pedal
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor
Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo
Electro-Harmonix Freeze
Strymon BlueSky Reverb
EBS MultiDrive Bass Overdrive
MXR Micro Amp
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb
Digitech Whammy

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+
T-Rex Fuel Tank

Let me know what you think by commenting below!

Jul 16 2014

Petteri Sariola … whoa!

Yesterday, while on Facebook, I was introduced to the musician Petteri Sariola (aka Pete). The video was a cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. I started to watch the video with the Petteri and his acoustic, and was expecting another “looper” singer/songwriter deal. My first initial thought during the first 10 seconds.. “yeah, it’s okay”, but then I started noticing and paying attention to what was going on. He was playing percussion on the guitar, but the sound was sounding quite realistic (especially the kick drum sounds). Then I started hearing the bass lines. Then I realized.. “hey wait.. there is no looping”. I had to learn more. But first, let’s get you up to speed.

Here is the video I mentioned above (posted by Candyrat Records):

Okay, as you can see/hear, there is a lot going on here. Petteri uses a special guitar with a custom top so he can do the percussion. Also, his set up is quite interesting, with splitters taking care of specific areas of frequencies, etc.

There is a great video where Petteri goes into detail about his set up. Very interesting!

Here is a break down of pedals that he is using:

Petteri Sariola Pedalboard Break DownAllen & Heath ZED 10FX Mixer
Digitech Whammy
Boss OC-3 Super Octave
Mad Professor Little Green Wonder Overdrive
Strymon Timeline Delay
TC Electronics Corona Chorus
TC Electronics PolyTune Mini
MXR M87 Bass Compressor
MXR KFK1 10 Band EQ
MXR M108 10 Band EQ
Suhr Buffer (w/ISO split)

Let me know what you think about this by commenting below!

May 21 2014

Coffee and Riffs, Part Seventeen

Ok.. Coffee and Riffs.. is starting to be one of my favorite things to watch. For those of you not familiar, Coffee and Riffs is Brady of Walrus Audio combining a few pedals together to create a short clip of coolness. He often has guest musicians too. Combination of pedals are different every episode. Usually different instrument as well.

Coffee and Riffs, Part SeventeenWhy do I like these? Simply.. they’re not *demos* but *potentials* maybe? I like the idea of combining pedals and just work on a riff. I like the creativity. I definitely watch these and feel inspired to slap some pedals together.. and just create something. Break away from the board. Break away from the established pedal routing set and locked on the board and just mess around.

Part Seventeen features Brady and he’s playing a Schecter Hellcat Bass VI.. which are cool. I own a Schecter Ultra VI and are quite fun to play with, so I was particularly excited to see what this was about.

Pedals featured in the video:

Dr. Scientist Cosmichorus
Walrus Audio Voyager Overdrive x2
Dr. Scientist Frazz Dazzler
Mr. Black DeluxePlus
Strymon Timeline

Do you ever pull the pedals off the board and shake things up? Let me know!

May 2 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 5/2 – Jonathan Oh

Today’s pedal line is from Jonathan Oh. 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 - 5/2 - Jonathan OhHey There!

This is my pedal board! It’s a Pedaltrain PT2. All effects are powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power Plus 2.

The effects chain goes like this – Boss Chromatic Tuner TU-3 > Zvex Fuzz Factory Vexter Series > Goosesoniqueworx Blitzkrieg Buffered Boost > Barber Direct Drive w/ PCB Mod > Barber Compact Direct Drive > Barber Gain Changer > Bigfoot FX Magnavibe > Strymon Timeline > Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Nano > TC Electronic Hall Of Fame.

As you can see I like Barber pedals. They are well made and sound more organic than any other drive pedals I’ve ever had (includes the OCD, Tubescreamer, Signa Drive, etc.).
Both the Direct Drives are made to sound like Marshalls and my goodness they nail it. The Gain Changer does the American sound and it’s so so good.
Both the GC and DD are the most versatile pedals you can get too without any lack in quality. Both can do their respective clean tones and driven tones in the flick of a switch.

I normally keep my amp clean and maybe just on the verge of breakup.
I like to rely on pedals to provide the drive especially when I have to play on rigs that are not mine.

I think the pedal that needs a good mention is the Magnavibe.
I’ve always dreamt of owning a Magnatone but never had the chance or money. So I asked myself what did I like about them? And of course, it was the vibrato.
Did a little research and found this dream pedal on eBay. It’s an incredible pedal. Even with the vibe turned down low, it adds a certain divine fullness to your tone.

The other pedal I’d like to mention is the Blitzkrieg Boost. It’s a fat sounding boost that retains clarity while adding body.
I use it to tame the highs from my Fuzz and to drive the amp over the top.
It’s locally built in Singapore where I come from and I always love showing support for the local industry.

I run these pedals from a 89′ Strat Plus Deluxe and into a Ceriatone DZ-30 with a WGS Veteran 30 and Reaper HP.
I play mainly indie and alt rock with blues, psychedelic rock and shoegaze/nugaze on the side.
Check my band out, we don’t have stuff on yet but we will in a couple of months.

Thanks effectsbay! I hope you can choose my board for the Pedal Line Friday!

Jonathan Oh

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 or Facebook –

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”
We also have an iPhone and android app.
You can also check out my videos on YouTube here


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

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.

Thanks for listening :)
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