Oct 3 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 10/3 – Tiago Pedroso

Today’s pedal line is from Tiago Pedroso. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 10/3 - Tiago PedrosoHi.

I’ve been reading your website for the last 3 to 4 months and thought I’d pitch in. I’m a webdesigner by trade and currently play guitar on an instrumental rock band in Lisbon, Portugal. Beyond the pedals pictured, my setup includes a 62 Reissue Epiphone Sorrento (Korean built hollow body guitar with USA Gibson electronics and mini-hums) and a 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue (running clean on the vibrato channel).

Signal Path is as follows (pedals mounted on a Diago Commuter board – powered by a 9v 1Spot transformer):

TC Electronic Polytune Mini > Excellent tuner. I’ve used the Polytune 2 before but traded down for this to save on pedalboard space. The big Pulytune 2 is has a brighter display but this works well enough for me.

Wampler Black 65 > Oldest pedal on my board. I use it in boost mode, as a light OD as it gets dirty past noon. EQ is extremely powerful and makes this pedal highly versatile. The gain mode is a little boomy, but is definitely usable. I just don’t use it in a band context to avoid having to kneel in the middle of a song. Instead, I have a 2nd OD.

Barber Gain Changer > My 2nd gain stage. The Barber GC is an evolution of their LTD pedals. It has 3 voices and 2 gain stages. I use it on the ligther gain stage, maxed with the standard LTD voice. Focused, clear, american tone that cuts well into any mix.

Barber Barb EQ > I tried the Xotic RC Booster in this position before getting this Barber and, although its a good pedal, it added to much dirt. I needed a clean volume boost, not a gain boost. This does that in spades, but goes well beyond: in has a 3 way toggle for different “tone stack” sounds allowing you to turn your amp into either a 59 high power Tweed, a 60’s Blackface or a late 60’s British amp head. I use the tweed voicing as it fattens up my lead tone quite nicely. Also, the midrange knob has a push/pull switch that when “pulled up” emulates the bright input on the tweed and British setting (useful when playing darker guitars).

Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master > Delay & Reverb in a box. I use this almost exclusively as a delay pedal but the reverb on it is excellent. It’s usually white and blue but they did a run of black and blue DMs this year. I bought it used a couple of months ago and love it, although the switch feels a little stiff (not sure if its an EQD thing or if it’s a fault on my unit).

Strymon Flint > The ultimate Tremolo & Reverb box. Seems like a simple pedal, but this thing is capable of doing so much: from traditional spring reverb to wobbly/soupy soundscapes; it’s just a beautiful piece of gear. I use a lot of reverb (to much, actually) so I’ve hooked it with a favourite switch built by Drew Swindle (http://www.swindlereffects.com/) so I can have 2 presets on tap: the favourite switch has my regular plate reverb and the right switch on the flint has an 80s long/wet/glissed setting. For spring I use my Deluxe Reverb (foot switch pictured on the left). Tremolo-wise, the flint has a pretty extreme, almost chorus-like setting dialled in. For traditional tremolo I use the DRRI’s foot switch.

Boss RC-2 Loop Station > I use it as a practice tool. A sturdy but complicated machine, it allows me to record ideas on the fly.

That’s it.


May 30 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 5/30 – Nathan Brown

Today’s pedal line is from Nathan 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 5/30 - Nathan BrownShe’s almost there, just a few more tweaks and I think things will be just right.  Recently, I was able to sell a few of my older pedals to pick up the Pedaltrain PT-2 w/ Voodoo Labs power supply and just about break even.  Way cool setup and worth every penny.  Sitting on top is:

1) Boss TU-2 – I think you know this one.

2) BYOC Classic Compressor – My first compressor and my first attempt at a DIY kit.  Its a Dynacomp/Ross clone. If you’re looking for a new hobby, this was quite fun!  They sell clones of all the famous pedals…Big Muff, Rat, OD808, etc.

3) This1smyne Mini Volume Boost – I bought this used, but as far as I know this is a clone of a Zvex Super Hard On (SHO) for a fraction of the price.  This has become an “always on” pedal (perhaps almost always on is more accurate)  with the knob turned to roughly 1:00.  It doesn’t radically change the tone, just gives it a little extra depth and clarity and a wee bit of dirt.  Just a wee bit, though.  Check out T1M’s other stuff…all kinds of cool things and very reasonably priced.  I’ve been drooling over The Pearl overdrive but I don’t foresee getting wife approval any time soon!

4) Fulltone Full Drive 2 – Non MOSFET version.  Everybody’s got to have a TS style pedal and this one does the job as good as any.  I keep the gain low and volume high, so its used primarily as a boost in front of my amp’s dirty channel.  Occasionally, I’ll use it for a light overdrive with the Tele.  The downside is the size and for me, the boost feature doesn’t add any value so I’ve been contemplating swapping this out with a Maxon OD808.

5) Joyo Ultimate Drive – Supposedly a cheap OCD clone.  Well, its definitely cheap but I’ve never had an OCD so I can’t comment there.  You can pick them up for something ridiculous like $30, so its worth a try for anyone.  I do like the tone, it has a very different character that I can’t get from the dirty channel from either my Marshall or Mesa/Boogie, but I haven’t found a real use for it.  Just last night, I swapped this out with an EHX Soul Food and I *think* this might come off the board for now.

6) Wampler Pinnacle II Reissue – This is, I think, the same thing as the current Pinnacle Deluxe production model.  If you’re after a smooth lead tone like Satch or Vai, this thing really shines.  Not a big fan of the rhythm tones though, but that’s OK because I don’t need it for that.

After that, I’m running these two through the FX Loop:

7) Line 6 DL4 – I’ve had it almost since they first came out.  I really enjoy it, very versatile and good sounds.  The stock switches are absolute garbage though!  Dan Rasp sells a DIY kit on eBay that I picked up with new LEDs and really nice switches.  Problem solved and no more complaints from me.

8) TC Electronics Arena Reverb – More or less the same thing as the Hall of Fame, just an “exclusive” Musicians Friend / Guitar Center version as I recall.  The reverb on my Marshall TSL100 really sucked so I bought this thing, and then bought a Mesa Rectoverb a week later so it might be a bit redundant now, but hey, options are good.

All of these are hooked up with Evidence Audio Monorail cable and pancake plugs that I soldered myself…another fun DIY project I highly recommend.  Custom cable lengths keep everything nice and tidy.  I’m strictly a bedroom player these days and its all going in to the new Mesa Rectoverb 25 head, then into an Avatar 4×12 w/ their Hellatone 30 speakers (Celestion G12H30).  One or both channels can be switched down to 10W mode which may just keep me from being evicted!  I’m seriously diggin’ my rig these days.

I’m constantly switching between an SX Tele, Gibson Les Paul, Agile 7 string and an LTD MH400, so that’s the reason I have so many forms of boost / overdrive / distortion.  Each of those guitars has such a different tone and character to them.  I prefer the “set it and forget it” approach, so rather than tweak knobs around every time I switch guitars I’ve gotten used to which pedals sound best with certain guitars.  Compressor>T1M>FD2 on sounds incredible with the Tele and sounds like a butthole on the Agile.  You get the idea!

Dec 20 2013

Pedal Line Friday – 12/20 – Chad Smith

Today’s pedal line is from Chad Smith. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 12/20 - Chad SmithI hope you are well.  Below is my content for a Pedal Line Friday, thanks.

Signal Path:
Axe > TC Electronic Polytune MiniCry Baby 535Q, Wampler Dual Fusion Overdrive, Electro Harmonix Small Stone, 3Leaf Audio Wonderlove Envelope Filter, EarthQuaker Devices Bit Commander, Diamond Tremolo, Boss Super Shifter PS-5, Sitori Sonics Reel Repeat Delay, Pigtronix Infinity Looper > Amp.

Description: As far as signal paths go, I say do whatever works for you. For me I like to first go into the tuner (upper right) for tuning and bypass reasons. Then strait into the Wah, so I can have total signal control when I crank the wah pedal on. Next I go into the Distortion/Overdrive. I use this as my dirty channel, and for lead, so I want that drive and tone in front of all the rest of the effects. From here I go to my main modulation, the Phase Shifter. Then into the envelope filter, guitar synthesizer, and tremolo.  Before I take all these into the Delay I run them through the Super Shifter. Then Delay is my last effect so that it’s applied to all other sounds before it.  The final signal is taken to the loop pedal (bottom right) to be tampered with at will, then out to the amp.

Board Basics:
This pedal board is designed to be low profile and hide cables under the upper deck.  The PolyTune Mini has a wedge lift behind it to prop up the led screen. I have the board set up to use my left foot for the Wah, and my right foot for looping.  I also have the Super Shifter set in an easy-access spot (blue pedal  by wah) because of how I use it. I mostly have it set on the T.ARM mode and can keep my foot on it to grab and bend my sound at will.

Dual Fusion – use a Boutique on the Overdrive knob. I keep it low for a dirty channel, increase it for a little more volume and dirt, then crank it for sustain.
Small Stone – use a Classic on the Rate.  Allows me to go from a subtle phase to a drastic modulation while playing.  When the wings are at 12 & 6 you can use your foot to switch the Color mode.
Wonderlove – use a Boutique on the Attack knob. This gives me control over whether the envelope is a thin saturated snap, or a thick thromp sound.  This comes in handy for dialing in a room at different decibels, and allows you to enjoy more envelope varieties while soloing.
Bit Commander – use a Boutique on the Sub Octave knob.  So I can add or take away the third octave sub as desired for lead expression.
Diamond – use a Boutique on the Depth knob. I can increase or decrease the Depth on the fly to determine how prominent the tremolo effect is. This is great for fine-tuning, but also produces dramatic sweeps and rhythm dynamics in different Wave modes.
Super Shifter – use a Classic on the Pitch knob. In T.ARM mode it allows me to adjust the pitch details of the bend on the fly. In Pitch Shifter mode it allows me to scroll between the pitches in real time.
Reel Repeat – use a Boutique on the Speed knob.  I can easily pick different delay speeds for different songs. During a lead I can go from the shortest/quickest delay sound, to a long stretched out delay melody.
Infinity – use a Boutique on the Channel 1 volume knob.  This allows me to fade in or out the loop from Channel 1 while playing in front or behind it etc…

Dec 13 2013

Pedal Line Friday – 12/13 – Jumahat

Today’s pedal line is from Jumahat. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 12/13 - JumahatHi there! My name is Jumahat from Singapore. This is my 2nd post with updated stuff. More or less set on the sounds i have. Might just buy a Boss RC30 to complete my looping craze. And, I’ve been following you guys for a while now and gawking at others’ stuff. And it’s always interesting to see what other have and use. Here’s my pedal line:

Boss PS3 – for the crazy, tinkling pitch shifted sounds. though nearly everyone i know uses this for “mode 7″, i used nearly every mode except for the delays.

Boss RV3 – lots of people mentioned this as a revered pedal. i personally believe RV5 sounds better. but useful when you just need simple hall or plate reverb sounds. same (like the PS3), i don’t use the delay modes here.

Boss DD7 – really nice, simple, and straight forward delay. love the analog DM2 analog delay sound. i’m thinking of bumping this off my pedal line, and switch to the Wampler Faux Tape Echo.

Fulltone 70 BC108 – i was expecting more, but maybe i’ll have to try putting it first in line before any of the buffered pedal to get great tone out of it. will try it out this weekend and see how it goes. most of the time i’ll just place the ZVex Box-Of-Metal in this position.

Fulltone OCD – as good as everyone says! one of the really nice overdrive tones i’ve ever gotten from a single pedal. and it don’t cost a bomb! really love it!

Malekko Analog 616 – a really nice sounding analog delay pedaly. really love the way it oscillate with the regen know. cranked.

Wampler Faux Tape Echo – very, very versatile and nice sounding delay pedal. this will take over DD7’s spot as i can get more delay tones from the TC Electronic Flashback X4.

TC Electronic X4 – yeah, i’ve played the Line 6 and to me personally, this is a better pedal. used it for both delay sounds and loop function. this will solely be used for delay once i have a Boss RC30. which willdefinitely be not so soon..

EHX Memory Man w/Hazarai – the secret weapon, crazy pedal that sound so bad its so good! use it mostly for crazy washed-out droning backward-forwards loops. love this so much! definitely an essential equation to my sounds.

Pedal Line Friday - 12/13 - Jumahat
As of now, i don’t use the DD7, SD1, and Big Muff much, and they’re already on the list to be sold-off. The Rat2 and the Tech 21 XXL will be kept safely in its box, and the Zvex will usually make an appearance when i need some fuzzy sounds and the Fulltone 70 can’t deliver. What i might buy soon will be a TC HOF Reverb for the last in line, a Boss RC30 for me to up the ante on loop craziness, and maybe, just maybe another fuzz pedal. Most probably the Earthquaker Hoof or Black Arc Pharoah Fuzz. Yeah, that’s it! Thanks for reading!

Oh i did release some stuff on bandcamp here: http://mesenmampos.bandcamp.com/ do check it out!

I’ve sold-off the EHX Big Muff, Boss DD7 and SD1 pedals. Looking to use the cash for a used Boss RC30. Funny thing is i remembered wanting to send the DD7 and SD1 (and an RV5 Reverb if i bought one) to JHS pedals for mods; and also the Big Muff for rehousing. Seems that the pedals that are still with me, that i’m still using and loving, are purely stock! Just a personal note to myself.

Dec 7 2013

Pedal Line Friday (on Saturday) – 12/7 – Neil du Plessis

that ended up all right. Emails are back – which include Pedal Line Friday submissions. So I’ll post a couple today! Thanks… and sorry! Today’s pedal line is from Neil du Plessis. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. 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 Saturday) - 12/7 - Neil du PlessisHey Effectsbay

This is my little go anywhere board. I’m kind of a Wampler fan as you can see. Chain starts out going into the Ego compressor, then the Mooer full drive, paisley drive, hot wired v1, Boss DD3, Mooer Shimverb and finally an EP booster. I also use a boss volume pedal off to the side for swells etc. Combined with my ZT Lunchbox this is a great little sounding rig in a super small package.

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 23 2013

Pedal Line Friday (on Wednesday) – 10/23 – Eli Jeffery

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 Eli Jeffery. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. 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) – 10/23 – Eli JefferyHowdy,

I’m Eli Jeffery the rhythm guitar/banjo player for a country outfit from Louisville, KY called Black Bird County (www.facebook.com/blackbirdcounty). Here is my submission for Pedal Line Friday.

I built it out of an old Samsonite suitcase. Instead of using velcro I drilled holes every 2 inches and used zip ties to hold down the pedals. It’s all powered with a Visual Sound 1 Spot power supply.

Boss TU-2:
Boss makes the best stomp box tuners in my opinion. I’ve had it forever and have never had any trouble out of it. They’re built like a tank.

Wampler Tweed ’57:
This is a really rad OD that really gets that Tweed brake up. I use it to keep a little bit of dirt on my guitar pretty much all the time. Sounds amazing through basically every amp.

Gearmanndude Luther Drive:
I was in the guitar shop that Gearmanndude work’s at here in Louisville and got to try this dude out. It’s a TS 808 clone. It has decent clarity. I use it for an extra punch when needed.

MXR Carbon Copy:
The Carbon Copy seems to be becoming a pedal board standard. I mainly like to leave it set as a slap back. Occasionally, I use it on longer stuff. Before I had this I’ve had two different Danechos but they both crapped out. It seems to be built well.

Fulltone Supa-Trem:
This is an excellent tremolo. This things super simple. My favorite feature about it is the speed button. It gives you the ability to cut your speed in half.

Boss FRV-1:
I like to keep some reverb on my cleans and I switch out amps(some with no reverb) so often, I picked up this guy. It is suppose to emulate a 63′ Fender Spring Reverb unit. I think it does a decent job at it as well.


Oct 16 2013

Pedal Line Friday (on Wednesday) – 10/16 – Bobby Becerra

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 Bobby Becerra. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. 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 – Bobby Becerra1. Boss TU2 -What can I say they are every where dependable and after having this one for 10yrs I am a fan

2. EHX POG 2- It makes some of the most intense octave sounds or the most subtle . I love the 12 string setting and I can scroll down to my other two favorite sounds organ and a brutal octave down sound . I have the POG 1 but having to change all the sliders in between songs is a pain. Having the presets makes having to carry and making sure you don’t lose your settings sheet a thing of the past.


3. TONEZONE WOMEN TONE- Transparent overdrive that is almost not a overdrive at all. I keep it on all the time it gives the other two dirt pedals in my over drive loop a push. It has light up boobies it’s housed in a case that looks like a old Texas Instruments Calculator.

4. ZVEX FUZZ FACTORY- It’s the not so nice hand painted version. It’s squeals,hisses and makes air raid noises. At times I think it’s a beast that can not be tamed other times I feel like the knight befriending  the beast and making it my jam buddy.

5. RODENBERG 828 OVERDRIVE- Found this gem used in a guitar shop . Two 808 pedals in one you can stack them or switch between the two . Jewel lights that give you so much light you look like you have your own spotlight. Each side has a tone, overdrive and bass boost control one side has a more gain switch.


6. DUNLOP UNI-VIBE- I used this very sparsely some times it’s pushed out of the way for my BOSS PS 3 Pitch shifter. If I used it it’s with the organ sound from the POG

7. SKULLYTONE TREMOLO- It looks cool as hell has a speed knob and a level knob the switch changes the wave shape. I love my old DUNLOP TREMOLO in the oversized purple box but this works and it’s a one of a kind. The sugar skull in etched not painted .


8. MALEKKO 616 DELAY- I am a fan of his old builds but this has some cool options. I like the modulation controls. It has a buffer button and for those who must mess with something the inside has a pot you can mess with until you break it or get the sound you like.

9. WAMPLER TAPE ECHO- Faux tape that you can turn off and use as a delay or turn on the tape option and  get the speed up slow down warble that tape gives you. Along with the typical controls it gives you a shade knob and a movement knob that color the sound.

10. FREAKSHOW FX DIGILOG- You can go from 300 to 600 milliseconds with a flick of a switch. Has a time, decay, mix and feedback controls. The best part is the second switch that sends the pedal into oscillation when stepped on. It’s one of the older hand painted models. Still being made but no longer hand painted.


11. AKAI HEADRUSH DELAY TAPE AND LOOPER- Lots of options and 4 head tape delay simulator , 32 seconds of loop time and it mimics a analog delay. It has to be one of the easiest loopers and you can record over and over or step on the button a get rid of all layers and leave the original loop you recorded.

12. SKULLYTONE BOBAFET BOOST- I am not a stars wars fan but had to have this one of a kind boost another etched graphic has a buffer switch and the darker knob is the volume.

13. KILPATRICK LUSH PUPPY REVERB-  This is a reverb pedal with a twist. You can add a delay to the reverb but the delay is a very little almost slapback delay. No longer being made but videos are online and worth looking at to witness this very original idea .

EFFECTS LOOP is a loop master PEDALTRAIN Board inside a ROADIE CASE. ROADIE is a company out of Holbrook NY.

Aug 23 2013

Pedal Line Friday – 8/23 – Dave Belknap

Today’s pedal line is from Dave Belknap. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

After dabbling with building a board I finally committed to designing my first full fledged pedal rig:

Pedal Line Friday - 8/23 - Dave Belknap

CAE404 Bradshaw Wah
RockBox Boiling Point
Wampler EGOcomp
Duncan TweakFuzz
Love pedal COT50
EBall Volume Jr
TC Electronics Corona Chorus
Empress SuperDelay VM
TC Electronics Polytune

The silver pedal below the wah controls the boost on my GenzBenz Black Pearl 30. I finished this rig in time to start rehearsing with an Elton John tribute band. The entire set of pedals is wired with Hosa pancake cables and one Monster 500.

When things fell through and duty called I slowly sold down the pedal board. This past year I have been fortunate to almost complete its rebuild.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/23 - Dave Belknap
My current pedal board is sans compressor and wah but contains every other pedal to inspire my creative side and to support all my live needs.

Korg Pitchblack tuner
Love pedal COT50
Joyo Ultimate Overdrive
Xotic EP Booster
Bogner Uberschall
MXR EVH Flanger
TC Electronics SCF+
Empress SuperDelay VM
Duncan DejaVu
Boost switch for a GenzBenz Black Pearl 30.

Dave Belknap

Pursuing Excellence in the Arts
Twitter @DaveBelknap

Nov 2 2012

Pedal Line Friday – 11/2 – Nate Shoemaker

Today’s pedal line is from Nate Shoemaker. 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 pedalline@nulleffectsbay.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 11/2 - Nate Shoemaker

I’m Nate Shoemaker, lead guitarist of Westward, a alternative rock band from Portland Oregon, and this is my pedal board! Check out my band and our EP which will be released soon at www.westwardmusic.com. You can reach our Twitter at twitter.com/westwardtheband.

Board (order of pedals is the order of the chain) –

JHS Little Black Buffer – Man this thing is great. Gives that high end clarity back when 99% of your pedals are true bypass and you have over 40′ of cable between you and your amp.

Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner – Had the TU-2 for a long time and finally upgraded to this one! Also tried the Korg Black and thought it was a piece of junk. You can see the LED readings from a mile away! Perfect for playing outside. The output is on the “Thru” signal so it’s always on; just have to lower the volume pedal and I can tune with ease.

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr. – Nothing special here, just the volume pedal that has become the industry standard. Fantastic for swells, feels good. It is a tone sucker, and JHS makes a mod to put a buffer in it so there is no loss of signal. Definitely gonna get that.

Digitech Whammy V5 – This is the bees knees guys! Had a V4 for forever, and this thing is phenomenal. The jump from the V4 to the V5 came with some sweet mods, such as true bypass and 9V AC (finally), along with some cool new harmony settings and a switch that goes from “Classic” to “Chord” mode, and chord mode provides better tracking and modulation when more then one note is present. The biggest change is the sound. It’s super clear and smooth now, and is a lot less intrusive, which I know will be a negative to some of you. It also pixelates less, which is nice. It just feels more modern, and the tracking with pedal is laser accurate.

Diamond Compressor – This thing is pure magic. Plug it in, set everything at twelve, and boom, your tone is FAT. It’s great! Brings out a lot of notes that weren’t really pulling through (see: high e string on a strat while playing chords), and now I can hear everything all the time. For you guys that know how compression works, this one has a 3:1 ratio, which is my favorite in my opinion. Some offer up to a 10:1 ratio, but that is way too spanky and country for me. 3:1 is great for rock and roll, and it doesn’t shape the sound of your pedals (in a negative way). There are about 1000 features this thing has, but I won’t go into them there. Check out Diamond’s website!

JHS Morning Glory – JHS has done a wonderful jon with this overdrive, basing it on an amp circuit instead of a distortion box circuit (see: tubescreamer) which translates into the clearest and most transparent overdrive I’ve ever heard. This is usually on all the time if I’m on my clean channel, and is a beautiful pedal. Also has a treble cuttoff switch which fits quite nicely in dealing with the harshness of strats.

Blackout Effectors Mantra – This baby is on the other side of the Morning Glory. With the gain at 0 and the bass barely on, this thing SCREAMS rock and roll and FAT chords man. Simply a monster. This thing is also fantastic with my strat because it can run my bridge pickup with this thing on and it sounds great; the bass response evens out the highs of my guitar and offers a truly unique sound that I haven’t heard from a pedal yet. It’s no overly dark though; I played a gig the other night with a Tele with EMG’s in it and with a little EQ change it brought a sweet and punchy midrage tone though that pedal.

Empress Multidrive – So…. Many… Knobs…. This one takes awhile to dial in but I use it for my “Hey I’m about to play solo everyone listen to me.” This thing will cut through any mix with three separate gain circuits; fuzz, overdrive and distortion, with two channels on the pedal so you can switch from any two combinations of those three. Not a big fuzz fan myself, but the distortion channel is phenomanal! Sounds like a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier on my board! The distortion section of the pedal was created to emulate the natural complression that high gain amps have, and this does the job wonderfully. My second setting it the distotion and the overdrive setting at the same time, with the gain on the overdrive dialed back but the volume cranked for a nice db boost for solos/lead lines. Sometimes you can’t always trust the sound guy!

Diamond Memory Lane – Not much to say other then the best sounding analog delay I have ever heard. Sweet features, two bank settings, and it doesn’t oscillate as easy as the Memory Lane 1. The modulation is very pleasing and the EQ is my favorite. Super expensive in my opinion, but it was $100 in a “blemished” case at Pro Guitar Shop because of a sticker missing on the back. It stayed there for about a year and a half and I finally bought it before someone else did. My favorite pedal on my board.

Diamond Memory Lane Jr. – The oldest pedal on my board, and perhaps the best digital/analog delay on the market. This I use exclusively for dotted eighths, because I can crank the mix and the repeats are bright and shimmering, and don’t change tone as they repeat, like an analog delay. Modulation is always cranked on this one because of how much color it gives; never have had a chorus-y sound from it. My second favorite pedal on my board.

Wampler Faux Tape Echo - This is actually a prototype of the version that is out right now, found it on Ebay. Has some nice controls on it, and I only use it for swells. Having an all analog delay only use for swells might seem like overkill, but it is so nice to be able to swell into a song, tap the temp on one of my Diamonds, and be ready for whatever is coming up without worrying about changing and settings. Sometimes three delays is what you need!

Strymon Blue Sky – This is an oddball on my board. I haven’t decided if I want to keep it, because everyone and their mom sem to have one of these things these days. Don’t want to be all hipster on you guys, but I don’t want to sound like everyone else. Luckily there is only one setting that a ton of people use because it’s a “turn to this setting and you will sound awesome” type of deal, which is true. But there are some other sweet sounds if you spend time dialing them on. Also great that it has a favorite bank on it, so i always have two settings at my disposal.

Empress Tremolo – Holy freaking awesome. I love this thing. Features features features. Just go read about it, I could write about it and review it for about a page and a half haha. Definitely the most fun to play with on my board, and the gain knob is one of my favorite features. Very impressed by Empress.

Pedal Line Friday - 11/2 - Nate Shoemaker

About my pedal chain order: there is really nothing special about it. Just a few core choices that are made in the beginning, and everything fites into place. Mine being that I wanted my delay after my overdrives, so the effect them in the chain, and other “true” effects (such as reverb and tremolo) afterward. Another big decision is if your compressor lies after or before your overdrives/boosts/distortions. I have mine before because I want my signal to be compressed before going in, so the compressor doesn’t have to actually compress the signal that the overdrives are creating. Also buffer placement is not as crucial, but is merely an opinion. With my rig it sounds better up front.

About my board – I have a Trailer Trash Pro Series 30“. Rooster (the guy who makes them) is an awesome old-school rocker that helped me out a lot on what I needed, and his boards are priced great. His motto is pedal board art – and the craftsmanship/look/feel of his products are a testimony to that.