Let me just get this out of my system. We all know we want to post a listing of our current pedal set-ups and to see what other people are using. We all just need to remember the two major sins associated with this kind of posting (pride and covetousness) and lay our hearts out before the Lord so He can remind us that our value and purpose in life is not informed by effects pedals. Once we move beyond that I think this kind of discussion thread can be fun and educational.
My current board set up looks like this:
Guitar --TC Helicon Harmony G XT --Boss Noise Supres ---Digitech TimeBender Delay--EH Cathedral
V ^ V
EH Soul Preacher Boss Power Wah Egnater Renegade 65
VL Sparkle Drive --- EH Nano Stone Phase
Hope that is not confusing.
I prefer to say that I'm "inspired" by the rigs of others. Sounds better than "coveting" them!
Guitar (Epi Sheraton II)
Route 66 Compressor/OD (the old, all metal version)
Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive
DanElectro CoolCat Transparent OD (the original before they got sued)
BOSS TU-2 Tuner
BOSS TR-2 Tremolo (with dice knobs)
BOSS DD-5 Digital Delay (with tap tempo pedal)
Line6 DL-4 Delay
Line6 Verbzilla Reverb
Amp (Egnater Rebel 20)
For cables I use George L's and Mogami Gold
I got the idea to put my tuner after the OD's from Matt Adkins of Fee fame. It helps in a worship setting to eliminate the hiss from the Compressor and ODs when I use the mute function. That way I can have my effects ready before I start making noise. I haven't noticed it affecting my ability to tune. I'm not saying I'll keep it like that forever, but I thought it was worth a try!
Hmmm - are you using the delays together to achieve something special?
I don't even have a board, I just plug things up each time. I may get one of those Boss thingies.
I have no noticeable hiss at my typical volume levels, so I never need a noise gate. My noisiest effect below is the delay if you can believe that. I really hate noise. I'd rather mod every pedal to remove it than buy a noise gate. I hate noise gates too. Have you seen the MI compressor? It has a noise gate built in.
Guitar -> Tuner -> Compressor -> Chorus -> Delay -> Amp
Guitar -> Tuner -> Compressor -> Overdrive* -> Chorus -> Delay -> Amp
Tuner - Turbo Tuner strobe tuner. Super fast, super accurate, super small and easy to use. Superb. Get one.
Compressor - Keeley or Diamond, whatever suits the song(s) - the Keeley is sooo quiet for a compressor.
Overdrive - Boss OD3 for now, may change to Barber Small Fry. Not used often.
Chorus - Boss CH1. Soon to be replaced with Neunaber Chroma Chorus for the subtlety and clarity.
Delay - MXR Carbon Copy or Hardwire. Ambiance or slapback mostly. Carbon Copy is so easy and quiet.
Cable - All Canare GS6 cable with G&H or Neutrik plugs. I make my own. Sound great, never break.
Amp - Allen Encore 2x10 - Vibrolux Reverb clone. Very quiet, vintage Fender Blackface sound. Lovely.
* Keeley compressors are great when placed after overdrives. Not so with my Diamond, so the order of pedals changes depending on the compressor.
PRS SE Custom Semi-Hollow or Ibanez RG 470 boss GT-6. That's it.
You can get a lot of amazing sounds out of multiprocessors like this, but I think that most people are put off by learning how to program them and give up.
I once owned the GT-10 which I really did enjoy for about 3 weeks (I loved just sitting down and reading through the manual, but I'm a bit geeky that way) My problem is, the more options you put in front of me, the more time I will spend trying to tweek and play around with sounds. I would literally sit down to practice something and end up spending an hour just messing around with all the options on the GT-10. It was highly unproductive for me.
So as much as I would love to add a multi-effects pedal to my set up, the Lord has me on muti-efx pedal restriction so I don't get sucked into hours of playing with sounds when I should be learning/writing new songs.
I would literally sit down to practice something and end up spending an hour just messing around with all the options on the GT-10. It was highly unproductive for me.
I also experience that. I have to force myself to play sometimes by taking my guitar upstairs and playing unplugged. And I don't have that many pedals, I just tend to sit around and tweak a lot.
The thing I really like about processors is that once I HAVE a great sound, I'll then use it and forget about fiddling. From learning to play in the late 70s until I bought my Korg processor in about '93 I used a variety of pedals. Sometimes I'd turn up and create the sweetest tone imaginable, but sometimes (too often) I'd be fighting the tone, trying to get the effects right, and not being happy.
The came the Korg.
I invested a lot of time in the first couple of months, programming, tweaking for live use etc. After that time I found I had 12 really useful patches and another 4 that would get fiddled with for 'specialised' tones. It was fantastic to be able to just turn up, plug and play without constant tweaking, fiddling or adjusting, and it would sound good every time, just the same. Until the amp that I'd matched the tones to broke irreparably after 10 years I hardly ever adjusted it.
If you're a fiddler then separate pedals are for you. If you're a player then I reckon a processor is much easier to work with.
What a minute, who said anything about playing the fiddle??
(sorry, couldn't stop myself)
It's another patch on the Roland.
I don't want to sound like a jerk or anything, but I don't quite understand why you decided to post on this discussion.......the topic being effects pedals...and you admittedly not really using effects pedals but on rare occasion...... AND the bulk of your post being about something other than effects pedals.
Any thoughts on that?
"I'm a sparse user of pedals" is certainly a valid position.
By the way - I know you built your amp, but have you looked at Mojave amps? I drool when I look at their website. They sound fabulous and are superbly built. Just curious if they impress you as much as they do me.