For many years I used a processor (Korg AX30G if you care) which was an excellent solution to the problems of pedals, but although sometimes it sounded quite stunning, later I became frustrated by it because of amp issues. That led to building amps (which isn't what this is about) and a search for great tones that would bless people in worship with smaller congregations and also work with me instead of making me feel like I was having a battle with my kit.

A few years back I started using separate pedals again, but quickly realised that having them loose in your bag is a recipe for disaster, so picked up a cheap pedal case with a snap-down lid and never looked back. This is where my choice has evolved to now, and I plan to briefly talk about each of the pedals on the board in order of chain. Non-guitarists can leave now. :D

First pedal is a compressor - nothing surprising there. The best compressor I ever used was the one in the Korg processor, and I tried an MXR Dyna Comp, but was very disappointed. The Love Squeeze is little known, but works without colouring the tone too much and leaves some life in the signal too. Useful for funk rhythm and picked arpeggios, I don't use it often now, but it's nice to have.

The tiny green pedal is an Eno ES9 tube screamer clone. I have the gain down lowish and use it for mild overdrive and palm-muted rhythm parts because it's quite crunchy and clear, crisp and responsive.

The white pedal next door is an Eno Trouble clone of another popular pedal of similar colouring. I use quite a bit of gain on this and have it set dark and fat for rounded lead tones and volume swells.

The Rocktron Deep Blue is the best separate chorus pedal I know of. It can do thargoloid sounds, but set like this it will widen my soundscape and make the guitar sparkle and shimmer when picked, grit up a little when hit hard. Used with overdrive it's like we're back in the 1980s in a good way. Had this probably 15 years, and apart from the chorus in the Korg, have never found anything that sounds as good. If you can find one at an affordable price then grab it.

The pedal is a passive volume pedal with a simple variable resistor inside. It's cheap, stereo (when one pot wears out I can use the other side) and is great to set volume without taking my hands off the guitar and for swells with overdrive and delay.

Mooer eleclady was one of the first tiny pedals I bought. It sounds a lot like my Boss BF-9, which is a shame because it's not that great. I love flanger, but this is probably coming off the board soon because it just doesn't work for me in worship.

But the Mooer Trelicopter stays. Tremelo and worship work really well together, and I have this set for a moderately slow, round-edged pulsing that makes picked argpeggios float and wobble gently.

The Carbon Copy is a lovely warm analogue delay that works brilliantly in the effects loop of a high gain amp or in a typical signal chain like this. It just sounds really nice in the right place, either with drive tones or with chorus.

Harley Benton sell the Joyo Ironman series pedals under their own name, and the timemagic is a digital pedal made to sound analogue, degrading the signal over progressive repeats. Very different tone to the CC, I have it set to about half a second and giving about 8-10 repeats for either big echoey leads or creating a soft wall of sound when you don't want a strong rhythm, but don't have a synth.

The HOF mini is relatively new, but is 'the reverb I always wanted but couldn't afford a Big Sky' and wished I'd bough long ago. I use the 'church' setting, with reverb length (up to 20 seconds) on the knob. It will do a huge range of sounds, and you can assign multiple parameters to the single know. It's also possible to send patches to it using a smartphone through the guitar pickups.

Finally, my Korg Pitchblack. Had a few tuners, this one is more accurate than most, not too big and easy to read on stage. I have it last because I can use it to mute the chain if needed. Just a solid, reliable tuner.

That's it really. Comments welcome if there are any. I'm using this with a JJ Guitars goldtop with Dimarzio P90-size humbuckers and a Pignose G40V amp (roughly a tiny bassman with a 12AT7 valve in V1 for lower gain) and eminence Ragin Cajun speaker that's OK for 20 people or can shake the floor. The JJ is a bit dark-sounding so takes the edge off the Pignose, and together they sound good enough to play completely dry without effects or needing any help, though it's nice to have a palette available.

Views: 739

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

In the editor window, click the 2nd icon from the left for the image tool.

Terry Alexander said:

How did you get a pic of your board on the thread body?
Nice set up btw.


© 2019       Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service