View Full Version : Pedal Geek Revelation

11-12-2009, 08:49 AM
I normally use a pedal board with 8-10 pedals but last night I did band practice, 6 hours worth, without my pedal board. Just my Mesa 5:25 1x12 and my Carvin DC-135. Spent time tweaking it and used just the regular footswitch. Pretty much used the burn channel for leads and both the clean channels for everything else. Band mates (well Nick the Greek and Shawn the drummer)said it was the best tone I haad for a long time While this didn't exactly thrill me, as I like my pedals, it did inspire me. I think I will cut my live pedal board down to 3 pedals....Buddy Guy wah (my fav), tuner and one of my delays...that's it.

I gotta think about this because pedals are a bit of an addiction but it sure would simplfy a gig.

11-12-2009, 08:58 AM
You know, Wolfboy, pedals are a tool and if you don't need a wrench, why use a wrench, when you can turn something with your fingers. I go back and forth between individual pedals and a Line 6 PODxt live. I have a home grown pedal board made from a piece of laminate flooring and velcro that enables me to add or remove whatever without much effort. Currently I am using far less pedals than I once did.
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11-12-2009, 12:17 PM
That's what some guitarists had in the late 80's early 90's. All the guitarists would be playing through rack gear and no amp, when some guitarists started just using the amp, they thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. :)

I too find that using less stuff sounds better, I don't know how to explain it, it's just more realistic? :rasta:

11-12-2009, 02:25 PM
To me it's pretty straight forward. More processing means less tone. You guys may want to consider my rig due to it's flexibility. I run into a Radial JD-7 that give me at least 7 outputs for a single 1/4 inch input. I can route the same original clean signal to any of my processors and/or directly to an amp although what I prefer to do is overlap multiple processors and the clean single simultaneously. You can really get the true character of your instrument while making some wild textures as well. I also have 2 effect loops on the JD-7 so that I can run my Maxon D&S II to the clean signal to add a little grit and sustain before I output to any of the processors and amps that I use.


11-12-2009, 02:50 PM
While I'm guessing your idea works great Chipster I'm thinking it doesn't make life simpler just yields superlative tone. I'm guessing you have your processors rackmounted as well?


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From Sweetwater

11-12-2009, 03:51 PM
Hey Wolf,
You are correct sir. Certainly not simpler but flexible and intricate. Believe it or not, there's another JD that is even more intense. Yep, my Boss GT-Pro is rackmounted along with my power conditioner, multiple BBE and Aphex processors. My Roland VG-99 can be rackmounted but I wouldn't be able to use the D-Beam or Ribbon controller so I place it on top of the rack. I hope that this helps. BTW, I plan to post the rig when I get a camera. Hopefully, this will be soon.