Watch the Gear Talk online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar
Now let's get into the pedal world. I absolutely love my pedal board. This is a chicken picker's dream right here. You can virtually cover any gig in the world with this pedal board. To start off, I'm using a Pedaltrain 2 Pedal Board. I love Pedaltrain, they're awesome. John Chandler is a great friend of mine. I'm also using Analysis Plus cables. I have a signature Johnny Hiland cable with them. This one that I'm using here is in a brown color and it's a country boy's color and that's' why I brought those cables out. My signature cable is more of a studio sort of cable. It's a little thicker. You can go to www.analysis-plus.com to check them out. You can also check out pedaltrain.com
. Let me walk you through this pedal board because there's a whole plethora of fun things on here. I'm powering everything with a Pedal Power2. This is manufactured by a company called Voodoo Lab. I've got so many names to get out to people. Pedal Power 2 is powering everything and in the bottom you can see there's all kinds of little connective cables that connect to every single pedal on my board. You can power up to 8 pedals with this, which is very cool. I want to show you how I have everything set up. The first thing going from my guitar is actually my Hardwire tuner. This is a fun pedal because it's a polyphonic tuner. It's great. You can check out Hardwire pedals. They're well built. They'll take a licking and keep on ticking. Then directly it goes into this little guy on top. This is a Bryan Wampler Ego Compressor made by Wampler Pedals. What I love about this one is it has a blend knob to where you can compress as much as you want to and then you can actually blend some of your amp tones back into the compressor or vice versa, however you like to look at it. Then we go down here to this little guy who is in third in line. This is called the Jetter Red Shift and this is the distortion you've been hearing throughout this course. It's a small little pedal but it's a monster distorter. There's a little tiny switch over here to the left that you can actually switch it from TS 808 tube screamer sound and if you click that switch it takes you in the Dumble world. It sounds incredible. So that wraps up the Jetter Red Shift.
Then we connect to the Xotic RC Booster. The RC Booster is a clean boost and what I love about this pedal is that there is a gain knob on this where you can add a little dirt to your tone if you need to get that Danny Gatton sound. You can get that sound from this pedal. I love Xotic Pedals, they've been so good to me. I do cherish this pedal. I use it every single time I'm playing so the RC Booster is a must have. Let's move on to the next pedal which is one I cannot live without. I have three different pedal boards that I use: a pedaltrain mini, this pedaltrain 2 that I use most of the time, and then I have the pedaltrain pro which is a big studio board. I don't care how small or short your pedal board is, you have to have this pedal. This is called the ISP Decimator. This is a noise reduction pedal but it does not gate your tone or sound. So you can turn this bad boy on, and I personally leave mine on all the time, and essentially it takes all the unneeded noise out of your amplifier so if you're running a distortion and compressor at the same time, it takes all the unnecessary noise from there. That is the pedal that I will have on every single board that I ever build the rest of my life. I love it. Now let's go to the Hardwire Tremolo. I love Hardwire pedals because you can get an array of Tremolo sounds, even to like a Leslie sound. This pedal does a number of different things. It lights up when I tap on it. It has a nice big blue LED in it so you can see it onstage. Up top, there is a Hardwire Reverb Pedal and I love the reverbs out of this. You can get everything out of it, from spring reverbs to hall reverbs, even some reverbs where you can add some delay to it. This pedal is so wonderful and it can be as transparent as you want it to be, or as big and bold as you need it to be. My last pedal here on the top left is my Hardwire Delay Looper pedal. All the delays you hear in this course come from this little guy. It's built like a tank and it sounds great. You can spread the delays as long as you want and you can loop. You can get the old rockabilly delay from it. With the cables, everything is connected by multiple connection cables from Analysis Plus, some that they've built me like here, I've got some horizons- all kinds of different mismatched wires because when you're stepping on pedals, you can step through some cables, so over the years I keep a whole bag of those little connection cables because you never know when you're going to need one. Between the cables, the power supply by Voodoo Lab and the pedal board itself and all these cables, that will give you a pedal board that will suit any gig, whether you play jazz, country, or blues. It's an amazing pedal board. I have 8 pedals on there, and that gets the job done.
Now we're going to talk about my beautiful signature amplifier made by a great company CEC Amplification. This is the signature Johnny Hiland Road Dog 212 Combo. I am so proud of this amp. It's an amazing amp, and Craig even made it in my favorite color- brown. This amp is offered in this brown color that I actually use or you can get in a gray color with a black grill cloth. It's pretty awesome that you can get this in two different colors. Let me talk to you about what makes the Road Dog so unique and special. It is a chicken picker's dream. This is an easy to use amp. I like to refer to it as the blind boy amp because it is so easy to use. It's 100 watts of raw power. She's got Celestion K100 speakers which I absolutely love Celestion speakers. I've been endorsed by them for many years so a big thank you to everyone at Celestion for taking care of me on this. The K100s rock with this amp. Craig has spared no expense. We have O'Netics transformers in here. We have six L6 tubes that are actually the little snubbed nose tubes. All the wiring in this amp, everything in this amp, as far as the craftsmanship and quality of it is about as high end as you can get. Craig does not settle for second-best. The designer of this beautiful amp is Craig Wildenradt . He is an amazing guy. Let me talk to you about the back panel. We have an effects loop right there. You can use the effects loop if you wish but if you don't and you don't plug into it, it's actually completely out of the signal. I personally run my pedal board straight in so I don't use the effects loop. When there's nothing plugged, it's completely clean. You have an extension cab out, so you can run an extension cab with this which makes it really cool. Now on the front panel, It's very user friendly. I love how this amp is laid out. Essentially from left to right, you have main volume knob on the far left. Right next to it your gain knob. Some people ask "why would you need a gain knob in a single channel amp? Well, I'll get to that in one moment. Then you have your EQ, treble, middle and bass. In the Johnny amp here, we have switchable reverbs which is really cool. It's all based in a switch right here. All the way to the left is off and then you have 3 separate reverbs and how much of the reverb you want is controlled by the next knob which makes it really cool. The next knob is the master volume. What makes the Johnny amp so unique is that we designed this amp to where you're a country boy like myself and you like to play rock an d blues then it's a monster pedal amplifier. Pedals sound amazing through this amp. The reason we have the gain knob is if you play straight into this and you went a little more break up to your country sound, you can get that at low volumes even. I know this is a 101 amp and its pretty powerful and if you turn the master volume all the way down you can still get a nice sweet 2 break-up based on how Craig has designed the tubes to work. You're not actually gaining, or pulling from the power tubes, it's more on the pre-amp side of things. Now, getting into the reverb section. The reverbs in this amp are sweet. They sound amazing. What Craig has done for me is he knows I'm a Danny Gatton fan so the first setting that you turn to is rockabilly slap delay which you will not find in any other amplifier that I know of. Then you turn the knob to the right of that reverb switching knob to set how much of it you want. I actually crank it all the way up there and it gives you the perfect rockabilly tone. The other two reverbs are really nice. One of them is a mid level reverb, and then the last one of the three is a deeper bigger reverb. You can set how much of that you want from there, as well. There is a wonderful video that I've done on my website, that you can check out if you want me to demonstrate this amp using my guitar. That's available on my website, www.johnnyhiland.net. You can watch it on my gear page, and I really hope that you check CEC Amplification. You can contact Craig on the website at cecamps.com
. There you have it. I have run you through all of my gear. I've just had so many great endorsers through the years and I know that I don't want to leave anybody out. I just wanted to showcase what I'm using right here to do my TrueFire course but there is huge list of amazing endorsers that I have on my gear page at JohnnyHiland.net
. So go to my website and check it out.