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And it's come to this

Originally uploaded by Bardic Lug.
Full circle. That's the way of the world I suppose.

I started out with a pedal board a long time ago, which I gave up in favor of rack-mounted multi-effects. (Mainly the Digitech Twin-Tube GFX-1). However now, I'm back to an even larger pedal board with analog pedals and lots of LED's.

The GFX-1 is still a very cool piece of gear, and I may end up back with it again, but for now I'm having a great time. With the Dr. Q I can get those classic envelope follower sounds that I remember from Foghat records. The B.K.Butler Blue Tube is my 12ax7 pre-amp stage into my solid-state amp. Yes, I know - tubes is better, but I don't have a SMALL tube amp, so I use my 30-Watt Line 6 Spider. The rig, with the Blue Tube in front, actually sounds very good, and is a lot easier to control alongside the 18w and 5w amps in the band. I'd like to get a nice 5w/3w rig (pentode/triode) but that's cash I just don't have at the moment.

Anyway - pedals from right to left (guitar to amp) - RotoVibe (for cool swirly chorus/vibrato action), Fender pedal tuner, Boss CS-3 Compressor, EH Dr. Q, tc electronics Chorus/Flange, Boss Blues Driver, a FET based power booster that I made myself (based on the EH LPB-2), BK Butler Blue Tube tube enhancer. The whole thing is on a Furman power conditioned board.

I have Vox Wah that is still waiting to be added, and I'd like to get a stereo tremolo eventually - but that can wait. :) I also have a tube overdrive that is waiting for me to Mod that may take the place of the Blues Driver, or just go in the board next to it. :)

More than you wanted to know - I'm sure. :)


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Mar. 3rd, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
A more practical setup than the pile of pedals I have in a Boss Pedal board case (made more annoying by many of them being Behringer and as such don't match up with the cutouts/cable runs in the base)

My main multi-FX is a Rocktron Chameleon 2000 (I think that's the right name) and after that, there's a bunch of other things (including Acoustic modeller, pre-amp, a tuner, the excellent Boss Blues Driver (BD-2) and a Jim Dunlop WahWah with upgraded switching (truebypass and noiseless switching and upgraded pot).

Oh, and a couple of instrument switchers so I can have more than one instrument plugged in at a time ...

Have you spent money on high quality interconnects, or do you use inexpensive (but still good enough) 1/4" to 1/4" short cables? And I assume you've got a power supply for the whole thing...

Edited at 2008-03-03 05:51 pm (UTC)
Mar. 3rd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
The pedal board is powered with a Furman power conditioned power converter - which even includes 3 powerstrip plugs for things like the Blue Tube which uses it's own hard wired power supply.

I haven't spent money on the high-end George L connectors or the like - for a lot less money I bought connectors and shielded cable and I'm going to make them myself. Right now it's put together with the cables I had on hand, but I will replace those with custom made connects.

And yes, the BD2 is a great pedal. It replaced my Visual Sound Route 66, which I quite like but was a bit too fuzzy for me. It's basically a DynaComp plus a Tube Screamer (with bass boost) in one box. I'm trying to decide whether to keep it or let it fly free on ebay. :)

Mar. 3rd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Am I right in assuming that the next thingn you buy will be several pairs of extra feet?
Mar. 4th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
I think that while you are playing, you just like to stomp on stuff :)
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