February 15, 2017
Guitar Pedals - that which makes an electric guitar sounds awesome and helps keep the inspiration high… on a board.
- I don’t “gig”.
- I’m not in a band.
- I play at home with neighbors in close proximity.
- A clean sound is the most uninspiring tone there is.
Other than pedal gear
- Fender Ramparte Amp of which I run on the clean channel around 2. It’s loud even though its only a 9 watt amp, because tubes.
- 2016 Epiphone Les Paul
In signal chain order (starts in top right):
- Way Huge Swollen Pickle - top right.
- TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Mini - top row second from right.
- Echoplex Preamp - bottom right.
- JHS Angry Charlie v3 - bottom row 2nd from the right.
- Xotic SP Compressor - bottom row 3rd from right.
- TC Electronics Alter Ego Vintage v4 - bottom left.
- TC Electronics Hall of Fame Reverb - top left.
(top row second from left)
Initially I daisy chained the power. Don’t daisy chain the power as you’ll get a lot of hum. To test if isolated power will help run your pedals off batteries. If you like what you hear get an isolated power supply because batteries suck. I use the BBE Supa-Charger. For an explanation see the JHS site.
- Fuzz first. It won’t work any other way.
- My compressor is towards the end. Some say it should be at the front. With the compressor at the end I can use it as a volume control. I can then use the volume on my guitar to increase the grit added by the Angry Charlie in this configuration without affecting the overall volume.
- If playing quiet isolated power is a must to reduce the hum. See the above details.
- Fuzz is the best effect there is. Just ask Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.
- One downside when using the looper (i.e. Alter Ego v4) reverb will be applied to all signals since it’s after the looper. I use minimal reverb so it doesn’t impact me much but if wanting a difference between rythm and lead reverb it would be problematic when looping.
- Everything I know about pedals comes from That Pedal Show. It’s a show on youtube that is entertaining while explaining pedal concepts in depth. Watch it. Buy a shirt.
- Play around. Find your sound.
The board came with velcro of which I haven’t ran out of yet. Velcro’s cheap. To secure the power cables I used electrical tape, twist ties (from bread bags), and zip ties. Nothing fancy.