Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pedal Points.

"What does that pedal do?" It's a familiar question. Guitar players like messing about with pedals, even when they're not plugged in. Every so often we juggle the order around, trying out new ones, upgrading, sometimes changing out one or two whose purpose is no longer needed or in favor, and occasionally we like to streamline everything and get back to basics.

I did this recently by setting up two different pedalboards: a primary board for most situations, and a smaller one to use with acoustic guitars going into a PA system. Here, take a look:

The top board is the main one. The signal path runs Tuner > Compressor (set to a light evening-out sort of comp) > Overdrive (set to a medium-level drive) > Overdrive (set to a light, pick sensitive drive) > Tremolo > Delay. This is a simple yet versatile array that gives me pretty much all the changes I'd want underfoot at most gigs. There used to be two other pedals on this board, but they were used so infrequently I decided to remove them.

The smaller board below it is arranged like this: Tuner > Reverb (set to a "hall" type 'verb) > Delay. These give a nice shimmer and an occasional light echo to my acoustics.

The effects are daisy chained together on each board for powering them all with a single adapter. And that's the story about the pedals I least for right now.