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Jared macneill

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So I’ve officially started my pedal board

Tuner-NA
Volume-NA
Compressor- keely compressor plus
1st over drivve - xotic ep booster
2nd over drive - NA
1st Delay- EARTHQUAKER Spiral space
2nd delay- NA
Reverb- strymon flint
Tremolo- strymon flint
Chorus- NA

right now all three have been shipped out and I’m just waiting on the arrival .

the rest are up in the air for the time being and there’s a lot of pedals to explore all though I’m half what Thinking on doing an od + boost stack instead of two od pedals anyone with experience with that approach?
 
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Here's my votes:

Tuner - Turbo Tuner. I don't use pedals much, but I love mine when I do.
Over drives - REALLY depends on the flavor you like
Delay - Strymon El Capistan - only pedal I've found to do a passable tape echo
Chorus - Looks like they no longer make the Red Witch Empress so I got nuthin'
 

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For a second delay check out an Eventide Pitchfactor.
It can be set up as a delay but so many other options for chorus type effects all in the one pedal.
 

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Yeah the Strobe tuner is great, I agree with GAD. I got the Mini and like it a lot. Expensive though, but worth it. Very quick and accurate.

Other than this, I understand a pedal board as a part of a guitar ecosystem (or rig, of course), so it really depends on what you're using as guitars and amps. And then there's personal taste and playing style....

Regarding the overdrive question, the combination with booster/od works fine for me. In my sig you can see what I'm using.

When I feel the need for a new pedal, I always check "That Pedal Show" on youtube, these guys really know what they are talking about, and they are fun to watch.
 

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Yeah I recently discovered it really depends on what you are playing like I have two amps a fender twin that will be used for clean and switch it over to the Mesa for those lead tones. I know I don’t need high gain for the Mesa since my guild with tv classics is pushing it almost to breakup but it isn’t quite there yet
 

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These are some that I like.

Tuner - I'm just using the one in my Line 6 M5 for now, but I think I'm going to test drive a Boss TU-3S and a TC Electronic PolyTune 3.
Volume - Dunlop DVP5 Volume (X) 8. This is actually both a volume and expression pedal, with an output jack for a tuner. Perfect size, and comfortable, controllable, and indestructible.
Boost/Overdrive - I tried a series of combo pedals and decided on a Fulldrive 3. However, I also have a TC Electronics Mojo Mojo before that on my board, and a Boss GE-7 EQ before that, giving me lots of options. I sometimes I switch the order of the Mojo Mojo and Full drive. I use the EQ the most for tone coloring and slight boost.
Delay - This is one of my favorite effects. How you use delay will help determine your choice, since there are delays that are incredibly comprehensive and complicated to minimal. I love the Source Audio Nemesis. I also have a TC Elec Alter Ego. My favorite wacky delay is a Digitech Timebender which does incredible things. Additionally, instead of the huge big green classic Line 6 delay, I have it in my Line 6 M5. If I had to have choose one, I'd take the Nemesis.
Chorus - So many choices! I have full-on modulation pedals, so I can't really offer specific suggestions.

Good luck on the hunt and have fun!
 

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If you don't know what you want exactly (as in what types of pedals - fuzz, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb, trem, etc. etc. etc. - rather than which specific pedals) buying a Zoom or Behringer big swiss army knife type effects modeller can help you narrow down types of effects you might actually find useful without spending a lot of money. These things are cumbersome to use and switching between effects is often a pain, but you get to try pretty much every type of (modelled) pedal under the sun. Once you have a list of types of pedals you like, you can go shopping for real. And if you bought the effects modeller cheaply used, you can almost always resell it. I have recommended this process to a number of younger players with shallow pockets and mostly they found it helpful in eliminating types of effects they would never use and then narrowing in on the ones they might like to go shopping for.
 

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So I have this ancient Boss ME50 digital multi effects box. It has a tuner, volume pedal, compressor, delay, modulation and a variety of overdrives and distortion.

I never use the programmed effects and I love it because it has separate pedals for delay, mod, and overdrive that I can dial in how I like or change on the fly.

When I show up to a jam with new people they think I'm gonna have a sucky sound and I often sound better than guys with huge analog pedal chains.

An old friend who used to do lighting at Hard Rock NYC once told me that a ton of guitarists who played there had the same box in their racks.

I used to have a big Zoom multi but it was just too complex to bother with. I do have a bunch of pedals and they mostly sit on a shelf.
 

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When I show up to a jam with new people they think I'm gonna have a sucky sound and I often sound better than guys with huge analog pedal chains.

The friend whom I gave my vintage Gibson GA-20 amp to uses the amp as jam and small gig amp. He will often show up with no pedals, an ancient Fender reverb unit, being the only thing in his signal chain.

After taking a blisteringly cool solo, he finds that people who haven't seen him set up ask him what pedal he is using. The are often incredulous at his answer: "Brain, fingers, guitar tone and volume controls, and amp tone and volume controls - that's it."
 

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;) Here's a pedal collection for sale if you have a bit of spare change:


BTW: $20K CDN is about $15,747.59 US at today's exchange rate.
 

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The friend whom I gave my vintage Gibson GA-20 amp to uses the amp as jam and small gig amp. He will often show up with no pedals, an ancient Fender reverb unit, being the only thing in his signal chain.

After taking a blisteringly cool solo, he finds that people who haven't seen him set up ask him what pedal he is using. The are often incredulous at his answer: "Brain, fingers, guitar tone and volume controls, and amp tone and volume controls - that's it."
Those old (and even the reissue) Fender Tube reverb units really sound fantastic even when hardly using the reverb itself. Same applies to the pre stage of an echoplex. They are such tone sweeteners!! (y)

as for the OP....I too run a two amp rig (Fender/Marshall) and have found a great must pedal is the Radial Engineering Big Shot A/B/Y. You can put it in front of the chain, dedicating pedals you'd only use when playing clean to your Fender, and the ones you'd only use in driven to your Mesa. Or, you can put it in the middle so some pedals can be shared by both amps (like your tuner and Keeley comp (which I also have)). It's really nice having a verb and delay for each, setting them slightly off one another when playing through both amps at the same time....and it sounds HUGE w/ that stereo separation. I LOVE mixing a blend of driven sustained Marshall w/ the chime of the clean Fender bell tone on top......ala Jeff Beck.🤘:cool:🤘. It also has all the necessary polarity and ground switches that easily solve all the typical hum/buzz dual amp phase issues. A real quality pedal...unlike most typical switchers.

Here is my dual amp pedalboard that I built myself (out of 3/8" cabinet grade plywood and adhesive velcro strips) I mounted the back row of pedals on the left raised up at an angle by pan head bolts w/ plastic sleeve spacers. Most of the wires are tucked under that raised platform and it keeps things (mostly) tidy. The original pedal board I built is the part in black....then came covid boredom, and the pedals in my collection grew, so I just mounted the old board on a bigger...yet to be painted board, added another power supply, and went from there. :LOL: That Radial Big Shot A/B/Y is on the bottom right. I put a F on every pedal going to my 56 Champ, and a M going to my Marshall Class 5. LOVE LOVE LOVE having a dual amp rig. Enjoy building yours!!(y)

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Wow! That's a crazy beast of a pedal board. I actually have enough of the right pedals to set up a stereo rig, but I don't think I'd have the gusto to haul it everywhere.

When I gigged a lot, my setup consisted of a BK Butler Tube Driver, a Boss OC-2, Digitech PDS-1002, and Morley Volume Wah. If I had to go minimal nowadays, I think I would be perfectly satisfied with a Line 6 M9, a dirt pedal or two, and a volume-exp-wah. No board even necessary.
 

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Wow! That's a crazy beast of a pedal board. I actually have enough of the right pedals to set up a stereo rig, but I don't think I'd have the gusto to haul it everywhere.

When I gigged a lot, my setup consisted of a BK Butler Tube Driver, a Boss OC-2, Digitech PDS-1002, and Morley Volume Wah. If I had to go minimal nowadays, I think I would be perfectly satisfied with a Line 6 M9, a dirt pedal or two, and a volume-exp-wah. No board even necessary.
I hear ya....I've never travelled more than a local drive for performing myself, but was a tour manager in the 90's of a group that did over 250 shows a year in pretty much every state east of the Mississippi w/ the occasional winter resort tour in Colorado. I know all too well about keeping it simple. If I had to lug something around, I'd likely cut it down to around 5-6 pedals at best. This beast is just for my man cave. A good friend of mine from my neck of the woods is Steve Lukather's tech and he basically cut Lukather's big pedal board in 1/2 because of airline weight regulations. It's ok to take 2 boards if they both each make weight...but you have to pay out the ass if it's a single board over weight. 🤪 Makes no sense, but it is what it is. Lol

Stereo is really nice though....makes a pair of 5 little watt'ers sound like a massive wall of sound!
 

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I’m waiting for acceptance of payment for another couple of pieces to come in ! I hate waiting.
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Will come with everything to power up everything and for almost half of retail. I also got a xotic ep booster that does a lovely job at pushing my big amp to breakup.
The seller said he might be able to ship it tomorrow or Monday .

then I might be interested in a strymon mimbus? I think I got the name correct. The mimbus does swells and chorus and you can use both effects at once .
 
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