Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by aziltz, Oct 15, 2008.
What's on your board/actually used?
how much is too much?
Bass Big Muff
Digitech Hardwire Overdrive
Keeley Fuzz Head
Fuchs Plush Drive
Little Big Muff
Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire (ok, I got this one free...my brother-in-law makes them! Really!!)
and I've just ordered a Fuchs Plush Extreme Cream
...and I may get a Hardwire Metal..............
If I use one that cleans up with guitarvol, then I need only 1.
Pro Analog MKIII
Sunface high gain (soon to be replaced with) Wren & Cuff Pickle Pie
Fulltone OCD v.4
I always have 4 ... usually a mid gain OD, high gain OD (or distortion) and 2 fuzzes for leads. I try and have a FF and a BM type fuzz. To me, that setup covers a lot of ground and I can get pretty much any sound I want out of it.
I have the dirt boxes setup through a loop master A/B switcher and have the OD/dist on loop A and fuzzes on loop B so I can switch on the fly between the two different sounds.
In addition to that, right now I have the Keeley 4 knob compressor for a bit of a lead boost with added pre-dirt compression if needed.
all on one board. all used and usefull.
Havn't done the maths but it works out at about 160 combinations.
I like variety, especially for recording. Also, live, I like going right to a tone – no fiddling with guitar volume to get "that" sound again. Step on a pedal, the right tone is present immediately, and then I can focus on playing.
So, I typically like to have 3-4 drive ranges:
1) Clean (no pedal)
2) Clean with hair
3) Medium gain
4) Heavy gain
"Lead" might be one of those, one of those with a lead boost, or some other signal chain altogether.
Since my amp has a great gain channel, I really only need 2-3 dirt boxes. I use an OCD for dirtying up my cleans, and a Silverkiss for medium gain.
But I've always been up in the air for lead tones... I had a Small Fry that was great, but doesn't work at all with my current amp. Sometimes I want to use my amp's dirty channel for leads. Sometimes I want to use the OCD (I got a killer EVH tone this weekend with the OCD... my jaw actually dropped... this pedal keeps surprising me).
Lately I'm wondering if a fuzz is what I need.
But even with a one channel amp, 3-4 dirt boxes on the board at any given time are "justifiable"; 5 max. I think more is overkill unless you're in a crazy cover band or session guy (see jaywalker's post).
I run 3 dirt boxes, two of which are two channel.
Tim: For rhythm (boosted for more gain rhythm)
Barber Burn Unit EQ: One channel for light gain leads and more of a volume boost, the other channel was for violiny leads.
I also have a MJM effect Roctavios to keep things interesting. It is great on it's own and it really sounds cool stacked in front of the light gain side of the Burn Unit....it is really a cool tone.
Fulltone OCD (med-high gain)
Lovepedal Eternity (to goose the OCD into full on saturation)
Pedalworx Tejas (lead boost, low gain)
Fulltone Fat Boost (for thickening/boost)
I've got a Bluesbreaker clone arriving soon, so that may push the Eternity off the board.
None. Not a 'one'. I like my amps to supply the goods alone.
I am only using 2
Fuchs 100 Watt ODS non-HRM
Bludo 100 Watt Big Iron EL34 HRM
I agree, a nice Fuzz Face or even a Rangemaster if the amp is well cranked.
If I had to, I could get by with a barber ltd, barber direct drive, trifecta (fuzz) and barber small fry...
but I am keeping my
jeckyll and hyde
little big muff
boss blues driver
I use two. The box of rock is set at very low gain and is almost always on. The swollen pickle is my main dirt/fuzz.
Pro Analog MKIII
I use a combination of those or all 3. I also use a clean boost as well, both for lead work and for when everything is shut off to give my clean sound a matching volume to when I have pedals on.
I could get it all done with the TIM though if I had to.
I use: Blues Pro, Modded DS1, modded Carl Martin Hot Drive and Boost, Plexitone, DIY Crunchbox and Big Muff. And my amp has 2 crunch/heavy drive channels.
How much do I need... well my amp doesn't have enough gain for modern ish metal. Not to mention the Blues Pro is so brilliant it's basically on all the time except on the clean channel.
The HDB has a clean boost and a nice OD channel that's a little gainier than the Blues Pro...
The DS1 has been modded by yours truly and sounds brilliant. I can have the gain on 10 and get a nice enough clean tone from it by the guitar's volume. So this is more like my 'channel on a box' pedal.
The Plexitone is my more old school-ish Marshall tones, but channel two is set for more metal tones. Especially with the HDB or BP pushing it.
The Crunchbox is for my JCM800 style tones.
The amp's drive channel is very nice, but sometimes a little SS distortion for tighter tones has its use.
The BP will soon be replaced by the TIM once my order gets processed, around January! The DS1 will then go away I believe. Or I'll mod it further.
These all get used frequently, and the pic is already out of date and missing some.
thats a great shot, you've got some skills, or a really nice camera.
Clean = JCM900 channel A
Little Dirty = Digitech Hardwire Tube Overdrive
Fuzz = Double Muff set on Muff 2 mostly
Diarhhea Dirty = 90's RAT
Distortion = JCM900 channel B
I'd love to replace my Double Muff with a nice BYOC or something comparable. Looking for that Billy Corgan sound and I'm definitely not on a Skreddy budget.
Anyone have a good cheap muff?? haha