How much is too much?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by schwa, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. schwa

    schwa Member

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    Like a lot of folks here, I loves me some FX with my rigs. One thing I've found though, is it isn't usually practical to use/bring everything I might want to.

    Once upon a time, I built up a 4 foot long, multi-tiered board that had most of the pedals in my collection. It was great in some ways - some pedals are better with a strat, some with an LP. Even if I used something occasionally, there is was - plugged in and powered up. There was a dark side however. Buffer and other signal passing issues. The board weighed around 40 pounds, and space was an issue in my rehearsal space and the small stages I play.

    I decided I needed to downsize. For me it seems like a PT JR. is about right - enough space for some versatility, but not too much weight or floor space. I change out pedals for the music I am going to play, but still need to make compromises/sacrifices.

    I running something like this currently, the drives might change according to the guitar/amp I am using. I'll leave the vibe and wah home if they're not going to get much use.

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    What went into your choices in your rig? Do you take the "gotta have everything" or the "less is more" approach?
     
  2. DGTCrazy

    DGTCrazy Moderator de Emporio Staff Member

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    Nice board you have there!!

    I just put this together a few days ago. I've been gigging with the Pedaltrain Pro sized board for about 2 years now.....and have really enjoyed all the Flavors!

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  3. Lolaviola

    Lolaviola Supporting Member

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    Lassie me!
    Both those boards look like way too much for me.
    But if there just has to be a certain effect, I'll take it along and try to work it in.
     
  4. Heady Jam Fan

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    Nice rigs - I feel the same way. Haven't had time to play out in a while, but I have a w/d/w rig. If I were to go play a jam thing, I would just run my reverb and delay into the front of my amp, but for classic rock, I would run the amp dirty and I don't have an effect loop.
     
  5. ttasselm

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    Definitely a "less is more" kind of guy...I never use more than what fits on a PT Mini or Nano.
     
  6. UncleLarry

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    This is plenty for me: :p

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  7. teleclem

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    Depends on what I'll be playing. I have my big board (see sig) for the extensive stuff that we do. But for quick gigs/jams/rehearsals, I have a nano where I can just rotate needed pedals.
     
  8. stratguy23

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    I think I am sort of in the middle, I use a PT-2, I have all my bases covered, but I could add stuff (it would be nice to have about 3 fuzzes, 2 overdrives, 1 distortion and a boost or two). The Cornish and Dr. Scientist are going to get kicked off when I get 2 E3Ds.

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  9. JimGtr

    JimGtr Gold Supporting Member

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    I change out pedals constantly, and it's tough decision sometimes, but if it doesn't fit on my Pedaltrain mini it doesn't go.
     

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