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Wow!My custom Pumaman pedal board (as of April 7, 2021)
This is a 4-cable method pedal board. I occasionally make changes, but the structure remains similar.
There are pedals that go in front of the amplifier and pedals that go in the FX loop of the amp.
The front row of pedals are all used in front of the amplifier and the signal runs from right to left.
There is a jack plate on the right side of the board that feeds into an Empress buffer mounted underneath.
This provides signal conditioning and splits the signal for the tuner. There is a ClinchFX EP-Pre buffer used
to condition the signal from the amplifier FX-loop. Then the signal passes to the Jackson Audio PRISM which
is a master volume for the loop. It also provides a measure of EQ if needed. Then the signal passes to
all of the Strymon effects on the back row... Mobius for modulation, TimeLine for delays, BigSky for reverb.
Since the ambient effects are placed after the amplifier (preamp) stage, I can still use the preamp with its
character & distortion from clean to heavy-drive without losing any detail in the delay repeats and reverb.
The Mobius has the ability to be inserted in the back row ahead of the TimeLine, or can be programmed
to be inserted just after the compressor. I lose the ability to use any modulation effects in stereo but that
really doesn't bother me in this setup. I use the Universal Audio OX-box as a load box & stereo integration
for the signal to be directed into my DAW for recording. I can put stereo effects such as EQ, delay or reverb
into the OX-box using Universal Audio's great emulation of classic vintage effects. There are custom IR's
already loaded in the OX-box to simulate dozens of cabinet and microphone combinations. I still can't wait
to try out the new 4x12" 4FB MESA cabinet live.
2. Empress buffer (with split for tuner)
3. Origin Effects Cali76 Compact Deluxe compressor
4. Blackout Effectors Musket fuzz
5. Wampler Tumnus Deluxe overdrive
6. Wampler Pantheon overdrive
7. Strymon Riverside overdrive
8. ISP Decimator noise gate
9. Empress buffer (with return to front of amp)
1. Send from amplifier FX-loop (volume pedal here)
2. ClinchFX EP-Pre (signal polisher & phase alignment)
3. Jackson Audio PRISM boost & EQ (master volume with tone) run at 18v
4. Strymon Mobius
5. Strymon TimeLine
6. Strymon BigSky
7. Return to amplifier FX-loop
Yes, the Taurus textured Tolex on the pedalboard matches the MESA Boogie amplifiers perfectly.
The multistomp integration is on another level with this board. Very cool!
Here’s mine. The JHS Mod Op Amp Big Muff is a new addition (hence the wrong label on the switcher!).
The other controller sitting on top of the switcher changes patches on the Zoom so I can add any patch to any of my drive pedals with one or two presses.
Thanks, I used a BOSS MS-3 effects switcher with 3 loops on this board once before, but it simply won'tWow!
Great setup! May I ask, I would assume a switcher with these midi pedals (Strymon big 3 and Riverside) and the others. Have you consider, or is there an reason why not to do this? Just try to learn...
Thanks a lot for the full explanation!Thanks, I used a BOSS MS-3 effects switcher with 3 loops on this board once before, but it simply won't
work on this 28" x 16" pedalboard with the number of effects that you see here. Then, I was only using
the MS-3 with an compressor and 3 other narrow drive pedals. As I became more concerned that the
MS-3 was actually contributing to some unpleasant changes to my tone (buffers and impedance) I tried
running without it ... And the problems went away. So, the combination of slight tone changes and the
fact that there really was not enough room available - just made that decision for me.
This is a pretty simple system if you look at it serially ... I almost never use more than one drive pedal at
a time, I might leave the Strymon Riverside on and stack one of the Wampler pedals into it, but there
really isn't a lot of tap-dancing. The Strymon Trifecta on the back row is almost always set the same way
throughout the whole song ... And the compressor, master volume, EQ and buffers never get changed
or turned off. I'm usually only dealing with one or two drive pedals in the center of the front row.
It comes down to this, there is no room for a switcher without giving up some pedals ... and I like the
function of all of the pedals here. You can't do David Gilmour or ZZTop without a fuzz. Everyone needs
a tuner, a clean overdrive, a lead boost, etc. The pedal board is functional on many levels, but I would
not make it any bigger than it is. I have to use a luggage hand-truck to load it into the truck now! Ha.