Who uses a small board?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by WaysideRickNJ, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. WaysideRickNJ

    WaysideRickNJ Member

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    I'm talking 5 pedals or less (plus a tuner)....I'm thinking about downsizing my board to:

    Budda BudWah
    Fulltone FD2 Mosfet
    MI Audio Blues Boy Deluxe
    Boss DD5 w/Tap (Not counting tap as a pedal) or a DD6
    Ernie Ball VP JR (need it for lap steel playing)
    Boss TU-12H

    Just looking to see if I'm going crazy, or if others share the same philosophy that sometimes "Less is More" - esp. after seeing the posts about Derek Trucks' setup (i.e. no pedals).

    -Rick
     
  2. nitefly7

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    I'm using a small board, even looking into an even smaller 'big band weekend rehearsal'-board;

    my small board (the 'cutting board') =

    RMC Picture Wah (off board)

    Custom Phase90 (K's 90/Script mod/purple LED)
    Boss TR-2 (C4 mod)
    Korg Pitchblack
    Arion SCH-1
    Boss DD-5 (hi-cut mod)

    Ernie Ball stereo/panpedal (off-board)

    combined with a (2 channel) amp, with a slight crunch, this board gets everything done for pop/rock-tunes, to big band standard/swing-stuff..

    I'm not even GAS'sing for an OD-pedal anymore.. (this month..)
    I'm starting to 'get' the organic feel of whatever -budget- amp there's handy at a gig...


    that being said, my big board ('body board')
    (Musicom pedalswitcher/midi-board) also encompasses 5 pedals + wah +volume:

    Custom Dunlop 535q wah (TB, Fasel-switch, 'auto on/off' switch (foot on pedal engages switch; no toe down switch needed)
    Kentana/SHO-clone clean boost/drive
    MI Audio Tube Zone
    Boss CE-2
    Boss GE-7
    T-rex Replica
    Boss FV-100L (either as a volume pedal, or a (MIDI) expression pedal..

    so there you go, 5 pedals + wah + volume

    i'm looking into a 3 + wah + volume board;
    just Korg Pitchblack, Arion SCH-1 and DD-5..

    Honestly, I think I could live with that (and a multi-channel amp..)

     
  3. RupertB

    RupertB Supporting Member

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    Crybaby (modified)
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    Simple & gives me plenty of options.
     
  4. slacker

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    Although I do own about 11 pedals most of those are overdrives and delays. I tend to build a board that fits the application. I have two EH bag boards which are light, I dont need armoured cases.

    The most common choice is

    AB box Overdrive Delay

    If the od isnt a two channel one I might add another od or boost. Sometimes I'll just use an overdrive or delay. Recently I played a big venue with a 10w amp so I cranked the amp and used a boost for lead breaks.

    For me electric guitar has always been about sound. The gadgets help me make that sound. If I could use a clean amp and a cranked amp I would. I often play at home sans pedals and other times I'l use a fuzz which I rarely use out.

    Sometimes we get caught up in the names and shiny paint jobs instead of what works. I often use a friends board. It's a great board with a lot of very nice pedals and he gets a great sound. One day I worked out that I use the Super Duper all the time and I switched on the others out of curiosity.
     
  5. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

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    I could live with a fuzzface, a delay, a chorus and maybe a distortion/overdrive.
     
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    i have a big board for studio stuff (wah, overdrives, distortions, chorus, etc)

    and a small board for gigs with 2 overdrives, 2 delays, trem, clean boost, tuner. also it has a insert loop so i can insert things after the 2 overdrives and the booster.

    For me it works nicely as the small board can be carried on my back in a bag which also holds all cables and the odd other pedal which i use to just add to the setup.

    AJ
     
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    I'm leaning towards either a Phase, Flanger, or Trem as well for a little color once in a while, but not all 3.
     
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    This Gets The Job Done For Me.
     
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  12. Marc Roy

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    Small board user here. I have a Pedaltrain Jr., and I don`t feel like getting anything bigger. Right now, it has an OceanEFX Pearl Drive, Fulltone Clyde Wah and Diamond Comnpressor. Looking into getting a Retro-Sonic chorus and a delay pedal of some sort. That`s enough for me.
     
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    - custom 'all in one box' with PBJ delay, LPB boost, EA tremolo.
    - Boss Tu-2
     
  14. pbone

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    ...sort of.

    I have two boards, one for in front of the amp, one for in the loop. Either way, it's not very many pedals.

    Board 1: tuner, diamond compressor, sun face, peppermint fuzz, timmy
    Board 2: Moog delay, fulltone trem.
     
  15. beatlebob

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    fuzz, treble boost, OD, comp, delay.

    and i could probably do without comp, boost and maybe even the fuzz. if the amp and OD pedal are touch sensitive/volume knob sensitive enough i reckon i could do a whole gig just like that. now if the sound guy wanted to cue all my delays then i could lose that too.
     
  16. eric-d

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    My small board (I'm still waiting for the "big" toys to arrive) will consist of -

    Fulltone Clyde Std
    Klon Centaur
    Analogman Mini Chorus
    BYOC DD-80
    Homemade A/B Box for the tuner
     
  17. slopeshoulder

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    If I did:
    -Pitchblack Tuner
    - Flying Dragon
    - Zendrive
    - Kar Krash
    - A delay (maybe carbon copy for small and basic

    Tiny:
    tuner
    kar krash
    delay
     
  18. ahab

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    My (future) four pedal board:
    Zvex Fuzz Factory
    Frantone Vibutron
    Zvex Superduper
    Fulltone Octafuzz
     
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  19. gregb

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    Marshall BB-1
    Boss DD-2
    Boss TU-2

    I take off the Marshall BB when I play through a small or easily-overdriven amp.
    Sometimes I'll put a wah or envelope filter in the front if I'm feeling the funk.

    ...And all the rest of my effects I just consider as toys. ;)
     
  20. WaysideRickNJ

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    What I'm thinking is that right now, I'm just not using all of my pedals with any frequency that should keep them on the board.

    1. I rarely use my Emma DiscumBOBulator - would happily trade for a good digital delay with Tap Tempo, or a nice analog delay.

    2. I'm a big moron when it comes to opening up pedals and changing things around, so my TR-2 suffers badly from volume drop, so I never turn it on.

    I'm at the point where I think I'd be happiest with 2 A-Man Silver Mod TS9's, my Budda Wah, VP JR, and a good Delay (dd-20 or AD-9 w/Mod?).
     

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