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#841
21st February 2012
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How do you guys feel about buffers? Use one in the beginning of the chain? Use another at the end of the chain? I have a Goodrich volume pedal that is buffered at the beginning of my chain... I'm wondering if I need another later... Do you think I could use a Fulltone fat boost as a buffer or to make up the small gain loss? I'll also mostly be using a tape echo in front of the amp that I cook the preamp from a bit.
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21st February 2012
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I know I just posted this a month or two ago and I think it's still in the last couple pages but I just changed it up again I swapped out the compressor, moved the pedals around a little to make it easier to bypass the wireless when I want to, cleaned up some cabling, and made some little knob-turn-prevention-thingydos out of plastic and velcro. I'll stop now - I promise.

Those knob stoppers are a great idea! I can't count the amount of times I've had a surprise live when I kicked on a pedal before noticing that I had forgotten to double-check the settings.
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22nd February 2012
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How do you guys feel about buffers? Use one in the beginning of the chain? Use another at the end of the chain? I have a Goodrich volume pedal that is buffered at the beginning of my chain... I'm wondering if I need another later... Do you think I could use a Fulltone fat boost as a buffer or to make up the small gain loss? I'll also mostly be using a tape echo in front of the amp that I cook the preamp from a bit.

You need a specific buffer pedal. A bypass pedal like the Fulltone is not a buffer and a buffer is not a boost or drive pedal. See my review on the Radial PB-1 in the new guitar pedal review section they have here. I pretty much detail the reasons and optimum chain config. I run a lot of pedals, an amp-in chain and a amp-loop chain, 2 power supplies and with the proper use of buffer and bypass my signal loading and noise floor is like zip. Where to put things in a chain is always infinite in scope as to what one has in their rig and what you are after in the way of tones. There are a lot of ways to use a volume pedal.

That Tape Echo EP preamp is rather cool. Xiotic makes that EP-1 little boost, preamp pedal based on that component. You did not mention if you have an amp loop.

I had a Fat Boost 3 at last year, a pretty cool pedal, nice clean boost and enhances the EQ, I did not like the sound of cranking up its drive. Sort of wish I would have kept that one around. It is not however a buffer pedal and does not do what a good buffer circuit is meant to do. It can help to restore ones signal but the better method is not suffer the degrading to start with.

Anyway check out the review, I tried to explain the nature of buffers the best I could.
Radial Engineering: Big Shot PB-1 Buffer and Boost Pedal
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22nd February 2012
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Or you can order a B-Buff and add it to a pedal.. So you can have it in the bypass or before or after the signal.

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22nd February 2012
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Those knob stoppers are a great idea! I can't count the amount of times I've had a surprise live when I kicked on a pedal before noticing that I had forgotten to double-check the settings.

Smart idea locking the settings from being moved especially if you are gigging.
Hardwire pedals always give you that rubber knob thing, pretty cool. I run a lot of pedals and I have to keep my grandson away from my board. I am not playing with the band anymore and I do not miss the beer stumbles near my rig. Or the cable stand'ers; some were watching the band in the rehearsal practice room back in the day, I look down at this huge person standing on my midi cable!

As for the guy who is going to stop changing his board, good luck, I last about 4 months at best. It is a slow climb up the pedal mountain to attain the highest level of boutique pedal where one can say OK this is the one. Or better yet, saying that upon getting a new pedal and keeping that opinion.
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22nd February 2012
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I am not playing with the band anymore and I do not miss the beer stumbles near my rig. Or the cable stand'ers; some were watching the band in the rehearsal practice room back in the day, I look down at this huge person standing on my midi cable! .

Oh man, I've had that happen. Nothing pisses me off more. People are so ignorant. One of my pet peeves is when the set is over and people feel like it's ok to come up on the stage... either to talk to you or get to the other side of the club. Stay off the stage if you're not performing... and by that meaning asked to perform.
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23rd February 2012
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Oh man, I've had that happen. Nothing pisses me off more. People are so ignorant. One of my pet peeves is when the set is over and people feel like it's ok to come up on the stage... either to talk to you or get to the other side of the club. Stay off the stage if you're not performing... and by that meaning asked to perform.
My problem was always the hanger on party crowd who liked to sit in on our practice days in a fairly large and soundproof rehearsal room (Dallas) it was a good time, and sort of nice to have some people around to inspire you to play better. But always non players, seem to not regard cables as anything but a rope they can step on. I tried to keep my board and rig lines pretty tight to avoid the stumble bums. When I was using a midi cable on my synth it was so hard to watch out for that fragile cable having 10 smaller wires inside it. I got a little short with a few people at times but hell have a little common sense.
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28th February 2012
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GREAT thread...

i always just use the amp clean or with distortion - no pedals, but i had a question for all of you who have a majillion pedals/fx's.
do you just keep them in line (Gtr > dist > ... > fx > Amp) or do you keep fx's separate from other "sounds" (Gtr > dist > sustain > Amp - in addition to - SEND (from amp) > fx > reverbs > RETURN)

the second version seems right to me, but i was just wondering how some of you do it
#849
28th February 2012
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Depends on what sounds best. Right now I only have delay in the loop, and my way/boost/octave and phaser up front.
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28th February 2012
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My problem was always the hanger on party crowd who liked to sit in on our practice days in a fairly large and soundproof rehearsal room (Dallas) it was a good time, and sort of nice to have some people around to inspire you to play better. But always non players, seem to not regard cables as anything but a rope they can step on. I tried to keep my board and rig lines pretty tight to avoid the stumble bums. When I was using a midi cable on my synth it was so hard to watch out for that fragile cable having 10 smaller wires inside it. I got a little short with a few people at times but hell have a little common sense.
Reason #205 for gaff tape. Have my own roll with our gear at all times to tape my cable from my pedalboard back to the amp down on the ground, as well as to tidy up MIDI/audio cables for our keyboard player to his stand and on the ground. 2" wide does the trick and leaves zero residue on your cables, unlike duct tape.

It's also why I have right angle 1/4" cables for keyboard to have less it it sticking out. They do make right-angle MIDI plugs, but wouldn't want to solder the 5 (not 10) wires inside. Then again, our keyboard player just has 2 keyboards and doesn't use MIDI for our shows. I'm sure someone has them ready made or redco.com could make up custom length versions.
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29th February 2012
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Reason #205 for gaff tape. Have my own roll with our gear at all times to tape my cable from my pedalboard back to the amp down on the ground, as well as to tidy up MIDI/audio cables for our keyboard player to his stand and on the ground. 2" wide does the trick and leaves zero residue on your cables, unlike duct tape.

It's also why I have right angle 1/4" cables for keyboard to have less it it sticking out. They do make right-angle MIDI plugs, but wouldn't want to solder the 5 (not 10) wires inside. Then again, our keyboard player just has 2 keyboards and doesn't use MIDI for our shows. I'm sure someone has them ready made or redco.com could make up custom length versions.
Tripping or plug hazard bumbles was never my problem, it was a +200 lb fat head standing on the cable, tape really would not save it, and it was my main feed line coming off my hex pickup controller from the guitar. I just tried not to go across the floor with any audience around that way no one got bumped by an angry Strat. I went flat pan right angle plugs a few years back all custom builds and soldered plugs. My own cables are at least 2x as good and 5 times cheaper than anything I have ever bought.
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3rd March 2012
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i think all of you need to go door to door in your neighborhood and make it known that you are all pedalphiles
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4th March 2012
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Sick joke.
I do need to attend guitar pedal meetings as I do have a consuming addiction.
Made the mistake of counting up the boxes in the top of my sound room closet, I got to like 3K and had to stop before the wife starts adding.

You know what they say, an amp without any pedals is just one boring tone. I have never understood purists who reject even an overdrive pedal or a clean boost, a good compressor, just sounds better and adds versatility.
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4th March 2012
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hey i'm addicted to pedals too. everytime i get a new one i say "well that completes my pedal collection." then i get on youtube and watch pedal demos, and before you know it it 4 a.m. and my ebay watchlist is 6 pages long and i'm wondering how the hell it all happened.
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5th March 2012
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yep, that is the syndrome
I have not paid my 4th payment yet on my last buy and I am already emailing myself new cart combinations. I get so pissed my vendor carries a line but is missing some pedals of that line usually the ones I want.

A guy has to do something, some fish, some do cars, some play video games all day or get addicted to porn. I am retired these days and still fairly young, I need my guitars for something constructive to do. Music is not a bad vice, helps keep me sane in this rather disturbing life especially in this wacky election year.
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5th March 2012
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5th March 2012
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I've been trying to cut down on pedal accumulation and have been selling off the ones I take off my pedal board instead of just sticking them in the closet. This last pedal board project I had going was actually funded completely by cleaning out the closet of all the pedals and misc gear I don't use anymore - some of which hadn't been used in a VERY long time. Now my new plan is if it's not on my board and I don't have a use for it then I sell it. I have 1 overdrive and 1 distortion pedal that I keep around for when I play with some single channel amps and then what's on my pedal board - everything else has been sold. As an added bonus my wife no longer cares what pedals I buy because she knows if I don't like it I'll just sell it and if I do like it I'll sell whatever it replaces. I do buy almost everything used though so if I don't like it and sell it I'm usually only out $10-20 for shipping, fees, and such which is worth it to me to try out some things.
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Funny, do the same thing. About to sell a Boss DD6 on fleabay. If I haven't used it in 2 years, it goes. One exception to the rule - my MXR Distortion II, which was my 2nd pedal I bought; walked 5 miles home with it when I was 13, so I won't be parting with it for sentimental reasons. Also as I'm kicking myself for selling off my Univox Super Fuzz for not sounding like Pete Townshend... and then finding out later it's exactly what he used.
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16th March 2012
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Hey all. I'm brand new to the site and this is my first post. I figured a pedalboard topic is a good way for me to get familiar with the site. Hope you enjoy my rig.

Left board is all guitar stuff.
-Tc polytune
-Keely modded ds1 with "insanity mod" (think Atari punk console)
-Custom "boba fett distortion" left switch is a hermida Zen drive clone, right switch is a Bronx cheer synthy fuzz (Youtube it)
-Ewok fuzz. Based on the "christine chip" funky weird oscillating fuzz. (Virtually unusable live, but makes for some really cool loops into the Rc 3)
-Seymour shape shifter trem
-Mxr eq
-Ernie volume pedal
-Pigtronix echolution
-Moody mushroom echo/optical pitch shifter. (youtube it as well.)
-Ehx cathedral

Saving some room for an earthquaker devices rainbow machine and a Pigtronix dual expression pedal, (which is totally badass because you can control 2 different pedals with one expression pedal.)

2nd board is for looping and vocals.
-Rc 3 looper with fs5u footswitch
-Ehx holy stain into pigtronix keymaster for vocals

-Alex
#860
18th March 2012
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This is my pedalboard. I got some more pedals & change them every now and then. Changing my sounds helps with the inspiration.
Today I added the little devil. Wade did an awesome job. This one won't leave my board in the future. I promise.
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19th March 2012
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Rejigged my pedalboard this weekend after being naughty and getting this bad boy:-

Blackstar HT Stage 60 Guitar Amplifier

I've removed the Nova Drive, Nova Delay and NS2 from my board, and replaced them with the Timeline and the 4-way footswitch for the Blackstar.

I was never really totally happy with my AC30 for the harder rock / metal tones, and got fed up of trying to find pedals that would get me where I wanted - the AC30 sags too much and loses too much body and bite with higain stuff.

Put the Blackstar through it's paces all weekend and I'm really, REALLY happy, it sounds awesome, and really nails the sounds I've been looking for - the ISF feaure is pretty cool.

My board now goes:-

-> Pitch Black
-> Vox 847 Wah
-> MXR 78' Badass Distortion (works nice with the clean channel)
-> CAE/MXR Clean Boost
-> Blackstar HT-60 Stage

FX Loop -> Strymon Timeline delay

Giggin this setup on Thursday, can't wait!

Need to get some new pics done!
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20th March 2012
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Here is mine, I really liked having the mini for easy lugging around and managed to run the whole thing off some rechargeable AA's. Made it really convenient. About to hit road so I got the Pedaltrain 1 with hard case for durability, plus now I can fit my Pog on, and the Mopho with a sonuus G2M under the board. Run the whole lot off a Godlyke Power All with some help from their IsoPump.
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24th March 2012
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Say what do you think of that Amp Eleven Lovepedal, I was really wanting one of those but they are hard to find. I head the OD is a Timmy mod.
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24th March 2012
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Here is mine, I really liked having the mini for easy lugging around and managed to run the whole thing off some rechargeable AA's. Made it really convenient. About to hit road so I got the Pedaltrain 1 with hard case for durability, plus now I can fit my Pog on, and the Mopho with a sonuus G2M under the board. Run the whole lot off a Godlyke Power All with some help from their IsoPump.
A Mopho eh? No I'm not Jelly...

I've a Small Stone too but in my multiple attempts to do the volume drop mod I've never found the right one to change. Any hints?
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25th March 2012
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Say what do you think of that Amp Eleven Lovepedal, I was really wanting one of those but they are hard to find. I head the OD is a Timmy mod.
The amp eleven is pretty awesome. It's closer to the COT50 or AMP50 from love pedal with a boost. It's actually a silicon transistor circuit where as the timmy is based off the tube screamer like 99% of other OD's out there
The Timmy is awesome cause I love the way the treble and bass are nice passive filters. It's making the op amp work harder than a tube screamer but it also has a high potential clipping threshold internally than a tube screamer

Well At least that's what's I've heard about the amp11 in the stompbox forums. But that could just e the boost section too

The schematic for the "Timmy" is already all over the place though.
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26th March 2012
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26th March 2012
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Bought a new Strymon Bluesky, which replaced the EHX Holy Grail.
Real tweed over the board, quit easy to lift, not very heavy.







As you might see, still a lot of empty places, I hope I can fill that soon with a nice Strymon timeline, and Diamond Pedals vibrato!
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29th March 2012
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Loving the tweed case, hard to go wrong w Strymon.
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17th April 2012
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A Mopho eh? No I'm not Jelly...

I've a Small Stone too but in my multiple attempts to do the volume drop mod I've never found the right one to change. Any hints?
Sorry can't help you there, mine is Analogman modded for volume drop, true bypass and expression input. My favorite phaser by a mile. Great with the expression, use it like a wah.
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