This is the latest version of my pedalboard. Â The newest addition, my Sho ‘Nuff boost in the bottom right corner. Here’s a closer shot of my drive section. Below is the complete signal path.
Here’s my first ever guitar pedal build. In the past I’ve moddedÂ my gear and replaced components here and there, but I’ve never built one “from scratch.” The PCB was purchased from guitarpcb.com and this is the Sho ‘Nuff Boost.
If you follow my blog…who are you? Anyway, what I was saying is…if you follow my blog, you know that I’ve owned this pedal before in the original mint green. I was really excited to try it out.Â But long story short, it didn’t really do it for me. I sold it.Â (I’ll go into some detail about how it sounded to me below)
Signal Chain: TC Electronic Polytune Morley Maverick Maxon CS-9Pro Boss PH-3 Lovepedal Amp11 Guitarsystems Fuzz Tool Jr. Walrus Audio Deep Six MXR Micro Amp Boss DD-5 Boss TR-2 Ibanez DE7 Strymon BlueSky
Here’s my new compressor pedal. I really like it. Previously, I had a Boss CS-2 on the board, which is regarded by most as a pretty great compressor. I agree. Before that, I had a MXR DynaComp. I even had it modified by JHS. But it just wasn’t doing what I wanted. As great as the CS-2 was, I was really intrigued by the idea of having a blend knob on a compressor, which the Deep Six has. So I’ve finally gotten my hands on one for a good price.
Not sure when it all started, but some time this yearÂ I started to be really drawn to the sound of fuzz. I’ve spent a good many years tinkering around with overdrive and distortion boxes and have pretty much made up my mind about what it is that I like. I always thought fuzz just wasn’t for me…that it was merely an extension of the “overdriven sound” spectrum that only resided on the crazy end of things. Then I came across this video and listened to Sam Vilo noodle around very expressively on nothingÂ but a fuzz pedal. It didn’t blow my […]
JHS Pedals are one of my favorite guitar effects companies. They make some of the most sought-after pedals and offer some of the most unique and innovative pedal modifications. I don’t have any experience with their originalÂ products, but I have had a few of my own pedals modified by them – Boss TR-2, DD-5 and MXR Dyna Comp. Now, with that said, I do have one complaint…and it’sÂ about the quality of their workmanship. It. Is. Sloppy…
Back in March, I ordered a case from Brady Cases for my Pedaltrain 1 to replace the stock hard case that it came with. The original case really wasn’t meant to last and it was only a matter of time before I needed to replace it. As you can see, it’s a lift-off style case and my board – Pedaltrain 1 – pretty much stays in the bottom portion of the case all the time (more about my board later). The pull-out handle and the wheels were options I decided to add on to make it easier to transport. Below […]
Here’s my RC-2 that I modified. I found the instructions here and got this switch to install. The reason why I used this switch is because it was the strongest option for a momentary switch that was normally closed (NC). IMPORTANT: it MUST be NC in order for the switch to operate correctly with the RC-2. The wiring portion of the mod was fairly simple. I would say that the toughest part of the mod was cutting the square hole underneath the lid (not visible in photos). I’ve always wanted the simple functionality of killing the looped phrase with one […]
This is the Voyager from Walrus Audio, and it is quite the awesome overdrive pedal. If you love the sound of your amp and are trying to find an overdrive pedal that’ll preserve that tone, this transparent overdrive is what you’re looking for. I think my personal rule of thumb for choosing a good overdrive pedal is that it is transparent. It was actually pretty tough for me to compare the Voyager with other drive boxesÂ that IÂ currently ownÂ because I think all of themÂ are actually quite good at doing this (Lovepedal Amp11, Boss OD-3, Maxon ROD 881). I spent a good […]