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walshb
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Sep 15th, 2019 05:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I feel like I'm going backwards. After years of getting by with my ME-70 straight into an amp, which I still really like, I've decided to go back to a pedalboard when playing in the band.

I've got a couple of "must have" pedals I've been using along with the ME-70, and that means plugging at least 3 adapters into a power strip, every time we practice or play out. Then unplugging them afterwards, and packing them all back up. I guess I'm getting lazy, but I also want to save time. With the pedalboard, I just have to plug in one cord, and run a cable to the amp. It's a large pedalboard with a detachable top, so I have room to throw in the wireless, an extra slide, and a few other "just in case" items.

It took 8 pedals to replace the ME-70 though, and I still don't have nearly as much capability! At least I'm using some of my pedals again, instead of them lying around in the music room.
I may be the only one who has ever done this, for the reason stated. Laziness, mostly! I can't imagine anyone going from say, a Helix, back to a pedalboard??

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Sep 15th, 2019 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Guitar players are perennially rearranging the furniture.

We all generally suffer from this penchant. I think it's largely due to the sheer volume of gear choices we have.

LeftyMeister
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Sep 15th, 2019 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I did it but for a different reason. Back in the day, I mounted my Yamaha DG-Stomp to a board, along with a few pedals, for playing at church. They decided they didn't want any amps onstage so I had to go direct. I've also owned a Zoom G7.1ut (the big one) and it had great tones, but it was still a processor and required a LOT of tweaking to get the right tones.

I've had a few other processors over the years and always felt like I was compromising on versatility and sound quality for some of the individual FX. Every processor I've owned did a few things well but not so much on others. For example it maybe had great reverb but not delay, or visa-versa. I felt like I was settling.

I've been back to a full board for over a decade and I'm happy.

My Board

walshb
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Sep 15th, 2019 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I think it's largely due to the sheer volume of gear choices we have."

I have to agree, even with a multi-effects unit, there's going to be a pedal or two out there that will do a better job.

I'm always the last one packed up after practice, everyone else is standing around talking, or on their way home. So saving time is part of the reason, definitely. But, I'll probably just leave it at practice now, saving even more time. ;)

Lefty we have a couple of the same pedals, and your board has one more pedal than mine, currently anyway. Is it easy to transport? Heavy?

Pinetree
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Sep 15th, 2019 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I rearranged the furniture just last night.




LeftyMeister
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Sep 15th, 2019 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bill, I leave it set up at church so I don't move it often. But it's still not as bad as an amp to carry.

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Sep 15th, 2019 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Our lead guitar player just roasted his Headrush for the second time. First time, we were rehearsing when a storm came overhead and all the power went out. Device fried. He just got it back from the manufacturer last week. Another storm rolled through on Thursday and there was another power outage. Guess what? His repaired Headrush just gave up its a ghost a second time.

Meanwhile, I’m standing to the side with my eight pedals with no complaints whatsoever....

Mick Reid

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Sep 15th, 2019 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I rearranged the furniture just last night."

If that is some kind of euphemism...

Good on ya!

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Pinetree
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Sep 15th, 2019 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sadly, not.


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reverendrob
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Sep 15th, 2019 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

You *can* put a multifx on a pedalboard with other stuff, just sayin'.

Mick Reid

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Sep 15th, 2019 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hah! Don't play with your settings much, eh Pinetree?


Pinetree
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Sep 15th, 2019 11:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nope.



reverendrob
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Sep 16th, 2019 04:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

A manly man would tape the tuner screen down so the setting is CONSTANT.

walshb
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Sep 16th, 2019 07:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

"You *can* put a multifx on a pedalboard with other stuff, just sayin'."

I actually started out with that in mind. But, it takes up a lot of room, adds a lot of weight, and I realized I had other pedals that will do what I need in the band setting, so I decided to keep it separate and just use the multifx at church.

So far, both posted pics, plus mine, have the Polytune on the board. Must be a pretty popular tuner!


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Sep 16th, 2019 07:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have gone back to a simple pedalboard with just Tuner,Drive,Chorus,Delay.

I also rearrange the furniture every couple months with a different version of pedal. But the lineup slots pretty much remain the same.

zenland

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Sep 18th, 2019 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I can't imagine anyone going from say, a Helix, back to a pedalboard?"
For me it would all depend on what the gig is? and you know I really like my Helix unit with the FRFR amp. A 45 minute gig with back line provided is 2 delays 1 compressor and 1 overdrive unit.
That was what I used for the last IPO show.

A Jam session with friends would be the Marshall with 1 OD and the HOF Reverb! Great Pedal! I can always change up as nothing is written in stone.LOL

Putzing around with recording is the Helix strait in or any of my amps with different drives/delays and chorus being miced up.



If I ever play cover tunes out again I have someone that could help me tweak the Helix real quick! I'll probably do that anyway but, for now don't need that expense.

I have a lot of furniture LOL..............




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Sep 21st, 2019 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

I started a pedalboard a year ago but quickly burned out on it. I know I have too many pedals around but I kept swapping back and forth and adding subtracting different ones that it was driving me nuts.

All I use now is a multi-stomp from yamaha in the effects loop and dial in a kind of gritty clean with the Mesa Boogie. I do this with the volume knobs on my Les Paul set on about 2 and work the volume up and down to get the drive I want for each tune. The pedal is used just for verbs and delays and has presets depending on how much ambiance needed for the song.



Pinetree
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Sep 21st, 2019 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Honestly, I'm gonna switch everything back to my old setup next chance I get.

It never stops.


LeftyMeister
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Sep 22nd, 2019 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm also planning some changes:

* I had a Barber Tonepress but I got rid of it because I thought I no longer needed a compressor. It turns out I do for clean rhythms to alleviate the spikes. Since I rarely use my tremolo, it'll be replaced by a Wampler Ego.

* The Wampler Tumnus is a Klon clone with a mid-boost, which I need, but it has the upper mids that don't gel with my rig or playing style. I'm searching for a different OD with mids, but not a TS clone.

Bubbalou

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Sep 24th, 2019 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

jellybones, does he use a surge protector?

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