Once a guitarist is bitten by the pedal bug, it’s already too late. They are doomed to a nearly unending quest to find just the right tone. My pedal journey started with a Zvex Box of Rock and, man, has it been a wild ride.
Since starting the process of recording Skylines and the Horizon in 2017 and restarting around Labor Day of 2018, my pedal collection has changed significantly. In fact, the pedals I used to record as recently as November 2018 have moved on into another guitarist’s possession.
My main board is a 24″ by 12″ custom board made by a company called Solid Rock Customs. Unfortunately, SCR recently indicated they’d no longer be making boards, which is unfortunate.
My chain starts in the lower right and goes as follows:
Wampler Tumnus Deluxe > Electro-Harmonix POG2 > Earthquaker Devices Black Ash (#1331) > Earthquaker Devices Dunes > Wampler Sovereign > Wampler Pinnacle Deluxe > Blackout Effectors Musket (Whiteout Edition) > Subdecay Vector > Zvex Double Rock > Keeley Super Mod Workstation > Strymon El Capistan > Strymon Timeline > TC Electronic T2 Reverb
Now, you might have noticed that I skipped over the brown pedal on the top row. That is a Tapestry Audio Time Traveler. It is a pedal that sends a BPM signal to the Timeline and Super Mod Workstation. Although the Timeline has the ability to set a BPM tempo, I find i can’t quite fine tune it close enough.
If I were to have my El Capistan modded to accept an external tap tempo, I could get rid of theTimeline.
Not pictured are a couple of recent acquisitions: the Loophole Pedals Grey Matter and a Tapestry Audio Fab Suisse Overdrive.
Snoopy faithfully watches guard over the pedals. It helps to have an ace WW2 pilot to watch over the board.
Pedals are a lot of fun. My mad dash for new pedals has been dying down over the last few months and I only have a few pedals of interest.
I plan to write my thoughts on the above pedals, similar to what I did for the Eventide H9, JHS Sweet Tea, JHS Muffuletta, and Zvex Distortron. When I do, you will them as sub-pages to this one. Heck, if I keep it up, they might even have video demos from my YouTube channel.