How many of your pedals do you actually use?

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ewalewal Frets: 699
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So after many years not being in a band when I've built a board with a nice range of pedals including delays, reverb, tremelo and a few different drives - some for stacking purposes, and another post delay and reverb (you've got to have a drive at the end of your chain if your doing anything shoegazy right?), I know find myself in an originals band.

I do most of the writing and started out with plans to use the delays etc creatively, however now that the band is properly taking shape, I find myself using just three pedals - a drive that's always on, another drive I stamp on for loud bits, and the reverb. The rest of the pedals are just taking up space and helping me look the part.... I think it's largely because of the type of music we are playing, loud thrashy Swervedrivery instrumental rock, and the fact that as the main tune writer, I'm mostly playing the core rhythm parts and don't have much opportunity to get overly creative as a guitarist.

Should I be bothered (probably not as long as the tunes sound good)?? Should I consciously try and use the other pedals more (probably yes as long as they compliment the music and sound in keeping with our vibe)?? And anyone else find that in truth a lot of your pedals are just for show? 
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  • slackerslacker Frets: 929
    I've got quite a lot of pedals and three boards. I mix and match a lot. At home I often play without any pedals. I tend to build boards for what I need and remove what I really wont use in that application. 

    I generally use an overdrive and a delay/reverb. So that's whats on the board. I've got fuzz, pitch shifters, synths, trem  and filters for when I need them. 

    I've got a covers start up which needs a fair range of pedals. I play in an acoustic duo that uses no pedals and no amp. Horses for courses. 

    If you can be bothered to swap stuff keep your board as is and dont use the pedals you dont use. You dont have to use a ring mod on a ballad cos its on your board :)
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3475
    edited June 7
    The last practice i had with my new band i used all 12 of my pedals, sounds like you need a wah, use your delays for intros and it also sounds like you're missing a phaser 
    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9207
    Im not gigging at the mo, and I have a full PT2 and at least as many pedals that don’t fit on there.

    But if I was gigging I would specifically cut down to whatever’s needed and little/nothing else. Nothing bigger than a PT Jr unless the gig absolutely needed it. It makes load-in easier, it helps reliability and it makes me less likely to stand on the wrong thing halfway through a song!


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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 284
    I have a "do everything" board at the moment (tuner, volume, wah, overdrive, distortion, chorus, phaser, flanger, compressor, two delays - not in that order!).  I probably use most pedals most times I play in public (in a church setting) - the wah and the phaser get the least airtime.

    If I played in an originals band, or even in a covers band of the type I'd likely end up in, I reckon I'd just need drive, compression, delay and maybe a flanger.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2662
    Bass: none
    Guitar: Marshall ED-1 Compressor

    I tune up using a Peterson StroboStomp and for my Anderson, a Korg DT-7.  The tuners are not in circuit when I play.

    I have a few FX pedals, perhaps I ought to get rid of them.  In a skip????
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6902
    edited June 7
    A gate, volume pedal, overdrive, and a delay. Also my current preamp is a pedal so that too.

    I don’t even use my tuner anymore. I use evertune guitars so as long as I’ve tuned them that week when playing through my DAW at home I know they’ll be in tune for rehearsal.
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6902
    The thing is you just have to use what works. For some bands/styles that isn’t much and for others it can be a lot.

    What you use for fun/writing inspiration can be different to what you use with your band too, nothing wrong with that.
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  • BeexterBeexter Frets: 298
    I'm down to 8 pedals on a Metro 20 and use them all during the course of a set.
    The chain is:
    Polytune Mini
    Tumnus
    Barber Gain Changer
    Suhr Koji
    Hotone Soul Press (wah/ volume)
    Buffalo TD-X
    Empress Echosystem 
    Suhr Jack Rabbit

    A number serve double- duty, I have a preset on the Echosystem that is a straight chorus without any delay, the Jack Rabbit is sometimes used just as a clean volume boost at the end of the chain so I get a fair bit of flexibility with just a few pedals and there's no room for anything to be just there for show.
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 11591
    I know this isn't really aimed at me, given that I'm a Helix user, but....with all the capability I have in the Helix, my live use is limited to:

    - Two amp models - Soldano Clean and Friedman BE-100.
    - Compressor (for lead sustain)
    - Two delays (either just one, or both)
    - Octaver
    - Reverb

    That's it.

    When I was a pedals + amp guy, I only had a tuner, a drive pedal (Bogner Ecstasy Red), a Joyo Quattro delay, a Flashback Mini and a wah. If I'm going to do the pedal thing, I prefer to keep it small and simple. Looking the part is totally secondary to the possibility of the singer or bassist treading on my board and arsing things up for me ;)
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 34
    edited June 7
    I'm a big fan of pedals as part of shaping the sound - for me, some of them are like instruments in themselves. 

    But - with tastes like mine (instrumental / experimental / ambient) - it's easy to get carried away, and I certainly did after selling off lots of old guitars and collectors' toys and having funds to buy a lot of desired pedals. However, I've always maintained an approach of 'if I don't use it, I sell it', and sure enough I've sold off anything I'm not using.

    With my current pedal boards (just two, one for the small/regular size ones, and one for the volume and Whammy plus Synth9, for carrying purposes) I use every single pedal on there - and enough to justify keeping them there permanently. I'm a stickler for having everything I need in one place, and a sense of permanence, so everything I have is used and most of our songs are written using these pedals as key factors for the sound. 

    If I was into different music, especially more song-based conventional stuff, or metal, then I'd perhaps have a simpler board with the 'essentials' on, but as experimentation plays a big part in my band/songwriting, the ridiculous pedal setup I have is kind of essential. 

    I'm sure many would look at my board and consider many of the pedals 'just for show' or novelty items, but believe me I've been through so many to find the right ones which offer the sounds I want, that nothing's for show. I want good quality stuff that offers those sounds, nothing more. 

    (if anyone's curious - and not for showing off, I just like talking pedals - current setup is:
    Guitar >
    EHX Synth9
    Boss FV50H
    Digitech Whammy (4th gen)
    EQD Arpanoid
    Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
    Boss DS-1 Distortion
    EHX Big Muff Pi Nano
    Zoom Multistomp
    Boss TE-2 Tera Echo
    Boss DSD-2 (for sale, to be replaced by TC Electronic Flashback 2) 
    Ibanez Mini Analog Delay
    Boss RV-6
    Digitech Obscura
    TC Electronic Ditto x2
    Digitech Digidelay
    > Amp

    A bit of an odd mix, but those are the sounds I want. Still considering an EQD Data Corrupter when I see one cheap enough, but that's it for now!) 

    Fender Standard Tele, Vintage V72, Peavey Valveking II 50w, LOTS of pedals
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3475
    @joetele ;
    i was looking at Tera Echo demo's last night on youtube. looks interesting, one would imagine the sound of it self oscillating going through another delay to be awesome. I also use the Zoom multistomp (BT100) and for reverbs it is immense
    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • Rowby1Rowby1 Frets: 345
    Pedals on my board I use all the time:

    TU-3
    Pickle Vibe
    Riot
    Cali76CD
    Tim Pierce OD
    Timeline
    Trelicopter
    Blue Sky

    Pedals I plan to put on a small board (some not yet purchased) for some flying gigs later this year:

    TU-3
    Revival Drive
    Flint

    Pedals I own but only use occasionally at home:

    MM4
    Gunshot
    Budda Wah

    If I’m not using them I tend to sell them on.
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  • LestratcasterLestratcaster Frets: 341
    Only 3, a Boss TU-2, Ibanez TS9 and ISP Noise Decimator.

    Other pedals I have but don't use are

    Boss SD-1
    EHX Chorus
    Boss DD-6
    Jim Dunlop Wah
    Boss CS-3
    Digitech Drop Tune

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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 34
    DesVegas said:
    @joetele ;
    i was looking at Tera Echo demo's last night on youtube. looks interesting, one would imagine the sound of it self oscillating going through another delay to be awesome. I also use the Zoom multistomp (BT100) and for reverbs it is immense
    Yeah the Tera Echo is a one trick thing but the trick can be varied so much it's excellent. And the Multistomp is a godsend. 
    Fender Standard Tele, Vintage V72, Peavey Valveking II 50w, LOTS of pedals
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  • soma1975soma1975 Frets: 330
    Just now in a 15min bedroom jam play along to a jamtrack I used

    Analogman Sunlion (both sides)
    Ventura Vibe
    EP Booster
    Greer Lightspeed
    Catalinbread Belle Epoch
    TC Flashback Mini
    TC HOF Mini
    Fulltone Cyde Deluxe

    I regret nothing. 
    My Trade Feedback Thread is here

    Been uploading old tracks I recorded ages ago and hopefully some new noodles here.
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  • Flanging_FredFlanging_Fred Frets: 1606
    Hmm,

    About 30% on my gig board
    30% on a home board
    10% in the broken box
    And 30% nailed to the wall to make my house look like 'That Pedal Show'.

    Swoon.
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3327
    How very dare you !  Insinuating that there's a single unused pedal in my possession, the cheek !

    er ... a tuner and a Xotic EP boost +/- Zendrive on Robben Ford's magic setting.
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • vizviz Frets: 4796
    All 9 pedals on my board get used a lot. The other 99% of my pedals are in an attic marked “pedals”. 
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  • DrJazzTapDrJazzTap Frets: 821
    I used to use all of my pedals. Tuner, Wah, Compressor, OD/boost, Chorus, Phaser and delay.
    I would love to change my username, but I fully understand the T&C's (it was an old band nickname). So please feel free to call me Dave.
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  • vizviz Frets: 4796
    DrJazzTap said:
    I used to use all of my pedals. Tuner, Wah, Compressor, OD/boost, Chorus, Phaser and delay.
    That’s exactly what I’ve got (Plus a whammy). It’s all I need. 
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 4134

    My current pedal chain has 30 pedals in it and they all get used at some point - it's been a while since I switched them all on at once though ;)


    CEO ACME Moats Inc.
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  • DrJazzTapDrJazzTap Frets: 821
    viz said:
    DrJazzTap said:
    I used to use all of my pedals. Tuner, Wah, Compressor, OD/boost, Chorus, Phaser and delay.
    That’s exactly what I’ve got (Plus a whammy). It’s all I need. 
    I have added a Flanger in, to try and understand them basically. I have thought about a whammy, but I stick to a certain size board. I may change in a few months time as the Rivera has a huge ass footswitch with boosts on etc.
    I would love to change my username, but I fully understand the T&C's (it was an old band nickname). So please feel free to call me Dave.
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  • ewalewal Frets: 699
    DesVegas said:
    The last practice i had with my new band i used all 12 of my pedals, sounds like you need a wah, use your delays for intros and it also sounds like you're missing a phaser 
    Defo think I'd get more use out of a wah than I ever will out of the tremelo - just about every modulation effect brings me out in a rash. A phaser is maybe the second least offensive, I'll give you that.

    Part of the issue is that playing instrumental music, it is too easy to end up sounding like mogwai wannabes as soon as the delay is on and the tremelo picking starts...
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 2632
    Terrible hoarder of pedals in the past.  Almost cured now.
    Downsized to a PT Metro 24  -- that was the trick:  physically limit space
    Everything gets used every gig:

    Compressor
    Chorus
    OD
    Distortion verging on Fuzz (Wampler Velvet)
    Echo #1
    Echo #2  <-- this is the only pedal that only gets brief use but you know it when it's on cos it's a special effect echo
    Reverb

    All into front of amp. 
    (There's also a tuner on the board and a wah off it.)

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  • Matt_McGMatt_McG Frets: 64
    I have a Metro 16. I can squeeze 9 pedals on it. 

    I probably have another 9 or 10 not on it. Most I made myself (from pcbs or kits). I occasionally switch them in and out for different flavours. But, to be honest, they are just sitting in a cupboard unused most of the time.

    If I'm absolutely honest, I could strip it down from those 9 to 5 without massive loss. 2 x drives, one delay, one tremolo, one reverb.
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1713
    All of them to varying degrees 
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  • AlexOAlexO Frets: 139
    I made a point on making my board a essentials board to concentrate on playing instead of pedal shopping.
    On it I have 
    Polytune.
    ThorpyFX Gunshot
    ThorpyFX Muffroom Cloud
    EqD humnigbird them
    Walrus ARP delay.

    Even down to those all I really use is a bit of slapback, Reverb from the amp.
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  • DesVegasDesVegas Frets: 3475
    Nice set Alex
    trust me I'm a stomach
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  • TTBZTTBZ Frets: 556
    I only have 4, one of which is a tuner, so they all get used to some degree. The fuzz least so but it's there just in case I want it. I could go without the delay tbh. For a long time my board was just tuner and a wah. Contemplating the switch to a Helix soon but can't see me going crazy with the FX still. 
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2224

    4 on a pedal train nano plus.

    Tuner, P45, dual drive and Keeley Caverns.
    I need more though, I have a Helix but tend to favour pedals, so may go back to a PT junior at some point.

    Would like a Chorus, flint, tap delay, mini wah, auto filter, deco.
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