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  • merlinmerlin Frets: 1360
    Tuner, compressor, envelope, fuzz, cruiser, phase. 
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  • sgosdensgosden Frets: 649
    Used to have massive boards. But the more gig the smaller it gets. 
    Like @digitalscream I've got a really basic setup in helix, but also have a small valve amp and board set up. 

    Tuner - something wobbly (phase/flange/wah depending on mood) > eqd palisades > 2 delays (shortlist clean repeats & longer mushy ones) by way of dd20 (el cap in the post though!!) 

    I had a mobius and timeline for quite a while, with delays and mods bespoke for each song on our set. But the nuances between them were so small, and in a loud live mix it all just sounded like "some delay" and "some wobble".

    Less is more. 
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  • lasermonkeylasermonkey Frets: 1032
    I have a lot of pedals. Mostly, it's because I really enjoy building them, but I've also bought a lot of broken stuff and fixed them. Being the inquisitive sort, I'll often buy several examples of the same effect out of curiosity if I can find them cheap. I think I have seventeen phasers, for instance. I like phasers!

    I also like using a lot of effects at once, as I tend to go for atmospheric tones rather than conventional sounds.

    My current pedalboard goes:
    Korg Pitchblack tuner
    DIY Janglebox clone
    DIY Monolith Oracle fuzz clone (modified)
    DIY Clay Jones Overdrive clone
    DIY Klone
    Ibanez PT-9
    Boss CE-3 (and stereo from this point)
    Line 6 Echo Park
    Digitech Hardwire DL-8
    Digitech Hardwire RV-7
    Zoom MS70CDR

    This is the board that I use for jamming with a friend. When I was playing in a previous band, I also used an Ernie Ball volume pedal, subbed the PT-9 for a Boss BF-2 and used DIY clones of a Liquid Sunhine Mk II, a Catalinbread DLS Mk II and a Big Muff instead of the dirt currently used.


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    I said maybe.....
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  • mburekengemburekenge Frets: 537
    Using the following

    FULLTONE Octafuzz, polytune, xotic sp, MXR phase 90, OCD, TS mini, crybaby mini, moog clusterflux, ehx deluxe memory man TT.
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2354
    I had lots of pedals, didn't realise quite how many til I finally found somewhere to live and all my stuff came out of storage, but recently I've sold many of them and there's more to go. Currently very happy with Keeley Comp Pro, Boss Hi Band Flanger, Boss Vibrato and Boss RE-20 Space Echo plus a looper. In fact I've never been as happy with my sound as I am at present. Less is more but then I only play my own stuff so no need to try and cop a sound.

    It's kind of ironic as I started out with Boss pedals, went all round the houses playing lots of different stuff and have finally ended up back with Boss. At least now I don't have the feeling there's something out there better (more suitable).
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 1817
    edited June 9
    Some do get more use than others but then some benefit from spending a lot of time with

    https://i.imgur.com/AsS4NVB.jpg


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  • valevale Frets: 1036
    I have a lot of pedals. Mostly, it's because I really enjoy building them, but I've also bought a lot of broken stuff and fixed them. Being the inquisitive sort, I'll often buy several examples of the same effect out of curiosity if I can find them cheap. I think I have seventeen phasers, for instance. I like phasers!

    I also like using a lot of effects at once, as I tend to go for atmospheric tones rather than conventional sounds.
    am exactly the same.

    i use them all & even have doubles of things i really like & can pick up cheaply (behringers & joyos on ebay for £15 etc) so i can use the same effect twice in a chain. early & late or split.

    my guitar is my interface & my pedal board is a my synth. more oscillators, more filters, more modulation always!
    hofner hussie & hayman harpie. what she said...
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 4226

    I'm tempted to add my list of pedals because it amuses me, and because I crave validation from fellow pedal owners ;)

    So the current set up is, in order:

    Vox - Tonelab ST
    Boss - Loop Station
    EQD - Data Corrupter
    Parasit Studios (kit, built by me) - Into The Unknown
    Line 6 - Liqua Flange
    Recovery Pedals - Cutting Room Floor
    Korg - Miku (connected to a feedback looper)
    Subdecay - Vitruvian Mod
    EHX - Pitch Fork
    Digitech - Obscura
    Line 6 - DM4
    EQD - Spatial Delivery
    EQD - Arpanoid
    smallsound/bigsound - Team Awesome Fuzz Machine
    Parasit Studios (kit, built by Juansolo) - Arcadiator
    Dwarfcraft - Grazer
    Montreal Assembly - Count To 5 (#1)
    Dr Scientist - BitQuest (#1)
    EQD - Afterneath
    Montreal Assembly - Count To 5 (#2)
    Dr Scientist - BitQuest (#2)
    Alexander Pedals - Syntax Error
    EQD - Rainbow Machine
    Red Panda - Particle
    Mr Black - Gilamondo
    Catalinbread - CSIDMAN
    Digitech - The Weapon
    drolo - Stamme[n]
    Old Blood Noise Endeavours - Procession
    Line 6 - Otto Filter

    The only other pedals I have are a Fuzzdog Ampeg Scrambler kit in a Klon-style box, an EHX Pocket Metal Muff, a Boss Vol pedal, a modded Behringer FX600 and a Boss RC-50 (that I've lent to a mate). I also have an Electro Faustus Drone Machine which is currently plugged into a separate input on my mixer.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 68
    Paul_C said:

    I'm tempted to add my list of pedals because it amuses me, and because I crave validation from fellow pedal owners ;)

    So the current set up is, in order:

    Vox - Tonelab ST
    Boss - Loop Station
    EQD - Data Corrupter
    Parasit Studios (kit, built by me) - Into The Unknown
    Line 6 - Liqua Flange
    Recovery Pedals - Cutting Room Floor
    Korg - Miku (connected to a feedback looper)
    Subdecay - Vitruvian Mod
    EHX - Pitch Fork
    Digitech - Obscura
    Line 6 - DM4
    EQD - Spatial Delivery
    EQD - Arpanoid
    smallsound/bigsound - Team Awesome Fuzz Machine
    Parasit Studios (kit, built by Juansolo) - Arcadiator
    Dwarfcraft - Grazer
    Montreal Assembly - Count To 5 (#1)
    Dr Scientist - BitQuest (#1)
    EQD - Afterneath
    Montreal Assembly - Count To 5 (#2)
    Dr Scientist - BitQuest (#2)
    Alexander Pedals - Syntax Error
    EQD - Rainbow Machine
    Red Panda - Particle
    Mr Black - Gilamondo
    Catalinbread - CSIDMAN
    Digitech - The Weapon
    drolo - Stamme[n]
    Old Blood Noise Endeavours - Procession
    Line 6 - Otto Filter

    The only other pedals I have are a Fuzzdog Ampeg Scrambler kit in a Klon-style box, an EHX Pocket Metal Muff, a Boss Vol pedal, a modded Behringer FX600 and a Boss RC-50 (that I've lent to a mate). I also have an Electro Faustus Drone Machine which is currently plugged into a separate input on my mixer.
    Paul, that's a stunning selection of pedals, most of which are on my shopping list...


    Pedals. 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 1047
    Snags said:i
    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.
    Are there many church songs which require the wah and/or flanger? Scratching my head to think of them...

    A-wah in a Manger maybe. 
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • stickersticker Frets: 519
    I haven’t played my pedals in over 2 years , my board has 2 ‘Thorpy clones’ a Strymon Flint and a 4114 flux Delay...
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  • hotpickupshotpickups Frets: 936
    edited June 9
    I only have 2 H9s, a drive pedal, an Auto wah and a comp on my board. That's it and I use them all.  If I don't use them I'll sell'ed simples as that

    Oh yeah a tuner also
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • tone1tone1 Frets: 1547
    My Current board has Tuner, Palmer Distortion, Strymon Flint, Boss DD-2... :)
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2706
    Did you guys ever work out the number of connections your guitar signal passes through on its way to the amp? Even with true bypass, a small number of pedals means a lot plus the little interconnecting cables, jacks etc.

    No wonder that a lot of guitars in bands sound sterile, processed and the same as every other guitar on the market. Why consider tonal issues when buying a guitar if you are going to put the signal through a number of pedals?
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • GadgetGadget Frets: 574
    I treat my pedals like a Lego set. If I want to build a particular sound, I get out a suitable selection of pedals. If I want to build something else, I swap for different ones.
    I think, therefore.... I... ummmm........
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  • sgosdensgosden Frets: 649
    Gadget said:
    I treat my pedals like a Lego set. If I want to build a particular sound, I get out a suitable selection of pedals. If I want to build something else, I swap for different ones.

    lego hurts when you step on it though
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 4226
    Rocker said:
    Did you guys ever work out the number of connections your guitar signal passes through on its way to the amp? Even with true bypass, a small number of pedals means a lot plus the little interconnecting cables, jacks etc.

    No wonder that a lot of guitars in bands sound sterile, processed and the same as every other guitar on the market. Why consider tonal issues when buying a guitar if you are going to put the signal through a number of pedals?

    You're an idiot.
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  • BintyTwanger77BintyTwanger77 Frets: 1213
    edited June 9
    Rocker said:
    Did you guys ever work out the number of connections your guitar signal passes through on its way to the amp? Even with true bypass, a small number of pedals means a lot plus the little interconnecting cables, jacks etc.

    No wonder that a lot of guitars in bands sound sterile, processed and the same as every other guitar on the market. Why consider tonal issues when buying a guitar if you are going to put the signal through a number of pedals?
    Never heard of loopers or buffers?
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32276
    ewal said:
    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? 
    If they're truly just for show then build a minimum-size pedalboard that does what you need and either get rid of the others or keep them in case your music style changes again. The guitarist with a huge pedalboard is now as much of an irritating cliché as one with too many guitars (more than two, usually) at a gig - it doesn't make you look the part, it makes you look a prat.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 68
    edited June 9
    ICBM said:
    ewal said:
    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? 
    If they're truly just for show then build a minimum-size pedalboard that does what you need and either get rid of the others or keep them in case your music style changes again. The guitarist with a huge pedalboard is now as much of an irritating cliché as one with too many guitars (more than two, usually) at a gig - it doesn't make you look the part, it makes you look a prat.
    For someone who always seems very knowledgeable on the boards with advice etc, I'm surprised at the last line here. What if someone's genuine interest is in different pedals, being creative with them, and experimentation? It's their choice, and it's not the wrong choice. If someone buys stuff purely for show then that's different, but it seems a bit of a snobbish attitude, or fairly ignorant, to just tar everyone with the same brush, purely because you favour simplicity of pedal use over numerous pedals on a board. 
    Pedals. 
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2706
    Paul_C said:
    Rocker said:
    Did you guys ever work out the number of connections your guitar signal passes through on its way to the amp? Even with true bypass, a small number of pedals means a lot plus the little interconnecting cables, jacks etc.

    No wonder that a lot of guitars in bands sound sterile, processed and the same as every other guitar on the market. Why consider tonal issues when buying a guitar if you are going to put the signal through a number of pedals?

    You're an idiot.
    @Paul_c if you don’t think or behave as per the forum police say you do, you are an idiot. 
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1953
    ewal said:

    ... anyone else find that in truth a lot of your pedals are just for show? 
    As a multi-FX user I don’t have any pedals on show. Being cynical I’d accept the idea that some people have them for show, and that some people use pedals as a crutch.
    ewal said:

    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)?? 
    I’m also a minimalist, and only use an effect to improve a performance. Nevertheless in an average set I will use tuner, volume, wah, Chorus, Drive, Reverb, Delay; and specific songs will need Flange and/or Tremolo and/or Detune. That’s in addition to switching pickups and adjusting volume and tone.

    There’s always a balance between improving the song and getting in the way of your playing. On a bad night I’ll focus on my playing rather than changing FX and settings mid song.

    There are some people whose song choice and playing style don’t benefit from FX. It depends on where the balance lies for you. So if I were you I’d experiment so that you can decide whether each pedal does anything for a song. If it does then practice. Practice will shift that balance point between value and distraction. 
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1953
    @Paul_C  @Rocker  Can we avoid personal attacks please? Moderators get really pissed off when we have to edit it out of threads
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32276
    edited June 9
    joetele said:

    For someone who always seems very knowledgeable on the boards with advice etc, I'm surprised at the last line here. What if someone's genuine interest is in different pedals, being creative with them, and experimentation? It's their choice, and it's not the wrong choice. If someone buys stuff purely for show then that's different, but it seems a bit of a snobbish attitude, or fairly ignorant, to just tar everyone with the same brush, purely because you favour simplicity of pedal use over numerous pedals on a board. 
    Well, I should say that in my last originals band I had 14 pedals on my board... I used them all, although one or two were only on for one part in one song. So I'm not sure if that makes me ignorant ;), although it may have made me look a bit of a prat :).

    I'm not anti-pedal, at all - as far as I remember I don't think I've ever played a gig without at least one effect unit of some sort. I just think the multiple guitars, vast pedalboard, sometimes more than one amp thing has become a cliché that makes guitarists look like wannabe rock stars, wearing shades indoors and other nonsense.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • KebabkidKebabkid Frets: 1414
    edited June 10
    All of them

    Keeley Comp (always on)
    Keeley TS808 -  For SRV sounds but I mainly stack it with an OCD and EP for solos
    WY Pork Loin -  for low gain/tweedy rhythm
    Xotic EP Boost - stack with 808 and OCD or leave on all the time when using my Robert Cray Strat (SSS) = fattens it up
    OCD - stack with 808 and EP or on it's own or just with EP
    Catalinbread Boost - pure solo volume boost
    Zoom MS-70CDR - my Tuner, Swiss Army knife for the occasional other effect, like Pitch/harmony but its main function is for modulation (chorus) and as a 2nd, different delay
    TC Flashback Delay - main delay

    Boss Wah off the board
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  • vizviz Frets: 4876
    edited June 9
    I think it depends on what sort of band you are. My pedalboard is pretty large but I need them all - it’s a tool for the range of songs we do - everything from Van Halen to Duran Duran. But also a lot of the pedals give good spur-of-the-moment flexibility too - if I’m suddenly a bit loud in the clean chords I can stamp on the compressor. If I’m too quiet I can use the boost or OD. If I just suddenly want some feedback I can toe the wah. If I want to spice up a solo I can use the phaser. The whammy is on detune mode so I can suddenly provide some lovely clean warble when I want it. I find it all very helpful and I don’t think it’s too intrusive. 

    My chain is:

    Guitar > comp > wah > whammy > OD > phaser > mute > amp input > chorus > delay > boost > amp return. 

    Most are true bypass and my cabling is probably 15 metres in all! But the wah is buffered and it sounds really good, to my ear at least.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 68
    edited June 9
    ICBM said:
    joetele said:

    For someone who always seems very knowledgeable on the boards with advice etc, I'm surprised at the last line here. What if someone's genuine interest is in different pedals, being creative with them, and experimentation? It's their choice, and it's not the wrong choice. If someone buys stuff purely for show then that's different, but it seems a bit of a snobbish attitude, or fairly ignorant, to just tar everyone with the same brush, purely because you favour simplicity of pedal use over numerous pedals on a board. 
    Well, I should say that in my last originals band I had 14 pedals on my board... I used them all, although one or two were only on for one part in one song. So I'm not sure if that makes me ignorant .
    Let's say you're experienced, then
    Pedals. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32276
    joetele said:

    Let's say you're experienced, then
    at looking a prat, yes :).
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • ewalewal Frets: 721
    ICBM said:
    ewal said:
    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? 
    If they're truly just for show then build a minimum-size pedalboard that does what you need and either get rid of the others or keep them in case your music style changes again. The guitarist with a huge pedalboard is now as much of an irritating cliché as one with too many guitars (more than two, usually) at a gig - it doesn't make you look the part, it makes you look a prat.
    There's time yet - I'm still writing so some of the others might get used and I definitely will strip down to only the used ones once I know what that is.

    I have a dilemma with no of guitars too. I  agree that it looks a bit excessive for most players to have lots of guitars on stage. However I use different tunings, so it's either 4 guitars or everyone has to wait while I retune.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2706
    @Roland, I was not trying to get personal with any forum member rather pointing out the number of additional connections on a largish pedal board. Every junction (connection) has to degrade the weak signal compared to no pedals. Recently I heard a band that used so much distortions and pedals that I could not tell if the player used a Tele, Strat or Les Paul. So why worry about tonal issues if the sound is generic due to the use of so many pedals? I only ask the question as it comes across that the more pedals used the better. Not to start a flame war or to antagonize the moderators either. 
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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