pedal board build help


slittle_92
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09/07/2022 4:07 pm

Hi, Dont know if this is the right group to ask in.

I was just wondering on what pedal choice should be for my first pedal board for potential small giging. I use an epiphone les paul modern as a main guitar and am triying out a fender stratocaster or jazzmaster as a second/backup guitar.aas well as a boss katana 50 mk 2 for amp choice. I know that the katana has a lot of the fx built in, but prefer using stomp boxes after playing around with a friend's, that and having to manually changing the preset mid song. He has also been nice enough to sell me his old board a pedaltrain jr classic.

[br]I've done a bit of browsing around and , I could use help with just some general ideas for pedals.

Right now I've been playing a lot of either Pink Floyd, The XX, the black keys, Linkin park, Red hot chilli peppers, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana & most of the “Seattle” grunge sound of the 90’s.

I am looking to build a begginers board that covers most. and after reading some articles/watching demos. am probably looking at an overdrive, distortion, fuzz, delay, compressor, reverb and chorus. pedal and have maybe got a short list for some:

Overdrive: Ibanez ts808, ts808 vs boss blues driver waza craft vs EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive

Distortion: Boss Ds1 vs Proco Rat

Fuzz: EHX nano big muff vs green Russian big muff vs op amp big muff

reverb: ehx oceans 11 vs fender marine layer vs EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath v3 vs tc electronics hall of fame

any help / suggestions not listed above would be ideal, budget would ideally be 150-200 for each pedal thanks.


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ChristopherSchlegel
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ChristopherSchlegel
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09/07/2022 7:40 pm
Originally Posted by: slittle_92

I was just wondering on what pedal choice should be for my first pedal board for potential small giging.

[p]Assuming you don't want to use the Katana's built in channel switching function (I use an A/B switch to go between the 2 panel settings on my Katana-50w), there are two options to consider: individual pedals & all in one processors.

If you go the pedal route then you should consider getting a power supply so you aren't worried about batteries. I use a Voodoo Labs unit like this for my small pedalboard.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PedalPwrX418VEK--voodoo-lab-pedal-power-x4-18v-isolated-power-supply-expander-kit

It fits right on or under a PedalTrain Jr. board!

This list of artists you mention definitely require some kind of overdrive or distortion, but I'm not sure you need more than one good unit to cover all the bases. Maybe an overdrive & distortion to stack for the heavier material. I'm not sure you need a compressor with any of that material. The Katana has a great selection of reverbs & delays you could use for a general setting.

I'd consider a modulation unit: chorus, flange, phaser. Get something small & practical.

If you go the multi-effects route, you can get more timbres in one box. I've performed, recorded & experiemented with a variety of multi-effects processors, floor units & rack unit. Nowdays there are software options that can do it all.

The most useful multieffects pedal I've ever had & still use on my current board is a Zoom MS-50G.

https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/multi-effects/multistomp-pedals/ms-50g/

It takes up the space of a pedal, but contains dozens of the most practical modulation, texture, delay, etc. device I use on a regular basis. It's also got a great tuner function!

So it goes at the end of the signal chain after an overdrive & optional wah pedal. Simple & practical.

I have a tutorial on using pedals in a performance context. I cover using the power supply, the signal chain, covering the bases for practicality. Then I show how to play a practice tune in real time while switching effects during parts of the song.

https://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=2609

Ultimately you should write down all the songs you expect to play, write the tones you will want to have on tap for each song. Then start to see what you really need for the majority of those tunes.

Hope that helps!


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10/22/2022 7:54 am

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11/01/2022 7:32 pm
#0 Originally Posted by: slittle_92

Hi, Dont know if this is the right group to ask in.

I was just wondering on what pedal choice should be for my first pedal board for potential small giging. I use an epiphone les paul modern as a main guitar and am triying out a fender stratocaster or jazzmaster as a second/backup guitar.aas well as a boss katana 50 mk 2 for amp choice. I know that the katana has a lot of the fx built in, but prefer using stomp boxes after playing around with a friend's, that and having to manually changing the preset mid song. He has also been nice enough to sell me his old board a pedaltrain jr classic.

[br]I've done a bit of browsing around and , I could use help with just some general ideas for pedals.

Right now I've been playing a lot of either Pink Floyd, The XX, the black keys, Linkin park, Red hot chilli peppers, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana & most of the “Seattle” grunge sound of the 90’s.

I am looking to build a begginers board that covers most. and after reading some articles/watching demos. am probably looking at an overdrive, distortion, fuzz, delay, compressor, reverb and chorus. pedal and have maybe got a short list for some:

Overdrive: Ibanez ts808, ts808 vs boss blues driver waza craft vs EarthQuaker Devices Plumes Overdrive

Distortion: Boss Ds1 vs Proco Rat

Fuzz: EHX nano big muff vs green Russian big muff vs op amp big muff

reverb: ehx oceans 11 vs fender marine layer vs EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath v3 vs tc electronics hall of fame

any help / suggestions not listed above would be ideal, budget would ideally be 150-200 for each pedal thanks.

Yea, seems you are on the right track for sure. The Katana has some good effects, but I agree, some of the stomps are good for many reasons. I, too, collect stomps that I like, as they have their own Mojo.


I would look into some of the Revv pedals. The Tilt overdrive is a great pedal that I recently picked up, has an overdrive and boost built into the same pedal, and it sounds great. Good for low to mid-gain stuff, and based on the bands you listed, would work great for you.


You might also consider Revv for your distortion pedal too, the G2 and G3 are probably the best on the market right now.


Something else to consider anyway. Good luck!


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