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The Pedalboard in 2016

The Pedalboard.

Nowadays, I don't use any overdrive pedals, but that could change soon. Truth is, I don't really use a lot of pedals, just ones that I need on a regular basis.

I do like to set the amp up for a crunchy rhythm tone, then boost it with a pedal. To me is sounds less fizzy that way, so I've always used some sort of boost in pedal form. But in recent years, I've loved using a compressor to do the job, as opposed to traditional distortion/overdrive pedal.

This photo was taken in 2016. Around 2018 I removed the Vox Satchurator and Suhr Riot pedals, and now use the MXR Dynacomp for all lead/clean sounds.

They are superb pedals, and don't add any more overdrive, just adding sustain when I need it most for my solos. Truly my secret weapon!

Pedalboard Changes...

The Pedalboard in 2018. Note I've removed the overdrive pedals from the chain, keeping them as backup.For a whole year, I used nothing but the MXR Dynacomp compressor pedal for more sustain.

In 2020, I've removed more pedals than I've added. I much prefer fewer pedals. MXR's Dynacomp is great for boosted leads and squashy cleans.

The Pedals...

Squeeze me baby!

MXR Dyna Comp.

I've used all kinds of pedals in the front end of the amp to boost the signal, but nowadays, I've settled on the MXR Dynacomp compressor pedal.
I like it because it doesn't add any more gain but gives me more of the JMP-1's sustain.
The only other pedal I rate other than the MXR is the Fulltone OCD. However, I have no plans to change my pedalboard at this time.
However Distortion is not my preferred taste. I much prefer Overdrive and Compression.

Not all phasers are the same, Jim!

MXR Phase 90 | '74 Reissue.

I use the '74 reissue Phase 90 pedal from MXR. It is the smoothest sounding phaser pedal out there, used on most of Pink Floyd's albums, and Eddie Van Halen used it too! I can really recommend these!

Back in 2012, I had the chance to A/B every single pedal through a GigRig, and this one came out tops.

Boom Chicka-wow-wow...

Dunlop GCB-95 Wah Pedal

Ever since hearing Jimi Hendrix use one, I've been hooked. I've tried the Vox wah, and several others, but this stock wah just screams like nothing else!
I also use it as a notched tone filter like Schenker used to.
My single most important piece of gear, apart from the tuner.

Fresh Tuna!

TC Polytune Tuner

I seem to keep breaking these every few years!.. but they're great units nevertheless. Allows me to tune up in silence and switch guitars.

Voodoo Labs Pedal Power ISO 5

Nothing. I got Nothing. Just Pure Silence.

Voodoo Labs Pedal Power ISO 5

Every single power supply gave me more noise and problems. Until I got the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power.
True isolation, and super quiet. I use the Pedal Power ISO 5 units.

Line 6 G30 Wireless Systems

These ones don't pick up your local taxi rank.

Line 6 Wireless Units

I hate cables, so the Line 6 G series wireless units are great.

There's hardly any latency, and they don't ruin your tone. They even have a cable emulator!

The Signal Chain...

From right to left.
The wireless signal from the Line 6 hits the Polytune, then the Dynacomp, then the Phase 90, then finally the wah. From there it goes straight to the input of the JMP-1.
Note: I have to keep the Phase 90 pre-wah pedal as it is unbuffered, as per the '74 specs.

Finally, if and when we can get through this pandemic, I have plans to build a new pedalboard. Nice big posh one, with lights on... so there!