I have used many different effects over the years. Right now, I find myself sticking mainly with analog effects. My distortion is just a straight tube amp overdriven to whatever amount I like the sound of (per song basis). I use a wah, a tremolo, reverb, and the volume knob.
Sometimes I use a Morely wah or a Digitech envelope filter (never together though). But they're just decorations. Ornamental sound. Hands down the most important effect for any instrument or vocals is EQ, either parametric or graphic, or even in the form of a simple tone knob.
I recently made a home-made pedal board, which is mainly made up of plywood and fuzzy carpet material.
I own a Boss DS-1 Distortion, a Vintage Ibanez Sonic disortion and Ibanez Tube Screamer, A Boss DD-3 Delay, a Boss Compression sustainer, a Danelectro Chorus, and a Crybaby wah
I try to purchase most on Ebay when i can, cause you can get some excellent deals on pedals.
I made a pedal case out of the thin-grade sheet metal from a grade school teacher-desk drawer (you know, the one where they keep their detention slips). It works pretty slick, super durable. The pain in the ass was bending it into a box. I had to use a vice and a hamer. It ended up looking pretty slick.
Ok, I went out and bought the most extensive multi-effects pedal of all time (that I know of). It is the boss me-50. Thankfully, it has no amp/effect modelling, just the actual parameters of all the effects pedals that boss has ever made. It is like having a bevy (their entire line, in fact) of stomp boxes at your toetips. The pedals are set up into three different sections: distortion/od, mod, and delay. There is also a reverb, compression, and eq section. Each section has a pedal, and around 12 different effects per section exist. The pedal has a built in tuner. My favorite aspect is that is has 2 modes, actual manual, like having stomp boxes, and then auto, like presets. So far, I'm having a ball with it. I have to work more with it.
Well, I think I like it because its the "anti-multi-effects" pedal. It looks and works like one, but then again, it doesn't. It is both a multi-and many singles at the same time. The more I use it, the more I like it. Its very good for live use, which is what I want most in a pedal, the ability for on-the-fly tailoring to the moment at hand...
can get some awesome sounds with those pedals, very pleased with my choices. my amp a Laney EA65 acoustic/electric combo amp. its a nice SS amp but you loose some features because half of it is dedicated to accoustic guitar. the pedals make up for that.
That sounds cool. I just set up a dual string (stereo) effects loop run with my stuff. 2 separate (yet bridgable) effects chains going into 2 separate amps (but bridge option there too). Additionally, I have 2 true external effects loops running, one out of the back of each amp. Confusing, but very flexible...
OK. I did it. I went out and bought a new multi pedal. Upgraded from the ME-50 to the GT-8. It is a massive computer, really. Far and above the most advanced pedal on the market currently that doesn't require the aid of a laptop to operate. Its actual soundwave output is so far beyond the ME-50 its laughable. All the effects are 96khz sample rates, and then its a dual COSM 32-bit brain (which adds up to 64 bit) running 24 bit AD/DA converters.
It has more control and manuverability than anything else I've played with in the past. It will however, take some time to set it up exactly how I want it. So many options means lots of tweaking and trying in live settings, so bear with me for a bit...
Initially, I was leary because it sounded better than possible, you know how it is when something seems better in the show room...
But once I got it home, it actually sounded better.
THe fx chain is completely customizable, a major advantage (and a major drawback of other pedals). In other words, any sound changing effect can happen anywhere in relation to others. That alone was a big factor in my decision.
The one drawback I was worried about was a lack of manual control of turning effects on and off, but I was wrong. It is possible to do easily!
I'm thinking about grabbing a crate powerblock soon... It is a tiny little solid state amp, with 150 watts. I need something easy to move around for smaller shows, and this would do the trick. Anyone out there own one, by chance? Are they worth buying?
So I have been tweaking the gt-8 lately, and I've got some amazing results. The coolest and most difficult thing for me was to reassign the expression pedal to control other more bizarre and unusual effects. It took quite a while to figure out (it was not listed in the manual), but once I did, I was able to make a number of cool and hard to find (or even wire/rig up!)effects combinations. The favorite one so far is a vari-phase type effect, which is a pedal that usually costs $250 alone. I can change any parameter on any effect type by any combo of controling pedals and types. And, I can route these new designs in any order. It is a major step forward in pedal design.
I just posted about my new old skool traynor YRM-1SC. It has a built in tube modulation tremolo, nice and smooth, as well as a type 4 accutronics reverb tank. When I bought the amp used, the tank had a missing wire, and the other of the pair of wires was sheared off. I'm in the process of re-soldering the reverb unit, and its proving to be a tough job for me. I can get the tank to sound in the amp, when I tap the tank, but for some reason, the guitar doesn't make the reverb tank sound. I had to fix the output end transducer of the tank, but now I'm thinking there must be a similiar issue with the input transducer end as well...
I'd love to hear from anyone with experience in reverb tank repair!
A long time ago, Clint mentioned that he used EQ as an effect, basically his only one on the bass. After buying a nice mixing desk, it become increasingly apparent just what he was getting at, because the effect of a high quality EQ preamp is so drastically superior to the garden variety bargain basement kind you get in consumer grade equipment. Its really astonishing, that there is such a drastic audible difference, but tis true!
Here's a funny one. Last night I was at home jamming by myself. I decided to go straight into my traynor YRM-1. For folks that don't know its a 4/10 combo tube amp. Like a Fender super reverb, but with a gain stage. Anyway, I'm jamming along, and the gain just ain't enough, and my boss is packed up from the weekend, so I grab this old DOD grundge pedal. I set the gain on the amp and the pedal equally at half, and JEEZ! It was a great sound! I did tweak around quite a bit with the EQ until I found the tone I wanted, but right off the bat, the two played well together. it was funny, a departure from all those menus, back to the old days of 1 pedal, rock! Good sounds, though.
I recently ebayed an Electro Harmonix Worm pedal. Modulation in the old-skool analog style, yo! Trem, Vibe, Phase, and Auto-Wah all in one discreet package... Look for it on the floor at the Exeter show, folks.