Billions of pedals out there in the naked city – but what do musicians really use? In this new series we’ll take a look at what our own staff uses when gigging. First up, our accessory and guitar expert Matt Christenot:
I like a clean pedal board.Â It took a while to achieve, but with the help of a One Spot chain and custom cut George L cables, I was able to make it happen.Â I love the combo of the RC Booster and AC Booster – the RC is a perfect clean boost and light overdrive while theÂ AC gives you great moderate to heavy gain – BUT used together, leaving the RC on, the AC sounds really phenomenal.Â They go together like peas and carrots.Â For a wah I’m using the Fulltone Clyde Wah that has had an LED light added by Keeley.Â Fortunately for me, they finished modding it before their workshop burned down. Speaking of Keeley, I also use their great Keeley Compressor – it’s one of the most subtle yet effective compressors – you almost don’t realize how much it’s doing for you til you turn it off.
At one point I owned a DL-4 Delay, which was great for certain situations, but not for others. Once I discovered the T.C. Electronics Nova Delay, I switched and I’ve never looked back.Â It doesn’t suck tone like some delays can – doesn’t wash out, and it always maintains a distinctive tone. It’s good for all applications and even has a digital-to-analog knob to really tailor your sound.
For my volume I use the Ernie Ball VPjr, out of which I run my tuner.Â About the tuner, I can’t say enough about the Pitch Black from Korg.Â It’s more accurate than any other pedal tuner I’ve used, it’s easier to read, it’s true bypass and it looks like a stealth fighter.
That’s what I really use. All of this pedal goodness rests peacefully upon a Gator Pedal Tote.Â It’s small and super easy to carry.Â What more could you ask for?
Next up:Â Eric Mardis clues us in on one of his three pedal boards.