5 Best Pedalboards from Mass Street Music Staff

 

We love effects pedals at Mass Street Music – it can be a fairly inexpensive way to change up your sound or…it can become an addiction. From classic and essential pedal tuners to the candy colored innovations from Kansas City’s own JHS Pedals to Mission‘s utilities to the mad genius of Strymon, we’ve got ’em, we use ’em and yes, we are addicted. Everyone here at the store has very different boards so we thought we’d give you a closer look at what drives our diverse sounds – and we’ve got a video for each.

Eric Mardis Pedalboard

 

We have a nearly full round-up here – Ted’s “too cool” for pedalboards, Anne’s happy with gain and a master volume on her amp and Jim’s still working on a ’32 Martin, but we think you’ll be intrigued with Eric Mardis’ brilliant set up that lacks any drive pedals as he uses the distortion channel on his amp. Eric Putnam on the other hand has three drives. Boss Flynn just recently cut his board down by seven pedals for a streamlined set up that simplifies yet still gives him plenty of versatility for the variety of gigs he plays. Jesse’s board is purely for acoustic playing – set up beautifully for playing both mando and acoustic guitar. Our mad genius of the Repair Shop, Matt Harmon, has a small rig that he’s totally customized for playing along with various media – it’s pretty brilliant. Let’s get started:

Eric MardisPedalboard through Amp’s Effects Loop
Eric plays everything from country infused twang to full-on shredding to complex jazz and sweet blues, so he needs some versatility. He uses the distortion channel on his JCM900 2 channel amp, and doesn’t have any drive pedals on his board. Some pedals go to the front end of his amp to the effects loop which catches the distortion and preamp settings. It then comes back in the return and heads to the volume and delay/modulation section. His delay/modulation section is interesting too, in these pedals run in parallel loops from his Xotic Stereo X Blender – 3 parallel effects loops. The Blender has 3 sends for his Boss DD-7, Strymon El Capistan Delay and Strymon Lex Rotary. My favorite quote from this video? “…it’s on backwards/reverse, which is just for making noise basically.” Eric is playing through his ’81 Les Paul Custom with Grosh Blown ’59 Humbuckers, into his Marshall JCM900.

 

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Eric M’s Pedals:
Boss TU-3 Tuner Pedal
Maverick Switchless Wah
Xotic SP Compressor
Saturn Works True Bypass Looper
Boss HR-2 Harmonist Pedal
Morley Volume Pedal
Xotic EP Booster Pedal (which is almost always ON for that Ritchie Blackmore, old school Echoplex preamp circuit)
Delay/Mod section:
Xotic X Blender – controls 3 parallel effects loops, can mix wet/dry
Boss DD-7 Delay Pedal
Strymon El Capistan Pedal
Strymon Lex Rotary Pedal

Eric PutnamPedal Board
Eric P’s board is tailor made for his playing, with a his hand-converted true bypass looper (formerly an ABY box), to a pedal drive stage, to his volume pedal, which he prefers to run after the drive section so he can control volume without affecting the amount of drive. He’s playing through his  Seuf guitar and a Dr. Z Maz 18 with a Pedal Train Pro board and Voodoo Lab Power Supply.

 

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Eric’s Pedals:
Wah
Demeter Fuzzulator
Boss TU-3 Tuner (also used as a buffer here to keep his tone intact)
Fulltone Plimsoul Overdrive Pedal
OD-11
Jetter Gold Standard – his primary lead tone
Xotic SP Compressor
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
Strymon Mobius Pedal
TC Electronic Flashback X4
Xotic EP Booster – Eric keeps this on all the time.

Matt HarmonPractice and Travel Pedalboard
Matt’s board is super compact but with everything you need to plug in and use your iPad or tablet to bring up youtube or Songster to play along with or learn new material. Harmon uses a  Pedal Train board mini board with a Voodoo Lab Power Plus 2 which also powers the iPad. He’s playing his Grosh ElectraJet through a Tungsten Mosaic 9 watt amp with a 12” speaker.

 

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Matt’s Pedals:
JHS Superbolt (as a preamp, it’s on all the time! Don’t miss our video interview with JHS linked here)
Strymon Flint Reverb & Trem Pedal
Boss RC-3 Loop Station Pedal
Electro-Harmonix Headphone Amp

 

Boss FlynnVersatile Custom Pedal Board
Flynn pared down his bigger board to just the essentials. From the Boss DD-20, to the lush trem and reverb of the Strymon Flint, John’s board suits his versatile needs for singer/songwriter, session work and leading worship. If he could have only one pedal, it’s the Xotic AC Booster. He has more boost pedals for various purposes than any staff member at Mass Street. John is playing his Grosh ElectraJet through a Dr. Z Maz 18. His board is a custom Helweg Pedalboard.

 

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John’s Pedals:
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Junior
Boss TU-2 Tuner
Xotic RC Booster Pedal
Exotic SP Compressor Pedal
Strymon Flint Reverb & Trem Pedal
Xotic AC Booster (the one pedal he won’t live without!)
Demeter Fuzzulator
Boss DD-20 Delay Pedal
Xotic EP Booster Pedal

 

Jesse Braswell RobertsAcoustic Pedal Board
Jesse has a custom acoustic pedalboard he made, outfitted for live gigs from small cafes to large stages. It’s set up for mando and acoustic guitar and suits his needs perfectly. Jesse is playing his Eastman Parlor guitar through a Fishman Loudbox Mini acoustic amp.

 

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Jesse’s pedals on the Mando side:
Boss TU-2 tuner
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Junior
Radial JDI
Pedals on the Acoustic Guitar side:
LR Baggs Venue DI
TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb Pedal
TC Electronic Nova Repeater Pedal

 

If you have specific pedalboard needs or just want to know more about any of the pedals we’ve mentioned, give us a call at 800-747-9980, email us at info@massstreetmusic.com or check us out online at massstreetmusic.com. Better yet, stop by our store in Lawrence, Kansas and plug a few of these great pedals in.

 

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