What's on my Board
Pedal board that is. I have a cheap wooden frame pedal board that I think I spent $20 on from Amazon, and that basically limits me to about 4-5 pedals. Five if I squeeze them in, 4 + my mini Polytune tuner.
Still, that is a lot of tonal shaping that can be done.
Naturally, I have a spring reverb, the amazing sounding Catalinbread Topanga. I bought this because if it is good enough for my idol - Paul Gilbert - to have on his board, then I can't go wrong. And it is just a nice touch on the end of my signal chain.
Next up is my foundation overdrive, another Catalinbread pedal, the Dirty Little Secret (red). I have the treble cranked, the mid at 11:00, and the bass at 12:00. Preamp is at 2:00, and I adjust the master so that the level is the same with and without it on (that is neutral to the amp). This gives a good crunchy sound with a ton of flexibility if I roll off the guitar volume. At about half the guitar volume, I get a good clean-ish tone for delicate pick work.
The next position is where I mix it up. Right now, I have the Catalinbread (detecting a theme here?) Echorec delay. This is a super flexible digital delay that mimics (quite well) the venerated Binson Echo Rec units (that refurbished sell for stratospheric prices). I pop it in and out when I am in the mood for some cool delay effects. It is currently set on position 2, which is the dual head setting on head 1 and 2 (the Binson worked by having 4 heads that one could select for various echo-like effects. A lot of the early Pink Floyd work by David Gilmour use the Binson). The delay time is set fairly short, probably about 200 mSec, tone is at about 10:00, and the dwell is at 11:00, and the mix is also at 11:00. This gives a nice trailing repeat effect, great for long slides, and glides on the fret board.
First in the chain (well, besides the aforementioned TC Electronics Polytune 3 mini) is the Catalinbread Callisto. Catalinbread had a 15% off sale at Labor dan, and I got the re-issue Callisto Mk II to replace my MXR analog chorus. I was not disappointed. While I liked the MXR, it was a subtle, yet solid analog chorus, the Callisto is next level. It addsa feedback circuit that moves it further into the modulation space, while still providing excellent sound. It is an analog device (same as the MXR) that just gives an outstanding shimmery sound to the signal. Me likey a LOT!