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Old 11-25-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Have you ever wanted to just simplify your gear?

Right now I'm running a Crate Blackheart Little Giant for practice but with numerous stompboxes and a Vox Tonelab ST. I've been thinking that maybe I should just jettison the pedals (except for my OCD), sell the amp, the Tonelab and just get a small practice amp like a HT-1 or a Vox ACTV. Kind of go back to when I was learning with a bare bones system.

Ever get that feeling?
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #3
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Nope why not get a little practice amp and keep your pedals

Is there any reason you wanna simplify it? Is it just so there's less ****ing around setting up?
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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Nope why not get a little practice amp and keep your pedals

Is there any reason you wanna simplify it? Is it just so there's less ****ing around setting up?


Pretty much. Plus, I think my writing is suffering because I'm more worried about hammering down what I want from the pedals.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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True that.
Are your pedals all on a board with a powersupply, that saves a shit tin of setting up time.
Have you tried writing on an acoustic then figuring out all your effects later.
I'd really advise you against selling off your pedals, you will end up regretting it
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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i hate effects... there are a few I'll use, like distortion, reverb, delay, and wah... but after that, I find most effects are just gimmicks. I do like some tremolo, especially on slow rhythm chords.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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I have a bit of an urge to sell my high end gear and get cheaper stuff (hoping to find some old copies and stuff).

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:06 PM   #8
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I'm usually all for a simple rig; right now I'm only running a head/cab, guitar, tuner and solo boost in the loop. For what I do there's not much point using anything else since it would only cause trouble with switching issues.

That's the main thing for me; I'm pretty bad at switching anyway so having to bollock about with tapdancing on a million different things really wouldn't work for me.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:14 PM   #9
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I generally run a really simple rig- guitar>compressor>amp. It does everything I need at most gigs (granted, the amp is a 4 channel monster).

However, I sometimes play multiple amp rigs with various effects (usually delay, wah, compressor and chorus) with an ABY box. I don't really prefer one rig type to the other, but rather chose based on what the gig is going to require and how I'm feeling that day.

That being said, I used to be a total pedal junkie and I eventually got tired of having to tap dance because of "I need to have this chorus, this distortion and this delay for this solo" scenarios. I tend to use my effects spontaneously now days- though there are way fewer of them now. I think it all boils down to how you use your effects and how much they contribute to the core of your sound. For me, effects augment what's already there, and can therefore be removed without any issue whatsoever. I've played with other guitarists who run massive pedalboards and can hardly play without them.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:18 PM   #10
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:31 PM   #11
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What I would say is put your essential pedals on one board, like an OD, Delay maybe, footswitch for your amp, wah pedal maybe, or whatever is essential to your sound.

On another board put your "weird" effects, or things that aren't quite essential to your sound. Flanger, volume pedal, phaser, 3 kinds of overdrives, 7 delays, etc.

Or, have a good MFX pedal for your "tour" or gigging board like an Axe-FX kind of thing, and have a "studio/home" board with all your actual pedals on it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:40 PM   #12
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I wish I could. A lot of my lead styles depend on the DL4 and those suckers break down frequently enough. Makes it a pain when you have to mess with it when you should be dropping swells for looping. I really just need more guitarists to handle that stuff, then I could simplify my pedalboard.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:45 PM   #13
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I run Guitar > Tuner > Overdrive > Delay > Amp.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:02 PM   #14
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I got a new Strat that has me thinking about getting rid of my other two (and they are nice Strats).
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:11 AM   #15
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I run Guitar > Tuner > Overdrive > Delay > Amp.


Drag that tuner out of there! Don't want to get any tone suck through a tuner.

I run around 7 pedals myself and my tuner is still in line sadly
Really starts to eat away at the tone with all the cables running.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:27 AM   #16
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+1

alternately you could run a loop a/b switcher type thing 6 jacks, a foot of wire, a switch, and a housing. so when you would stomp it would alternate groups of pedals.

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honestly i don't think i will ever downsize, i just get more as time passes.

as far as a lot of people who want to downsize have more on their board or more in their setup than they really use. i saw a larger home grown local band and i was on the side, and the lead guitarist literally had 10+ pedals and he didn't even use more than three or four of them all night.

i simplify when i gig, don't have all the goodies i leave at home, but i get it to do what it needs to do. nobody but people like us are going to miss hearing a chorus if you are playing on an amp with decent cleans.

if i were to be recording, i would use a lot more gear, but being that i still cant get my I/O's right for my interface ( i hate computers ) i will work on it.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:37 AM   #17
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Drag that tuner out of there! Don't want to get any tone suck through a tuner.

I run around 7 pedals myself and my tuner is still in line sadly
Really starts to eat away at the tone with all the cables running.



I'm running MFD pickups. It'd have to be pretty resistant to suck my tone.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:47 AM   #18
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honestly i don't think i will ever downsize, i just get more as time passes.


Hi there, my name is dannyalcatraz, and I'm a gearaholic.

When I started off on electrics, I bought TWO.

I had a nearly complete collection of Line6 ToneCore pedals before I owned an amp.

I don't have all of my current collection of pedals in my chain- I don't have the floor space OR power plugs OR cables to do so.

I have actively considered getting a second OctaSwitch...






And I do not gig!
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Hi there, my name is dannyalcatraz, and I'm a gearaholic.

When I started off on electrics, I bought TWO.

I had a nearly complete collection of Line6 ToneCore pedals before I owned an amp.

I don't have all of my current collection of pedals in my chain- I don't have the floor space OR power plugs OR cables to do so.

I have actively considered getting a second OctaSwitch...






And I do not gig!



hi my name is trashedlostfdup.

i have owned over a total of 60 guitars in the last 8 years, currently own somewhere between 18 and 21 (i don't even know for sure)

i have three full rooms. a hardy amp section and and a rapidly increasing pedal board. i also have built two amps.
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