This is the pedalboard that I ended up using this weekend. It belongs to a student of mine named Jakeb – thanks a lot, man. It’s a nice board and it covers a lot of bases.
I had forgotten how good the Echo Park sounds. Our drummer commented about something sounding cool, and it was all the delay. I was just playing artificial harmonics using the tape echo setting with the modulation at 12:00 and it sounded so spacey and warm. It’s a really good delay, and I would probable still have it if it had multiple presets. When/if Line 6 finally updates the DL4 I will probably buy one, but it’s kind of useless to me without dotted eighth tap tempo.
The wah sounds like every other stock Crybaby on the market. They sound pretty good as long as you don’t play with too much of the “toe down”/icepick treble stuff. I need to get Jakeb to do the trick where you slip the wah pot back a notch so that you don’t get quite so much of the trebly part of the sweep.
I was having a harder time bonding with the overdrives. Part of the issue is that I really like the way my amp sounds, and whenever I stepped on either pedal they added too much of their own character for my liking. This is why I like my PURE boost so much – it just gives me more of my amp. Anyway, I ended up using the Bad Monkey as my clean-ish boost and the SD-1 was my dirty boost. I was able to get a pretty nice lead tone when they were stacked. Our worship leader told me that my solo on “Your Grace is Enough” sounded like Lincoln Brewster, which I will take as a compliment. Just don’t tell me that I look like him. In between services, I turned up the gain a little on my Stulce so that I wouldn’t have to rely so much on the drive pedals. I still used them, just not as much.
The biggest challenge of the day (that I hadn’t really thought about) is that my in-ears are in my pedal board case. I had to use a floor wedge that was slaved off of our worship leader’s monitor mix. Obviously, he has a lot more vocals in his monitor than I am used to, so it was an adjustment to play when I couldn’t hear myself very well. We got it balanced somewhat, but I’m sure that he was probably getting more of me than he was comfortable with.
All in all, this was a cool experiment. It’s likely that no one noticed anything other than me, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I’ll be glad to have my own pedals in front of me, but it’s nice to know that you can get useable tones out of $50 distortion pedals in a pinch.