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Country/ Chicken Pickin' Pedalboard

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by drifterrossi, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. drifterrossi

    drifterrossi TDPRI Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    San Francisco
    I'm in the process of trying to put together a versatile pedalboard that will allow me to cover the gamut from Bakersfield/ Honky Tonk, Roy Buchanan/ Danny Gatton thru some of the more modern Alt Country ( think Drive-by Truckers) and Brent Mason/ Redd Volkaert/ Paisley-esque chicken pickin' tones. I'm running a Fender Custom Shop '52 Tele through a Fender 65' Reissue Twin Reverb. The pedals I have right now are a Wampler Ego Compressor, Way Huge Aqua Puss, Wampler Paisley Drive, MXR Handwired '74 Phase 90 Reissue, and a Sonic Research Turbo Tuner. How important is it to add a decent volume pedal for volume swells, and maybe a Buffer/ clean boost along the lines of the Wampler Decibel. I understand that a lot of the sound will come from proper technique and practice, but nonetheless, I'd love to get some gear input and recommendations to help me complete by board. Thanks in advance!

  2. I own a Tele

    I own a Tele Tele-Meister

    May 22, 2011

  3. schromart

    schromart TDPRI Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    You have all the essentials for a good country sound. Think of the compressor, overdrive, echo as the core of your sound end everything else is for variety. You need a volume pedal!! You think these things are worthless until you play live then they become invaluable. A good fuzz will help you with the DBT sound.

  4. jklotz

    jklotz Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 10, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    We play similar type of music. As for boost, I've got an ep boost and like it a lot. It's small, so doesn't take up much real estate on the board. I also have an earnie ball volume pedal that I've been working with as of recent, but it hasn't made it onto the board yet. I'm still working with it. Takes some getting used to, but seems to really help with some steele licks from time to time.

  5. Eric Ellis

    Eric Ellis Tele-Meister

    Just keep one thing in mind, Don Rich, Roy Nichols, and James Burton didn't use any pedals or compressors (yuck). The just went straight to the amp and relied on their hands for pulling good tone. Too many younger pickers rely on their pedals way too much and a compressor thins out the tone way too much to my ears.
    Eric Ellis

  6. sbpark

    sbpark Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    The West
    I used a Wampler Tweed '57 or vintage RAT pedal with a DD3 for slapback and a Holy Grail for reverb in to a '68 Band Master or a '59 BMRI LTD.

  7. randysmojo

    randysmojo Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 19, 2005
    Austin, TX
    A good compressor that is not turned up too much can be a good thing for some country picking. A lot of guys will over compress so watch out for that. It sounds like you really have a nice set up already, just need to fine tune the pedal settings and practice. When I was playing country, I got to the point of using my dynacomp more for a solo boost then anything. A lot of guys like Redd Vilkaert use the volume knob on the guitar for volume swells, though I preferred to use a volume pedal mostly because I lost a but of my right hand pinky finger in an accident and it doesn't quite reach the volume knob too easy anymore!

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  8. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    I have a small, dedicated pedal board strictly for my country band. It's a TU2 tuner, MXR Super Comp, BBE Boosta Grande, Ibanez JD9 Jet Driver, Phase 90, Digitech Digidelay.

    Works great for me.

    We play country from 1995 backward. I also play a lot of alt country, Texas country, etc. Works good for that stuff too.

  9. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    Also, really tired of hearing what the old guys did. The old guys did what they did, because that's what they had to work with. If all of the great gear from today had been available in 1966, don't think for a minute that all those guys wouldn't have used it. They were ground breaking players because they had a sense of adventure and weren't afraid to try things that weren't strictly traditional. Like Telecasters and amps. Those guys would have been all over this stuff had it been available to them. Don't fool yourself.

    Sure, if you wanna sound exactly like 1966, you should probably use that gear. But don't ever let anyone tell you that you need to live in the stone age to make great sounding music. It's an idea that's just plain silly.

  10. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Friend of Leo's

    Sep 28, 2010
    Columbia, MO

  11. 13ontheB

    13ontheB Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2005
    North West England
    Correct! James Burton Tells in his tutorial Vid that he imitated the delay effect that he had heard by using a picking technique, not knowing what had produced the sound.

  12. NiceTele

    NiceTele Tele-Holic

    Dec 20, 2012
    I've done and still do a lot of chicken-pickin' with a Tele, Les Paul (P90s) and even my Jazzmaster. After a continual turnover with pedals in recent years, I seem to have settled on this simple setup: Fulltone Fulldrive Mosfet 2 (with JHS boost mod)- Zoom MS70G- Digitech digital delay, all powered by a Joyo filtered power supply.
    The Fulldrive works well as it is now a split pedal with the JHS mod, so I can just get a nice transparent boost alone, or kick in some subtle overdrive seperately, or put them both on. The Zoom is my tuner/ noise gate(always on), and tremelo and sounds great and takes up one pedal space. The Digitech delay is there for occasional rockabilly stuff or whatever. I've never liked compressors on live guitar.

  13. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    James has also been a long time fan and endorser of Lace Sensor pickups, and sounds great using them, even though we all know (because the internet told us) that those things sound awful!:lol: He also (gulp) has a sig. model that's a three pickup Tele with a modern radius and neck shape. Perish the thought! It's even got a (shudder) poly finish... O. M. G...

    Ok, truthfully I've never been happy with Lace Sensors. But I can't argue with how James makes 'em sound!

  14. twangjeff

    twangjeff Tele-Holic

    Feb 2, 2010
    Houston, TX
    We spend a lot of time talking about, 'tone,' but reality is that 90% of sounding good is tuning/intonation, technique, and fresh strings.

    Case in point James Burton. Based on the specs, thay JB Tele should sound like hot garbage right? But oh how wrong you would be if you assumed that!!!

  15. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Friend of Leo's

    Oct 24, 2012
    Oklahoma, USA
    I would love to hear what some of the original Rockabilly cats would have done with Flangers, Chorus pedals and Phasers! Would they have used them? You betcha they would!

  16. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    Duane Eddie with a phaser? Oh yeah. That would be amazing.

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