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Minimalist Pedalboards: How Small Is Yours?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by FenderGuy53, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    WNC Isothermal Zone
    Who nails their sound using the "less is more" approach with their pedalboard?

    Please share your musical style and YOUR mini 'board (photos welcome, too).

    Thanks, guys.
     

  2. Crawldaddy

    Crawldaddy Tele-Meister

    183
    Dec 12, 2006
    Singapore
    A short while back, I did a gig using only my Gibson Nighthawk, a Mesa Boogie ROV25 head, Mojotone 1X12 cab, using only the amp switcher and a Boss SD-1. Sounded great onstage and to my pals in the audience too. Only used a 9V battery for the SD-1 so no worries about dodgy wall power.
     
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  3. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    WNC Isothermal Zone
    You had a running start with that Gibson and Mesa Boogie head!
     
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  4. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    Does this count?

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    New Wave cover band.

    Rowdy honky-tonk band.

    Power punk/pop band.

    Works for all of them.

    All the effects are nice. Fits on even the tiniest stage. No patch cables. One power supply. Weighs next to nothing.

    That's the practical side. Even better, band members have been complimenting my tone a lot since I got it. And honestly not thinking so much about frigging tone and pedals has freed me up to just play. As has ditching the volume pedal. I miss it sometimes. But it was such a crutch and tied me down on stage.
     

  5. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

    712
    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    I don't know if it counts as mini anymore, but I run a pretty small pedal board.

    It started with just an LPB-1, Rat II, and EHX C9. Recently I added a Tube screamer, a mini Donner wah/volume, and a Donner Yellow Fall delay.

    It does everything I need. We play a mix of covers and originals--mostly alt country, classic rock, and garage rock styles--so most of the time "my sound" is just single coils into an AC15.
     

  6. Boblets

    Boblets Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2008
    Brisbane Australia
    I use the digital stuff built in to my Soundcraft UI16 mixer. Less things to carry, more space on the floor.
     

  7. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    WNC Isothermal Zone
    Wow! This is sooo cool! I didn't even know it existed. Tell us more.

    Are the effects generic in nature, or copycats?

    Thanks for sharing!
     

  8. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    The effects are all based on individual units from T-Rex. Mid forward overdrive but very dynamic and can tune the minds with the clean blend. Distortion sounds a bit like a Rat but warmer. Delay and reverb are outstanding, as is the clean boost. Very happy. All are very much tuned to stage volumes and mixes.
     
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  9. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    WNC Isothermal Zone
    Can't get any simpler than that!
     
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  10. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Friend of Leo's

    May 14, 2008
    WNC Isothermal Zone
    Very interesting. Gotta check this out.

    Thanks!
     
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  11. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    Yeah. It's a price-performer. Retailers will cut deals. I think mine averaged like $80 a pedal when I broke it down.
     

  12. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    My boards have 8 pedals on them but really I just use a Boosta Grande and a drive pedal. I like the idea of having variety but it’s basically variations of a boost, a drive and fuzz.
     
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  13. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

    Jun 19, 2009
    Nashville TN
    I play play pretty much anything that could fall under the Americana banner. My pedals are a Colorsound OD clone> modded SD-1> DM-2W> FRV-1 on a pedaltrain nano board. The CSOD gets swapped out for a Blues Breaker v1 if I'm packing my P-90 guitar but the others have been pretty constant for the last few years.
     
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  14. RetroTeleRod

    RetroTeleRod Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    53
    Oct 24, 2012
    Oklahoma, USA
    I play Southern and Traditional Gospel music. I would say my style is a mixture of Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Blues. I designed this travel board to fit inside my guitar case.
    Mooer Yellow Comp
    ProCo Whiteface Rat re-issue
    Black Cat Mini Trem
    Hardwire Reverb

    Travel Board.jpg
     

  15. Besquire

    Besquire TDPRI Member

    Age:
    48
    92
    Jan 6, 2017
    DE
    I play in a Grungerockband.
    Boss TU 3 - Boss SD 1- Boss FRV 1 in a Boss BCB 30 Pedalboard.
    Works for me.
     

  16. Reggie77

    Reggie77 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    39
    195
    Jul 16, 2017
    Connecticut
    I'm going to get a mel9 and key9 down the road but right now all I use is a boss compressor, an EHX east river drive and occasionally a phaser so there's no reason to have a board
     
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  17. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Twangsylvania
    I played a few recent gigs with just a clip-on tuner. Of course, all I brought along was an acoustic and an archtop!
     

  18. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

    712
    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    I use a clip on too. It works just fine on stage. I just roll my guitar volume off so everyone else doesn't have to hear me tuning up.
     
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  19. artdecade

    artdecade Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 6, 2010
    Twangsylvania
    I didn't even have to do that. I just moved the guitar away from the mic! Ha.
     

  20. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    A bunch of guys one upping each other on whose is smaller? I thought I'd never see the day.
     

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