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Small board, what do you all omit?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Blues Twanger, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. lousy13

    lousy13 Tele-Meister

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    Small and only board TU-2 ==> Bad Bob==> Flint. I've tried other options and will replace the Bad Bob with a Liquid Sunshine if amp needs a little more grind. I've tried delay many times but it just doesn't work for me. Maybe I will eventually come around.
     
  2. Audiowonderland

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    Tuner, overdrive and Delay is the minimum. Reverb, Chorus, second gain pedal, Compressor would be the add backs, in that order.
     
  3. Chupacabra

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    Omit nothing, no compromises either.

    I just roll in with my Helix.

    You're welcome.
     
  4. Telewielder

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    I have a few pedalboard with 5-6 pedals and I don't have multiple OD flavors. I like having a tuner, so it's either delay or reverb for me. Gotta have at least one modulation pedal.
     
  5. scooteraz

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    As others have stated, it would depend on the amp and what songs are being covered. In general, my amps have reverb, so I don’t need that. I could use the mini pedals mostly and get a couple of drives, a fuzz, a delay and a chorus along with tuner pretty easily. So, I’m thinking Mini Timmy, Red Dirt, and Tumnus drives, Baltic Blue fuzz, Little Copper Chorus, and TC delay. TC mini tuner. OK, that is 7. But they would all fit on a small board. If I were limited to 4 pedals, and no over large stuff, Keeley D&M, Tumnus, Little Copper Chorus and TC delay.

    If I’m using a higher gain amp, I could get rid of dirt, and and get to modulation and delay only.
     
  6. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hmm. Well a Delay pedal can do Reverb well enough.
    The right Univibe takes care of chorus, phaser, flanger, tremelo.

    So I'd probably do a couple flavors of OD/Distortion, a delay pedal and then an Earthquaker-D Depths univibe. That would be enough. You could even add a tuner.

    (and before anyone says anything. No, a Delay pedal isn't a perfect substitute for reverb. And no, a univibe isn't a perfect sub for any of the other pedals. But each are close enough for me).
     
  7. 24 track

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    these are the only things on my pedal board I gave up on everything else

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  8. capgun

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    54829DD6-C629-4EA8-8C30-7B922BB46457.jpeg This is what I consider small. I run this into a Blues Jr. I also have a board with a tuner, trem, and reverb. Of course the BJ has reverb so I could get rid of that, but I just love reverbs. I’d rather have several small boards to choose from than one ridiculously large board.
     
  9. Charlie Bernstein

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    Now I have two ovrdrives, a boost, a reverb, and a trem.

    First to go would be one overdrive. Then the boost. Then the other overdrive. Then the trem.

    The reverb stays.
     
  10. Blues Twanger

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    I have a few "close enough" pedals. Its nice when you only need a certain effect for a single song but one pedal can cop a good enough soundalike for a club show or something.
     
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    1DC1D982-C345-4FD1-B3A4-1815099EFB58.jpeg This is my Little Ole Pedalboard. Admittedly, I’m not an greatly experienced player but this has everything I need (for now). I mostly play the blues so the overdrive is key, but I push it through my 5E3 and its a magnificent combo. I really love the sound of my strat through the 5E3 and a little extra dirt really makes it shine.

    The reverb and delay is kind of necessary and I use it occasionally. I’m still learning what to do with it. This Fender Reflecting Pool has a lot of features and I’ve only scratched the surface so far. Being that I play a lot of blues, I only need a little of what this baby can do. I see it as more of a tool for those who play things like new age jazzy fusion stuff... not that i don’t like that type of sound, but, again, mostly blues.

    The compressor is mainly for when I’m not using the OD to bump up the response, and the tuner... well, like my first guitar lesson went, “Buy a tuner and use it. Most guitarists spend half their time tuning the guitar and the other half playing out of tune.”

    Oh, and the loop... because looping is awesome!! I only wish i could find a looper that i could specifically set the BPM on the drum feature... but that is probably another thread.

    Oh, and my Strat and 5E3, just because.
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  12. havlma1

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    Actionaly I'm in a process of downsizing, have just sacrified a chorus pedal :)

    At the moment I would need only 4, plus a looper for practicing.

    Telecasters ====> Boss DS-1 (MIJ) distortion => Boss CS-3 compressor => Maxon AD-9 Pro delay => Polytune 3 mini tuner (buffer ON) => DITTO looper =====> VOX AC10C1

    BTW the order of pedals is not what would you expect, but it works very well for me. In a different order some pedals didn't sound that good. I think this 12V ACA version of DS-1 needs to be first with nothing but the guitar before it. The compressor works well even after DS-1, mostly for clean sounds, but with DS-1 engaged it mellows its wall of sound little bit. AD9 and DITTO are true bypass, the tuner sounds good with its buffer ON and that's the reason it's almost at the end of the chain.

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  13. palethorn

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    Single drive pedal is enough for me, which I use most days. Wah, fuzz, phaser, and delay for variety. That's the most I use, but not that often.

    EDIT
    Just FYI, I use clip-on tuner, so...
     
  14. ksmithdc

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    I have a really small pedalboard. It only has three pedals on it:

    1. Wampler Dual Fusion
    2. Sweetsound Mojo Vibe
    3. Boss DD-7

    My amp (Vintage Sound 20) has tube driven reverb and tremolo.

    If you consider that the Wampler pedal really has two effects built into one box , that's a total of six effects. The Mojo has a toggle to switch between chorus and tremolo. So that's 7 even though they're not foot switchable. And then there's the Boss delay (which has a ton of effects including a looper).

    This little rig is actually very versatile.


    Kevin
     
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  15. johnnylaw

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    My board holds five.
    At home, typically, tuner-fuzz-comoressor-dirt-reverb.
    For gigs, I lose the fuzz, and add a delay before the verb.
    Although sometimes I just go straight into an amp using a clip-on headstock tuner, but not often.
     
  16. philta

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    Tuner>TS9>Timmy>Carbon Copy>MXR reverb
    Timmy always on
    Perfect
     
  17. Okieactor

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    For me, depends on the amp. Most of mine require pedals for dirt. Even my AC15 head sounds great, but dirt is not really switchable mid-song, unless you use a Y pedal and maybe a boost to equalize volumes.

    I’ve been working on a minimalist board. I think the smallest I could get for general use would be:
    Tuner > Super Phat Mod > Carbon Copy. And add a Red Dirt to stack if you have room for 4, and a boost if you have room for 5.

    But if I used the Peavey Classic 20 head, it has switchable OD, boost, and reverb, so a no-board setup would be an option. But even then, need the tuner probably for the buffer and mute and to tune silently, and the switchable OD requires a switch pedal...so...
     
  18. BostonTeleGuy

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    Tuner>OD>Trem>Reverb>Delay
     
  19. kilroy6262

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    LOL, you'd go without a tuner? I've been in bands with guys like you....
     
  20. Teleboss

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    Pedaltrain Nano: TC Polytune Mini > Xotic SP > Wampler Tumnus > Tube Screamer Mini > Carbon Copy Mini. CS 6 power supply underneath. My “big board” is a Metro 20: TC Polytune Mini > Keeley Compressor > Morning Glory > Tube Screamer > DM-2W > Carbon Copy. CS 6 power supply underneath. It’s all I need and nothing I don’t.
     
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