Its been awhile since I have done a full gear update. Some things have changed over the past two years. I’m going to run through all of my gear starting from the start of my signal to the end of my signal.
For Amps I have a Voxac15C. Its a ac15 but with white tolex and a ceramic instead of a greenback. It sounds amazing and works for my church and most venues. We mic up my amps and 15 watts is just enough of clean tone.
I have a fender 60’s reissue Olympic White telecaster. This was my introduction to single coil guitars because I previously have only played humbuckers. At first it has a struggle to get a usable tone only because the guitar just sounded thin and trebly. After playing around with my amp and I finally found a setting where my telecaster sounds like a tele but also has enough bass and fatness. All around I love this guitar and I’m planning to add a bigsby just because I think they look super sexy with them on.
For my Guitar cable and the amp cable I use Monster Gold instrument cable. They sound organic and do not color my tone. A lot of people have their own opinions on monster cables but for me they do everything I want cables to do.
Most of my pedalboard cable are George L’s. I only chose these over lavas because in my personal opinion I wanted the little cover sleeves for the cables lol. I have had only one cable die on me but I recut it and put the ends back and it worked perfectly fine. I do want to try lava cables to just test out any tonal difference and or durability test.
EM Drive(Emerson Custom):
This is my first pedal in my chain. It is 99 percent of the time on. It does not add any grit/overdrive to my signal but adds a good amount of volume. It brings my amp to live volume, because I have the Master on my amp all the way up and I manipulate the Channel volume depending on how clean or dirty I want my “Clean” tone to be.
JHS Morning Glory:
My First main overdrive comes from this stompbox. It has rightfully gained a permanent place on my pedalboard. The dynamics on this pedal are amp like, it responds to your picking attack nicely and gives me all the gain I need for most of the songs we play.
PS:I stack the EM Drive and the Morning glory together.
This replaced my Emerson Custom Paramount, the Paramount is a great pedal it just did not work in my rig. When I use the moonshine I do not stack any other overdrive pedal with it. I primarily use the moonshine as my highest gain setting. Most of the songs we play I can get away with only using the EM drive and the Morning Glory stacked together but for the songs that are heavier, depending on the song I have the drive set up anywhere from 3oclock to all the way up. The tone coming out of this pedal is so rad and natural sounding. It gets pretty saturated but does not lose the clarity of my tele.
Ernie Ball VPJR:
It’s a volume pedal that was modded by blackeye effects. The mod for what I understand does not suck the tone of your signal when you are using the tuner out. Other than that it brings me up in volume and down in volume.
TC Polytune Mini Noir:
Tunes my guitar.
TC Nova Delay:
One of my first “big boy” delays as I like to call it. I purchased it without knowing much about delays and presets. Over the years I’ve learned to appreciate the nova. I use it for a secondary delay(swells and ambient tones) but it is also my main quarter note delay. It does has its quirks such as not having a bank down switch but overall it is a delay that has not left my board for years. It is packed with features but honestly for the money it sounds amazing and is one of my favorite delays.
I bought this delay second hand, I wanted something with a lot of banks where I could just program a whole set and not worry about tap dancing and just focus on actually playing guitar. The timefactor blew my expectations out of the water. It can do anything I throw at it. It gets compared to the Timeline all the time, to me I see it as two racecars, they are both powerful, capable, and full of features but at the same time have their own personality. I could get away on using just this delay in my setup.
Strymon Big Sky:
This is the King of all reverbs. Using the BigSky for the first time was welcoming but a little overwhelming. There is countless of tweaking and programming available. Depending on the song I usually have 4-5 presets that I always go to. I know how these presets sound and I know when to apply them. There are times when these generic presets do not fit a specific song so I just tweak them accordingly. My favorite sounds include the hall, room, and cloud settings.
Everything is on a Pedaltrain 3 and is being powered by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2.