How to set up a guitar pedal board. Series (Part 3) patch cords

Which patch cords to use?

This area is a difficult one to answer. I will say that the standard patch cords like Fender work really well for me. I am not sold on the gold 1/4″ patch cords. Like I said the standard patch chords you pick up at your local music store is all I use.

patch cords

I used to make my own but I found out that the Fender patch cords are just fine.

I have seen Eric Johnson’s board a lot of those brass connections but I am not sold on them having a ton of difference in tone. This is just an area to experiment with. Test different patch cords and settle in on one you like.

patch cords

Once you have the patch cord you like then the fun comes in. Always remember you simply go into one pedal and out to another but the order is another preference thing.  There is a standard line up though. You may start off here and then switch some pedals around until you find the tone you are looking for.

Example: You may prefer a boost in the middle of the chain right before a distortion. It’s really all up to your ear.

SIGNAL FLOW

There are no hard fast rules. It’s kind of your choice.

Below is a standard order for the signal flow. This is just a starting point.

Wah

Compressors

Overdrives

Distortions

EQ’s

Pitch/modulations

Delays

Boost pedals

This is a very basic start. Later on in my blogs I will get into depth about pedal order but this is a great start.

Once you have an idea of the sound you are after and have settled in on the pedals you like then you need start arranging them on the board. I like boards like the one above that Eric Johnson uses. Plenty of room to arrange and switch around as you work on your sound.

I like to use velcro on the bottom of my pedals. Velcro does the job for sure.

Great Pedal Board

I have used the SKB PS-45 pedal board for over 10 years with no problems at all. As mentioned in a previous blog I like to have the power source on the poard. Just makes it really easy to set things up.

patch cords

It’s good idea to every now and again check the patch cords and unplug and re-plug them. It will keep connections from oxidizing.

My next post will be about using a looper. This is my specialty. I make loopers on request just contact me and I will make what ever you need.

See ya in the next part of ‘How to set up a pedal board’.

patch cortds

Thanks

Dave (Trachouse Pdals)

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to set up a guitar pedal board. Series (Part 2)

guitar pedal board set up,effects pedals

GUITAR PEDAL BOARD SET UP (setting up / Part 2)

In Part 1 of (How to set up a guitar pedal board) we talked a little bit about the types of boards and I posted some links to the different manufactures of pedal boards. I hope you were able to get some idea of what type of board will work for you.

Once you have decided what pedals you want you need to make sure of the voltages and ratings on the devices you have chosen. Most pedals are 9volt ac adapters and I would suggest getting a board that has ac circuit wired in the pedal board. In the Part 1 post I mentioned I had the SKB 1SKB-PS-45 pedal board. That board has proven to be a very durable board.

 

You can purchase a flat board and use a power supply in conjunction with the board.

 

GUITAR PEDAL BOARD SET UP.

Photo of board with separate power supply. guitar pedal board

If you go this route I suggest this power supply by voodoo labguitar pedal board

Taking the battery road can be very expensive not to mention that some pedals don’t sound good as the battery gets older and drained down. I do know some guitar players that use this type of board set up and I assume they just  fight the battery battle but it’s just not for me.

MY FAVORITE TONE MASTER / ERIC JOHNSON

Here is a photo if his guitar pedal board set up.

guitar pedal board set up

Actually he has cleaned it up quite a bit. The above photo was taken in 2016.

Here is his basic signal path. Click here to view

I always like to mention my guitar pedal line in my post about guitar pedal board set ups. My Red 70’s Fuzz is very similar sounding to the old Fuzz Face pedal of the 70’s.  In my Red 70’s Fuzzguitar pedal board set up

I have a trim pot which I set when I make the pedal. If you decide to try my pedal you can set the trim pot inside the unit but I have gotten the best sound adjustment and every pedal I make is personally tested and adjusted for max sound.

In conclusion: (GUITAR PEDAL BOARD SET UP)

My advise is to use a pedal board that has a pre-wired electrical and electronic circuitry wired from the factory. Again I have use the SKB product for many years without any problems.

You can always ask me questions if I don’t cover it in these series blogs about guitar pedal board set up.  I will be more that happy to help you out.

David W. Aucoin

WWW.TRACHOUSE.COM

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EXTERNAL REVERB UNIT. Should I use one on my effects pedal board ?

USING AN EXTERNAL REVERB UNIT INSTEAD OF THE AMPS REVERB

 

External reverb unit. Should I use them? Generally the reverb units on amps is sufficient but you are limited to that one type of reverb. I personally use a unit called Eventide Space. This unit is absolutely awesome. I can even get pretty close the the Roland RE-20 which is usually hard to do with other external reverb pedals I have used in the past.

external reverb unit

external reverb unit

SETTINGS ON THE EXTERNAL REVERB UNIT EVENTIDE SPACE PEDAL

Most of the time I edit the presets on pedals. On the Eventide pedal I don’t edit any of the presets. It’s almost like someone set them to my taste. If you know of a store near you that stocks Eventide pedals you may want to drop by and check out a few presets. Some of them are way out there but there are many that sound perfect. It stores 100 presets which you can edit and save.

I had a Boss RE-20 and although the RE-20 was a great pedal I found that the Eventide was much more what I wanted because I like a lot of effects and strive to get different tones. I like it versatile presets.

PEDAL BOARD PLACEMENT FOR THE EVENTIDE SPACE UNIT.

I have found that putting this external reverb unit at the very end before my

Cream Boost Pedal external reverb unit

(Trachouse) and at the end of my pedal line up I get a very smooth mix in my tone. I want to add right here that there is no right or wrong way to set up a guitar effects pedal board because it is totally a personal taste thing. There are certain guide lines that help for sure like I wouldn’t put a delay pedal before a distortion pedal. I have fooled with so many over the course of 40+ years that I can most of the time help someone get the most out of all of their pedals. Pedals in the wrong place can rob tone severely. But again it depends on what you want. I personally like to get every bit of tone from my board as possible. That comes from careful placement.

My boards normally have anywhere form 15-20 pedals. Depending on size I will use two boards if needed. A lot of people tell me you don’t need all those pedals.  I know x-person they just  use an amp (pumped Marshall)  and his guitar. I agree I don’t have too. I choose too use those pedals. I love effects pedals and experimenting with them. All of those years have made me knowledgeable in that field with out even realizing it. I just loved doing it.

You can read how I got started making pedals  external reverb unit at my about page. I make three pedals now. Cream Boost / Brown Edge Boost / and Red 70’s Fuzz. I am working on an overdrive which will be a little bit above my Brown Edge Boost. The name of the pedal will be called the ‘Orange Jaffa Drive‘.

You will shortly notice I will get off topic on ya in a hurry. lol That is because I am a musician and not a writer. But anyway using a reverb other than an amp will do two things for you.

  1. You have more control and selection of tones.
  2. Your sound will be much richer because more than likely external reverb unit is much more sophisticated than a stock spring reverb within the amp.

In closing I hope that me blogging on pedals, pedal order and types of pedals you may pick up a tip or two. I am not an experienced blogger but I can maybe come up with a couple of nuggets someone can use.

Thanks

David W. Aucoin

BUY THE WAY PART TWO OF THE SERIES ON HOW TO SET UP A GUITAR PEDAL BOARD will be coming soon….

Guitar effects pedals. A basic explanation.

guitar effects pedals

ESSENTIAL GUITAR EFFECTS FOR PEDAL BOADS

Dave with Trachouse Pedals here:

These post about guitar effects pedals will be a basic explanation of guitar effects pedals to start but as I progress we will be getting into much more.

The essentials: Boss is a great place for the new comer. Great pedals for  the lowest price. I have links where you can read about the pedals and listen to some videos on the Boss website.

Basic pedals you will need: (These pedals will cover just about all of the genres you can imagine)

A. Chorus pedal (Boss Ch-1)  (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

B. Flanger pedal (Boss BF-3) (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

C. Phaser pedal (Boss PH-3) (info and demo) guitar effects pedals

D. Tremelo pedal (Boss TR-2) (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

E. Wah pedal (Dunlop GCB95) (info)    (demo) guitar effects pedals

F. Delay pedal (Boss DD-3) (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

G. Reverb pedal (Boss RV-3)  ( Depending on the amp you get you may not have to get a reverb pedal  but it is a good idea to have one on your pedal board.  (info and demo) guitar effects pedals

THE NEXT PEDALS ARE THE BIGGIES. GUITAR EFFECTS PEDALS PLAY A MAJOR PART IN CREATING YOUR SIGNATURE SOUND.

THIS IS WHERE PERSONAL TASTE ENTERS. (QUITE NATURALLY I WILL SUGGEST MY RED 70’S FUZZ FOR EVERY BOARD.

H. Overdrive pedal (Boss OD-1X) (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

I. Distortion pedal (Boss DS-1) (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

J. Fuzz pedal (Boss FZ-5) (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

Fuzz pedal (Trachouse Red 70’s Fuzz) (info and demo)guitar effects pedals

 

BASIC STARTING POINT FOR PEDAL ORDER AND USING 2 AMPS.

THIS IS SOMEWHAT THE WAY I HAVE ALWAYS SET MY GUITAR PEDAL BOARDS UP FOR MANY YEARS.

(THIS IS A CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT SO THIS IS NOT WRITTEN IN STONE)

VOLUME PEDALS

COMPRESSORS

WAH PEDALS

INTO TONEBONE SWITCHER guitar effects pedals

(THIS IS THE ONLY SWITCHER FOR 2 AMPS I HAVE FOUND THAT WORKS AND HAS ABSOLUTELY NO LINE NOISE. I HAVE TRIED THEM ALL AND THE RADIAL JX-2  IS BY FAR THE BEST SWITCHER FOR 2 AMPS EVER MADE.

OUTPUT 1  TO MY A BOTTOM AMP. YOU CAN KEEP IT CLEAN AND MAYBE USE A PEDAL OR TWO. HAVING A CLEAN AMP WHILE YOUR MAIN AMP HAS THE SOUND YOU WANT IS A VERY POWERFUL WAY TO MAINTAIN A STRONG TONE. AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT I HAVE FOUND.

OUTPUT 2  INTO MY DOUBLE LOOPER TO MY MAIN RIG. (TRY USING TWO AMPS. IF YOU DO I THINK YOU WILL BE SURPRISED.

(INTO  DOUBLE LOOPER)

LOOP A

OVERDRIVE PEDALS

DISTORTIONS / FUZZ PEDALS

MODULATION PEDALS (EX: CHORUS,FLANGER,PHASER)

DELAY PEDALS

LOOP B

SAME AS LOOP A /  BUT THIS LOOP SHOULD BE YOUR SIGNATURE LEAD SOUND.

IN CONCLUSION AND AS I SAID THIS IS A BASIC OVERVIEW OF MY OPINIONS OF HOW TO WORK WITH AMPS AND GUITAR EFFECTS PEDAL BOARDS.

CHECK BACK EVERY NOW AND AGAIN AS I AM MAKING AN EFFORT TO PUT AS MUCH INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS THAT I CAN .

PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY HANDMADE GUITAR EFFECTS PEDALS.

David W. Aucoin

Trachouse Pedals

 

 

 

How to set up a guitar pedal board series (Part 1)

SETTING UP A GOOD PEDAL BOARD

Guitar pedals,pedal board setup,clean boost pedals

 

 

Pedal board set up is VERY important. In fact many guitarist play for months even years without even realizing their sound could be tons better. Tons !!!

This is a series so it will be an ongoing blog. We will cover,

a) Types of boards.

b) Battery verses AC adapters.

c) Best patch chords.

d) How to run loops with a looper (single looper and double looper).

e) Routine maintenance.

f) Common pedal order.

g) Using two amps

SO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THIS BLOG.

 

I have been setting up guitar pedal boards for over 45 years. I started getting interested in guitar pedals at an early age right when the Dunlop Fuzz Face pedal was introduced.

TYPES OF PEDAL BOARDS AND LINKS (Pedal Board set up)

I have been using a 1SKB-PS-45 pedal board for 8 years. The latches and electronics are working perfectly. So you may want to look into SKB Products.

I have attached a link to some other pedal board that may interest you.

Here are some helpful links to other manufactures and parts suppliers.

Pedaltrain: http://www.pedaltrain.com/

LyT: http://lytpedalboards.com/

Trailer Trash: http://www.trailertrashpedalboards.com/

Melmat Custom Cases: www.melmat.com

Stompin Ground: http://www.stompin-ground.com/

L.A. Sound Design: http://www.lasounddesign.net/

Pedal Pad: http://www.pedalpad.com

NYC Pedalboards: http://www.nycpedalboards.com

Brady Cases: http://www.bradycases.com

Pedal-Racks/Pedalboards.com: http://www.pedalboards.com

Stonecastle (used by adam clayton from U2 i.e.): www.stonecastle.se

Diago (used by oceansize and glasvegas to name a few.): www.diago.co.uk

Pedalgear: www.pedalgear.net

Blackbird Pedalboards: http://www.blackbirdpedalboards.com

 

MY PEDAL BOARD OF 2008 ( I will be posting my current pedal board in blogs to come. This one was one of my most elaborate board for covering 80’s tunes)

Trachouse Pedal Board red logo

You can see my pedals Cream Boost, Brown Edge Boost, and my Red 70’s Fuzz.

E-BOOK COMING SOON !!!

I will be writing an ebook very soon on how to setup a pedal board correctly from start to finish and go into detail about combining pedals and using loopers.

I do make loopers on request and I will be keeping them in stock soon so check back often or if you are interested in a looper then let me know. ( I am speaking of loopers that loop the signal path not the looper that records sound and then loops.

Here is my first single looper. single looper,effects pedals,guitar pedals

PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR MY NEXT BLOGS ABOUT GUITAR EFFECTS PEDALS.

CLEAN BOOST PEDALS, LEAD BOOST PEDALS, AND FUZZ PEDALS.

Thanks for reading my blog.

As I said there are tons of things to talk about but I will post little tidbits weekly.

So please come back for part 2 (Battery vs Ac adapters)

Thanks,

Dave