View Full Version : How many pedals are on your board?

12-11-2012, 07:31 AM
Many/most of us guitarists have several - if not a metric butt-load - of effects pedals accumulated over the years, but how many do you actually use? And of those, which ones do you regularly use and/or gig?

12-11-2012, 07:51 AM
Wayyyy too many. This is my board as it is now, which I finished about a month or two ago. I originally built this thing thinking I would have room to expand, and I may have left myself too much room. I know... it's drive pedal overkill. I won the Double Trouble from VS, and put it on my board because "I have room, and I might as well." That's when I knew it was too much!

Don't get me wrong, it's awesome to have this big board sometimes, at our last gig I used almost every pedal on there. But there are a lot of gigs I could play with one drive pedal, my VP, delay and tuner. I need to build a small board for all those times that I don't want to haul this around.


12-11-2012, 08:23 AM
This is pretty much it. They all get used regularly, except the wah only gets used occasionally.

I purged all my unused pedals earlier this year, so all that's left in the bullpen now is an EB volume pedal, Delta Lab overdrive and a Bad Horsie wah.


12-11-2012, 09:07 AM
I've got too many on my board. I think i'll re-do it in the new year and just set it up with the 4 or 5 I regularly use.

12-11-2012, 09:14 AM
Hardly any: Tuner (true bypass) - Klone (buffered) - Chorus (true bypass)

I use as few as possible, I like to hear the amp in all its glory. The Klone is there just in case I want a bit more punch, but its mainly used off just for the buffer, which I find very musical.

12-11-2012, 09:15 AM
Here's my home-made board. It's formica with maple edging. The silver 4-button pedal is a true bypass looper, so I can switch the tuner, the delay, and whatever else out of the signal chain (the delay is quiet at normal gain levels, but when the amp's gain is set high, it tends to hiss, so I like to be able to switch it out completely). There's plenty of room for more stuff, but these are the pedals I use most.


12-11-2012, 10:06 AM
I'm in the process of starting over... just sold all of my gear EXCEPT my guitars. Just bought a PRS HX/DA and my pedalboard dream is just starting. This is what I want on it:

Strymon Flint (Reverb and Tremolo)
T-Rex Replica (Delay)
Morley Mark 1 (Mark Tremonti Signature wah)
Keeley Modded Ibanez Tube Screamer (still own this one)
Korg PitchBlack tuner

This is the start of it at least...

12-11-2012, 10:07 AM
This is pretty much it. They all get used regularly, except the wah only gets used occasionally.

I purged all my unused pedals earlier this year, so all that's left in the bullpen now is an EB volume pedal, Delta Lab overdrive and a Bad Horsie wah.


You can mount that Voodoo Lab under a Pedal Train. It fits perfectly.

12-11-2012, 10:26 AM
Yeah, but in the stock central location it caused a lot of extra noise with the wah. One of these days I'll get the nerve to drill new holes and under-mount it in the top left corner. I have some potential changes in mind that would force me to make the room.

12-11-2012, 10:26 AM
I have 11 on the "big" board but don't know if my A/B and true bypass switches count. If not, that would cut it to 9.
I'm not including my wah because I never mount it on the board.

The ones that get used the least is the Cusak Tap-A-Whirl Tremelo and EH .44 mag.
I keep the .44 mag on for a backup amp, sometimes using it on it's own in conjunction with other pedals.
Since I got the Vibe I've been using that for tremelo type effects. It sounds closer to the trem/vibe in my Vox AC-30.

If I find that I am missing something, the tremelo may get swapped in the future.
Even though it seems cool I don't want a bigger board.

Everything else gets used on a regular basis depending on which band I'm playing with.
As of now, I play and gig with four different groups.

I keep a power strip mounted because two effects require AC power and my ISO 5 ran out of outlets.
It's cool because I plug the ISO 5 into it also and have a spare outlet.


12-11-2012, 11:56 AM
All I have is a Boss gt-6 and an Ernie Ball vol. pedal. I need my pedals to be cheap, easy to set up, and easy to replace. I don't use the distortions.

12-11-2012, 12:52 PM

12-11-2012, 04:10 PM
A bunch! :D

I just reworked my Pedals and board for the P22. So I could run the Piezo through the Fishman Aura and the Mag pickups on their own. Added a G50 so I'd still only have ONE cable from me to the board... Little messy at this point - still in work - I won't worry about cleaning up and Zip ties until it's a bit more SET. ;)


12-11-2012, 05:14 PM

I use quite a few. I tailor my pedal choices and boards to my gigs. This is the latest iteration. I like my amps as clean as possible with all of the grind and gain coming from the pedals. Right now I use a JHS State Line and Wampler Paisley for my main drive, the Mojo Hand Clementine as a solo booster, and the Analog Man Sunbender for my fuzztone.

12-11-2012, 06:10 PM
I have 2 boards. One is a mini made with mini pedals...LOL. this one on the picture:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8345/8264800359_238155fd65.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8264800359/)
IMG_0400 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8264800359/) por aduayer (http://www.flickr.com/people/73286327@N07/), no Flickr

very simple, light and easy to carry. this one is my main one, since it sees lots of action. it's a TC mini Polytune, EWS Little Brute Drive, TC Dreamscape and Flashback Dealy (those with the tone print function are a swiss army), Maleko Tremolo and a Xotic EP Booster.

I have another and bigger pedal board, but I am getting rid off some stuff and adding some new one, so I'll post a picture as soon I have it done.

Mike Duncan
12-11-2012, 06:15 PM
El Capistan
Carbon Copy

lots more I could put on there.

Mike Duncan
12-11-2012, 06:16 PM
Last time I played out, they all sounded miserable. Or maybe that was just me.

12-11-2012, 06:30 PM
But, I mainly only use it for the tuner, the wah, and a bit of chorus or phaser when needed. Most of of the time I bypass it straight to my PRS 2 channel.

12-11-2012, 09:37 PM
WAY more than I need....and this isn't even all of them.


]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
12-11-2012, 09:44 PM
WOW, Andy!

WAY more than I need....and this isn't even all of them.


David Eaton
12-11-2012, 09:51 PM
I usually use a pod hd 500 live, with an EP booster in front of it. I use an expression pedal also.

My other board has an m13, a sparkle drive, rt 66 a volume pedal and a wah.

Dirty Bob
12-11-2012, 09:55 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;34148']WOW, Andy!

Somebody has a Boss endorsement!!!

was that photo real?

Dirty Bob
12-11-2012, 09:58 PM

Ive posted it before...the signal chain has changed somewhat from this picture but the pedals really haven't...I pulled the wah and the verbzilla and the OC-2...changed some other things around too from an order standpoint such as the octave x now follows the Afro fuzz...and the plextortion is on the board full time... but same tone colors...I need to find a better reverb pedal.

12-11-2012, 10:20 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;34148']WOW, Andy!


Dirty Bob
12-11-2012, 10:56 PM

Ok that answered my question.

12-12-2012, 01:03 PM
This is my main gig pedal board that runs with my dual rec.


and this is just one I have set up in front of my fender for messing around

12-12-2012, 01:27 PM
and this is just one I have set up in front of my fender for messing around

:rock: Gristle King! :rock:

12-12-2012, 01:29 PM
:rock: Gristle King! :rock:


12-12-2012, 01:30 PM
:rock: Gristle King! :rock:

Pedals?? I gotta hold my tongue just right to strum. I can't be punching no pedals and be dancing around like a bunch of Kansas City _______ (Fill in from the classic movie Blazing Saddles).

12-12-2012, 04:28 PM
Blazing Saddles

:rock: Blazing Saddles! :rock:

12-12-2012, 10:08 PM
I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one that uses a bunch of pedals :)
Boss Tuner, EHX POG, Modified Morley Tremonti Wah, eBow, DOD Gonkulator, ISP Decimator, T-Rex Tremonti Phase Shifter, 2 Boss Digital Delays, Danelectro Reel Echo, and the channel switcher to my Rectifier head

12-13-2012, 09:23 AM
Still working on it


12-13-2012, 10:24 AM
only OCD and a Diamond compressor.
rest is rack stuff.


12-13-2012, 11:07 AM

My PT-Jr. has proven to be too small. I'm looking into what I should do next. I still have some pedals on standby and a few on order. Everything on this picture gets used, so at least that's something.

12-13-2012, 07:34 PM
I only use 4 (reverb, chorus, distortion & wah) currently. I used to use multi effects pedals, but I hated having all those effects that I didn't use.

12-13-2012, 10:36 PM
This is my board currently:



Currently going: Fender Volume Pedal > BOSS CS-3 > GFS Greenie > Marshall Bluesbreaker II > Danelectro Cool Cat Chorus > Danelectro Cool Cat Tremolo

The Korg Pitchblack Tuner runs off a seperate output from the volume pedal and the BOSS DD-3 Delay oes in the Laney's loop. The Dunlop Wah and the Muff are rarely connected.

Started off as a plank of plywood and carpet tiles and a handfull of pedals a couple of years ago (Was going the modelling route before that):



The two BOSS pedals have seen better days and I want to replace them at some point. Think I might saw the end of the board containing the vol pedal and wah off and just place it by the side when needed.

12-15-2012, 11:50 AM
This is my simple set up. As you can tell I like my pedals to match.


02-24-2013, 07:44 PM
my main pedal board and Lolla, the Frost beach!

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8103/8504818003_40c63484ab.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8504818003/)
Pedal board 2013 & Lolla (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8504818003/) por aduayer (http://www.flickr.com/people/73286327@N07/), no Flickr

my mini pedal board (when I am too tired to carry the above...LOL)
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8345/8264800359_238155fd65.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8264800359/)
IMG_0400 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/73286327@N07/8264800359/) por aduayer (http://www.flickr.com/people/73286327@N07/), no Flickr

02-24-2013, 09:45 PM

Not too many. Mainly use the Santriani Time Delay (green), Boss Blues Driver (blue), and my Dunlop Cry Baby (purple).

02-24-2013, 10:26 PM
Love this thread, makes me feel like I'm not crazy. Its great seeing the wide variety of pedals and common faves.. Those Strymon pedals are amazing.


I think about replacing the TC Nova System (and it's weight) with individual pedals, but it's so flexible and lot of bang for your buck. I'm currently building a smaller board with more boutique drive, etc.. that I could just put in front of any clean amp.

02-25-2013, 03:12 AM
Current setup is 6, but I have room for more.
Two of the pedals are HUGE, so they take up quite a bit or room.


Albrecht Smuten
02-25-2013, 05:10 AM
Morpheus Droptune
Harley Benton Noise gate
Marshall "Ed the Compressor"
Electro Harmonix Metal Muff
Behringer Equalizer
Boss DD3 Digital Delay

John Beef
02-25-2013, 11:04 AM
I have 5 including a tuner pedal, but it's 7 including the amp footswitch and a tap tempo for the delay.

02-25-2013, 11:16 AM
at the moment I have a polytune mini noir edition and a maxon od808, I want a reverb and a strymon timeline but they aren't imortant.
I have an area 51 wah pedal that I got in p/x for a handmade stuart castledine wah (with very low serial number) but its gatherting dust as I never use wah.