There are times when the intrepid guitarist must simply make do. Especially when one can see the bottom of the barrel of the GAS fund staring back.
Faced with the task of making the pedals on hand work with both the DG30 and the HXDA, two very different sounding amps, I was initially skeptical. I believed that I'd need two separate sets of pedals to work with these two amps. However, I am pleased to announce after a week of fuss-budgeting, I have achieved the nearly impossible. I have reached the summit of Mount Tone and planted the LSchefman flag thereon! Where are those snow goggles, I can only find the beer goggles? But props to me!
After much experimentation, I decided that the OD function on the Fulldrive 3 could sound good with the DG30, but that I'd never use it for that. However, the boost function sounds great with it, and I rarely use that with the HXDA. Because the pedal can have both functions separate, I found that I could set one up for one amp, and the other for the other amp, and use the pedal that way. This was my key realization, my own "Only The Penitent Man Will Pass" kneel-down to kick things off. Suddenly the pedal I use most was going to function both ways. Things went quickly from there.
I seldom used the Catalyst with the HXDA, and when I did, I used it instead as more or less an EQ when running the amp clean. I found after some experimenting that if I set up the Catalyst as a distortion box for the DG amp, it'd sound very good, indeed. So now I had an OD for the DG30. Not only that, but the Catalyst sounds really good pushed by the Xotic SP Compressor. So I put the compressor at the beginning of the chain instead of in a loop after the dirt boxes with the tuner.
I already had the Eventide pedals in a bypass loop, so both could be switched on and off with one footswitch press. No changes there.
Finally, I realized that if I put the tuner in front of the switch box, I could use one of the switcher's bypass loops as an A/B box to feed a second amp. This meant taking the tuner out of the bypass loop. Since I like the fact that the Peterson tuner can be switched in or out of True Bypass (I like having a buffer most of the time but not always) I replaced the Boss TU3 with the Peterson (I've got several tuners for different purposes, and the Peterson is clearly the more accurate tuner even though it takes up more space); I haven't A/Bed their buffers, but I haven't heard a difference between them when the Peterson's buffer is on, so...
Here 'tis, today's Solution To A Problem No One Else On Earth Could Possibly Care About But I Posted About It Because, Hey! Pedalboard Pic!