Category Archives: Visual Sound Jekyll Hyde

New Pedalboard

Old Pedalboard / It served me well

Old Pedalboard | It served me well

New pedalboard / more spacious

New pedalboard | More spacious

So I had this new-to-me pedalboard case for… wow, it must have been 6-7 months… that I didn’t do anything with.  Since I haven’t been playing a lot of gigs on electric I guess I didn’t have a reason.  But this week I decided it was time.

A few changes.  The new board is much bigger.  The other musicians on stage will love that!  NOT!  🙂

But the great thing is that I was able to leave space for expansion.  The lower left-hand corner is spaced so I can drop in the Digitech Jamman (1st Gen).

The Korg DT-4 tuner, which is great in terms of tracking and accuracy, didn’t make it to the new board.  That has been my tuner for 17 years..??  But it was never a great stage tuner.  So I’m going to give the Boss TU-2 a try.  I’ll probably make another board for the acoustic setup and put the Korg there.

The Ernieball Pan Volume pedal also didn’t make it.  Unfortunately, it’s too long to fit on this board.  Good thing I have the Ernieball VP Jr. (which needed to be fixed first but that’s another story).

And I was able to add the MXR Custom Comp which I bought fairly recently.  I’m adding it to the signal chain in front of all the drive/distortion pedals after the wah (guitar > volume > wah).  We’ll see how it goes.  I’m kind of using it as a fattener and I think it does the job fairly nicely.  The other thing is that the Brian Moore i8 has coil-tap but the tapped signal is always so much weaker that I couldn’t use it.  Now I can switch it over to the tapped sound and boost it up a little with the compressor.  I’m sure this isn’t the way it’s meant to be used.  But with everything I have, this sounded the best to my ears.

I had some problems with the George L cables at some point.  But I checked all of them with a cable tester and they were fine.  I adjust a few just to be safe.  So I got some of those and some Planet Waves DIY cables in there.

With the old board, I did my best to fit everything and at the same time make sure I can push all the buttons with my foot without accidentally hitting a knob.  With the new board I’m able to position almost all the pedal the way they were designed to be used (except the Boss GE-7 which I put sideways because it was easier to hook up the cables and that pedal pretty much just stays on anyway).

The new board has a raised platform for the upper row so all the cables can be hidden away.  So much cleaner!  I’m thinking of adding another drive/distortion pedal on the upper right-hand corner where I have more space.  Or maybe a power strip?  As it stands, I have 4 power chords coming out: 2 Visual Sound One Spot (Line 6 ML-4, EHX Holy Grail), a power chord for the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 and an adapter for the Shure UT-4.  It would be great to be able to plug all of them into a power strip and just have 1 coming out of the board.  But we’ll see.  I’m looking forward to trying this out at upcoming gigs this summer.

I’m not sure how this happened exactly.  But except for the volume pedal, somehow I managed to group all the pedals together by color.  And much like my wardrobe, everything is black, white, blue or grey.  Go figure.

Benefit Gig, 2nd Year

I’m pretty psyched about playing the benefit gig again for a local volunteer firehouse.  We have about a month to put the set together (just like last year).  Some of the songs from last year are going to make it into this year’s list.  Some we’re replacing.  So we have about 6 new tunes to learn.  Not bad….

Again, J&H sounds great.  I don’t have my Mesa Boogie MkIIb anymore.  I’ll be playing through a little Fender Pro Jr.  I’ve been using this for jams.  And I also used this at the recital.

I’ve been getting some positive comments on it which helps.  Over the years, I’ve been so used to having a “big” amp (60W, 100W, etc.).  Now I don’t have one and am depending on this little guy and just keeping my fingers crossed that it sounds okay.

Actually, I love this little guy.  In fact, it makes me wonder what I’ve been lugging a heavy amp around for all those years!  Well… this little guy only has a 10′ cone so it doesn’t get very deep.  But it does alright and I love the responsiveness.  I’m not sure if the Mesa Boogie preamp tubes have anything to do with it.

In any case, it’s going to be a great time!  I’m going to use the wireless this time and I’ll be able to move around the stage more.  Instead of using the piezo out of the Brian Moore, I’m going to try using a A/B switch going into a Boss Acoustic Simulator.  It sounds okay.  Totally worth it for the freedom!

Benefit Gig

A friend of mine invited me to play with his band for a benefit gig coming up on August 1st. The set is going to be:

1 My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
2 All the Small Things – Blink 182
3 She Likes Me For Me – Blessed Union of Souls
4 Semi Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
5 Brian Wilson – Bare Naked Ladies
6 Mr. Brightside – The Killers
7 Machinehead – Bush
8 When I Come Around – Green Day
9 Possum Kingdom – The Toadies
10 Sleep Now In the Fire – Rage Against the Machine
11 Gives you Hell – All American Rejects
12 Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
13 Long Division – Death Cab For Cutie
14 Fire – Jimi Hendrix
15 Mollys Chamber – Kings of Leon

We had our 1st practice last night. So far, so good.

I’m just glad that my equipment worked okay (for the most part)! I haven’t played with my electric gear for a long time. And I lend out some of my pedals and I was afraid I wasn’t going to have the right gear for the right sound. But the Jekyll & Hyde stepped up, as usual, and did an awesome job!

The Brian Moore (i8) did a great job too. Played very well and sounded pretty nice. But I miss the PRS (CE24)!