Alright, here it is. It's a working bands board. I'll start with the music. The Fast 86'ers are a band from Phoenix, Az. What's the music you ask? We call it Southwestern Boogie. Think of good old boogie rock and add some rockabilly, some twangy honky tonk, and even a bit of punk rock. Some say cowpunk was born in Az. We plan on keeping it alive...
The board - it's powered by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2. The fancy number system makes it easier to find the "bad" pedal when it happens (and it does).
Routing - The board has 2 signal paths. The bottom is as follows- Guitar to tuner, tuner to Wampler Triumph, Triumph to SD-1. SD-1 to Plumes, Plumes to Walrus EB-10, EB-10 to the front of amp input.
The second row is for the effects. Amp effects loop to Behringer tremolo, Behringer tremolo to Boss chorus, Boss chorus to Digidelay, Digidelay to Boss DD-3, DD-3 to Tri-Reverb (Biyaang?), Reverb to the amp effects loop.
The pedals and their use.
The Tuner - Boss TU-2, should be obvious. Matt does use it to kill the signal as well as for tuning.
Overdrive 1 - Wampler Triumph. This is the newest OD on the board and it is amazing. It is set to be a very mild OD and is also stacked with other OD's to beef them up a bit. It's the country twang pedal.
Boss SD-1 - Everyone knows this pedal. It's simply awesome. It's for a mild, yet "lo-fi" sound. It's the most used OD on the board and has a wonderful tone. Again, the Triumph can be used to beef it up a bit.
Earthquaker Devices The Plumes - It's a tube screamer but better. It has a great range and is used as the "aggressive" OD, although it is still very crisp and clear. Stacked with either of the other 2 OD's on the board, and it has amazing range and a ton of uses.
Walrus Audio EB-10 - This is another pedal with a ton of uses. Is it a boost? Is it an EQ? Yes and yes. Matt uses it mostly to add some mid-range boost for solos and when switching to a quieter pickup. It's a crazy fun pedal and it looks super cool on a dark stage. You can read a book to it it's so bright.
Behringer Tremolo - The $19 wonder. Matt doesn't use a ton of tremolo so this was a cheap option and it works fantastic.
Boss Chorus - Another pedal that doesn't get a ton of use but is fun to use strategically on solos and a few "chordy intros".
Digitech Digidelay - This one emergency replaced a dead Boss DD-6 right before a show and it earned it's keep. It's a pretty bold delay pattern which is why its labeled "SOLO". Its used in, well, a few solos and some arpeggiated parts of songs. It's about 75 pounds also.
Boss DD-3 - This one outlasted the much newer DD-6 and is still chugging away. It's a very mild delay setting for more of a country slap-back.
Biyaang Tri-Reverb - Another amazing bargain pedal. It's been going strong for 4 years and is always on for every song, every set, every practice. We love reverb. It's not "surf band" setting but it's pretty well pronounced.
That's it. Overall, it's a great bargain board used by a band that gigs quite a bit. Enjoy.
Vocalist/Guitarist, The Fast 86'ers
About a million years ago, I used to run a blog called EffectsBay. On that blog, the most popular feature I would run was Pedal Line Friday. This is where readers of the site would send pics of their pedalboard and a short (sometimes long) write-up of routing and thoughts about specific pedals and the reasoning why they liked it, etc. Readers. loved this. It was a great way to learn about new applications or techniques regarding pedals. It also brought a little inspiration and knowledge about pedals you were not familiar with. It also brought a great sense of community - people like sharing and absorbing cool things, right? It was a super popular feature, and I loved putting them together.
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