Effects Pedals & Stomp Boxes

 

 

 

1966 and the first of the fuzz boxes...

 

 

BOSS TONE FUZZ

This was my first fuzz box ever...

They were selling this at my music school for $10.00...I begged my mother for the money to get it. I brought it home and played with it for a few days and she made me take it back because it made too much noise.

 

 

I think I read that these were originally used by pedal steel players. (?)

 

 

 

 

Some 70's Stomp Boxes...

 

 

MOSRITE FUZZRITE

My friend Jimi Carmody (note spelling)

loaned me one of these for a while.

It was a great sounding fuzz.

His version had the original "hat"

knobs like on the Mosrite guitars.

 

 

S.HAWK LTD. BOOSTER/DIST.

I don't remember where I got this but, it was an AMAZING sounding booster/distortion and it was a huge part of my sound at the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTRO HARMONIX

LPB-1 POWER BOOSTER &

SCREAMING TREE TREBLE BOOSTER

I had a few of these...

Not much to be said about them except, they were loud and trebly.

(not that there's anything wrong with that)

 

 

 

 

 

ELECTRO HARMONIX

SMALL STONE PHASE SHIFTERS

One each of the older and newer design pedals.

They were quite essential in the mid 70's for playing Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower tunes.

I went through quite a few of these. I can remember kicking them around onstage to get them to work.

I recently got a mint condition one on eBay for about $140.00.

The guy still had the $39.95 Sam Ash receipt from 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

DUNLOP GCB-95 CRY BABY WAH

A pair of colorful Cry Babies...the blue one on the right is an older version...

I'm not sure if this is one of my original pedals from the 70's (I went through so many of them) but,

I stripped the black finish off and gave it the metallic blue paintjob myself.

My good friend and great guitarist/singer Max Lamboy, has done a lot of recent mods to it.

The purple pedal on the left is a much later version from some limited run.

 

 

 

 

Into the 80's.....

 

 

1980's BOSS CE-2 CHORUS

I used this in the early 80's. It was great for

sounding like Andy Summers from"The Police".

I also used it a lot recording and performing

live with The Gary Shann Band.

 

ARION HU-8500 STAGE TUNER

Digital Electronic Tuning in a small stomp box.

What a great concept. I was already practically

tone deaf from the loud 70's amp stacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOLTZ RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ROCKMAN X100

Invented by Tom Scholtz, guitarist of Boston.

It wouldn't have been the 80's without this little gadget. Right alongside the popular Sony Walkman

and other popular portable devices with headsets, was the Rockman portable amp simulator.

It had several amp settings from clean to distorted, as well as built-in delay and chorus.

You could play your guitar through it while listening in headphones or plug it into an amp.

It was also great for recording plugged directly into a mixing board.

I met Tom Scholtz in the summer of 2008.

The Alan Parsons Live Project was playing a festival in Houston, Texas

along with Rick Derringer's band, Night Ranger, Styx and Boston.

I told Tom that I had recorded all my demos in the 80's with the Rockman.

He said, "Really, so did I !"

 

 

 

 

 

DUNLOP FUZZ FACE & VOX  WAH

I got both these pedals in some kind of a trade in 1985...

I messed around with them for a bit and then sold them.

 

 

 

 

 

BOSS TU-12 Chromatic Tuner

I've had this thing since the 80's...it just goes and goes.

 

 

 

 

 

Eventide GTR 4000 Ultra Harmonizer

Guitar Multi Effects Processor

Quite a piece of technology...I had met Gerry Griffin and Scott Gilfix who worked for

Eventide at a NAMM convention in the late 90's. I was recording and touring with

John Entwistle at the time. They gave me one of these incredible units to use and

it became a major part of the sound in my rig. I also used some of the great delay

effects in it on my instrumental guitar CD.

(specifically, the end of "Long, Misty Bridge"...the track that's playing on my home page right now.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOSS

DD-3 DIGITAL DELAY, CE-5 CHORUS, TU-2 TUNER

BOSS BCB-30 CASE & PSA-120T AC ADAPTOR

I got these from my good buddy Bob Duncan at Roland. I was looking for a lightweight

pedalboard rig that I could take with me when traveling. The convenience of the Line 6 amps

is having all those effects as well as wah pedal and tuner built in to the setup.

Believe it or not, there are some places on earth where they've never heard of Line 6.

Anyway, this rig only worked well if the amp I was provided with had an effects loop.

 

 

 

 

My first attempt at putting a rack system together...

 

 

In descending order...

Samson PowerBrite Pro 15 Power Conditioner

nice unit...given to me by my buddy Fred Giovanelli out at Samson/Hartke

Korg Toneworks DTR-1 Digital Tuner

...remnants of the old Entwistle rig...great tuner

Sansamp PSA-1 Preamp

...given to me by my buddy Lloyd Schwartz at Tech 21...I used this to record my ENTIRE CD.

Alesis Quadraverb Effects Processor

...I've had this effects processor since 1989...also used on my CD.

Marshall EL-34 100/100 Stereo Power Amp

...this thing sounded AMAZING, especially combined with the Sansamp Preamp

...too bad it weighs 80 lbs.

 

 

 

Leila Vintage Electronics.....

 

 

SweetMuff

 

OctaviFuzz

 

SuperLowBoy

 

These three pedals were custom made by a guy named Morgan Hargrave. I happened to be looking for a vintage EH Big Muff fuzz on eBay when I accidentally came across a muff "clone" pedal called the "SweetMuff" that was being auctioned off for a benefit for a guy named Bob Sweet. (founder of Sweet Sound Electronics, and creator of the most popular univibe clones) Apparently, he had been diagnosed with cancer, and since he had no medical insurance, a lot of clone pedal makers were donating their talents, materials and products. I won the auction and eventually developed a relationship with Morgan. I later invited him and his wife to an Alan Parsons show I was doing in Reno. He brought me another fuzz pedal called the "SuperLowBoy" (which I used all that summer with Jack Bruce). At my request he later built me a "killer" octave fuzz called the "OctaviFuzz". Check out more of Morgan's pedals at Leila Vintage Electronics

 

Sadly, I just discovered that Bob Sweet passed away on Oct. 24th, 2008. His wife and brother are keeping

the business open and you can check out their great boutique pedals at Sweet Sound Electronics

 

 

 

 

2009...still experimenting...

 

My Pedaltrain Pedalboard...

...a work in progress.

 

 

Some of the stompbox effects that have been on (and off and on) my pedalboard...

 

 

Vintage 70's

Electro Harmonix

Electric Mistress Flanger

 

 

 

 

Vintage 70's

Electro Harmonix

Small Stone Phase Shifter

 

 

 

 

Pro Co Sound Rat

Distortion

...with the original

LM308 IC Chip

 

 

 

 

B.K. Chandler

Real Tube Overdrive

 

 

BBE Soul Vibe

Rotary Speaker Emulator

(uni-vibe type effect)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samson AP1 Airline Guitar Wireless System

I also got this from Fred Giovanelli at Samson/Hartke

 

 

 

 

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus

One of the major drags about putting together

a pedal board is the hassle of having to take each pedal

back off when batteries need changing. Most

folks agree that some pedals sound better with

a slightly dead 9 volt. This power supply allows

you to adjust the voltage for 2 of your pedals.

 

 

Pedaltrain PT-2

The Pedaltrain pedal board comes with

mounting brackets for easily attaching the

power supply underneath. They make

several size pedal boards available with

either soft or hard cases.

To check them out, go here...

www.pedaltrain.com

 

 

 

 

 

Fishman PRO-EQ Platinum

Instrument Preamp/EQ/D.I.

 

 

 

 

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