In this first installment of Rigs of AMS, we take a look at our Customer Experience Manager’s current pedalboard. Greg works with most departments at AMS, with most of his being spent running our social media channels and getting the content you see here at The Mix. He has been playing guitar, mandolin, and pedal steel since 1994 and this is his electric guitar pedalboard.
Greg is running a Friedman Tour Pro 1520 pedalboard. It holds just enough pedals to keep the board under control. Anything larger would start to require a second power supply to keep all his pedals powered. It came with a ramp for a wah or volume pedal but he opted out of using it. It is a simple two-row pedalboard that has enough holes to keep his cabling neat and clean. The board is light in weight and comes with a super durable soft bag to carry it.
The Power Supply
When he got the pedalboard, he went for their platinum pack. This included the Friedman Power Grid power supply. He said, “This is the best power supply he has ever used.” The main reasoning behind this bold statement starts with the number of outputs.
You can power 10 pedals from this unit. Compared to what he used in the past, this allows for 2 more pedals to be powered.
The second reason is that each output supplies 300 milliamps. You can power 10 different high milliamp pedals with this one unit, whereas with most other power supplies you can only run two.
His final reason was how it mounted to the pedalboard. He didn’t have to drill holes or use a special bracket. It mounts right to the board using two screws from the supply through the top of the board.
His signal chain starts by plugging into the Friedman Buffer Bay that is mounted to the side of the board. This allows for longer cable runs to the board if needed without any loss of tone.
The next pedal is the D’Addario pedal tuner. He likes how bright, fast, and accurate this tuner is. It is smaller than a standard pedal, making for more room. It mutes the output when tuning since nobody likes to hear people tune.
Next up is Wampler Tumnus Deluxe. He uses this to help push an amp a little bit more. It also is useful for giving a clean tone a larger and rounder sound. It just beefs the tone up in a very good way.
How can you be a fan of Jerry Garcia and not have an envelope filter? Greg uses the Mad Professor Snow White Auto Wah. This is a pretty fantastic pedal since it is really easy to dial in a great tone. Put all the knobs at noon and go. Instant Jerry in a box.
Now it’s time to squash your signal and introduce his compressor. Currently, Greg chooses the MXR Studio Compressor. Since another favorite guitar player of his is Lowell George of Little Feat, you need at least one good compressor to get his tone. Lowell was known for using a pair of 1176 compressors and this MXR is close to 1176 in a box that fits on your pedalboard. Lot’s of control and easy to dial in the right amount quickly using the ratio knob.
Now we are getting to the drive pedals on the board. First on the drive side is the JHS Double Barrel. This is two JHS pedals in one box. The left side of the pedal is the JHS Morning Glory. This is a light drive and if you hook up a remote switch, you can switch between two different gain settings. Greg has this control on the lower level of his board using a Fender amp footswitch. The right side of this pedal is the JHS Moonshine. This side is set at a higher gain level.
Having three different gain settings would be enough for most, but not Greg. His next pedal is another two in one drive pedal. He uses the Wampler Brad Paisley Deluxe Drive. Channel one on this pedal is based on the Wampler Underdog Overdrive pedal. This was a pedal Brian made for a charity project and was never mass produced. Brad has used one in his rig since he first got his. This is a great and very versatile overdrive. It is very responsive and reactive using your volume control on the guitar.
Channel two is based on the Nobels Overdrive and the original Paisley Drive. Both channels are extremely useful and stack well. The side switches help with more tonal options. This pedal likes both types of music, single coil and humbucking.
What would a working pedalboard be without a pedal that makes some sort of spinning or swirling sound? He uses the MXR Phase 95 for two main reasons. First, it has a few variations of a phaser in one box. Second, the amount he uses it, the small size makes it reasonable to keep on his board all the time. It doesn’t take up a bunch of room and is there when you need it.
The Wampler Faux Tape Echo is the delay pedal he relies on. First, he likes delay pedals with tap tempos. It is easier to dial in the right delay speed this way. Next is the fact it is a digital pedal with a ton of options and features but it sounds like an analog tape-style echo. Great pedal that is very versatile.
Finally rounding out his board is the MXR reverb. This is another pedal that isn’t used all the time but it is nice to have when you want it. Tons of reverb types that are easily adjustable. You can go from a simple room or spring verb to a cavernous epic verb. Another smaller box that does all the reverbs you will need.
Wrap it Up
Greg’s board is simple but very effective. It has all the basic effects you might need to get through most gigs. The four channels of gain plus the Tumnus making a fifth option give you almost too many gain options. If you are looking to add a pedal or start a new board, be like Greg and have a simple but flexible pedalboard. Check out the all the things you need to create your next board at AmericanMusical.com