In all the ‘year of gear’ posts, I don’t really think I’ve discussed what has worked and what hasn’t.  I figured it might be a good time to go over what’s working for me for my guitar playing, and what hasn’t…

First up, pedals…

Things I can’t live without now:

One of the best pedals I’ve picked up lately is the Wampler Ego Compressor.  This is an awesome compressor that is very quiet, and has some great features.  One of the best features is the parallel compression dial.  This allows the original signal to go through unaffected and to be mixed in with the compressed signal.  This allows the pick attack to still come through while the rest of the signal is compressed.

Second ‘can’t live without’ pedal is the ISP Decimator II G String. This is a great noise gate pedal that has a very unique feature.  The pedal has two inputs and outputs so that you can run the pedal in two places in your signal chain.  I have the noise gate first in my effect chain, right after the guitar, and also as the first thing in my effects loop on the amp.  This setup eliminates almost all noise when I’m not playing.

Finally, my TC Electronic pedals.  The main one is the ‘can’t live without’, which is the PolyTune 2 pedal.  This is an amazing tuner that I’ve never had any issue with.  I *might* switch it up for the new PolyTune 2 mini pedal, if all the features are there :).  I also use the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, the Transition Delay, and the Gravy Chorus.  Great pedals that are easy to dial in and get a good studio sound.

More to come!


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