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I recently was inspired to convert an old walkman into a guitar pedal. This modified walkman features a guitar pedal foot switch to trigger the unit on and off. In this video, I’m triggering a handmade tape loop as a backing track and looping improvised guitar parts over it.

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NJS GO URBAN

Frameset - Anchor NJS
Wheelset - RPHG Limited Edition
Stem - Black Alu 80mm
Handlebar - Black Alu Riser
Crank - Suntour Superbe
Chainring - Sugino Zen Black
B.B - Sugino 75
Pedals - MKS Custom Nuevo
Saddle - Selle San Marco Concor
Seatpost - Ergon Carbon
Chain - Izumi Gold
Cog - EAI Steel

assembled in HYPERGRACE Bike Shop

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Here is the video of Dan of theGigRig explaining Ed’s new board, then discussing it with Ed himself. The following is a thorough rundown of the setup.

Pedalboard

  • Pedaltrain Grande

Signal Path

Signal order:

(Note that due to him using a switching unit, the actual position of the pedal’s on Ed’s board does not correspond to their position in his signal chain. They are arranged in the way that they are solely in order to fit them all onto the board.)

Guitar -> theGigRig Cinco Cinco Patchbay -> Fulltone Clyde Wah -> theGigRig G2* -> outputs ½/3
1. (Earth) -> Cinco Cinco Out1 -> Amp 1
2. (Iso) -> Cinco Cinco Out2 -> Amp 2
3. (Dry) -> theGigRig Hum Dinger - Cinco Cinco Out3 -> Amp 3

*theGigRig G2

  • TC Electronic Polytune 2 (tuner out - note the lack of any cables connected to the output)
  1. Dinosaural Opticompressor
  2. Klon Centaur
  3. CSL Super Fuzz
  4. Wampler Euphoria
    (Changed from the Crowther Hotcake after the board was “finished.”)
  5. Digitech Whammy V
  6. Diamond Tremolo (in a custom color)
  7. MXR Flanger + Remote Loopy 2
    (Ed turns off the Flanger to use the other effects, or can use both.)
  • (Volume Insert) Send -> Boss FV500 -> theGigRig Hum Dinger -> Vol Insert Return + Cinco Cinco Output 3

      8. Eventide H9 (likely used mainly as a reverb)
      9. Strymon Timeline (used as a looper and delay)
      10. EHX Deluxe Memory Man
    G2 Output 1 (Mono) -> Cinco Cinco Output 1
    G2 Output 2 -> Cinco Cinco Output 2

The Remote Loopy two is meant to allow Ed to play with new effects without having to pull the board apart. However, the main effects which will likely be used in the loops are the following:

  • Fulltone Tube Tape Echo
  • Korg A2(?)


Switching and Control Units, etc

  • Molten Voltage OZ (controls Strymon Timeline)
  • Molten Voltage Molten MIDI 5 (controls Digitech Whammy WH5)

  • theGigRig G2
  • G2 Bank Up Switch
  • theGigRig Remote Loopy 2

  • theGigRig Cinco Cinco Patchbay


Power Supply

  • theGigRig Modular Power Supply

    -Generator (supplies the power)

    -Distributor (sends power to the two isolators and the other adapters (such as Time Lord))

    -Distributor

    -Isolator (powers most of the pedals)
    
-Isolator
    -9V Virtual Battery (for CSL Super Fuzz)
    -Doubler (for MXR Flanger)
    
-Time Lord (for Strymon Timeline)

    -Time Lord (for Digitech Whammy)

    -ElectroMan (for EHX Deluxe Memory Man)

    -Evenflo (for Eventide H9)

Cables

  • Evidence Audio SIS Solderless Cables (Cut by Dan of theGigRig to custom lengths.)

Pedal Settings
Marked as o'clock times. For example, a setting of 12 would be right in the center (pointing up) of the knob’s sweep, just as the hour hand would be at noon on a clock.

Dinosaural Opticompressor
Gain - 10:30
Presence - 12:30
Input Switch - 0db

Klon Centaur
Gain - 9 OR 1
Treble - 12
Output - 9:30

Crowther Hotcake
Level 1
Presence 1
Drive 1

Wampler Euphoria
Tone - 11
Bass - 8
Volume - 11:30
Gain - 11:45
Voicing - Open

Diamond Tremolo
Speed - 2:45
Depth - 3:15
Vol - 2
Mode - Eighth Note
Waveform - Chop



MXR Flanger
Manual 1
Width 11
Speed 12:30
Regen 5

EHX Deluxe Memory Man
(These are relative to how the knobs work, rather than how they look from the front of the pedal.)
Level 11
Blend 2
Feedback 3
Delay 1:30
Chorus/Vibrato 8:30



The Strymon Timeline and Eventide H9 store settings in banks of presets. As such, the front of the Timeline can not be trusted to show its actual settings.

Other Pedals
Many other effects are visible around the room. Most might have been tested by Ed, but considering the nature of theGigRig that generally cannot be assumed. However, at one point there are a couple of pedals on a box right next to Ed which he likely brought along. Those were a Spaceman Effects WOW Signal and a Spaceman Effects Gemini III. Other effects visible, but which may be owned by Dan or others (they’re on the shelf), include a Boss SD1, an Eventide unit, a Boss Tremolo Pan(?), and a Fulltone Fulldrive 2.

Another board is also visible at one point. It looks to have been the board which originally featured the Whammy V, making This board features Boss TR2, Digitech Synth Wah, an unknown pedal, and two Remote Loopy 2’s.

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