marshall shredmaster

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Finally got all my pedals together in one room! This makes my preference for stuff from the 80s and 90s painfully clear.

Dirt:
Ampeg scrambler reissue
NYC reissue big mufff
Sovtek black big muff
Ibanez pds1 programmable distortion
Marshall shredmaster
The Rat - 90s vintage reissue
Rat 2
Ibanez LA METAL
DOD yjm308
MXR d+ early Dunlop reissue
MXR d+ late 70s block logo
Dan Armstrong blue clipper
Ross distortion

Modulation:
MXR stereo tremolo
Moog mf trem
EHX small clone
DOD phasor 490
DOD fx70 stereo flanger

EQ/Comp:
DOD fx40b
MXR six band eq
DOD 280 - early 80s
MXR dynacomp - hand wired custom shop

Delay/Verb:
Digitech PDS1002
Boss dd-2
Ibanez de7
EHX holy grail
DOD FX90 - rehoused
Fairfield Circuitry Meet Maude
EHX 16 second digital delay reissue

And then there’s all my builds…
Superfuzz clone
WEM pep box clone
Bluesbreaker inspired OD
“Normal distortion” high gain distortion prototype
Ibanez cyberdrive clone
A distortion pedal
IC big muff inspired distortion
A fuzz pedal
Scrambler inspired fuzz
Cornish inspired big muff
Another fuzz pedal
Another distortion pedal
Yet another fuzz pedal
Dual loop switcher
Expression pedal preset switch

Ok that’s it.

anonymous asked:

Why does Jonny switch his Volume Pedals from high to low impedance even though they remain after buffered pedals? Shouldn’t the low impedance be best in this scenario?

Hello! It’s probably just because he doesn’t care. Jonny purchased his main FV-300H, which he used from late-1995 until 2011, after his original BOSS FV-100 was stolen in October 1995. Given his general attitude, I wouldn’t be surprised if he got an FV-300H rather than an FV-300L by chance. Perhaps whichever guitar store he ran to after the gear theft had an FV-300H in stock, and it served Jonny’s purposes. You couldn’t just buy an exact replacement on eBay back then, especially if you’re in the middle of a tour.

A photo of Jonny’s pedalboard in the early 90′s, showing his original BOSS FV-100 Volume Pedal. The white pedal next to the FV-100 is the Marshall Shredmaster clone which Plank built for him, and which he used from 1993 until it broke in 1994 or 1995.

From a technical point-of-view, low-impedance volume pedals are better suited to where Jonny places them in his signal path, but placing a high-impedance volume in the same spot doesn’t make very much of a difference. Low-impedance volume pedals exhibit the optimal sweep and tone when placed after a buffer. The sweep of a high-impedance volume pedal is altered by placing it after a buffer, but it has no effect on the guitar’s tone and still works perfectly fine. By contrast, placing a low-impedance directly after a guitar’s output will cause some significant loss in treble frequencies and signal strength.

Given that Jonny used a high-impedance volume pedal after buffered effects for decades, he may have become accustomed to its more abrupt sweep. He may even have he tried both an FV-300H and an FV-300L back in 1995 and at the time preferred the sweep of the high-impedance model when placed after his Shredmaster. However, Jonny has mixed low and high impedance volume pedals since 2009, so in all likelihood he just doesn’t care about the difference in sweep between the two impedances. If he has any feelings about the differences between volume pedals, it may have to do more with the physical feel of the pedals than with their internal electronics.

A photo of Jonny’s pedalboard at the band’s Austin City Limits taping in 2012. That was the only year that Jonny’s guitar pedalboard featured two volume pedals: the second was added to the end of his clean signal path exclusively in order to perform the song Feral (changes to Jonny’s guitar part have since made the pedal unnecessary). The board features two high-impedance volume pedal: a standard Ernie Ball VP JR. (250K) and BOSS FV-300H. Earlier in 2012, Jonny used the low-impedance FV-500L in place of the FV-300H, but for this performance the FV-500L was paired with one of his keyboards. Jonny had also used the FV-500L in place of the Ernie Ball in 2009.

Pedals.

  

A friend of mine said to me today that I use too many pedals, I found it strange that he said this in the form of criticism. I do own, and have owned quite a few pedals in my time as a guitarist, but I don’t use them as cover for lack of creativity. I use them so I can fully realise the ideas and sounds that come into my head every now and then. And to be fair, in recent times (say the last three months or so) my pedal board has shrunk from 9 or 10 pedals to being a tuner pedal, a distortion, an EQ and a delay. I am not even going for the less is more approach, this is just what I happen to find the most useful at this moment in time. 

Current favourite thing:
Single slapback delay before something really dirty like the shredmaster. Bends, trem bar, and the like sound crazy and dissonant with the dirt mashing the delays in with the dry signal. The true bypassed fx90 actually adds a decent mid range boost to the dry signal that sounds great before some dirt too.

In other news I’m really loving the shredmaster again especially with humbuckers.