I know what it is to swap one pedal for another in the search for the holy grail!
Dozens of overdrives, delays, compressors, modulation effects… And the search for the holy Grail gold Klon Centaur… you know where this path leads… To more pedals!
Honestly, I like the search. I enjoy looking for new things, made by new developers. Lovepedal is one of those great companies that is consistently turning out brand-new ideas, or takes on old concepts. No, this is not a blog post to glorify Lovepedal.
More than anything, I want you to understand a couple of simple concepts next time you want to swap a pedal.
Swapping pedals always costs. Whether it be your money, energy, or time, this exercise will help you to find a tone which brings you closer to the sounds in your head.
It may not cost you money, but it will cost you time. Precious time, away from family and friends in the pursuit of tone.
A simple tube screamer will get you far. A rat pedal plus the tube screamer usually covers the amount of overdrive a person will need.
Yes there are delay pedals that will suck tone and are not exactly trans parent. There are buffers and true bypass, and switchers.
If you are looking for something to invest your life in, I doubt that it is in the pursuit of perfect perfect tone. Your heart is surging after something else something deeper something of greater importance than a box that is 2″ x 5″.
Find four pedals, put them together, and make music. If it is about the gear, I do understand that, but it is costing you. It always costs you.
Swap and Borrow
Do not be afraid to borrow pedals from a friend, or use Pedal Genie in order to gain access to a wide array of pedals to swap.
Find something in what you might already have, and make music. It can seem just that easy, yet the truth is that you need to actually switch some things out physically from your board in order to create a different vibe entirely form what you had before.
Every pedal on the face of the earth whether it was made with capitalistic intentions or honorable intentions was intended to make music.
Fire your rig up today, and do yourself some good. Make music, swap pedals less, and spend time with your family and friends.
Further Up, Further In – instead of the Swap
Possibly, your pedals contain internal trim knobs and switches which alter the sonic characteristics of your gear that you already have! Plenty of pedals have electronics which are tweak-able on the inside of the chassis. Get out a screwdriver and take a look. You never know what you might find. Possibly even a note from the maker of the pedal or amp might be there as Lovepedal, THD, JHS and other companies usually do. Check the circuit board as well for a secret message!