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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Jason McClain's Pedalboard

Here's another reader submitted pedalboard. If you would like to submit a picture and description of your pedalboard please send the vitals to "tonefreq(at)". You can even send us a YouTube link! Great stuff Jason! Thanks for sharing! - Aljon


I'm a big fan of your blog. I primarily play drums in a local band called The Slow and Steady Winner, but I also play a little guitar in the band as well as do some solo guitar work mostly in my home studio - Lost Anchors Recording.

Here is my main recording board: on a Pedaltrain PT-1 Ernie Ball Volume Pedal > Boss TU-2 tuner > Barber Tone Press compressor > Z. Vex Box of Rock distortion > Keeley-modded Boss TR-2 tremolo > Deltalab Stereo Chorus > Arion SAD-3 Stereo Delay > MXR Carbon Copy. This is the board I use when recording with my Bogner Metropolis 2x12" combo.

For gigs with The Slow and Steady Winner I play through a silverface Fender Bassman 70 head with a 1x12" cab with a Pedaltrain Jr. board: Boss TU-2 tuner > Z. Vex Super Duper 2-in-1 boost > Fulltone OCD distortion > Arion SAD-3 Stereo Delay > MXR Carbon Copy delay > Electro-Harmonix Holier Grail. Sometimes I add in an Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff after the OCD depending on the set. Check us out at and become a fan on Facebook too.

The main differences between the studio board and the gig board, besides size, are the distortions and reverb. The Bogner really responds better to the more vintage sound of the Box of Rock while the Bassman likes the brighter tone of the OCD. The Bassman lacks onboard reverb so the Holier Grail takes care of that on gigs where reverb is a big part of my guitar tone. My favorite pedal overall is the Arion delay. It's not even really a delay as much as just a spacey ambient background effect. It's by far the cheapest pedal in my collection but it's so unique and fun.

Jason McClain

Twitter @aljonrocks

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