£500 Guitar Pedalboard Challenge: Dan Vs Mick

Published 25 Jun 2021

You have £500 or $500 to spend on a pedalboard. What do you choose?

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Welcome to the show! Way back in the mists of time (June 2017 in fact) we did a £350 pedalboard challenge show. We got loads of requests asking us to up the budget a bit, so a mere four years later, here it is. Ahem…
Truth be told, Dan and I prefer living with our heads entirely in the sand / up our own backsides and we gave up worrying about gear budget many moons ago, along with hopes of wealth, a safe and secure life or any sort of quality retirement.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, most people are a little more considered, and do put life before gear and therefore have to think about budget. Yawn. With that in mind, just what kind of serious board can you put together for £500? A pretty gosh-darned good one as it goes…

Please enjoy the episode!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

Dan’s Board
• Dreadbox Komorebi

• J Rockett Touch OD
UK & Europe:

• TC Electronic Spark Mini
UK & Europe:

• Walrus ARP-87
UK & Europe:

• Mooer Trelicopter
UK & Europe:

Mick's Board
• J Rockett HRM
UK & Europe:

• Hudson Broadcast Dual
UK & Europe:

• Tone City Angel Wing
UK & Europe:

• Foxgear Echosex Baby
UK & Europe:

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro stuff
1:33 Rules Of The Challenge
2:42 Amps?
3:27 Mick’s choices
6:00 Mick’s board build
10:17: Dan’s choices & build
14:25: The reveal
15:10 Prices: Scores On The Doors
16:40 Dan’s amp – Tone King
18:45 Mick’s amp – Lone Star
22:25 Reverb!
24:00 Dan’s gain stages Touch & Spark
30:10 Dan’s guitars?
33:27 Mick’s gain stages Broadcast…
39:15 No tuner?
39:58 Mick’s J Rockett HRM
42:22 Mick’s 335
47:25 Dan’s Komorebi flanger
51: 50 Dan’s Mooer tremolo
54:54 Mick’s Tone City Angel Wing
1:01:40 Dan’s Walrus ARP-87 delay
1:05:33 Mick’s delay choice
1:11:05 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
• Karl Longbottom T-Style -
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s vid at:
• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 – Mick’s video at

Amps in this episode
• Mesa Lone Star Classic 112 combo
No longer made

• Tone King Imperial MkII

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