Ditch The Guitar Amp? Direct Options For Your Pedalboard [Iridium, Simplifier, Iconoclast]

Published 19 Nov 2021

You want to keep your pedals but stop using your amp. Here are three solutions to try…

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the show! Yes, regular viewers will know that Dan and I approach direct guitar tones (those that don’t involve a guitar amp and speaker) with some considerable caution. The thought of giving up our beloved amps, speakers (and volume purely) for convenience and practicality is still one that fills us with trepidatious fear and foreboding.
However. This is reality for a lot of people, either by choice or necessity and thusly every once in a while we’ll dip our toes back into the direct water to see if it's any warmer.
This video was prompted by me (Mick here, hello) helping a mate just recently who made the complete direct transition a few years back with an all-in-one modeller, but now wants to return to a traditional analogue pedalboard with an amp and speaker solution on board. So here we are…

Please note. This video is NOT about all the various one-box digital solutions. It’s about augmenting your existing traditional board to go amp-less.
And yes, we know there are other products of this type out there. We don’t own everything in the world, sadly. These are the ones we do.

Enjoy the video!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• TheGigRig Three2One

• Sonic Research ST-200 Turbo Tuner

• Keeley Filaments
UK & Europe:

• Nobels ODR-1
UK & Europe:

• Strymon Volante
UK & Europe:

• MXR 10-Band EQ
UK & Europe:

• Union Tube & Transistor LAB
UK & Europe:

• Strymon Iridium
UK & Europe:

• Neunaber Iconoclast
UK & Europe:

• DSM & Humboldt Simplifier
UK & Europe:

• Rockman by Tom Scholtz X100
No longer made

• TheGigRig G3

• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III 1x12 combo (links for version IV)
UK & Europe:

• ElectroVoice EKX-12P Powered speaker cab

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro & playing
3:33 Why are we doing this?
4:25 Mick's done this recently
6:00 We're not talking about Helix etc
8:35 Guitar direct to FRFR
9:10 Strymon Iridium
11:18 Iridium 'Room' control
11:45 Nobels ODR-1 & Iridium
13:48 Keeley Filaments & Iridium
16:00 Neunaber Iconoclast
19:49 Iconoclast & Filaments
20:30 Hot Rod Deluxe & Filaments
23:00 DSM & Humboldt Simplifier intro
24:40 Simplifier sounds
26:50 More gain from the Simplifier
28:20 This is the actual problem
30:15 Mick plays the Simplifier
34:05 Hot Rod Deluxe again
39:20 EQ pedal & compressor?
46:10 Rockman X100!
49:00 Closing thoughts

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video here:

• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video here:

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