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New Year, New Pedalboard? [Mick Goes Back To ‘Basics’]

Published 12 Jan 2024

Goodbye option paralysis, hello whole new can of worms

Welcome to the show – Mick here, hello! The top line of this show is me wanting to put together a more simple pedalboard, after years of relative complexity. We explain the reason for doing that in the intro section, but what then unfolds is a kind of pinball machine of thoughts and issues. For which I should apologise…
Having watched the show back prior to upload, it dawned on me that the sketchy general narrative and incessant technical terminology will be annoying and alienating to anyone who doesn’t know me and Dan very well. But… It is what it is, and it happened as it happened so this is undoubtedly a show for the TPS faithful.
In any case… I will do a mercifully short follow-up show in the next week or two to explain what happened next, and show the final choices along with a signal path diagram and all that. Watching the show back has cemented a few choices.
I also want to say that listening back, many of the tones in this show just had waaaaay too much gain and flub. It sounded massive and exciting in the room, but in hindsight the loss of articulation, definition and harmonic interest is pretty much the exact opposite of what I’m actually going for… especially with the new/old ES-345 which feels somewhat desecrated by all that mess. It really deserves better, and again, that helps cement a few choices.

Aaaaand, we also had a serious earth problem, hence all the buzz. We’re trying to track that down, but it does rather highlight the issues arising from just chucking a few pedals on a board with no switcher and expecting it all to play nice at 105dB! Not today old friend.

So with apologies for all the apologies, I’ll say a big thank you for sticking with it, and also to Dan for indulging me. Sometimes doing shows with no preparation ends up in an interesting journey with fun discoveries. Today it was a bit of a mess. Such is life, and we move on.

One final thank you. To Thorpy, Dan Coggins and Rob Francis for all being involved in me being able to acquire this AMAZING 1965 Gibson ES-345. Holy mama.

‘Enjoy’ the episode if you dare!

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Pedals & stuff in this show
• Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer, Keeley Mod+ - no longer made

• Kingsley Page Tube Boost

• BK Butler Tube Driver

• TheGigRig QMX4

• Kinglsey Juggler V3

• Jam Pedals Harmonious Monk MkII
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• Universal Audio Golden Reverberator
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• Universal Audio Evermore
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• JAM Delay Llama Xtreme
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• Caroline Guitar Company Megabyte
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• Source Audio Nemesis ADT
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Interesting bits & go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
2:00 Welcome and what is that scar?
3:20 That’s not basic
3:55 Why are we doing this?
6:30 The base requirement
7:40 Why the extra board?
8:15 Kingsley Juggler V3, Strat
8:15 Kingsley Juggler V3, Les Paul
13:09 Wet effects in one amp…
17:00 …and now wet/dry
19:05 Kingsley Page
22:30 Page and TS808 compared
24:45 Page and TS808 into more gain
24:50 Arrgghhh, hum
27:54 BK Butler Tube Driver
29:44 Why is the QMX4 there?
30:45 Tone suck, buffers and all that
34:00 Why no switcher?
34:40 Some gains with humbuckers
40:45 Why not have them all?
42:33 Moving on to delays, gain recap!
45:20 UA Evermore Reverb
47:30 Delay comparison
51:25 And the new ES-345!
56:15 Back to delays
58:44 A bit more playing
1:00:28 Dan plays Mick's ES-345
1:04:00 Closing thoughts

Guitars in today’s show
• 1961 Fender Stratocaster - Mick’s video here:
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard - Dan’s video here:
• Gibson Custom True Historic ’57 Les Paul Goldtop. Murphy Aged - no video yet
• 1965 Gibson ES-345 Stereo - no video yet

Amps in today’s show
• Two Rock Classic Reverb Signature 100/50 & 112 cab with EVM12L
• Two Rock TS1 50 watt 1x12 combo with TR1265B speaker

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