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That Pedal Show – Matt Schofield New Pedalboard Build

Published on Aug 8, 2017

In this video, Dan has a couple of hours to put a new pedalboard together for our good friend Matt Schofield… then deliver it to soundcheck ready for the gig that same night.

The aim of this build was to keep Matt's pedals the same as on his previous board, but improve on the signal clarity and switching convenience. Same pedals, but a completely different experience? Let's see…

The slightly longer story…
Matt joined us on That Pedal Show for an episode that aired 13 July 2017 and you can watch that here:
During the filming for that video, he floored us with his incredible tone and playing: big volume, amazing dynamics and astonishing feel. However… Matt’s board had definitely seen better days, suffering some fairly major buzz and hum issues and no doubt robbing him of some tone and signal. What’s a pedalboard builder to do?

Dan offered to improve things for Matt, so we convened at HQ one Saturday lunchtime and started work on a new board. By 4:30pm we were at the venue in Bristol ready to go.
Matt had decided that a full-on G2-based rig was more than he needed, given that he only uses a small number of pedals and rarely uses combinations of anything other than one delay and one overdrive. However, given the tone/signal loss he was currently experiencing, there was clearly a need for some independent true-bypass loop switching. QuarterMaster QMX was obviously the way to go.

You can see the whole build process in the video, and we’re pleased to say that since Matt returned back to the US, Dan has had a couple of lovely messages saying how much things have improved; more fidelity, dynamics and – yes – more tone making it to the amp!


Pedals in this episode…
•TheGigRig QuarterMaster QMX4 & QMX2

• Sonic Research ST-200 Tuner

• Free The Tone MS SOV Matt Schofield Overdrive (Ltd edition now discontinued)
(alternative) Free The Tone Custom Series SOV-2 Overdrive
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• Mad Professor Royal Blue Overdrive
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• Vemuram Shanks 4K
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• Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay
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• Henretta Crimson Tremolo

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Amps in this episode:
Two-Rock Matt Schofield Signature (although it’s not switched on)
1964 Fender Super Reverb

Guitars in this episode
• SVL 61

- Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro and what we’re doing today: 00:00
- What board are we using? 01:17
- Basic board layout: 02:49
- Using velcro and pedalboard tape: 03:35
- Attaching power to the bottom of the board: 04:26
- What about EMF and noise from power supplies? 06:20
- Power supply requirements for this board: 09:26
- Connecting a Distributor to an Isolator: 10:35
- Handy standoffs for cable ties: 11:47
- Patch cables: 12:34
- Planning the jack leads: 14:59
- The MIKU Test! 15:38
- Arrival at the gig: 16:55
- Swapping the pedals to the new board: 17:15
- Connecting the final bits of power: 18:07
- Labels: 19:18
- “That’s bloody tidy mate!” 19:38
- Showing Matt how it works: 20:25
- A few sound clips of Matt testing at soundcheck (sorry we only had a couple of minutes!) 22:13
- Matt’s post-soundcheck thoughts. “Staggeringly different!”: 23:50

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