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The Worst Pedal Platform Guitar Amps? That Pedal Show

Published on Dec 21, 2018

Okay, for everyone I send here from the comments section, this explanation is for you…
Dan and I DID NOT select these amps as ‘the worst pedal platforms’. You did. And here's how that went down…
A few weeks back we were asked a question about ‘bad pedal platform amps.’ We said – as we always do – that there really are no bad ones, it’s more a question of what you want to achieve and whether your amp choice is appropriate for you, or indeed not.
We carried on to say that we thought we could make pretty much any amp sound good with pedals and asked the audience to suggest the worst pedal platform amps, in their opinion.
Among the many, many suggestions the absolute stand-out, clear ‘winner’ was – by a country light year – the Peavey 6505. We were surprised! Somewhere in the far distance was the Roland JC120. However, given that isn’t a real game and we can change the rules however we liked, we chose the JC40 instead. It’s more common, more affordable and I really wanted Dan to hear one.
So, we plug in, try some pedals and hopefully offer some useful suggestions along the way. As we find out… they both cope admirably with pedals!

Also: What’s that new white PRS?
Mick says: The Silver Sky has gone to pastures new and PRS Guitars Europe kindly offered to loan us something else to use on the show. I said what we needed was a relatively simple, mahogany body guitar with humbuckers, as we don’t currently have such a beast. Welcome the S2 Singlecut Standard – link below.”

Please enjoy the episode…

Pedals in this episode…

TheGigRig Three2One

Sonic Research ST-300 Turbo Tuner Mini

• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Kingsley Page Tube Boost V2

• Keeley Filaments High Gain Distortion
UK & Europe:

• Boss CE-2w Chorus
UK & Europe:

• Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe CB-3
UK & Europe:

• Walrus Audio Monument Tremolo
UK & Europe:

• Neunaber Immerse Reverb
UK & Europe:

TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Intro playing: 0:00
- Well, you asked for this: 1:10
- Today’s amps: 2:05
- Alan’s 6505: 2:40
- ASOs? 3:27
- Roland JC40: 4:10
- JC40 settings for today: 4:50
- Oooh, a new dB meter: 5:15
- JC40 bright switch: 5:55
- JC’s chorus sound. Woooo: 6:48
- JC built in overdrive: 7:45
- D&M Drive into JC40: 8:40
- Kingsley Page Tube Boost: 11:20
- …plus D&M Drive: 13:18
- Keeley Filaments into JC40: 15:57
- …and some ambience: 19:15
- Peavey 6505: 23:50
- 6505’s three channels: 24:05
- D&M Drive & 6505: 26:25
- Kingsley Page Tube Boost: 27:10
- Keeley Filaments: 28:28
- Belle Epoch Deluxe: 28:51
- What would Mick do? 30:20
- Gain pedal into a gainy amp: 32:00
- Using the clean channel for solos: 34:20
- Is that a new tuner? 35:45
- 6505 and Dan’s Les Paul: 36:25
- Volume jumps ad dynamics: 39:10
- 6506 Strat, Kingsley Page Boost: 41:10
- Are these ‘bad’ pedal platform amps then? 45:20

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster – Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – Dan’s video at
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – watch Dan’s video at
• PRS S2 Singlecut Standard –
• PRS DGT Model – watch Mick’s video at

Amps in this episode
• Roland JC40
UK & Europe:

• Peavey 6505 into Marshall 1960AX 4x12 with Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
(no longer made)

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