Guitar Pedals: My Unfulfilled Dream

I have a secret obsession with guitar effect pedals. Every time I see a post about pedals I start to salivate like a St. Bernard in a steakhouse. I’ve been playing guitar for 17 years and have always dreamed of stomping on a cluttered box full of boutique effects. For whatever reason I’ve never even bought a single pedal!

Something tells me all the trendy worship guys use stomp boxes on stage. I can’t say that doesn’t make just a little bit envious.

If I could put together a board tomorrow I’d stick these pedals in first:

It will probably be a long time before I have enough cash (and don’t have other priorities) to buy some cool effects pedals. But in the meantime I can always dream and put up a post for watercooler Wednesday.

Have you ever dreamed about something but never fullfilled that dream?

13 Responses to “Guitar Pedals: My Unfulfilled Dream”

  1. 1 blogsology August 13, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Dude, I have a full-blown guitar pedal addiction! So I feel compelled to let you know:

    For the same cash ($250), the TC Electronics Nova Delay is better than the Line 6 DL4 or the BOSS DD-20 (I’ve owned them both).

    The Fulltone OCD, Keeley or Analogman modded TS9, or Blackstone Appliances MOSFET Drive are all better drive pedals than the J&K (I’ve owned that one as well!). Check out to start getting into boutique territory…

    Instead of the Sonic Maximizer, dream of a Keeley Compressor – they are unbelievable!

    You can check out the sad evidence of my addiction, here:

  2. 2 Mike Mahoney August 13, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Dude, I get major G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) whenever I hear about a cool pedal. But the cash is better spent in many other places, so I stick with my Behringer multi an leave it at that.

    Though I could really use a good overdrive. And a sustain. And a good acoustic modeler. A chorus would be nice, but then I need a delay….

  3. 3 Billy Chia August 13, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for feeding the daydream 🙂 Your set up looks sweet! Now I’m dreaming about The Blackstone MOSFET and Keeley Compressor.

    With all the posh gear do you ever use the Vox Tonelab?

    Right on, I just can’t justify the cost vs. results of using stompboxes vs a multieffects.

  4. 4 Audra Krell August 13, 2008 at 11:25 am

    My fifteen year old son has been playing guitar since he was 9. He carries his pedals around like a pet sometimes, when he’s not playing. It’s such a cool gift for people to get him, a few members of our family will go in together and get him a screamin birthday present.
    Throw one up on an Amazon wish list, maybe you’ll be flooded with gifts!

  5. 5 worship1 August 13, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Nice list of goodies, Billy, if I may pic your brain though…

    I use the Line 6Dl4 and love it. Can you tell us why you would have both the line 6DL4 and the Boss RC-20 loop station on the same board since the Line 6 has a loop sampler? Just curious.

  6. 6 Billy Chia August 13, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    It seems to me that if you are serious about looping that you would want a dedicated delay pedal. If the same pedal is powering the loop and delay effects I don’t see there being as much control. Plus I would of course take advantage of the RC-20’s advanced looping capabilities that are not available on DL4. This of course coming from a guy who’s never used either in his life 🙂

  7. 7 Karl August 13, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    hehe It’s a dangerous and wonderful road…once you buy the the first pedal, it’s all over. If my offer my advice, it would be………….do it!! Pedals complete life.

  8. 8 Randy Elrod August 13, 2008 at 5:40 pm


    If you love guitars, effects and toys then you will LOVE this video of Josh Wilson, one of our guests at cre:ate ’09. It is AMAZING!!!!
    Check it out here:

    Thanks for joining us around the watercooler.


  9. 9 worship1 August 13, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    thanx Billy for the explanation… that works for me. 🙂

  10. 10 Billy Chia August 13, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    I’m a big fan of Josh Wilson. I did a post awhile back about his mad footpedalin’ skillz:

  11. 11 Chris Stout August 13, 2008 at 11:59 pm


    I just want to let you know, we call Karl’s Pedal board the “Space Ship…” It only gets bigger and bigger! 🙂

  12. 12 blogsology August 14, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Hey Billy – I’m a bit ashamed of my pedal collection – I definitely have “a problem”!

    The Tonelab SE is something I picked up for our church’s other electric guitarists to use. There’s tons of room to save setting, so each guitarist can take a couple of banks and just recall their setting shwen it’s their turn to play. I upgraded the tube in the Tonelab to a 12AU7 from Eurotubes and it definitely helped the tone. I actually traded a Line 6 Pod XT Live for the Tonelab SE and I definitely like the Tonelab more. The Line 6 has tons more settings and functionality but the Tonelab sounds way more like a real tube amp. All my guys really need are clean/dirty channels, a boost (using the compressor setting), delay, and some type of modulation effect (e.g. a phaser). The Tonelab does all this in a clean, simple way. It also has a much easier-to-see tuner (you have to bend down to see the Line 6’s) and is easier to use as a pedla, when you’re playing.

    Happy pedal hunting!

  13. 13 Billy Chia August 14, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Killer idea to have a back up pedal for your other guitar players. That seems like it would help with consistency a lot – one player programs a delay effect for a certain song, but others guitarists can leverage the work that was put in and use the same setting.

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