Effects

I’ve always had a philosophy that there should be as little distractions as possible when playing guitar. Huge pedal boards looks impressive but in most cases half the pedals are redundant. I’ve tried to keep my boards and setups to a minimum covering just the tones I need.

Bjørn Riis Effects

I started out with a Korg A4, which had some pretty nice tones but the internal memory kept erasing my presets so I eventually replaced it with a Boss GT3. I used the Boss for many years when we did the Floyd tribute thing. It was set up for mostly delays and I had a second board with stompboxes, which I routed through the GT3. When we started to record with Airbag around 2004, I ditched the Boss and settled with stompboxes.

The stage board

Updated May 24th 2015
My current stage board has been somewhat consistent for the past couple of years. It’s very basic, with just the pedals lined up. No multi switchers or elaborate midi systems. For some reason I feel more at ease with this kind of setup. I also do a lot of tweaking during a show so I don’t want things hidden away. The board is custom designed by custompedalboards.co.uk, with a flat mounting surface and a tier for the back row pedals.

One of my biggest influences tone-wise, is Zakk Wylde. I’ve always loved his use of effects going all the way back to those early days with Ozzy. The RotoVibe has always been an important part of his tone and personally I prefer this one over a UniVibe. My signal travel straight from the guitar to the Dunlop RotoVibe and then into a Wylde Wah, which is basically a Cry Baby with a slightly deeper sweep. This makes the filter effect more noticeable when using overdrive or distortion. From here, the signal goes into the pedalboard and a CostaLab Buffer (hidden underneath the tier).

Pedalboard Stage

My current stage board. Click image to zoom.

The next pedal, the Composus by Gollmer, is a compressor that has the warmth and smoothness of the Boss CS2 and the twang of the Dynacomp. I love this one and it’s been on my board for over ten years. Sadly the Swedish company no longer exist.

The next one is a Pig Hoof from Electronic Orange. Like the violet Ram’s Head this one’s got a lot of gain, low-end and a crispy top. I don’t know how many Big Muffs I’ve owned over the years but none of them beats this one. I also got a Pig Hoof MkII that I was lucky enough to help design. It’s tailored for recording sessions, where you don’t want all that gain and low-end.

Next is a Shine Boost from TopTone. This is a clean volume booster, with up to 30dB boost. It also got a switch for engaging a hint of upper mids boost, much like the preamp of the old Echo Plex. I usually keep boosters after all the gain effects, but placing the Shine Boost, with the mids boost engaged, in front of the Tube Driver, adds a bit of gain boost for solos, rather than a volume boost. It’s placed after the Pig Hoof though, which seems to be the magic combo for Big Muffs.

The Tree of Life from Vick Audio is a newcomer on the board. I use this spot to try different overdrive pedals, like the OCD, OD808, BD2 etc. They’re basically a back up for the Tube Driver, for whenever I use an amp that has a bright tone or lack the mids but I also use the Tree of Life (or whatever is placed there) for the occasional heavy riffs.

The Tube Driver is my main overdrive for both rhythms and the bluesy stuff. This one is a 2006 model with a JJ 12AX7 tube in it. My main distortion lead tone is perhaps surprisingly not a Big Muff but a combo of the Tube Driver and the Shine Boost. The idea is to get that JCM800 tone only a little less aggressive and Marshally.

The Electric Mistress is perhaps my all time favourite pedal. It’s been on my board since I bought it new in 1999 and I use it as much as I can both live and on recordings. It adds an incredibly sweet watery feel tone the tones without sounding too much like a flanger.

The board also feature a Strymon Lex Leslie simulator. I rarely use it but it sounds really authentic and sometimes during a jam I will kick it it for some vintage tones.

The signal then travels to an Ernie Ball Jr volume pedal, which has a line out to a TC Electronics PolyTune Mini. From the volume pedal, the signal then travels to the delays.

I have two delays. The Boss DD2 and a Catalinbread Echorec. The DD2 is my main unit while the Echorec is usually used for creating soundscapes and effects although I sometimes blend the two using different time settings. The reason I prefer the DD2 is that it provide those pristine repeats without sounding too bright. I don’t really like having Boss buffers in the chain but this one seems to work well. From the DD2, the signal goes through a second buffer, this one’s from Pure Tone, and out to the amp.

The board is hooked up with Evidence Audio custom length Melody and Monorail patch cables and powered by two TRex Fuel Tanks.

The studio board

Updated May 24th 2015
This isn’t really a studio board for album recording but I keep it in my home studio for practice, demo recording and for trying out new pedals. It’s an ongoing project and I change things around all the time. I’ve tried to cover as much ground as possible but kept the board it self small, which forces me to keep the setup simple.

The board is custom designed by custompedalboards.co.uk, with a flat mounting surface and a fixed tier for the back row pedals. The signal is fed into a CostaLab Buffer for driving the signal through the board. Second is a TC Electronics PolyTune Mini.

Pedalboard Studio

My current studio board. Click image to zoom.

The next pedal is a PC-2A from Effectrode. This tube compressor is based on the classic Teletronix LA-2A studio unit and it’s one of those pedals that you want to leave on all the time regardless of what guitar you’re using. The compression is very smooth so it’s more a tone enhancer than anything else.

I’ve placed the phasers before the dirt pedals. It just sounds more natural to me. The first one is a DryBell Machine Vibe UniVibe clone, which sounds amazingly authentic. The phaser is the MXR ’74 reissue Phase 90. I’ve always loved the way Eddie Van Halen uses his phasers, with that slow rate sweep and I’ve recorded a few solos inspired by his tone, including the title track on Lullabies in a Car Crash.

Next is a Vick Audio ’73 Ram’s Head with Bjorn’s Mods. I really liked the stock version but asked if they could tame the gain a tad and make is slightly brighter.

For those high gain distortion tones I’m using a Evolution from Buffalo FX. It works incredibly well on typical bedroom or practice setups, with the featured mids booster.

The PlexiDrive is a particular favourite and I use it both for clean boost and Tube Driver-ish overdrive.

Next is a Mooer ElecLady flanger. This was a really nice surprise and I honestly think it’s the best sounding Mistress clone out there.

Last one the board are the Flashback delay and Hall of Fame reverb from TC Electronic. The Flashback is either set for the 2290 digital delay or a Tone Print with a slightly modulated tape delay. I’m not a big fan of using reverb on guitars. Delay seems to blend better with the tones. Still, there’s something magical about a classic spring reverb and the Hall of Fame is mainly set for a Tone Print of a classic Fender spring.

The board is hooked up with George L’s patch cables and powered by a TRex Fuel Tank.

Recording sessions

I don’t really care how I get a tone as long as it sounds good for the specific part I’m recording. In many cases I rely on digital processing mainly from using a Line 6 POD X3 that’s fed through an Universal Audio Solo/610 tube pre-amp. Most of the rhythm stuff and the heavier parts on our two last albums and my solo album was recorded with it. Part of the reason I’m recording with the POD is that I always do demos with it and in many cases I end up using the demo recordings on the finished songs. It’s also a much easier way to record heavier overdrives and distortions without having to play too loud and get too much noise.

Most of the lead guitars and some of the rhythms on All Rights Removed was recorded with a Gilmour inspired setup consisting of a split between my Reeves Custom 50 and a Leslie 760 solid state rotary cab. We had it set up in a very small studio and it sounded incredibly big and lush. For both Greatest Show on Earth and Lullabies in a Car Crash, I’ve mostly used a Laney Lionheart L20 and occasionally the Reeves Custom 50.

Studio setup used for Surveillance (part 2) on The Greatest Show on Earth.

Studio setup used for Surveillance (part 2) on The Greatest Show on Earth.

Although I do record leads using Big Muffs my main setup is usually an AnalogMan modified Boss DS1 (with a mids control) with a Boss RT20 mixed very low. I love that combo. It’s inspired by Steven Rothery’s setup and that slight 80s feel although I prefer a bit more top end and a generally more aggressive tone that him.

I rarely use the boards when I record. The setup usually just consists of two or three pedals and I swap things around for the different parts. One of my favourite combos that I’ve used both on The Greatest Show on Earth and Lullabies in a Car Crash is the RotoVibe into the Mistress and an overdrive set for a very mild crunch. It sounds super sweet! I do record with Strats but I prefer either P90s or Les Pauls. It’s just easier to get the tones I want and they sound better too when recording digitally.

Most of the time I mic the cabinet with a Shure SM57. You can always depend on it delivering the tones you need. For the high gain stuff I place it about 10” away from the cab and about the same length to either side of the centre. For overdrives and cleans I place it about 3” from the grille slightly angled pointing towards the centre. It rounds off the highs and adds a nice warmth to the tones. On Greatest Show on Earth I also used a Sennheiser e906 a lot. For cleans I often just use the POD or mic the cabinet with a condenser.

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  1. Debargho Sarkar says:

    Congratulations.Really cool website Bjorn. I like it a lot. My only gripe is that from now on, I’ll have to divide my online time between Gilmourish and this site :)

  2. Keven says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Nice website BTW! My question is what type of T-Rex Fuel Tank do you use? I bought an Effectrode PC-2A (got it yesterday and it is AWESOME), a Bondi Sick As Overdrive and Stephen Douglas Design Scattershot (both Boss-type power supply), etc. My concern is about the Effectrode PC-2A, have you had any problem with the high mA it needs to function? Also is there a way to supply a 18V pedal like the MJM Sixties Vibe (New Limited Edition you need to check BTW), with a converter,etc.

    I find difficult to get a power supply that’ll work with my pedals (Boss-type, Effectrode, 18V pedals, etc.) and I need your help.

    Sorry if it’s not clear, I am a biochemist. Electronics isn’t my domain and will never be ^^

  3. Hi Bjorn, thanks a lot. I really love your sound, and all this information helps me a lot to improve my own sound. I allready ordered a PigHoof, delivery of the pedal not before spring 2015 because they’re busy;)

  4. John Anderson says:

    Hi Bjorn, I’m curious as to why you don’t arrange your pedals in the order of the actual chain of effects? Wouldn’t that save a lot of cabling? Awesome site!!!

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks! Good question… I’ve arranged the pedals based on what feels right. It’s different on the two boards but it suits me better.

  5. Yoel says:

    Been a long time coming, and I’m glad it’s here! As a fellow web/graphic designer, really awesome work; its quite beautiful. :) As a fellow guitarist and musician, I’m loving the gear porn! Thanks a ton Bjorn, and really great job. :)

  6. James says:

    Great website Bjorn…I really appreciate being able to read the nitty gritty of what you are doing with your gear. I’m also fascinated by the fact that you use a POD for a lot of your recording tones!

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks, James! I do use the POD a lot. Don’t see any reason not to when I’m satisfied with the tones. I’ll elaborate on that in a future article :)

  7. Pablolein says:

    Hi Bjorn! I’m really glad to see your own site, I really like to read what you use in your own recordings and live shows. I always follow the guides on Gilmourish and usually get what I’m looking for without spending too much time trying everything out.

    It’s always great to read your reviews, I already love this new page!

  8. Gianluca says:

    Hi, nice to finally have a look at your own gear in detail. I was wondering, a lot o fuzzes and muffs don’t mix well with buffers, is putting the costalab buffer first in the board not affecting your muffs?

    • Bjørn says:

      Don’t have any problems with mixing Muffs and buffers but fuzz pedals don’t like them. Place fuzz pedals first in the chain and as far away from buffers as possible. Ideally there should be no buffers in line with the fuzz. Either exclude them entirely or place the fuzz in a true bypass loop.

  9. Adam Duarte says:

    Hey Bjorn! First of all, congrats on the new website! I’m totally digging the rig rundown section. I’ve wondered about some of your guitars for awhile now, it’s cool to hear the story about where different parts came from, etc.

    My question for you is regarding buffers: I noticed a few months ago you were using the buffers from PureTone Pedals, but in this gear section you’re using CostaLabs. Any reason for the change? Just trying to keep things fresh sounding or was there something distinctly lacking in the PureTone that you found in the CostaLab? Thanks as always for your great reviews and music! :)

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Adam! My studio board feature a CostaLab Buffer. The stage board feature both a CostaLab and Pure Tone. I can’t really hear a difference between the two and it was more the case of using what I had lying around when I arranged the board :)

  10. Debargho says:

    Hi Bjorn, I was listening to ‘Call me back’ just now and was wondering if the stereo delay effect at 1:28 mins is actually stereo delay, two delays used with different settings or simply tow guitar overdubbed into the left and right channel? Would be fabulous to get the details in full, if possible please :)

    • Bjørn says:

      That whole first bridge/chorus bit is two guitars. One on each side. I recorded that with the Radix (P90 pickups) into a Dunlop RotoVibe and the POD for some analog tape simulation with modulation. It’s fed right into the pre-amp and the Mac. I think the time for the delay is on beat. I’ll have a full run-down of the album soon :)

  11. jason lerandeau says:

    Whats your preferred setting on the Electric Mistress? Cant seem to get mine sounding right

    • Bjørn says:

      Colour 10:00, range off, rate 9:00 (o’clock). The boards are pictured with actual settings for all the pedals.

  12. Hi Bjorn

    First of all congrats on the new website and I’m VERY eagerly awaiting your new album!! First Steve Rothery’s now yours XD, it’s going to be a good year in music!!! Anyway I’m curious about:

    1. You say that the Xotic Effects SL drive is a good alternative to the RAT. Why is that? I was under the impression that the Marshall tone is about scooped mids, whereas the RAT is kind of like a tube screamer on 15 (never mind 11 haha) with LOTS of mids.

    2. Would you be able to stack a RAT and a transparent overdrive (like a Keeley BD-2), the way Gilmour stacked the G2 and Tube driver, or Germanium Fuzz and overdrive etc.?

    3. Can you get RATish tones out of an Analogman DS-1 with the mid range knob?

    I thoroughly appreciate you answering my questions. Again, can’t wait for the album.

    Warm regards from Sydney Australia

    Charl

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Charl!
      1. Yes, they’re two different sounding pedals. The RAT having a great deal more mid range. But the SL isn’t as scooped as you’d expect and it has a nice tube-like compression to it so the difference isn’t that big. Anyway, they’re closer than a Muff and RAT, which is why I think the SL is a good alternative distortionwise.
      2. Yes.
      3. Not quite. The RAT has lots more gain and a different character all together.

  13. Martin Henkov says:

    What du you gain by using thr pre amp before til Line 6 Pod X3?
    A warmer sound ?

  14. martin Henkov says:

    Thanks… I have an X3 at my hobby home studio… Just changede it for the HD 500X version and it sounds better.
    Saw yor warm up for Marillion i Copenhagen and i var very impressed of you guitar sound og the band

  15. Kenyon says:

    Great website, and I’m really looking forward to your solo album! I’m wondering how you switch all of these pedals and your amp channels. Do you feed through some kind of midi switcher or are you pressing foot switches for each pedal or channel change independently? I’ve been using a TC Electronic G-System as a sort of control unit, but I’m worried about tone-suck. Do you think a buffer before the input would help? Thanks for the great music and info!

    • Bjørn says:

      I thought the G-System had a buffered input but I’m not sure. If not you may want to look into adding a buffer to your chain. It will drive the signal through to your amp. As I explained in the article, I’m not using any midi-systems or switchers at all. My set up is very basic and pretty much laid out like I’ve always done it. I stomp each pedal, which means that for certain combinations I need to stomp 2-3 pedals at once. I’m sure this could be done more effectively but it’s what I’m used to and it’s become a habit. Works pretty well though :)

  16. carlos-Brazil says:

    Hi Bjorn! Congrats for you new website, first of all ;-) Please do not forget an article related (as suggested on FB) to hardware (for interface) + software (as a “home virtual mixing board” with possibilities of emulating drums, basses and so on…) for homemade recordings as “a one man’s band” and… that Works not only with Apple computers but also with PCs with Windows. There are so many options of software (ProTools, some from Roland like Cakewalk and GuitarTracks) that is difficult to choose. For instance, to help connecting 2 guitars on my amp (mine and my tutor’s during his lessons) I’ve bought a cheap Behringer 4 channel mixer that also has an option for connections to a PC and software compatible with ASIO plug-ins (but this “cheap mixer” is awful, it distorts any sound and generates “extra noises” on the background. I also have a Roland V-Studio 20 (this one is “quiet”..) that works with 1 channel per time, but the latency is very annoying… Best Regards from Brazil!

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Carlos! I will feature a piece on home recording based on how I recorded my solo album. However, I only have experience with Mac and Logic.

  17. Andrew says:

    This new site.. what a great surprise for all who Inspired your achievement on Gilmourish way Bjorn !
    Bjorn, please add some more about recording guitar for pedal reviews in your home studio. What Audio interface you use for that ? What you can say about POD like audio interface vs more expensive interface like UA solo/610? I have MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X, Shure SM 57, POD HD Bean, but don’t have external sound card. What best way for me if I want have same quality like I hear on your pedal reviews ?
    PS Never stop gilmourizing :)

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Andrew! I’ll do a feature on recording guitars very soon. It’ll be based around the process on my new solo album. I’m using the 610 as a tube pre-amp for mics – vocals and guitars. It adds a warmth and feel that only tubes can. Having a good pre-amp for your recordings, whether it’s tubes or not, does wonders for your guitar tones. That being said, using the right mic for the job, knowing how to positioning it and how to set the amp and pedals is also crucial for getting the tones you want. Recording is a slightly different business than playing live… I’ll get back to this in the feature :)

  18. Eric Nyberg says:

    Hi Bjorn, congratulations on your new website. Got a mixing question for you. If you have your guitars panned hard to one side would you also pan your EQ’s and Compressor hard to one side?

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks! You mean the EQs and compression assigned to the specific tracks? They will be panned automatically since they’re on the channel strip you’re panning. Which DAW are you using?

  19. Eric Nyberg says:

    Hi Bjorn, I’m using Pro Tools 10.3.7. I’m asking about the panning I always put my EQ’s and Compressor on an AUX track to save system resources.

    • Bjørn says:

      OK… I don’t think you’ll save much CPU by just adding EQs and compression to AUXes alone. Not quite sure what you mean but EQ and compression is usually added to the individual channel strips, while delays and reverb are added to the AUX and assigned groups or tracks. The reason you want EQ and compression on the tracks is that you want to tweak these individually and before any other effects and/or sends. Then, if you send a group of guitars to an AUX, you may want to add some EQ and compression to the group to make them more coherent with the rest of the mix. This AUX should not be panned.

  20. Jeff says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I have a muff question. I have ordered the Pig Hoof MKII and it should be ready by December, But wanted your thoughts on if the MKII is best suited for home use. I play through a Lionheart L 20 stack usually at home and to backing tracks, but I play fairly loud, I have NO NEIGHBORS and will use a buffalo FX to boost it. My thinking was that the MKII might be a little easier to tame and stay a little more focused at lower volume. because you have the red and yellow hoof, just wanted your option, because I love the tone you get from the red hoof.
    Thanks, and I’m really looking forward to your solo release!….
    Jeff

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Jeff! The MkII has less gain and low end, which makes it easier to tame and blend with boosters, compared to the red. The MkII works nicely on the Lionheart but you should be aware that with the rolled off low end, the pedal may require some tweaking on the amp. It sounds very nice on the clean channel, normal mode and with the mids turned almost all the way up. You might want to roll the treble and tone down a bit too.

  21. Eric Nyberg says:

    Oh I see. I will try that. Thanks a lot as always

  22. Eduardo says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    i would like to know how to get overdriven tones like the solos on a great day for freedom and coming back to life using an ocd and/or a blues driver (stock version). I can get good clean and muff-like tones with my gear but find particularly difficult to get david’s overdriven tones. I have a fender squier with cs69 pickups in the middle and neck positions and a ssl5 in the bridge position. The amp is a blues jr. I would also like to know the settings you usually use in the blues jr. Thanks.

  23. Cody says:

    Hey Bjorn, Love the site! Had a quick question, which Green Russian muff do you have, a Tall Font or a Bubble Font? Excited for the new album!

  24. Don says:

    Bjorn, you totally rock. You are my new superhero. I just downloaded your Airbag albums. I am playing them all the time. I am also going to pre order your solo album.

    I have had a love/hate relationship with Flangers. I have never been able to get one that I liked. I love the way that you use yours and I would like to give one another try. Which Flanger would you recommend instead of buying a ridicously expensive one on eBay. I also own an Line 6 M9 multi pedal. I got it because I play at church and needed to be able to cover lots of different styles and my board was getting too big. Would you put it in an effects loop or run the drives through and into the front of the amp.

    Thank you,

    Don – Loyal Gilmourish.com fan for many years.

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Don! Thanks for your kind words and support! I’m using the late 90s Deluxe Electric Mistress. The current one offered by EHX sounds very dark and boomy. The closest match is actually the Mooer ElecLady. A bit tricky to dial in but once you get it it sounds wonderful. You should also consider the TC Vortex. Not spot on the Mistress but you can dial in similar tones or create something similar with the Tone Print app, which is very easy to use. It’s also capable of nailing just about any other flanger tone you’ve heard :)

  25. Luciano says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    Big fan here! New solo effort is awesome! I hear all that I love in the cd!
    So much fan that I’ve purchased the Lionheart 20W head, great amp!

    Could you please confirm your Live pedalboard Fx Chain:

    Dublop Rotovibe > Wah wah > Costalab Buffer > Compressor > Pig Hoof Big Muff > Colorsound Powebooster Clone > Bk Tube Driver > EHX Soul Food (or Wampler Plexidrive) > EHX electric Mistress > Strymon rotary > Earnie Ball Jr Vol. Pedal > Boss DD-2 > T Rex replica

    And Please How do you Use your Distortion / Boosters , OD ?

    If I do understand well, Pig Hoof Muff is always used in Combo with Buffalo Powerbooster?
    And BK Tube Driver always used in combo with EHX Soul Food?

    No other combinations?
    One of those pedals used Alone sometimes?

    Best regards,

    Luciano Gambini
    Milano

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Luciano! Thanks for your kind words! Glad you like the new album :)
      The chain is correct apart from that the SoulFood comes before the Tube Driver. The TD is my main overdrive so I mainly use that alone but for some of the leads I engage the Soul Food for a bit more bite. Having it in front allows me to get a bit more gain rather than volume boost. It just sounds better that way. The Pig Hoof is always used with the Powerbooster.

  26. Luciano says:

    Oh By the way Bjorn, I have the same question concerning your studio pedalboard:

    Could you confirm the effects chain please:
    Costalab Buffer > Tc Polytune > Compressor > Univibe Clone > Phaser > Big Muff > Buffalo Evolution > Wampler Plexidrive > mooer eleclady > TC Delay > Earnie Ball Jr Vol. Pedal

    Same question for the Dist / OD or Booster thing: How do you use your gain pedals?

    Is it:
    Big Muff + Wampler Plexidrive (set for clean boost) used in Combo
    / or Wampler Plexidrive used alone when set for overdrive
    / or Buffalo evolution used alone

    Regards,
    Luciano

    • Bjørn says:

      You forgot the Fire Bootle. It’s placed between the tuner and compressor. This is my studio board so I rarely combine the gain effects. It just sounds better for recording to use the pedal alone and if needed, enhance their tone in the mix. The compressor is used with cleans and the PlexiDrive. Rarely with the high gain pedals.

  27. Louis Mc Kagan says:

    Hello there,

    May I ask you a question about your volume pedal, please? I’m planing to buy one. I’ve watched the Evrika video (which is wearing the inside out) from the Limited edition of The New Flod album, and David is using the Vol; pedal all the time.

    What would you recommend for a good volume pedal?

    The Earnie Ball Jr Vol pedal is not expensive… but is it real True Bypass? If not doesn’t it suck your tone? What Exact model is yours in both your studio and live pedalboard? Is it the “VP JR 250 K (For passive electronics)” by Earnie ball?
    Actually there are too many models : http://www.ernieball.com/products/pedals/
    I’ve read that David’is one was modified to a 10k pot by Cornish: Is your pedal stock / unmodified?

    Any help will be precious:Thank you

    Louis

    • Bjørn says:

      Mine is all stock with a 250k in it for passive coils. I use it with the EMGs as well and it works fine. I’ve always used Ernie Ball and prefer them for their rugged construction. No tone sucking as far as I can hear.

  28. Dutch Blomenkamp says:

    Bjorn,

    As a husband, father, and casual-guitar-player-with-a-day-job, it amazes me how much you manage to get done, in your music, on gilmourish.com, and here.

    That said, just to save a lot of time for the guy who eventually starts “bjornish.com”, and before you forget, how about jotting down some notes on gear and settings for your tones on various songs (both studio and live), similar to how you do for David on gilmourish.com?

  29. Roberto says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    I’d like to know your approach with the Compressors you’re using on your live and studio pedalboards…
    Do they (at least does the Gollmer Composus) stay ON all the time or only for the clean parts?

    Best regards,

    Roberto

    • Bjørn says:

      Depends on what tones I want and what guitars I use. I rarely use compression with humbuckers but often with single coils and on the clean tones. During solos I may also stomp it on/off for certain parts where I need a bit more sustain.

  30. Hi Bjorn. I was just wondering if you run a buffer before your Ernie Ball volume pedal? I hear that passive volume pedals are notorious for sucking high-end tone but I would like one for my board. Have you had problems with this?

    Many thanks, James.

    • Bjørn says:

      I can’t say that I’ve had any issues with my vp’s but I’m running a buffer after it, yes.

      • Sébastien says:

        Hello Bjorn,

        I was reading your answer to the previous question. You wrote that you put a dedicated buffer after the volume pedal…. does it mean that the effects chain begins and ends is like this:

        Guitar / Wah Wah / dedicated buffer 1 / tuner / comp / [……] / delay / Volume pedal / dedicated buffer 2 / amp ?

        And why do you have the vol. pedals before the delays in the Studio board, and after the delays in the live board ?

        Then in the live board, where do you put the 2nd dedicated buffer? Between the vol pedal and the delays?

        Thanks for your help!
        Sincerely,

        Sebastien

        • Bjørn says:

          My stage board is: guitar > rotovibe > wah > buffer > compressor (…) volume pedal (out tuner) > delays > lex > buffer > amp. The reason the buffer 1 is after the root and wah is part for practical reasons and it also affects their tone. I like to have the vp in front of the delays to be able to create delay swells and different effects. On the studio board I keep more or less the same setup but I often change things around depending on which new pedals I’m trying out and what I’m recording.

  31. Sebastien says:

    Thank you Bjorn,

    Why don’t you put your lex Rotary between Electric Mistress and Vol. pedal?, like this:

    Guitar >Dunlop Rotovibe > Wah wah > Buffer 1 > Compressor > Pig Hoof Big Muff > Colorsound Powebooster Clone > EHX Soul Food > BK Tube Driver > EHX electric Mistress > Strymon rotary > Earnie Ball Jr Vol. Pedal > Boss DD-2 > T Rex replica> Buffer 2 > Amp

    And…. about the Vol. Pedal, I’ve read that all David’s Earnie Ball Vol. Pedals are the VP JR 20K (active electronics)(even modified to 10K by Pete Cornish..)… Is that right?
    Why did you choose the “VP JR 250 K (passive electronics)” ?

    What is the purpose of a volumepedal dedicated to active or passive electronics?????
    I don’t undesrtand nor that, neither the fact that Earnie Ball is saying that the “Passive 250 k” model is ok if you put the guitar with passive coils into vol pedal then into the amp, and that the “active 20 k” model is ok with either active and passive coils, when you have an effects chain between guitar and vol pedal….

    HELP!!!!!!

    Best regards,
    Sebastien

    • Bjørn says:

      I’m really not the right guy to ask about the technical stuff. I’m using a 250k vp. Always have and I’ve never had any issues with volume drop, top end loss or noise. I’ve placed the Lex after the delays because I want the rotary effect to colour my whole signal. It’s kind of the same you get when splitting the main signal into an amp and rotary cab although this is in mono of course.

  32. Ben says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I only just found this site and wow! I’m going to have share my time equally between this site and Gilmourish now. I’m in the market for a high end power supply, I noticed you used T-Rex Fuel Tanks. I’m currently tossing up between the T-Rex Fuel Tank and the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, do you have any suggestions that could help me? I know it depends on what pedals you use etc, but just general comments about the reliability and quality of these two power supplies or any other ones you think are good.

    Thankyou!

    • Bjørn says:

      I don’t have that much experience with the Voodoo Lab power so I can’t really tell. I’m pretty happy with the TRex :)

  33. David says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    I’m looking at perhaps getting the pig hoof, but the wait is so long, like spring next year. Is their another big muff that you really like for Gilmour tones, Cornish P1, Royal Beaver, etc? Could list me a couple you prefer because I don’t really want to wait that long for a pig hoof haha. Cheers!

  34. Angus says:

    Bjorn I’m confused, you said you got Electric Orange Pig Hoof Mk II because it’s better for Gilmour tones but in that pedalboard you have the red label one. Which one is better/do you use more? I’m tossing up between the two. My amp is a Marshall DSL 40C, guitar is Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus, I have an original Ibanez TS808 but I don’t use it to boost muffs as it doesn’t work well for that, I’ll probably buy a Boss BD-2 for that. Opinions? Cheers!

    • Bjørn says:

      I’m mainly using the red but the yellow works better for recording, I think, as it has slightly less gain and low end. Depends on your amp and guitar but that’s the way it works for me. In regards to your setup I think I’d go for something a bit more versatile than a Big Muff. Check out the Buffalo FX Evolution for start.

  35. Paul says:

    I have 2 questions:
    1. I have a combination of your 2 boards (well, just the beginning) and I’m not sure how best to set it up to the phaser portion. Guitar > Fire Bottle > PC-2A > Rotovibe > WAH > Phasers > Distortion > Delay > VP > Amp. If this looks OK where would you place the buffers?
    2. I have a Musket (thank you for your review) and I’ve order both the Buffalo FX – PB and Evolution. I believe it’s going to be a good combination to cover a wide range of tones but is there an addition I should look at to cover DG tones. One of my concerns is using the PB for dual duties Boost and mild OD (Time, Shine on…) and having to continually adjust it.

    Thanks for your time and love your site

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Paul! You might want to check out a darker sounding overdrive to be used in addition to the Powerbooster. The Evolution can be used for this application as well but then again you’d have to constantly tweak it I guess. Check out the PlexiDrive and OCD for some Tube Driver tones.
      Try this chain: guitar > rotovibe > wah > fire bottle > PC2A > phaser > distortion > delay > vp > amp. The Rotovibe lose some top end if you place it after a wah and other pedals. Experiment with placing either it or the fire bootle first and see how that works.

  36. Burkhard Schmoll says:

    Found the album by surprise… great work ! Rated 5 stars on Amazon… everyone who is comparig to Pink Floyd: Shut the F*** up ! Songwriting: Songs that Steven Wilson never made and Sound that is able to be measuring Gilmours/Floyd Stuff easily… ! Thanks ! Best Prog Album 2014 !

  37. Jeff says:

    Bjorn
    Thanks so much for the info. about your boards. I have a lot of the same pedals you are using and my only question is the gain boosting part of your set up. Mine goes Sparkle drive>OCD>73 Rams Head (Vic Audio). I use the sparkle drive to boost the rams head and it sounds great but if I put it after it is very unpleasant sounding. I noticed yours is opposite (muff>boost). I know this is a great debate but what are your thoughts? By the way I got your new album and you should be very proud because it is flawless. I wish Oslo was closer to Nashville Tennessee so I could see your upcoming live dates. Prog. still rules!
    Cheers
    Jeff

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Jeff! You can boost either before or after. Whatever you think sounds best and what works for your setup. The Sparkle Drive is very close to a Tube Screamer. Both has a lot of mid range, which can make a Muff sound choked and dark if you place it after it. In front might be a better spot. More transparent boosters or overdrives, like the Boss BD2 and Powerbooster often sound better when placed after the Muff acting like an EQ.

  38. Benjamin says:

    Bjorn how are you powering all those pedals with just one Fuel Tank? Are you using daisy chains? I’m in the market for a power supply, I have 9 pedals they all run on 9v but I’m thinking about running my Xotic SL Drive on 18v instead, but I’m worried about noise if I use daisy chain. Did you run you Xotic SL Drive on 9v or 18v? Or perhaps I could buy two fuel tank chameleons or juniors?

  39. Rob says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Wow, what an album! And congrats whit your wonderfull website.

    Sorry for my bad english (I’m dutch..).

    Although I know your a gitarplayer, on this album I hear (of course) a lot of other instruments.
    So I call myself a Multi-instrumentalist :-)

    Unfortunately I do not read so much about the other instruments.
    Did you play all by yourself?

    Especially the choirs (Mellotron, Orchestron or other keys?) on Out of Reach do have this special addition in the mix.
    This is pure prog-music.

    Hope to hear a lot more of you in the near future!

    With regards,
    Rob

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Rob! Thanks for your kind words! The keys are a mix between Logic instruments and other soft synths. All the Mellotron stuff was done with the IK Multimedia SampleTron, which is very authentic sounding. The orchestra strings are all Logic. So is the piano and Rhodes.

  40. Debra says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    This is my first time visiting your website, very impressive! I was hoping you could help with selecting a distortion pedal. I want a distortion pedal that can get close to the sound of a big muff on The Wall album. Now where I live there isn’t a lot of muffs to choose from, only the new electro harmonix ones (which I don’t like that much) and I don’t want to buy something on the internet. So naturally I thought a good distortion pedal could get me close and would be a bit more versatile too. I’ve pretty much narrowed it down to the new Boss DS-1X and the Xotic SL Drive. I haven’t tried either of them yet, the SL Drive is listed as an overdrive pedal but apparently it’s got heaps of gain for creamy Muff leads? Modified Boss DS-1’s also seem pretty popular which I’m going to assume the DS-1X is? Anyways which would suit me more for the Muff Tone?
    While I’m here I’m also looking for a clean boost for the distortion pedal, and my local store has a Boss BD-2, a TC Electronics Spark Booster and a Spark Booster mini (I love the small size of the mini). Which is the best? I’d be using it purely just to boost my distortion as I already have a tubescreamer for my main overdrive sound.

    Thank you so much, don’t stop playing guitar you are truly talented!

    Debra

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Debra! Thanks for your kind words! Neither the DS1 nor the SL Drive are that close to a Big Muff. Both are somewhat in the Marshall territory. I guess you can tweak the DS1 for similar tones but they’re really different pedals. I’d go for a RAT distortion. It’s got a classic tone and you can easily tweak for both Muff and fuzz tones. It also works nicely on smaller amps. Check out the ProCo Rat or Mooer Black Secret. Both should be easy to track down. The Spark Booster Mini is an excellent clean booster although I think the BD2 is a better and more versatile pedal.

  41. nicolas BERNIS says:

    hi bjorn!
    I’m a 40 years old french guitarist and I fall really in love with your album, your sound and the way you play guitar. I know you since one year thanks to AIRBAG. My favorite band are :
    YOU, PINK FLOYD, PORCUPINE TREE, MARILLION, AIRBAG……
    I play guitar with a ROCKTRON VOODU VALVE, PEAVEY CLASSIC SERIE 50/50 4*12 cab with celestion G12T75 and a PRS CUSTOM 22 20th ANNIVERSARY.
    My cleans tones are, from my point of vue, perfect, but I don’t have a really great lead sound.
    Do you think I can have a distortion sound like yours in the song ” stay calm ” and ” lullaby in a car crash “. I found them just amazing…
    Thank you very much to make our live better with your music.
    Nicolas from france

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Nicolas! Thanks a lot for your kind words! Much appreciated! Your amp and guitar should be up for the task. I’m using humbuckers a lot too. You might want to look into some pedals. I’m using a Big Muff on Stay Calm and a Tube Driver on Lullabies. You could either get the originals, clones or something similar like the Buffalo FX Evolution, which will allow you to cover most of my overdrive and distortion tones. The Fulltone OCD is also a great option.

  42. David says:

    Hi bjorn just a quick question, I’m setting a simple pedalboard for live shows consisting of a Boss GE-7, Polytune Mini and an CAE MC 404 Wah. The GE-7 has the sniper mod so it’s quieter and true bypass, the other two pedals are also true bypass. Do I need a Coastalab Buffer at the start of my chain to drive the signal through my 3 pedals or is my pedalboard small enough to go without it?

    • Bjørn says:

      Passive pickups are able to drive the signal undisturbed for about 18 feet. That’s the total of your signal and patch cables and the cables inside the pedals. Any longer and the signal will lose some of its top end and dynamics. I would say that your setup would benefit from a buffer but whether or not it’s a must is up for you to decide. See this feature for more :)

  43. Benjamin says:

    Hi Bjorn! I saw David’s comment and realised we almost have the same query. I’m running 2 pedals on my board, they are both true bypass. I’m about to buy a Boss GE-7 and I was wondering how good the buffer is? It would be the last pedal in my chain, should I use it as a buffer or true bypass mod it and get a dedicated buffer? Bear in mind I’m trying to keep my board as small as possible, cheers!

    • Bjørn says:

      I would assume that with the instrument and patch cables, your chain would be longer than 18 feet. Add the small cables inside the pedals too. The Boss buffer should be more than capable of driving the signal. However, my (and many others’) experience with Boss buffers is that they tend to colour the sound adding a slightly harsh top end. The GE7 is also notorious for being noisy. Personally I’d add a dedicated buffer both for driving the signal and for balancing it. You need to decide if it’s needed.

  44. Pablolein says:

    Hi Björn! I have some questions about my signal chain, and was hoping you could help me out.
    I’m still experimenting with the order of the effects, but I was wondering what do you think would bring out the best of them (I’ve put TBP for the true bypass pedals). The signal flow is:

    Fender Strat (single coils) > Korg Pitchblack Poly (TBP) > Fuzz (TBP) > Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Wah > Booster (TBP) > Boss Blues Driver > MXR Script Phase 90 (TBP)> Mooer Ensemble King (TBP)> Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe (TBP)> Boss Space Echo RE-20 > Vox AD50VT212 (Hybrid)

    I’m using Gotham cables with Neutrik plugs. Do you think this signal flow is fine in order to keep the tone as good as possible or should I consider getting a buffer? I’m also going to add a Morley Pro Series Stereo Volume (active), mostly to make delay swells, should I put it at the begining or the end of the signal?

    Thanks!

    I wish your career (solo and with Airbag) gets more and more successful!!!

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi! The chain looks fine. The fuzz might respond better to your guitar if it’s placed first but it shouldn’t matter much considering that the tuner is TB. I’d place the volume pedal between the Micro Vibe and RE20. Cheers! – Bjorn]

      • Pablolein says:

        Thanks man! The volume pedal works perfect in between the vibe and the delay. I started to notice the phase is losing low end when on, it didn’t sound like that a few weeks ago. I think it might be an impedance conflict or something, what do you think? Anyway I’m almost certainly going to add a buffer soon to keep the signal as clear as possible, I just hope my wife won’t kill me for getting another pedal! Cheers!

        • Bjørn says:

          Hard to tell. Have you made any changes to the chain that might cause the loss of low end? Try plugging the guitar and amp directly into the pedal and hear how that sounds.

  45. Angus says:

    Hey Bjorn! I hope all is well and you have a Merry Christmas! I got given a $200 voucher for a electronics store, and I noticed they have a small audio section with a few behringer effects pedals. I want to spend the voucher on guitar related devices, so can you recommend me any decent behringer pedals? Cheers!

    • Bjørn says:

      I don’t really have that much experience with the Behringer pedals. I remember trying the Tube Screamer and Boss BD2 clones and they sound pretty good but I can’t vouch for the other pedals.

  46. David says:

    Sorry to bother you again Bjorn but I just fell in love with Gilmour’s Live at Wembley tones, so I’m now looking for that era of tone. I’m kinda on a budget, I should be able to get some good pedals just not crazy high end expensive ones. I know Gilmour doesn’t really use a lot of pedals at that show which is good because I’m trying to limit my pedalboard to 5 pedals. (maybe 4 plus a tuner). Do you ever use headstock tuners? It might be a nice way for me to add another pedal to my board. So far I’m thinking of getting a TC Electronic Flshback for delay, it seems really versatile and nice sounding. The Boss BD-2 as a cleanboost, I might buy the Keeley Modded one if I can afford it. But I’m stuck on a Fuzz pedal and a Leslie/Modulation pedal for that show? Can you recommend me a few nice Fuzz and Leslie/modulation pedals for that tone that aren’t really end boutique pedals? Thank you so much for your help!

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi David! You mean Wembley 1974? Check out this feature I’ve written on the subject. Hope that helps :)

      • David says:

        Wow that’s exactly what I needed! I think I’ll get the Jimi Hendrix fuzz :) one question, you said the BD-2 is a good booster, but I thought Fuzz pedals don’t like having buffers right next to them? Wouldn’t the BD-2 buffer mess up the fuzz? If so I’ll just get the Mooer Blues Mod or TC Spark Booster. Also for those Leslie and Univibe tones do you think I’ll get close enough with a phaser? Both the Mooer and Electro Harmonix phasers sound better than the newer MXR phase 90 in my opinion, so I’ll get one of those if I can’t find an old script one. Cheers mate!

        • David says:

          Also I have a Custom Audio Electronics Wah, should I be placed before or after the fuzz? It doesn’t have a buffer or anything for pairing with fuzzes.

          • Bjørn says:

            Try it both before and after. Not having a buffer it won’t affect the fuzz but vintage circuit fuzz pedals often respond better to your guitar if they’re placed first.

        • Bjørn says:

          The BD2 will probably mess up the fuzz, with its buffers. The Mooer Blues Mod is an excellent choice. The Spark Booster is an all clean booster and personally I prefer boosters with a bit of gain. Leslie and UniVibe are two very different effects. The Leslie or rotary tones are not essential, although they make up that certain special ingredient in David’s tones. The UniVibe can be replaced by a phaser.

          • David says:

            Yeah I’ll get the BD-2 I think :) the problem with getting a univibe or leslie pedal is that I only have one spot left on my pedalboard. Which is a more essential pedal in Gilmour’s tone, a phaser for the univibe tones or a chorus or flanger to mimic those leslie tones? I prefer David’s Gdansk tones (especially Time and Comfortably Numb) but I’m not sure if he used Leslies or a Univibe for those solos. Thanks for the help

            • Bjørn says:

              Not on Gdansk but he did use rotary on those in the past. Chorus and flanger are not rotary effects, although I guess a chorus could produce some of the same effect. David has always paired his amps with rotary speaker cabinets, mixing these lower than the amps. The effect is very subtle and not essential or something you should prioritise. I think a UniVibe or phaser is more important.

  47. Angus says:

    Hi Bjorn! I just spent a good hour watching your covers on youtube, very nice! I read on your Big Muff gear guide that if you put a buffer after the muff it gets a tad harsh, and on the vick audio rams head review you said that it maybe could use a bit more top end. Does that mean if I paired the Vick Audio Rams Head and a Boss BD-2 (maybe Keeley mod) it would work well? Also how does the Mooer Blues Mood compare the BD-2 and Keeley mod? Is the BD-2 worth the extra money? One more thing, I now have a Muff, Booster, Delay and Phaser, I have room for one more pedal on my board. Which do you think is the most essential for those tones, particularly on Gdansk? Cheers

    • Bjørn says:

      Adding a booster usually makes the Muff smoother. It rounds off the harsh overtones, adds a bit of mid range and sustain. The Vick could do with a bit more top end but it also depends on the amp. My amps are rather dark and I also like to roll off the treble quite a bit. On other amps and other amp settings, you might find the Vick to be perfect. In any way, we’re talking nuances here.

  48. Jody S says:

    HI Bjorn. I’ve a question regarding your studio board: How are the effectrode pedals powered?

    Im guessing you have a power strip with the two wall warts. If that’s a correct assumption, then how high is the platform for the 2nd tier? I’ve measured the effectrode wall warts at about 3.8 centimeters which would not traditionally leave much room for a power strip.

    Thanks so much for all the incredible information. Jody

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Jody! The Effectrodes are powered by wall warts that are plugged into a strip outside of the board. Being a studio board I don’t mind the cables running outside. The rest of the pedals are powered by a TRex Fuel Tank Chameleon lying under the tier.

  49. Benjamin says:

    Hi Bjorn!

    What are your opinions on the Mooer Blues Mood? I’m looking for a booster for my Big Muff w/ Tone Wicker, would it be suitable for this? How does it compare to the BD-2? I don’t think I have enough money for Keeley BD-2 so it’s either the BD-2 or Mooer. The Mooer is cheaper, smaller footprint and true bypass as I’m sure you know, but is the Boss BD-2 worth the little bit more cash? I’m also worried the BD-2 buffer might stuff up my Muff. Only asking because you didn’t put the Blues Mood on your Overdrive/Distortion Gear Guide on Gilmourish. Thanks :)

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Benjamin! The Blues Mood is actually very good. It’s based on the Keeley model, with the Fat switch. Depending on how your amp is voiced, combining a Muff and BD2/BM sounds very nice.

      • Benjamin says:

        Thanks for the reply! I still can’t decide if I should spend a little more on the BD-2, I’m just worried about it’s buffer. Would the Blues Mood/BD-2 also be able to boost my TS808 as well?

  50. Angus says:

    Hi Bjorn! Have you had a chance to check out the Way Huge Aqua Puss Delay Pedal? It’s an all Analog Delay but is more brighter and pristine than the likes of most analog delays such as the carbon copy. I guess it seems like a poor man’s T-Rex Replica. I’m thinking of buying one for my board or maybe the Flashback Delay, they cost about the same, I’ve only got room for one delay. Any thoughts? Thankyou :)

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Angus! I’ve tried it very briefly. Sounds nice and it’s very close to a Replica or the DD2. I got a couple of Flashbacks and couldn’t really be happier with them. Very versatile and great sounding.

      • Angus says:

        Thanks for the info! I want a delay that can simulate the tape echo of an Echorec or Echoplex, do you think the Aqua Puss can do that to an extent? Or perhaps the I’d be better off with the Tape setting on the Flashback? I’m only looking for a good Tape delay so the Flashbacks versatility might not be for me if you think the Aqua Puss can do Tape delay. If their are any other Tape pedals you can recommend for me I’d be more than happy. Thankyou!

        • Bjørn says:

          As I said I haven’t had the chance to explore the Aqua that much but you should be able to get some nice tape or analog tones with it. There are lots of great sounding tape emulators out there. The Flashback allows you to tweak each preset with the TonePrint. You got the Catalinbread Belle Epoch and Echorec, the Strymon delays, Electro Harmonix Memory Man… the list is long :)

  51. Debra says:

    Hi Bjorn, hope all is well! Your playing is continuing to inspire me :) I’m having trouble deciding which pedals are more essential than others. This is a weird question and I know it depends really on what era of tone you’re going for, but if you had to choose just 5 pedals to have on your board what would they be? I’m thinking Tuner (essential), Muff/Fuzz, Booster, Delay and Phaser. I’m just not really sure about the importance of leslie pedals, compressors and Flangers etc. I’m mainly going for the Gdansk/Royal Albert Hall and Wall tones. I’m thinking the Muff, Booster and Delay should be good for Gdansk, Wall etc plus the Phaser can cover some of WYWH tones and Univibe tones from Dark Side of the Moon? Thanks for your help :)

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Debra! I’d start with the basics. A board should include a tuner. Personally I also prefer a volume pedal. Then the dirts. You need at least one distortion and one overdrive. Depending on how your amp handles pedals you might go versatile or authentic. The distortion needs to cover as much tones as possible or you’ll need more pedals. The overdrive should be able to deliver rhythms and milder leads but you might also want to boost. Then the delay. To keep it to a minimum of pedals you might want a multi unit. IMO you can’t beat the TC Flashback. Then there’s the modulations. These are your icing on the cake and I would prioritise all of the above first. For Gdansk I’d go for a UniVibe for Breathe, Time and he also occasionally used one for The Blue. There’s no other modulation used for the 2006 tour. Get a phaser for the 1974-75 era or a flanger for the 1977-83 era. You’ll find more tips in the Buyer’s Gear Guide on Gilmourish.Com. Hope this helped :)

  52. Angus says:

    Hi Bjorn it’s me again :) I have a question regarding dedicated buffers and my rig. You have your dedicated buffer placed after your wah on your stage rig, why is that? Is it to do with the Cry Baby’s buffer or do Wah always go first in the chain? I’m getting a dedicated buffer because I want to retain as much of my LP’s sweet tone inbetween it and my Marshall. My only pedals are a Custom Audio Electronics Wah and TC Electronics Polytune Mini. Both pedals are true bypass, so should I place the buffer before or after the Wah? Again I’m just not sure whether it’s something to do with the Cry Baby’s buffer or just Wah’s in general. Thanks mate :)

    • Bjørn says:

      Sorry for my very late reply, Angus. It’s convenience really. As I keep the three sweep pedals outside the board, I plug the guitar directly into the RotoVibe, then the wah and then into the board and the first buffer. There shouldn’t be any reason why you can’t have a buffer in front of the wah but I haven’t tried the model you have so I can’t say for sure how the wah will reach with a buffer in front of it.

  53. Bert van der Sanden says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Just a week ago Steve send me the Evolution I ordered at Buffalo FX. After a week of tweaking and playing I can only say its the best pedal in my setup. Great sounds, very versatile and superb dynamic response. I bought it when I saw the review you made. Thanks for the settings. Just blown away!! It fits very well in combination with my Carl Martin Quattro. Be shure to use it when you are in Helmond :)

  54. Luca says:

    Hi Bjorn, a lot of new features on the site very welcomed :)) It’s impressive to hear the new album thinking you did most of the work at home with a very basic setup! It’s wise knowing in deep the gear you have! That being said, I’m gonna add an RT-20 to my setup and I’d like to cover the beautiful tone you have on the solo in the jam at the end of Never Coming Home, that I love. Any suggestion to replicate the rotary and slight overdriven tone with a Keeley BD2 or Soul Food and the RT20 on a Lionheart L5T with my strat?

    Cheers,
    Luca

    • Bjørn says:

      Thank you, Luca! I’d use the BD2 set up with a mild overdrive tone and the RT20 on the slow mode. Try these settings: Mode 1, rise 12:00, effect 9:00, direct 12:00, balance 11:00, overdrive off, slow 1:00.

  55. Ben Ferwerda says:

    Hello Bjorn! Amazing site!!! Do you think using a soul food to boost a Buffalo FX Patriot would be a bad idea? I recently sold my Buffalo FX Power Booster so I could fund the new one with top jacks, but if there is a cheaper option like the Soul Food, or even maybe the TC Electronic Spark Booster, I would definitely consider it. I’m using a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe in case that makes a difference.

    Thanks!

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks Ben! Personally I don’t think the Patriot needs a booster. It has a lot of gain so if you do pair it with a booster, you need to be careful with the total amount of gain or else you’ll end up with a very noisy and hard to control setup. The Soul Food is great for boosting amps but it can make gain pedals sound a bit boxy, due to its boosted mid range. The Spark Booster is a better alternative I think.

      • Thanks again Bjorn. Ive been using the Buffalo FX Patriot, Buffalo FX Evolution, and a Wampler Plexidrive for all my overdrive/distortion needs (all recommended by you…love them all!!!) Do you think a compressor would benefit my board at all. I’m running it as follows: Tuner> Vibe Machine> Patriot> Evolution> Wampler> Analogman Mini Chorus> Flashback Delay> Fender HRD. I was thinking either an Effectrode or the Empress. I know you love the Effectrode and it does sound amazing, though the Empress is easier for me to power. Any suggestions? Sorry to bother you so much!

        • Bjørn says:

          Sorry for my late reply, Ben. I can’t really praise the Effectrode compressor enough but the Empress is definitely worth checking out. As you may be aware, a compressor is more a tool for enhancing your tones than an actual effect. It should be used with care and depending on what guitar you use and what tones you need.

  56. Kris says:

    Bjorn,

    I’m thinking I may need a buffer on my board. Given my board below do you think I need a buffer or two ?

    Fender strat > tc electronic tuner > wah > PC-2A > vick audio 73 ram > buffalo patriot > dover drive > buffalo power boost > mooer eleclady > earnie ball volume > tc flashback delay > Boss RT-20 > tc electronic ditto looper > HK tubemeister 18 amp. Also have 2 15 ft cables connecting my guitar to board and board to amp.

    If so, where would I place the buffer(s)?

    Also can you recommend a phaser for me. Not sure if you have tried the retro-sonic phaser.

    Sorry for all the questions :) Thank you as always!

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Kris, sorry for my late reply. You already got a buffer in the RT20 and the Flashback has a switch inside for either true bypass (default) or buffer. You might want to place a buffer at the end of the chain to make sure you got a balanced signal to the amp but you might not notice much of a difference. I think in your case you’re better off making sure that your instrument and patch cables are as good as possible.

      The Retro Sonic Phaser is great. Based on the Phase 90 with a few additional features. I also recommend the MojoHand Nebula and Whirlwind Orange Box.

  57. Kris says:

    Thanks for the recommendations Bjorne! After some research I ordered the mojo fx nebula as I think it’s exactly what I’m looking for in a phaser as far as sound versatility etc. would you recommend putting it right before my 73 ram head ( between the PC-2A and 73 ram head)? Thanks!

    • Bjørn says:

      I like having phasers before gain effects. That is if you intend to you them together. Placing it in from of the gain effects, creates a more natural phasing tone. If you place it after, they will make the gain pedal sound thin and harsh.

  58. Hello Bjorn! Out of all my favorite guitarists I think you have the coolest tone! Anyway, I just wanted to express my excitement about the Tube Driver inspired pedal Steve at Buffalo FX is working on. I’m sure you will be getting one and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts/review when it comes out!

    All the best,
    Ben Ferwerda

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind words, Ben! Yeah, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on that one. Steve makes some incredible sounding pedals.

  59. Pete W. says:

    Bjorn, I know you enjoyed the Soul Food, but have you tried the SviSound OverZoid? They are made in Bulgaria and not only do the pedals look awesome, but the sound……… Very Klon-like, but without the Klon price.

  60. jaden porter says:

    HI BJORN, I WAS JUST WONDERING A FEW THINGS 1.WHY DO YOU USE GEORGE L CABLES INSTEAD OF EVIDENCE IN THE STUDIO, WHICH DO YOU THINK HAVE BETTER TONE 2. WHAT CABLES DO YOU USE LIVE/STUDIO FROM PEDALS TO GUITAR 3.WHICH DELAY REGARDLESS OF COST WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FOR BEDROOM SETUPS THAT MIX WELL WITH OVERDRIVES, FUZZES ,AND UNIVIBES IN A STACKED UP OVERDRIVE TONE, THANX

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Jaden! I’m using George L’s because they’re cheap but they sound good. I change things around all the time on my studio board and I need to cut and measure new cables often so it’s really more down to convenience and cost :) My stage board feature Monorail and Melody cables. I’m using EA Reveal to and from the boards.
      What delay you should choose depends on what tones you need but a multi unit will cover most ground. It’s hard to beat the TC Flashback really. Great tones and you got the Tone Print with endless options. If price is irrelevant then you might want to look into the Strymon stuff.

  61. jaden porter says:

    HI BJORN, WHAT ABOUT THE TREX REPLICA VS EL CAPISTAN FOR OVERDRIVE TONES,WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST DELAY OUT OF ALL DEALYS WITH OVERDRIVE/DISTORTION ,THANX

    • Bjørn says:

      Could go with any delay I guess and it depends on what tones you’re looking for. Personally I prefer something pristine sounding for heavier distortion and often an analog echo for cleans and overdrives. Hard to choose between the Strymon and TRex.

  62. howard davis says:

    hi Bjorn,
    I wish to copy your stage board setup, what first three pedals do you suggest I buy first ???

    all the best, Howard.

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Howard! I can’t gig without a tuner and volume pedal but the tuner at least, should be obvious :) I would have to pick the Tube Driver, a delay and perhaps the Electric Mistress. Those are the staples in almost all my live tones. Keep in mind though that my board is designed for my guitars and amps so my setup might not apply to your rig :)

  63. Robert vE says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    I’m looking for a compressor. The Effectrode sound fantastic, but is a little bit too expensive for me. Do you have a more budget-friendly suggestion, let’s say max EUR150 ?
    thanks again !
    Robert

    • Bjørn says:

      Some of the better models I’ve tried are the Yellow Squash Iron Fist and the Whirlwind Red Box. I’m not sure about the price tag.

  64. howard davis says:

    Hi Howard! I can’t gig without a tuner and volume pedal but the tuner at least, should be obvious :) I would have to pick the Tube Driver, a delay and perhaps the Electric Mistress. Those are the staples in almost all my live tones. Keep in mind though that my board is designed for my guitars and amps so my setup might not apply to your rig :)

    hi Bjorn,
    big thanks for you reply, to date would you still go for the BK butler drive four knob version over the five knob version ????

    all the best, Howard

  65. howard davis says:

    hi Bjorn,
    four knob BK butler drive pedal ordered and on its way, can not wait,
    I like to buy new if I can, the boss DD2 would be second hand if I by one, which would be your next choice from the boss range, boss DD3,DD5,DD6,DD7, thanks for your help,

    all the best, Howard,

    • Bjørn says:

      To be very honest I don’t think any of them sound very good. They’re sterile and a bit too bright sounding for my taste. I think one of the better delays you can buy in that price range is the TC Flashback. The stock modes are great and with the Tone Print feature you got a delay pedal that cover anything you want.

  66. howard davis says:

    hi Bjorn,
    if I just start my board off using one delay for now, which one would you choose first, TC flashback or TRex Replica,

    all the best, Howard

    • Bjørn says:

      The Flashback. It’s by far the most versatile and although the Replica probably sounds better for the analog stuff you can get very close with the Tone Print.

  67. howard davis says:

    hi Bjorn,
    first things first, got your cd the other day, lullabies in a car crash, really liked it, liked the opening track big build up and then hit with that wall of silence, well smart, cd will be on my play list from now on, well done Bjorn,
    what do think about the flashback x4 and flashback triple delay????

    all the best, Howard,

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind words! Glad you liked the album :) I haven’t tried the two but I know most of the tones from the single Flashback and the Tone Print feature. I think TC makes some great sounding delays and these two bigger models gives you a lot to work with and a versatile setup. Definitely worth checking out :)

  68. David says:

    Bjorn
    Love to see your latest board updates. Great work and iconic internet reference! Thanks for your work, your site is very helpful and to so many globally.

  69. Helge says:

    Why the volume pedal in the middle of the chain?

  70. howard davis says:

    hi Bjorn
    using the tone print option on your flashback delay, how many tone prints can you download and store/bank and save in your flashback delay, only one??? more then one??? ten???

    all the best, Howard

    • Bjørn says:

      I think the pedal can only store one. You can either beam a preset from your phone or connect to the editor. These can store multiple patches and signature sounds.

  71. Bob Farrer says:

    Excellent review Bjorn. I have a script dynacomp but I’m thinking about replacing if purely as there is no LED. I might look at PC-2A

    Is your pedal board totally custom built or is based on an off the shelf product. I like there stuff but I prefer an off the shelf option.

    • Bjørn says:

      Both boards are custom built from Custom Pedal Boards. Check out their site. Mine are very basic, based on som of my earlier boards, but they make anything you want.

      • Robert Farrer says:

        Thanks Bjorn

        I would only ever want something basic myself. It’s mainly pedals aren’t lying around. I have had s look at there site but I’m just as confused.

        Perhaps best to speak to them direct.

        Bob

  72. Hello Bjorn,excellent website and excellent article as well !!

    I haven’t set my board yet however,this the signal chain I’m thinking about-based on a number of your previous articles and David Gilmour Sound Parts 1-4 :

    Tuner>London Fuzz,(blue),Dunlop Cry Baby Wah>Boss CS3 compressor,(vintage),Big Muff Ramshead,(clone)>Throback Overdrive Boost>Sixties Vibe>EHX Small Stone>EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress>Boss CE2 Chorus,(vintage),>Catalinbread Echorec>Boss RT20>amp.

    If the tuner is a Boss what would it’s effect be on the London Fuzz?And the rest of the chain?Would a Costa Lab be preferable,(where is it made?)?Other options?
    Would the Boss CS3 affect the signal further?

    Thanks and best regards.

    Mike

    • Bjørn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Michel! Nice setup! I’d go for a true bypass tuner, like the TC Poly. It won’t colour the fuzz and it’s more accurate than the Boss as well. The CS3, CE2 and RT20 have buffers so these will drive the signal but they will colour the fuzz. At least, I’d do a test. Try the London Fuzz with just the guitar and amp and then in the board to see how much colouring you get. If it’s too much then you might want to reconsider those Boss pedals or, place the Fuzz in a looper. I’d also add a volume pedal :)

      • Thank you kindly Bjorn.

        • Bjørn says:

          Cheers!

          • G’day Bjorn,

            Where do you find the time to answer all our questions?? :)
            Where in the chain would you place the volume pedal?Any recommendations?Ernie Ball MVP?

            For overdrive,how does the Pete Cornish SS3 compare with the BK Butler Tube Driver?

            Thanks again,

            Michel G.

            • Bjørn says:

              Hi Michel! There’s always time :) The volume pedal can be placed different places in the chain depending on how you want to use it.
              First – use it much like the guitar volume to adjust the amount of gain you get from your overdrives and distortions.
              Before delays (my favourite) – as a master volume control allowing delays to sustain.
              After delays – as a master mute control.
              The SS3 has a bit more mid range and an overall darker tone compared to the Tube Driver. A bit like the Tube Screamer but more transparent and edgy.

  73. Matt says:

    Hey Bjorn, I was wondering if you could have a link for the TonePrint for your Flashback so I can download it onto mine. Also, you said above that you want as little distractions as possible when playing, yet you have a 12 pedal setup. You could put like 6 Mooer ElecLady’s where you have your Electric Mistress. Your studio setup is much more compact and made with newer and probably more reliable pedals. Wouldn’t your older and more vintage pedals do better as your studio board? Correct me if I am wrong or if I missed something, but it was something I thought of.

    Thanks,
    Matt

    • Bjørn says:

      At the moment I’m using different signatgure/artist TPs :) I Guess distractions are subjective. For me, a large board With switching systems and pedals hidden under a floor or tier, is a distraction. Likewise, having too many guitars or amps, will to me be a distraction especially in a studio setting. I had bigger Boards and lots of pedals and guitars laying around but I’ve scaled it down to a Level where I can cover the tones and musical styles than I both need and are comfortable with.

  74. howard davis says:

    hi Bjorn,
    four knob BK butler drive pedal on its way, please could you give me some knob settings for the BK to get me started, using CS69/ SSL-5 in the strat, CS2 comp and a reeves custom 50 head,

    all the best, Howard,

    • Bjørn says:

      Depending on how you set the bias, I usually keep the volume at about 2:00. That gives you a slight boost but it also smooths out the tone. Bass at 2:00 and treble around 1:00 and the gain at about 10:00. That’s my main setting. I adjust the treble in particular if I switch guitars and often roll it down when increasing the gain.

  75. jazzypar says:

    Someone asked about some settings for the Mobius but I can’t find the original post.
    He’s my settings:

    Mistress
    Flanger:Silver
    Regen:III
    Manual:III
    TapDiv:QRTR
    Pre/Post: Post
    Speed:66.0
    Depth:8:00 (start at 9:00 and roll back to taste)
    Level:noon

    Breathe
    Vibe
    Waveshape:III III III III III
    LoEnd:IIIII II
    Headroom:III III III III II
    Mode:Chorus
    TapDiv:QRTR
    Pre/Post:Pre
    Speed:110.0
    Depth:11:30
    Level:noon

    I don’t have either effect individually so I could compare one to one.

  76. Greg Larson says:

    Bjorn….any experience with an Axe FX unit?

  77. Mario Gagné says:

    Hi Bjorn,
            I love your guitar sound and I’m a fan of David Gilmour. I try to adjust my guitar sound so that it looks like your sound. As buffer what do you think of Custom Audio Electronics MC 406? I have a phaser 90 label script, a fuzz BC109, mojohand colossus, bd-2 boss overdrive point to point handmade, mxr distortion + label script and a nova system Log in amp 30 watts point to point also by Chuck Electronic Quebec. Excuse my English I live in a francophone region of Quebec.

    Mario

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Mario! Thanks for your kind words! I haven’t tried the MC406 myself but I’m sure it does the job :)

  78. Mario Gagné says:

    Hi Bjørn
      in your set up Stageboard, wha is input before your Big Muff, you have no problem of oscillation. Does your wha is true bypass?

    • Bjørn says:

      I don’t use it with the Muff so no issues. Anyway, I don’t think it affects the pedal either when they’re combined.

  79. Debra says:

    Hi Bjorn! Im looking at getting an analog delay and my local music store has an aqua puss and an re20. any thoughts into which one I should get? Sort of leaning towards the boss re20 but Im not sure.

    Thanks so much!

    • Bjørn says:

      I think both of the sound great. Not a big fan of the Boss buffers so if you use a lot of true bypass pedals or fuzz, I’d go with the Aqua.

  80. Lewis says:

    Didn’t you previously have an Effectrode Fire bottle on your board?

    • Bjørn says:

      Yep. Still use it for recording but it’s off the board at the moment. I always switch things around and try different stuff on my studio board. It changes all the time but I always have a bunch of stand alone pedals hooked up too.

      • Lewis says:

        When your Effectrode Fire Bottle is on the board, does it replace the buffer? I have a Fire Bottle and a PC-2A compressor coming this week. I understand the FB should be first in the chain. Is there a need for a buffer when using a FB?

        • Bjørn says:

          Both are true bypass so they’re not buffering or driving the signal. The Fire Bottle is a pickup booster, which will boost the signal, interacting with the dynamics of the pickups, but it’s not a buffer.

          • Lewis says:

            Yes, after I posted that question I found an article on the Effectrode website recommending NOT to use a buffer with the Fire Bottle, so that pretty much answered my question!

            I’ve had my Fire Bottle and PC-2A for a couple of days now, and they are amazing. Thanks for your reviews which introduced me to them :)

            • Bjørn says:

              You can but a buffer will ruin much of the dynamics you get from your pickups, which again interacts with the Fire Bootle :)

  81. Eduardo says:

    Bjorn,
    Wich tone print do you use for the hall of fame?

  82. jazzypar says:

    Hi… Found this a couple weeks ago. The quote is from the Effectode
    Glass-A Triode Buffer Owners Manual regarding where not to use a Buffer:

    “This is the also case with some effect pedals – they
    already have excellent buffer circuitry built in. For
    example the Effectrode Fire Bottle pedal has a high
    impedance input and low impedance output. Placing
    a buffer before or after it will serve no purpose other
    than to introduce a small amount of noise into the
    signal chain. This introduced noise isn’t severe with
    just one buffer, however can add up to become
    significant with many pedals/buffers in series.”

  83. Simon says:

    Hi Bjorn! you’re site is amazing!!! I have a question for you. I have a mooer chorus ensemble king, can you tell me the setting to reply gilmour’s tone?
    thanks a lot

    Simon

    • Bjørn says:

      Thank you, Simon! David’s settings would be rate 11:00, depth 1:00 and level 75-100%. I usually set the rate to 12:00 and the depth to 10:00 for a slightly more subtle tone.

  84. Hey Bjorn, so I finally got a real pedalboard, and it’s so amazingly helpful. However, two things:
    1. Why not two of the same buffer?
    2. How did you ever get a Big Muff into the Boss Rotary and not sound terrible?

    Cheers, Gabe

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Gabe :) I have two different buffers simply because I received them from two different companies :) No tonal difference as far as I can hear. In regards to the Muff and RT20, I think it’s important to keep the Muff gain at a reasonable level and also a moderate high end from both the Muff and your amp. My RT20 settings are: mode 1, effect 8:00, direct 11:00, balance 11:00, overdrive either off or just a hair for some high end roll off. Hope this helped :)

  85. Dan says:

    Hello Bjorn. Like everyone else, I truly do love your info. I’ve made several moves on my board due to your reviews and they’ve all worked better than expected. I have a question about your current setup. Are you using the buffalo fx power booster? If so, does it drive your pig hoof? Clean boost or drive? If you don’t mind me asking, what are the settings you use on the power booster as a boost for pig hoof? I absolutely love this pedal. I have a Colorsound power boost but didn’t want to gig with it, so I went with your suggestion over the throbak. Buffalo Fx seems to make great products. Just ordered an Evolution as well and I’m waiting on my electronic orange pig hoof to arrive in May, hence my question. Thanks for all your help and info.

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Dan! Thanks a lot for your kind words :) Yep, Steve makes some really nice pedals and the Powerbooster is great. Perhaps the most versatile and easy to use between the Colorsound clones. I don’t really use it much but for boosting, the settings depends very much on the voicing of your amp and how it’s set, your guitar and what pedals you use with it. I would set the gain to just a hair above unity gain and the bass and treble fairly neutral but tweak them to compensate for any lack of bass or treble. I like the gain at breaking point but where that is depends on your gear. Cheers!

      • Dan says:

        Thanks for your quick responses. My gig rig is an American 57 reissue with CS69’s and an SSL5 in bridge and an 80’s Hiwatt DR504 with WEM reissue 2×12. The board is a Polytune Mini, Teese RMC3 into True bypass switcher containing Digitech Whammy II, Mu-Fx Tru-Tron, AM BC109, AM Silver modded TS9, (soon to have BFx Evolution here), Vick Audio 73(soon to be replaced by PigHoof), BFx Power Booster, Möbius and out to TRex Replica, Strymon Dig, Strymon Flint, Ditto X2.

        • Dan says:

          Oh…and an AM mini-Bicomp before BC109

        • Bjørn says:

          Nice!

          • Dan says:

            Do you have any suggestions for a starting point on Super Reverb settings for a Gilmour sound? I just got a blackface from 1966 and my ears hurt from working at finding a setting that’s useable. I can’t seem to do it.

            • Bjørn says:

              Hi! I used a Super Twin for most of the stuff I did on our first album, Identity. Got some nice tones with it but yeah, it’s bright. Keep in mind that it’s a very scooped amp tonewise, so you might want to look into pedals with boosted mids, rather than the scooped ones, like fuzz, Muffs, transparent overdrives etc. Check out this feature that I’ve written with some amp setup tips. You’ll find my old Super Twin settings there as well.

  86. Dan says:

    I also just got the Effectrode compressor and fire bottle. Unbelievable. They were awesome at loud volumes but my wife went to sleep, so I turned my super reverb down ton 2.5 and boosted the fire bottle to noon and tone at 9 with 2KHz rolled off. Holy moly. I just realized this things potential. It’s not distorting because the amp is set low but it’s boosted the level and made it sound so warm and beautiful. I’ve actually never had a sound from any amp or guitar (humbuckers or single coil) sound this creamy clean. I think just found my tone. I may leave the fire bottle on at all times. Have some serious testing to do this weekend to see what distortion/over drives sound good behind this. I’m so freaking excited and happy.

    • Bjørn says:

      Yep, that thing is really great!

      • Dan says:

        I do have a question which someone slightly touched on earlier in this chain about the Fire Bottle and I also read this on the Effectrode Buffer manual too. Says to put a fuzz before buffer which I know seems to be the consensus of everyone. It also says there’s no need for a buffer when using the fire bottle. However, it also states fire bottle should be first in line. Confusion sets in… Should I plug straight into the AM BC109 SunFace and then into the Fire Bottle or the Fire Bottle and into the SunFace? Also you stated in an earlier post that the Fire Bottle isn’t a buffer. That also confuses me since they say specifically not to use it with a buffer. If the Fire Bottle will be off at times, should one still use a buffer if it’s necessary to have one in the first place? If using all 3, what order would you suggest? Thanks for all your help.

        • Bjørn says:

          Hi Dan! The “problem” with designing a pedalboard is that there are no rules or one way of doing things. It all depends on what pedals you use and ultimately, what tones you want. Fuzz pedals don’t like buffers. It makes them sound thin and fizzy. A fuzz is best placed first in the chain, so that it can interact with your pickups and picking. You’ll achieve the full potential of its dynamics this way. You can place it further down the chain but it won’t be as dynamic and it won’t respond as good to rolling down the guitar volume for more headroom.
          The Fire Bottle is designed much like the front end of a tube amp and the best way to place this in the chain is first, so that it can “see” the guitar and pickups. Much like a fuzz. It will work nicely further down the chain but it won’t sound as dynamic and have as much headroom. It’s also designed to drive the signal from the pickups so a buffer would redundant and possibly also interfere with its dynamics.
          If you want both a Fire Bottle and fuzz in the chain, you need to decide which sound best where.

  87. Dan says:

    Hello Bjorn. I was wondering if you’ve had any experience with the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo? It seems to be a serious piece of equipment. Just wondering how it matches up to a real Echoplex or if it’s worth spending $1,500 on it? I have tons of delays: Timeline, Timefactor, DM-2, Replica, Line6, Catalinbread Echorec, Boss DD20, Strymon Dig, TC Nova and TC 2290. I’ve never played through a Binsin Echorec 2 or an Echoplex, so I don’t know if the digital tape delays that I have match up to it. All you read about online makes it sound like there is nothing like playing through a real tape delay. That’s why I’m contemplating getting the Fulltone. I really would like some opinions first though. Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Bjørn says:

      I haven’t tried it so I can’t really tell. In general, those old units do have something special to offer and the old electronics, tubes, wear and tear makes it very to recreate that tone and, equally important, all its flaws. Whether it’s worth it or not depends on how bad you want THE tone and how picky you are. Some of the pedals out there, like the Strymon stuff, Gurus Echosex etc are very impressive.

  88. Dan says:

    What about the new T Rex Replicator tape delay? Any experience with that yet?

  89. Dan says:

    If you had to choose 1 single pedal for your dirty sound, what would be the one pedal that you’d choose that could get you a tube driver/muff/fuzz sound all in one with money being no object. One pedal that could get you in the realm of those 3 pedal styles? I know they are all very different, but what would be the most versatile dirt pedal that you’d want to be stranded with?

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Dan! Obviously, it would depend on the amp but Im mainly using a Laney Lionheart l20 these days and I have to say that the Buffalo TDX would be my choice. It can do boost, overdrive and distortion and with some tweaking, you can get some nice fuzz and Muff-like tones too. I could go with a BK Tube Driver but I think the TDX sound smoother and has a wider range of tones.

  90. Gerry in LA says:

    Bjorn:

    In pursuing the boost/OD sound a-la Shine Second solo (after Sid’s Theme) where DG would use the Powerboost..I tried a Snouse Blackbox Overdrive II (the one that has a boost and presence controls).It’s a very faitheful Bluesbreaker pedal clone and I must say that through my Reeves Custom 12 and a CS69 neck PU, to me ear it comes very close, more so than my Mooer Blues Mood. Do you have any take on the Bluesbreaker circuit for the Colorsound-ish boost/OD used in Shine on? I have not seen anyone comment on that particular option in your discussion pages…..best/Gerry in LA

    • Bjørn says:

      I haven’t tried that myself but it’s not that different from the Powerbooster and Tube Driver David’s been using over the years. A bit more mid range and less headroom but it should ´go nicely, with a bit of tweaking.

  91. Dan says:

    It seems like you run your boosts before your Tube Driver and after the Muff. Your Buffalo FX power booster goes into your Tube Driver, right? Doesn’t David Gilmour run his after all his overdrives, distortions, muffs, fuzz, etc.? It almost looks like his power boost even comes after his modulations as well in the rattle that lock studio pic you have. Is that correct? You go before Tube Driver, he goes after?

    • Bjørn says:

      Yes, but this is my setup for my tones. It’s not an attempt at replicating his tones :) David has always boosted after the high gain pedals. He’s basically using the Powerbooster and Tube Driver as an EQ, adding tone and saturation to the Big Muff. Not so much volume or gain. I boost after the Muff as I find this to be the best combo for a Muff, opening it up and smoothing out any harsh frequencies. With the Tube Driver, which I use for overdrive, I have a booster in front of it, much like you’d boost the front end of an amp. Rather than using it as an EQ or tone enhancer, I’m kicking it in for producing more gain on lead stuff.

  92. Zac says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I was just wondering how come the effectrode fire bottle isn’t present on any of your boards. I remember you saying that it was one of the best tone enhancers you’ve ever used.

    Zac

    • Bjørn says:

      It is and I often use it in recording sessions but rarely on my boards. I feel it’s somewhat redundant as I’m using different overdrives and compression.

  93. howard davis says:

    hi,bjorn
    got my bk butler tube driver on my board, to date, do you still go with using the Shine Boost to boost the bk butler?

    do you ever use the following to boost the bk butler ( OCD, OD808, BD2, The Tree of Life )

    thanks for your time,
    howard.

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Howard! I rarely use the TD anymore. Swapped it with the Buffalo FX TD-X. But anyway, I use the Shine Boost before the TDX to drive it in the same fashion as boosting the front end of a cranked amp. It allow me to use the TDX for rhythms and then add a bit more gain and mids for the milder overdrive solos.

  94. Wouldn’t one use the BK Butler Tube Driver to boost a Big Muff?

  95. howard davis says:

    hi,bjorn
    you said
    (I rarely use the TD anymore. Swapped it with the Buffalo FX TD-X.)

    whats good or bad about the bk butler tube driver ????

    thanks for you time,
    howard,

  96. howard davis says:

    hi,bjorn
    are you still using this stage board to date, i know the Buffalo FX TD-X replaced the bk butler tube driver,

    guitar to the Dunlop RotoVibe / Wylde Wah / CostaLab Buffer/ Composus compressor / Pig Hoof from Electronic Orange/Shine Boost fromTopTone/Buffalo FX TD-X/ The Tree of Life from Vick Audio/ Electric Mistress/ Strymon Lex Leslie simulator/Ernie Ball Jr volume pedal/ TC Electronics PolyTune Mini/ From the volume pedal/Boss DD2 and a Catalinbread Echorec/ Pure Tone buffer /amp.
    all the best,
    howard,

    • Bjørn says:

      Been some updates since the release of our new album. Chain goes: Buffer – RotoVibe – Wah – Effectrode Compressor – Vick Audio 73 Rams Head Riis model – TopTone Shine Boost – Vick Audio Tree of Life – TDX – Strymon Deco – Strymon Lex – Mooer ElecLady – Volume pedal – Boss DD2 – TC Flashback – TC HoF – Buffer.

      • Cribs says:

        Hi bjorn
        I’m surprised that there is no mistress and replaced Echorec with flashback
        Is deco flange sound better than mistress? And tell me why now you using two digital delays?

        • Bjørn says:

          I actually forgot the Mistress :) I’m using a Mooer ElecLady now and retired my old ’99 Deluxe Mistress. The Mooer sounds great! The Deco is mostly used for adding a bit of boost to cleans but I also use the flanging on some stuff. Sounds different to the Mistress. I’ve been using the DD2 for years and the Flashback sounds great. I either use the 2290 or a custom tone print that I’ve made, which sounds similar to a Memory Man with a hint of dirt and modulation.

  97. howard davis says:

    hi, bjorn
    if i did use a TopTone Shine Boost or a Buffalo FX power booster in front of a bk butler tube driver,

    do both boosters work the same way,or are they different pedals to each other?

    much thanks for your time,
    howard,

    • Bjørn says:

      The TopTone has two modes. Either flat volume boost or a slight hump in the upper mids. I’m using the mids boost, which allows both a volume boost and some presence, when you need it. The Powerbooster is basically an overdrive pedal, acting much like the front end of a tube amp. The gain stage ranges from clean boost to near fuzz and you also got the treble and bass controls, acting as an EQ. It’s two different pedals and you’ll get different results when boosting a pedal, either in front or after.

  98. george says:

    Hello Bjorn.

    Love your websites… They have been fantastic for guidance and advice with amps, stompbox’s etc etc.
    How do you get the volume level of your distortion pedals so high… noticed on your Facebook page a photo, with a SL Drive you own, its gain was very high but also it volume… I also have a SL Drive going through a Blues Jr… But I can’t really put the level much higher than 9’oclock…. otherwise it completely out powers my clean tone volume. Same with all my overdrives !!!

    Sorry if this question is a waste…

    Many thanks

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi George! How the pedal appears to be sounding depends on the amp. In your case, the Blues Jr has that typical Fender mids scoop, which will make a pedal like the SL Drive, which has a lot of mid range, appear to be much louder as your ears will focus on that mid range. On an mid range focused amp, like my Reeves and Lionheart, mid rangy pedals won’t stand out as much. I also like to have all my gain pedals slightly boosted to drive the tubes a bit and to get a smoother breakup. I rarely use just the clean tone from the amp but often a booster or a very mild overdrive and everything is slightly boosted so there is little difference in volume between the pedals and tones. Cheers!

  99. Tordi Moore says:

    Hei Bjørn, i was wondering if its the same for you?

    I have a Analogman DS-1 i bought early this year, and i found out recently that the tone control is ineffective when the ekstra mid-control is set from 3clock to 100%. From 0% to 3clock the tone control works. Therefore i set mine at 1.30 for optimal usage of the tone control.

    Is it the same with you? Can You Test It?

    • Bjørn says:

      I haven’t really thought of that. I like the mids control around 1 and the tone either backed down all the way or just a tad above zero.

  100. Pete W. says:

    I know it’s not very “Gilmour”, but since you like recording with P90’s, Porter Pickups makes a single coil sized P90 pickup that is just KILLER SOUNDING!

  101. Pete W. says:

    You’ll find them under the single coils on his website, not under the P90 section.
    Enjoy!

  102. Mario Gagné says:

    Hi Bjorn, do you have a lot of noise with the Vick Audio 73 Ram’s Head.

    • Bjørn says:

      Not more than expected. Those Ram’s Head Big Muffs has a lot of gain and high end, which makes them fairly noisy but the pedal it self is very quiet.

  103. Dan says:

    Hello Bjorn. I believe I saw a post at one point recently that you’ve done some changes to your live board. What’s your effects chain now and will you be posting photos?

    • Bjørn says:

      I’ve done some minor changes and will have everything up once we start rehearsing for our upcoming shows in early 2017. I’ll post some photos soon :)

  104. Robert van Erven says:

    Hi Bjorn, I could use some advice about distortion. I’m using a PigHoof ( red) combined with the Buffalo Powerbooster. I also have the Wampler Plexidrive. Do you think the Evolution will add new tones to my pedalboard, or is it just more of the same ? The same for the Patriot, do you think the Patriot adds new posibilities ?
    Thanks for your reply. I’m looking forward to the new album and to the Boerderij show !
    all the best
    Robert

    • Bjørn says:

      I think you have it pretty much covered but obviously, these are all different sounding pedals. Depends on what sort of fuzz and distortion tones you want and how well they go with your amp. If anything, I would perhaps consider the Evolution as it cover more distortion tones and more modern stuff as well.

  105. howard davis says:

    hi, bjorn
    please can you help, i have these pedals so far, how would you place them in a chain, some settings for the Vick Audio Tree of Life and Buffalo FX TD-X when using them together please

    CS-2 comp / bk butler tube driver/ Vick Audio Tree of Life /Buffalo FX TD-X/ eventide timefactor,

    big thanks for your time,
    howard,

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Howard. The chain looks OK to me. Depends on how you’re using the pedals. Are you stacking some of them? What amp are you using at the moment?

  106. howard davis says:

    hi,bjorn
    I am using a reeves custom 50 head,
    do you use the Vick Audio Tree of Life and Buffalo FX TD-X as two separate OD pedals ? or do you stack the Vick Audio Tree of Life and Buffalo FX TD-X together ?
    please may i ask, what setting for Vick Audio Tree of Life and Buffalo FX TD-X are you using,

    much thanks,
    howard,

    • Bjørn says:

      The TDX is my main OD. The ToL is placed infront set almost clean and I kick it in for leads, similar to driving the front end of the amp. The TDX is usually set for a slight boost with moderate gain: volume 2:30, treble 1:00, bass 2:00, gain 11:00.

  107. Andrew says:

    Awesome site! Between this and Gilmourish I’ve spent a heap of time and learnt a lot around the decisions that go into setting up a pedalboard and the pedal placement order to get the most out of my gear.

    One quick and perhaps silly question though. I have a Butler Tube Driver and am wondering the best way to ‘stick’ it to my board. How did you do yours?

    Thank you :)

    • Bjørn says:

      Hi Andrew! Sorry for my late reply… thanks for your kind words! I usually have my Tube Driver, or the Buffalo TDX that I’m using, placed after the high gain pedals like Muffs and fuzz. The TD is sensitive to buffered pedals you might want to keep them away. At least not next to it.

      • Andrew says:

        No problem Bjorn I appreciate the response. How do you physically attach the TD to your board so it doesn’t come loose? It has those big old feet on the bottom which kind of make it hard to attach to anything. Thanks again.

        • Bjørn says:

          I unscrewed the rubber feet and used smaller screws and velcro tape :)

        • Gerard Smulevich says:

          I used a long zip-tie looped across the top and down the sides to two smaller zips on either side wrapped around the Pedaltrain bars to act as an “anchor” to the longer zip. Left the feet on.

  108. Alireza Khosroshahi says:

    Dear Bjorn ;
    I feel so lucky to live in a time that you and ,of course, your precious Airbag band are making these mind blowing, Beautiful and soul touching musics. I just wanted to say thank you and wish your solo project doesn’t make you leave Airbag ;-) .
    hope to hear more music from you guys . god bless.

    Alireza from Iran

  109. Dan says:

    Hello Bjorn,
    Bob Bradshaw from CAE built me a custom rig and I had a vintage MXR flanger on the board. I tried to replace it with my early v2 EH mistress and when I put it into the chain, it oscillates like crazy. It’s way down the line in a huge chain of effects but it’s all in a true bypass switching system. Any idea how to fix this? I am running through a polytune and teese RMC3 wah at all times in the beginning of the chain. Don’t know if they could be causing it, but all other effects are bypassed unless I add em into the chain. It sucks because it sounds incredible when I plug straight into it. Could putting it through a Lehle Parralel M fix this? I know DG has his running through one to boost volume but could it be fixing that issue as well because I know his effects are in a similar bypassed switching system from Pete Cornish.

    • Bjørn says:

      David’s using a Skrydstrup switching system these days and as far as I know, the Lehle is only used for boosting that slight volume drop known to the early Mistress pedals. Those old units does oscillate a lot but did it get worse when you placed in on your new board? Since you’re already have a setup where all the pedals are individually bypass I wouldn’t think that an additional mixer would make any difference. Why you might experience more noise this way I don’t know.

  110. matt says:

    Hey Bjorn I noticed that you mentioned how the zakk wylde wah has got more range that a typical wah, i’m a huge fan of Zakk myself, i love his tone and style of playing his effects, the wylde wah is no longer in production unfortunately, i know i can by a used one but then i fear that someone may have modded it or done some switching out of components, and i’m not technical enough to know if they did or not, with that being said are there any other wahs that you know of that have the same type of range and tonal characteristics, or is not a very noticeable difference to the ear when mixed in a band setting? i look forward to your reply, thank you.

    • matt says:

      I forgot to mention, i currently have the DUNLOP MXR MC404 dual inductor wah which has the yellow and red fasel, high or low frequency selector switch.

    • Bjørn says:

      It’s got more of the lower freqiencies, which on some amps can sound really boomy but on a Marshall or similar, it really nails the tone. I haven’t really played enough wahs to tell if there are similar models out there.

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