Updated December 2017

I have several boards for different situations but I don’t really collect pedals. They all need to serve a purpose, wether its for practice, stage or recording.

Years ago 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. This was my main effect unit for years when I portrayed David Gilmour in a local Pink Floyd tribute act. The GT3 was mostly set up for delays and I had a second board with stompboxes, which I routed through the GT3.

Bjorn Riis - pedalboard 2017
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Some pedals, like the Electric Mistress, has always been with me and while I often swap around the overdrives and distortions, the collection or type of pedals has been fairly consistent over the years.

Coming from the Floyd tribute, my boards was very much inspired by David Gilmour during the first Airbag albums. I guess it still is to some extent but during the last 3-4 years I’ve started to replace some of the old favourites, including the Big Muff, with something slightly different for a more classic rock, Marshall oriented sound, which I guess, goes back to my Sabbath, Whitesnake, Kiss, Zeppelin influence and guitarists like Iommi, Wylde, Gibbons, Page etc.

I’ve always been more comfortable with having all the pedals spread out in front of me, with easy access and in a certain layout. I used to do a lot of tweaking during a show but now it’s more about habit and comfort. I’ve never really cared much about keeping the boards super tidy and clean but I do have carefully placed buffers, proper powering, high quality cables, shielding etc to keep things balanced and transparent, with as little noise as possible.

My stageboard is custom designed by Custom Pedalboards, 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 tones going all the way back to those early days with Ozzy. The Dunlop Rotovibe has always been an important part of his tone and personally I prefer this one over a UniVibe. It just blends better with high gain pedals and I often use the expression pedal to create wild tremolo effects during a solo or ambient part.

ElecLady settings
The ElecLady is set for a tone as close to my old Deluxe as possible, with a fairly slow rate and the range all the way down.

My signal travel straight from the guitar into a CotaLab Buffer, hidden under the board’s tier, to the Dunlop Rotovibe and then into a Dunlop Cry Baby.

The signal then travel back to the board and into the Effectrode PC-2A tube compressor. This is pretty much on all the time when I use single coil guitars and often kicked in during certain parts on a solo where I need more sustain. It’s set for a slight boost and fairly moderate compression.

For years I had a Gollmer Composus, which sounded like a mix between a Boss CS2 and MXR Dynacomp but I love the transparent character of the PC-2A and its ability to make everything more balanced, without squeezing too hard.

The next one is a Xotic Effects EP Booster, which is set with the control backed all the way off for just that hint of volume and mids boost. I pretty much leave this on for everything.

Flashback settings
I usually use either the tape or 2290 modes, with the feedback set to about 7 repeats. The time markings are aprox 300ms, 450ms and 750ms.

I used a BK Butler Tube Driver for years but as I went from that mid rangy Hiwatt setup to a slightly more scooped (at least in comparison with the Hiwatt/Reeves) with the Laney Lionheart, I found it a tad too bright and boomy. The Buffalo TD-X addressed those issues right away and I instantly swapped the two. The TD-X is my go-to overdrive that I use for rhythm stuff, cleaner solos, overdriven solos and in combo with other pedals. It’s just incredibly dynamic and versatile. I use it a lot for recording too.

The JHS Charlie Brown is one of the latest additions. I’ve tried a bunch of Plexi/JTM pedals but none of them really fit my setup. They’re either too bright or they don’t have enough output. The Charlie Brown is very similar to the TDX but it has noticeably more mids and compression. Mine is pretty much set up like an EQ, with a bit of boost and always used with the TDX for whenever I need the TDX to cut through more during a solo or a specific part of a song.

I’ve always loved the Fulltone OCD. It’s been on and off my board during the last decade and I often use it for recording. It’s currently my main high gain pedal used for heavier riffs and lead stuff, often stacked with just a hint of the Deco modulation to smoothen the top end and a bit of delay.

Custom Pedalboards patch cables

Next is the Strymon Deco, which has become one of my favourites. It’s amazing what this pedal is capable of! The overdrive or saturation is not that different from the EP Booster but it has a much wider sweep from clean boost to pretty nasty overdrive, with tube-like compression. I mainly use this for adding a bit of grit to cleans but it sounds amazing for the more bluesy stuff as well.

All of the gain pedals, including the compressor, are set with the volume or level control fairly high at about 65-70%. This will boost the front end of the amp quite a bit and add more compression and mids from the tubes. This could be an issue if you stomp a pedal from a clean tone, but I always have at least one of these engaged for all of my tones so the output stays nicely balanced.

The Strymon Lex is in my opinion the most authentic Leslie simulation out there. I don’t really use it that much but it’s featured on one or two songs and occasional ambient parts.

Probably my all time favourite pedal is my ’99 Deluxe Electric Mistress. It’s become such a huge part of my tone and palette. It’s old and just too big for my board so it’s now retired to studio use only and replaced by the Mooer ElecLady, which is a great sounding alternative, without the annoying volume drop and noise.

The signal now travel into the Ernie Ball Jr volume pedal and into the FX Amplification Heartbeat delay. I mainly use this for textures and ambient stuff. It sounds very close to the old Memory Man, with a lush almost reverb-like character.

Next is a TC Electronic Flashback. This is my main delay unit, mostly set for either tape simulation or 2290 digital delay. I use the tap function for most of the songs. Last is a Hall of Fame that’s set for a huge church reverb that I’m using for some pad or swell stuff. The Flashback is set for true bypass, while the Hall of Fame is buffered to balance the signal into the amp.

Cables are all Evidence Audio, with a Reveal between the guitar and board, Monorails and Melody custom patch cables and a Melody from the board to the amp. The amp head and cab is hooked up with a Siren. All the pedals are powered by two TRex Fuel Tanks, except for the PC-2A and Heartbeat, which are powered individually with proper voltage.

321 Replies to “Pedalboard”

  1. Hello Bjørn!

    Just a few day ago I bought the Robert Keeley Dark Side workstation (an awesome and fun pedal), and by reading a found this:

    Please visit this site. I can’t say what a joy and bundle of knowledge these people have
    presented. It truly is a wonder. Without the plethora of information at Gilmourish, this
    pedal would not have been possible.”

    So thank you very much… you are the man !

  2. Hi Bjorn,
    Just curious to know if you’ve made any changes to your pedalboard in the last 2.5 years? I thought I’d read somewhere that you did or were considering the Unit 67. Anything else?
    Thanks for all the work. I don’t know how you do it.

    1. I’ve been swapping out stuff and trying new things over the past year with album recording and touring. I’ll try to update the article soon.

  3. Hi Bjorn,

    I am a bit confused about what compressor and overdrive to get, I ve got SSH strat connected to Laney Cub 12 and aim to play clean lead and also rough overdriven sounds. I would like to hear you advice on wheather to get Pink Flow as a whole multieffect (but i dont intend to play only floyd tones); or rather to get single stompboxes where i consider either TD-X buffalo with PC-2A based on your review or Tubedriver with Dynassor as compressor? Or combination of those two?

    Im searching for versatility

    thanks a lot for advice, keep up an amazing music of yours

    1. Sorry I meant TubeDreamer in combination with Dynassor from Jampedals vs TD-X and Effectrode 2A.. ( or a combination) as I cant try any of them, just blindly buy them

  4. I loved your review of the TD-X, but it’s a bit pricey for my budget, so I build myself a clone with a pcb from But when I plugged it into my board, I could not find a way to make it work for me, and after a few weeks of trying, I took it off. I just came across this post of yours, and I zoomed in to see the settings on your TD-X, and, on a whim, I gave it a shot. And lo and behold–it’s amazing, exactly what I had been looking for. It’s a great crisp, cleanish-but-sustaining overdrive lead tone on its own, a bit like a BD-2 but with more body and no fizz, but also a great lead boost ahead of two of the other ODs on the board, a Nobels ODR-1 clone and a TC Dark Matter. I like it better in that role than my Timmy clone, whose place it may take. Thank you, thank you!

    1. The Tube Driver and TDX can be tricky to set up because it’s so much depending on the amp. Think of it as a pre-amp for your amp and not just a pedal you kick in for more dirt. I always have a bit of boost from the volume and on my amps, I need to roll back the treble a bit too. Glad it worked out for you :)

  5. I have a lot of these pedals and am very happy with them (if Bjorn uses them, they must be great).

    Im missing a rotovibe. Is yours an early 90s model or a current one? Ive heard they are slightly different.

    1. The current one I’m using is a newer model. Don’t remember how many of these I’ve had but the difference between the earlier models and the new is minimal. It all depends on where in the chanin you place the pedal and how it interacts with the other pedals, pickups and amp. I’m very happy with the new one that I’m using.

  6. Hi Bjørn, I wanted first thank you for all the knowledge on gear you so freely share. You’ve helped so many of us save hard earned cash and I don’t know where I would be tone wise without all your outstanding advice. Thank you so much! I just have a quick question. When I was reading about what cables you use I was wondering why you use a Reveal from the guitar to board and then a Melody from board to amp? Thank again, Cheers!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Sean!
      I’ve experimented with a lot of different Evidence Audio cables and although I usually use Melody when recording it curls up too easily on stage so that’s why the reveal from the guitar.

  7. Always great to come back to your site for info and inspiration!
    Hope everything is great!
    I love my Lionheart, but a Hiwatt style amp has always been tempting… Boy, that Hi-Tone 50-watter and Eclipse style cab is out of this world!
    Just one thing.
    I want to have the head next to me to make adjustments easier on stage, while the cab further away.
    How long a speaker cable, you think can be? I ‘ve heard anything from 1 meter up to 6…A bit baffled!
    Thank you!

    1. Thanks for the kind words! My experience is that as long as it’s a high quality speaker cable, it can be pretty long but I would assume that anything longer than 3m would drain the top end.

  8. Do you encounter any tone loss with your Ernie Ball volume pedal?
    Mine drains high frequencies and signal strength severely.
    No buffers or before it, though, just a couple of true bypass pedals.
    Any thoughts?

    1. I haven’t noticed a drop. I’m using the JR, which has a tone switch inside set to match my pickups. I’m also using buffers so I guess that will compensate for any loss.

  9. I recently acquired a 1976 electric mistress and am wanting to understand the best combination of series and parallel effects for the flanger. I currently run from guitar into my SP compressor then into a new EHX mini PI fuzz then into EB Booster and then the mistress. In the effects loop of my amp I’ve got EQ , delay and finally reverb. If I wanted to do something similar to what I understand Gilmour did with the Lehle what goes into what and what’s parallel with what I’ve got an ES-8 and do anything is easily achieved.


    1. David had the Mistress in loop with the Lehle and I believe it was used as a volume control to compensate for the volume drop caused by the Mistress. Personally I’d run all the effects into the front end of the amp unless you rely on the amp for dirt.

  10. Hello Bjorn. Love the info so much. I’m curious…what version OCD is that that you use on your board? They all sound very different in my opinion. Just curious as to which one you’ve settled with.

    Also, do you mess with the internal attack and knee controls for the PC2A or did you leave it as stock?

    Thanks again for all your incredible tone knowledge.

          1. Cool…sorry for all the questions…last one, I promise. What voltage do you use the EP booster and how do you have the internal DIP switches set?

              1. I said no more questions, but you’re kinda like a tone thesaurus. You’ve got all kinds of different suggestions for similar effect. It’s remarkable :-) Curious…what do you think a good pickup selection would be for a 59 reissue Les Paul to go with a Gilmour rig? For his tones, I use a Hiwatt SSD-504 and WEM replica 2×12. I have his replica Strat and it’s really beautiful with his 2006 amp stage setup 2 settings on your site. I’m using a ton of effects but my go to on my monstrous board for the Gilmour tone is a PC2A, Klon, TDX and OCD in some stacked/non-stacked variations. Curious as to a good pickup for the LP though. Currently it’s outfitted with pearly gates, which sound great, but I’m looking to dabble in something new. Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.

                1. I think the Pearly Gates should do fine. Although David’s been using Les Pauls, they are mostly P90s models, which are hotter than a vintage Strat but not as dark as humbuckers. The Pearly Gates are PAFs but with a bit more mid range so you might want to check out something closer to true PAFs or something like the Duncan Phat Cats, which are P90s in humbucker enclosures. I use them and they sound fantastic.

                  1. Cool. I went a different route. Instead of changing pickups, I just snagged a brand new Gibson 50th anniversary 1968 custom Les Paul goldtop with P90s. Pretty damn incredible guitar. Holy crap.

  11. Hi Bjorn,
    Recently (and because I can’t make too much noise at home) I sold my bigger amps and ended up buying a great small wattage amp which is amazing for home studio recording. It is a non master volume plexi style amp (a Cornell Plexi 7). I own a Nova Delay that works nice with it in the tape or analog settings. I like very much the sound of tape delays and think it really matches well with the caracter of the amp. I would like to know if you think it would be worth to go from the Nova Delay to something a bit more “special” like the Strymon El Capistan… In a more budget friendly scenario, do you think the TC Flashback 2 is a worthy upgrade from the Nova Delay or do you think I should stick with the Nova?
    Thank you
    Best wishes

    1. The El Capistan is definitely worth looking into. It has some wonderful sounds replicating the old tape machines. The Nova has long been one of my favourite delays, which is why I’m using the Flashback for my smaller boards. The tones are more or less the same, although the Flashback has the Tone Print, but as for the features and options, the Nova wins.

  12. hi bjorn,
    i note on your new 2017 pedal board you are using a Xotic Effects EP Booster , could i use the tree of life pedal , set for a clean boost , to do the same job that the Xotic Effects EP Booster is doing,
    thanks for you time,

    1. I guess so. The ToL has a bit of mid range and lots of headroom. They don’t sound exactly the same but you would achieve something similar.

  13. Hello Bjorn. I was reading above where you mention the JHS Angry Charlie but the photo of your peddle board looks like a JHS Charlie Brown. I’m just curious; are you using both? If so, do you find a difference. Thanks.

  14. Hi Bjorn!! The “SIS Screw In Solderless” plugs from Evidence Audio seem to get unscrewed with time, is that why you switched them to CPB Jack Plugs for your pedalboard? Cheers!

  15. Hi, Bjorn!
    I currently own this chain of pedals: Tuner > Phase 90 EVH > RAT 2 > Tree of Life > MXR Analog Chorus > Eleclady > TC Flashback.
    (I use an american standard Fender Strat and a Blues Junior amp).
    Considering that I use a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus with 8 outputs, which pedal would you chose as the 8th, and where would you put it in the chain?
    As always, congrats for your work! I’m addicted to “Stay Calm” :D

    1. Hi! Question is… do you need another pedal? Your chain looks fine to me but it depends on what you think is missing or what you need to be able to achieve the tones you want.

      1. I’m sorry for not having been clearer, Bjorn! My tone goal is always Gilmour’s, and anything that could get me closer and closer to that would be welcome, as you know well xD I think what I was really trying to say was: for my tone purpose, and considering what I already have, would it be interesting to get a compressor, a fuzz or a big muff?

        1. Considering the amp, I think you’re better off with the Rat and ToL that you have, rather than a fuzz and Muff, which can sound pretty bright and harsh on Fender amps. At least compared to David’s tones. You could try something like the new Green Russian reissue from EHX, which has a bit more mid range and an overall darker tone, but I don’t think you should expect it to sound as smooth as your Rat. Personally I like having 2-3 different overdrives just to have a broader pallette of sounds available. Whether it’s for disctintly different characters or like having one set for boost and the other for heavier overdrive tones.

  16. Love your setup! Guess you need many different gain settings with all those OD pedals … :P So you have the Volume Pedal set AFTER the gains/modulation to reduce the overall loudness before the delays, if I understood the article correctly … cause it says “travels … and …” Is the signal split then?!

    Recently tried this and the Volmume pedal at the start of the chain, but I think I like it more the way you implemented it ;)

    1. Having the volume pedal first will make it an attenuator for the amount of gain the guitar sends to the pedals and amp. Just like the guitar volume control. Having the volume pedal last, will make it a master volume control. I like to have it before the delays so that they can sustain when I mute the volume with the pedal.

  17. Hey Bjorn. First of all , couple of days ago friend told me about u and i heard some of your stuff by now and its just beautiful, especially last album. And then i found this site and gilmourish and i read almost all of it. Im obviously trying to get that guilmour sound so i have a few questions. For the first time i have a money to buy couple of pedals, but i just dont have expiriance with pedals, yes i can hear tham on varius youtube videos but thats not reliabe so please help mel!!!. I have Laney L5- 112, and by now i have Buffalo FX TD-X and a flashback deley. I read your buyers guaide, but i dont know whats good for this amp. So my question is what would be good choise for next 3-4 pedals, whats most important etc.. or i can maybe kind of copy this pedalboard of yours if its good for those sounds cuz i read that u changed it to support more of classic rock stuff. I know that question is kinda mesy and that u dont like to recommend particular pedals to others but i just cant hear how thay sound with my amp so i will be very gratefull if u can help somehow. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for your kind words! The L5 can handle pretty much anything so it’s more a question of what sort of tones you want. I have chosen a setup slightly different than David’s mainly because I rarely play his stuff with that particular board but also because these days I tend to favour more Marshall type of tones and not so much Muff and fuzz. Check out this feature that I’ve written with some tips on how to choose the right pedals for your amp.

  18. Hey bjorn, I think your rig would sound amazingly better with a G2 from gigrig and possible set up by Dan. I would love to see you on That pedal show That would blow my mind; having two of my favorite shows together would be awsome. A huge fan of yours and all you do!!!

    1. Thank you! Yeah, I always feel that I need something for switching but this setup has become too much of a habit, ha ha :)

  19. I just got the deco, so far it’s great for adding some weirdness and cutting the highs off of big distortion sounds, I can see a lot of experimentation with it for years to come.

  20. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  21. 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.

    1. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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 :)

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  24. 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,

    1. 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.

  25. 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,

    1. 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?

  26. 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

    1. 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.

  27. 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?

    1. 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 :)

    1. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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?

    1. 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.

  30. 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

    1. 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!

  31. 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,

    1. 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.

  32. 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,

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

  33. 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,

  34. 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,

    1. 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.

  35. 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.


    1. 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.

  36. 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?

    1. 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.

  37. 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… in LA

    1. 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.

  38. 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?

    1. 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.

  39. 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.

    1. 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.

  40. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

  41. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

    1. 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 :)

  42. 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


    1. 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.

  43. 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.”

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

          1. 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 :)

  44. 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!

    1. 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.

  45. 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?

    1. 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.

  46. 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.


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

    Pre/Post: Post
    Depth:8:00 (start at 9:00 and roll back to taste)

    Waveshape:III III III III III
    LoEnd:IIIII II
    Headroom:III III III III II

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

  48. 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,

    1. 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.

  49. 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.


    1. 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.

  50. 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.


    1. 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 :)

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

  51. 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.

      1. 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.


  52. 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

    1. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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,

    1. 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 :)

  55. 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

    1. 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.

  56. 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,

    1. 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.

  57. 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

  58. 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 !

    1. 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.

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

    all the best, Howard.

    1. 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 :)


    1. 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.


    1. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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

    1. 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.

  64. 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!

    1. 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.

  65. 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!

    1. 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.

  66. 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.


    1. 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.

      1. 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!

        1. 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.

  67. 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?


    1. 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.

  68. 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 :)

  69. 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 :)

    1. 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.

  70. 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 :)

    1. 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 :)

  71. 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 :)

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

        1. 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 :)

  72. 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 :)

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

  73. 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

    1. 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.

  74. 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

    1. 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.

  75. 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!

      1. 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!

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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

            1. 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.

  76. 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!

    1. 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.

  77. 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?


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

    1. 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]

      1. 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!

        1. 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.

  78. 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!

    1. 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.

  79. 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?

    1. 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 :)

  80. 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 :
    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

    1. 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.

  81. 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!


    1. 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.

  82. 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,

    1. 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.

  83. 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?

  84. 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!

    1. 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.

  85. 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 !

  86. 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

    1. 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.

  87. 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!

    1. 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.

  88. 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!

  89. 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.


  90. 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….


    Best regards,

    1. 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.

  91. 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.

      1. 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!


        1. 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.

  92. 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,


    1. 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.

  93. 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, and here.

    That said, just to save a lot of time for the guy who eventually starts “”, 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

  94. 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 :
    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


    1. 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.

  95. 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


    1. 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.

  96. 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

    1. 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.

  97. 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 fan for many years.

    1. 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 :)

  98. 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!

  99. 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.

  100. 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!….

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  101. 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?

    1. 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?

  102. 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 :)

    1. 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 :)

  103. 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!

    1. 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.

  104. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  105. 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

  106. 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


    1. 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.

  107. 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 :)

    1. 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 :)

  108. 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! :)

    1. 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 :)

  109. 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?

    1. 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.

  110. 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!

  111. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  112. 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. :)

  113. 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!!!

    1. 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.

  114. 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;)

  115. 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 ^^

  116. 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 :)

        1. Hi Fabio! I didn’t get what flanger you have but my 1999 Deluxe Mistress is set with the colour and rate at 10:00 and the range off. Cheers!

    1. Great album Bjorn, I’m a fan of Steven Wilson, so there’s the link, my question, why can’t I find information about the band you play with, and the drums on the album, who did that..? Thx for reading…..

    2. Hey Bjorn. I’m a huge fan. I was wondering what effects you used during the solo to out of reach. It is absolutely amazing.

      1. No. Not at the moment. I often record with one and I have a couple of board with Muffs but I mainly use the OCD for high gain stuff these days.

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