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This is­sue, pedal ex­pert Adrian Thorpe helps a reader deal with the en­vi­able dilemma of wran­gling a ’board full of vin­tage ef­fects

Guitarist - - Contents - Adam os­car, Gui­tarist Reader:

I’ve been a gui­tarist since the early 80s and started col­lect­ing gui­tar pedals al­most as soon as I started play­ing. Hand­ily for me, this was when no­body wanted to use pedals any more, due to the advent of rack multi-ef­fects and elec­tronic synths. As a re­sult, I man­aged to ac­crue around 100 re­ally tasty vin­tage pedals in­clud­ing an EHX Ram’s Head, Tri­an­gle and Op-Amp ver­sions of the Big Muff, Ar­biter Fuzz Face (both sil­i­con and ger­ma­nium ver­sions) and some amaz­ing vin­tage mod­u­la­tion pedals, such as the Boss CE-1, EHX Elec­tric Mistress and Mu-Tron III en­ve­lope fil­ter.

The prob­lem I have is they are too big, too noisy, have weird power re­quire­ments and, in some cases, they’re just too valu­able and frag­ile to gig with. Can you rec­om­mend any op­tions for me to use them ef­fec­tively in a live set­ting or are there any mod­ern ver­sions that will give me sim­i­lar tonal­ity but with­out the neg­a­tives? I’m re­ally fussy with my gui­tar tone…

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