3. MXR Super Badass Distortion
Now we're getting serious. On the heavier side of things, next up we've got a full on distortion pedal.
The reason this pedal made it onto my pedal board is because of it's tight, crunchy tone which I really dig to get that chunky Hetfield-ish tone which I couldn't find anywhere else.
I use this mostly for playing parts where there's heavy syncopated riffage going on. Its three-band EQ also gives us a lot of room to play with the frequencies and dial in that perfect heavy tone.
The tone is huge, yet controlled so that when I'm playing palm-muted parts, it sounds really tight which is what I'm going for when playing riffs.
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2. Tech21 Plexi HotRod
Next in line is an overdrive/distortion pedal.
Although the HotRod sounds real heavy at high gain songs, I tend to use it as an overdrive/boost pedal because it responds really well at lower gain settings and I prefer the tone.
I like to use it especially with my guitar coul tapped and in the middle pickup position. That way I can get a twangy, straty tone with a sharp biting stack at the start of each note, allowing me to play more percussively and aggressively.
There's also a 'hot' mode which adds more gain and boosts the mid range so that you can get a more honky tone, but I rarely use it.
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We’re continuing our exploration of the CAGED system. In the word CAGED, after C will come A. Hence, the A-shape is the next pattern to explore. Just a little fretboard tip here to see how the two patterns relate. The perfect octave from the C-shape can be found four frets higher on string 3(G). There is a four fret difference to find the same note between strings 2(B) and 3(G). Between all the other strings we have a five fret difference. Get more insight into the fretboard patterns with my FREE ebook ‘Fretboard Mastery’, available from my website. Link in bio 🙏🏻
1. TC Electronic Polytune
Perhaps the most important pedal in the effect chain, the Polytune is a tuning pedal.
The word 'poly' is of significance here as it allows you to tune all of the strings at once, as opposed to being 'mono'. Just give your guitar a strum and the pedal will tell you which of the strings are sharp and which ones are flat in pitch, and then tune your instrument accordingly.
Has an excellent display which works in all sorts of lighting conditions. I've used this thing in the brightest of venues but have never faced any problems whatsoever.
It also is a 'true bypass' pedal, meaning when turned off, it does not act as a dead-end and block the guitar signal rather allows it to flow freely unlike many other pedals I've used in the past.