State of the stomp – my latest pedalboard!


Yes I know, I haven’t posted for a bit. Been busy with teaching and the associated preparation. I do still have a few slots available but I’m almost out of the early evening/tea time slots. Let me know if you are looking to book something and I’ll see what I can do.

Here is my latest iteration of my pedalboard, alongside my Fender Stratocaster:


The signal chain is Boss tuner – Xotic EP Booster – Thorpyfx Peacekeeper – TC Electronic Alter Ego Echo

I’ve now done a couple of gigs with this board and I can honestly say that it has set me free! I really enjoy the simplicity of this setup, which leaves me to concentrate on playing and not tap dancing! Of course, things can always change and I must admit, I’m not that keen on the TC Alter Ego Echo. I think it is a great pedal for options, but sound wise, its not a patch on the Strymon El Capistan I sold. Obviously, its a third of the price of the El Capistan. I really do miss that pedal and its tap tempo facility. You never know, I might be using another one again soon 😉

You might notice that the Xotic EP Booster has a rather large foot switch:


This a button cover, made by Custom Pedalboards with the idea being to enlarge the stomp area for the switch, making it easier to find. It really works well on boards where the pedals are close-ish together.

I really love this four pedal setup. Tuner, boost, drive, echo – its all you need!

Friedman Mini Dirty Shirley Demo

So, after a few weeks of having no time whatsoever, I’ve finally got around to finishing the video demo for my recently acquired Friedman Mini Dirty Shirley Head.

I was after another single channel amplifier, which would compliment my Vox inspired Morgan AC20 Deluxe. As great as it was, the Victory V50 Head was just not quite right for me any more, but I wanted something to maintain the possibility, of producing a Marshall type sound. And the Mini Dirty Shirley definitely does that! Think of a 60’s sounding Marshall, but with more gain on tap and the ability to get a great sound, without taking peoples heads off. The 20 watts of the Friedman, is ample for any gig.

I played my first live gig with it a couple of weeks ago, when The Nightwires played at The Deerstock Festival in Nottinghamshire. I got lots of compliments on my sound and the amp worked great, being setup with a crunch sound that I could clean up from the guitar’s volume knob.

At some point, I’d love to be able to set up both the Friedman and my Morgan in stereo; that would be a sound!

In the meantime, enjoy the video…

A busy day of filming…

I’ve been busy today, filming a video demo for my Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini Amplifier. Its a beast…

Rob Chapman Rig Competition Video

Youtube legend, Andertons demo-ist and Dorje guitarist Rob Chapman, has started a competition to celebrate reaching a ridiculous number of Youtube subscribers.

The idea is to write and film a riff, using only frets 1 to 4 on the guitar. Here is my extremely humble entry. I never win owt, so expectations are low, but you lot giving me some views, may show him how popular I am 😉

Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini…

Here is a quick video, shot on my iPhone, of the Friedman Amps Dirty Shirley Mini. This was recorded about 5 minutes after I took it out of the box. Blimey its good! The gain structure switch was set to level 2 of gain (not the highest) and then I controlled the sound via the volume knob on my guitar.

A full demo will follow soon.

Too many pedals…

Here are my current pedalboards. I’m really enjoying the three pedal board on the left. To be honest, when it comes to gear you’re using, sometimes simplicity is so much better! I find I’m just concentrating on playing when I’m using the smaller board, rather than on which pedal I need on next. And these are not all of them! Like many other players, I have a stash of currently “off the board” pedals.

To be honest, I think there will be a cull shortly…

2 pedalboards