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…
Here is the latest instalment of my “Going Loopy” videos. This one uses my latest, small pedal board. Proves you don’t need a million pedals, in order to make a big sound.
I’ve been busy today, filming a video demo for my Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini Amplifier. Its a beast…
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 😉
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.
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…
I’m really enjoying this setup at the moment. Sometimes simplicity just works. I’ve got everything I really need here: tuner, an overdrive/boost and a delay. Plus a Wah pedal in front when the desire for such a thing hits.
Signal chain is Boss TU2 — Thorpyfx Peacemaker — TC Electronic Alter Ego Tape Delay. The Wah is a Dunlop CAE unit with switchable Fasel inductors and a built in boost if required.
All of that is mounted on a Pedaltrain Metro 20 with power coming from my original Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 which I wasn’t using.
The Thorpyfx Peacekeeper is a low gain overdrive with a 3 band eq. It is spectacularly good at boosting an already overdriven amp, without adding too much colour. I also love the sound of the Alter Ego Tape Delay, although I have had some problems with the foot switch working loose. I’ve done it up as tight as I can and it seems to be holding now. At the moment, my Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo, wont work on this board as the power supply doesn’t have an output that can provide enough milliamps. That will stay on my bigger board for the time being.
That “bigger” board is a Pedaltrain Jr, so it’s hardly massive, but I like this new simpler approach. I have so many pedals now that a cull seems likely. Recently, I have definitely fallen foul of the “acquisition of things” syndrome, particularly as far as pedals are concerned. I now have 5 drive pedals for example. And nobody needs 4 pedal tuners!!
I’m seeing so many players on Facebook groups, posting these enormous pedalboards with 3 Strymons, 4 boutique drives etc etc. However, I’m not convinced that many of them, actually have a clue on how to use all those pedals. Don’t get me wrong, there are some stellar players with massive boards (Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan etc) who know exactly what they are doing with lots of effects, but I also feel that a lot of players are using effects to cover up some deficiencies. If that makes me sound like a snob, so be it, but some players seem to be searching all the time for a sound, rather than actually concentrating on writing a great song. Maybe thats indicative of all of us players, in that we are always searching for the latest/better sound. Each to their own, but certainly for me at the moment, less is more.