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    Default Post and share about your pedal boards you use with your ukulele's.

    Well perhaps I've been posting in the wrong areas or maybe this area just needs a little more love. As the title says show off and tell us about what pedals or pedal board you are using with your ukulele.

    I'm running a Godin Mulituke into Fishman Loudbox Mini. After several years of that I though hey what about some pedals for music/sound augmentation. I picked up a Zoom G1X4 to get my feet wet. Lots of fiddling with the computer-machine-settings. If that's your thing then there are many digital options out there. I did learn some things from the G1X4 to apply to the next step. I for sure wanted dials and setting I could easily see and change at my fingertips. Wanted more "acoustic" options and the ability to get loud and "dirty". I looked at many offerings. Of course the Zoom A1X had some features I liked and inexpensive as well, but then again the interface aspect was not appealing. The T Rex Soul Mate Acoustic was very interesting indeed but would have spent all my budget. ( I still ended up a little overbudget but like the options I have.) So I went for the ZOOM AC 3 Acoustic Creator. Very happy so far. Not sure I'll use all the guitar modeling features but the other features fit well with an ukulele. Then for the oddball part I've paired it up with a EH Turnip Greens, a Ibanez 850 Fuzz, a Donner Echo Delay. Clean and acoustic or loud and dirty I get the best of what I might want. There certainly some compromises here and plenty of other options. I may look for a looper and drum tracks down the line. Can't wait to hook it up to my son's 100W Fender and open it up a bit. I put all the pedals on a Alcam board and have an Eventide mini powerbank. Aclam is out of Spain. Shipping was outrageous but I had it in about 4.5 days an it is a quality product. No velcro! But space is taken up with the brackets that hold everything in place. Powerbank is held underneath. A carry bag came along with the kit. The Aclam was available in the USA but I still would have needed accessories shipped from Spain so overall getting everything from the source was cheaper than going through more than one source.

    So what is the present signal chain??

    Godin to the Soul Food to the 850 Fuzz to the AC3 to the Delay to the Holy Grail Max to the Fishman.

    I was inspired to buy the Godin from watching Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKZzU5yI3zY

    Perhaps someday I can play something like this as well.

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    Great idea! Here's mine: Mooer Yellow Compressor --> Ernie Ball volume pedal --> LR Baggs EQ --> Fender Smolder acoustic overdrive --> TC Prophet digital delay --> (Someday soon - a looper). From that into a Fishman Mini Loudbox Charge and the board is by Tourtek. Both have onboard batteries so I charge them before gigs and never have to worry about plugging in which is handy for playing outdoors venues where power is often hard to come by. From the Fishman I can send a feed into a PA when I play a place that big.

    The rig sounds best with my Pono AT with a passive UST. I have a Kanile'a with a K&K but that's almost too resonant!

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    Nice Just a fan! How would you compare the Fender Smolder acoustic overdrive to a more traditional electric overdrive?? I find if I have the Soul Food turned down low with just a little bit of drive and everything else set for more acoustic I get nice little bit of edge that I like to hear on some of the more bluesy tunes I play.
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    Gosh! I really wish I could compare the Smolder to another overdrive pedal, but I haven't done that yet. When I was putting this board together I searched the web for info about overdrives with acoustic instruments and found the Smolder. The two most important features of the pedal (for me) are the ability to blend in some of the dry signal and the feedback busting ability. Not things you find on other overdrives for electric instruments. And probably not super important for someone like you using a Godin Multiuke. I'll bet your Soul Food sounds great! How about your Loudbox? Do you use the reverb and chorus on it? I'm guessing not the reverb since you seem to have that covered (and it looks like the AC3 has chorus too).
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    I've been setting the amp settings all in the neutral position except gain (although I haven't changed that setting in a while, keeping in a kind of low) and using the pedals to effect chorus and reverb. I can use the chorus settings on the AC 3 then the Donner Delay and then the HGM reverb as well.

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    Well I've been playing and making adjustments and trying out the pedals. I moved the Fuzz in front of the overdrive and the Fuzz/overdrive combo did sound better. But I don't think the Fuzz is going to work out with the music that I am playing. The Fuzz sure has ITS sound and I'm sure it has a place. Good thing I have a son that plays electric guitar, he won't mind a new pedal to play around with, and hey if I want it back I know where to find it.

    I am still liking the Soul Food overdrive. Turned up just enough about 10 o clock or so. I can run the signal into the AC 3 with compression up or down or off,,then some chorus out to the mini delay then into the reverb and I like what I am hearing. Still more to experiment with. I'm going to get a mini pedal, a Mooer Blues Mood and add that in at the beginning and see what that does. This decision is partly based on cost and room on the pedal board. Perhaps if I like it I'll spring for a more expensive Blues Driver. I listened to plenty of youtube videos and like the Waza Craft Blues Driver but it's a greater cost and size. Plus I'd likely have to take the Turnip Greens off the board as well and add in a mini reverb pedal to end the signal chain with. I hear tell of a syndrome called PAS just as bad as UAS or GAS for that matter.

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    The struggle is real! PAS is unavoidable. So is pedal board rearrange-itis. I took off the volume pedal and compressor. Added a Boss tuner which will basically be my mute switch - plus the 1 M ohm input impedance works better with my K&K equipped Kanile'a. I added a Boss looper at the end, now I've got a buffer at the beginning and end of the board. A little reverb and chorus dialed into the Fishman Loudbox. Done! I'm happy with how it sounds (at least for now).

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    Thanks for sharing. I've also made some changes just today. Would like to try the Fender Smolder but I've laid out too much money for now.

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    Well, here is the new arrangement.

    Of course the Fuzz was not working so well the the nylon strings.

    But the Mooer Blues Mood into the Soul Food seem to be a working combination. Was just playing some Jesse Fuller San Francisco Bay Blues and Elmore Bros. Deep River Blues and was happy with the sound.

    The Soul Food seems to take a little edge off the Blues Mood....which is ok. I can turn up either to get more grit as needed.

    As for the Fuzz, well the offspring plays a Stratocaster so he can have some fun with it, and if I really want it back I know where to find it.
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    I need to learn about loopers. I'm having fun with the delay pedal but don't know how it fits in the the music I am playing. I like the tape and analog delay as I've used it but the other settings are a bit spacy and while fun to noddle with not really in sync with music I usually play.

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