After many years of using very many effect processors, pedalboards and simulators, I realized that to better understand the parameters and functions from modern digital pedalboards I first needed to use and understand the analog pedals that were simulated by them.
So I put together "La Pedalera del Rock" which I have been using regularly with singers/songwriters such as Bochaton, Flopa, Juan Ravioli, Charly Garcia, Maria Eva, Maxi Trusso and others.
This is a photo taken at the stage of Luna Park last month, when I played with Maria Eva opening for Julieta Venegas
It includes a Boss Tuner, MXR Distortion II, Pulstar Cluster Tremolo, Electro Harmonix Big Muff tuned by Cluster, ZVex Fuzz Factory, Boss DD20 Giga Delay, Shigemori Ruby Stone Premium and a Proco Rat. The Ruby Stone is the latest addition. I got acquainted with this pedals and with its manufacturer in Nagoya last April. I loved as I played one single note with it!!!!!! So warm and natural!!!! And of course true bypass.
My happiness...here with the man who designs and makes the Shigemori pedals:
I bought a Rat distortion 1987, but since I heard Arto Lindsay playing with one in Tokyo in 2002 I decided to keep it in my pedalboard...forever!
The ZVex Fuzz Factory... I read that Adrian Belew was using one...so I was curious. That was my reference. It's a superb pedal!!!!!
The AC converter and distributor was built by Cluster. No hum, ever!
On this occasion I used a Marshall JCM 900 combo (previously owned by Steve Ball of The Electric Gauchos!) and a G&L Telecaster from the selection of Rudy's Music Shop in New York.
Some possible upgrades in this pedalboard: an Peterson Tuner and a Cluster Cosmo Vibe...we'll see...
Here's a previous stage of La Pedalera del Rock, recording with Charly at Los Pajaros, Lujan (2009)