Once a season I look over the Google searches (and the 1 Bing search too) and see what brings people to this blog. I then take the themes or direct questions from those searches and form a sort of Q&A. While the Fall 2014 edition will be a little effects pedal heavy, I think there’s some take aways that non-pedal using worship leaders will find helpful.
BRAND: JHS Pedals
MODEL: Moonshine Overdrive. At it’s heart the Moonshine is JHS’s take on the classic TS-808 Overdrive; possibly the most popular circuit ever created. But the Moonshine has a lot more on tap (or in the still) than the 808 as we’ll see.
DO I OWN IT?: Yes
PROS: With it’s foundation as one of the most iconic sounds in modern music, the Moonshine will work in almost any setting from Blues to Country to Rock. The Edge, SRV, Brad Paisley even Metallica have used this type of pedal both live and in recordings. So when people hear those tones and frequencies it will be a familiar sound.
MODEL: King of Tone Version 4
COST: $235 (New)
DO I OWN IT?: No
PROS: Versatility. The KoT is two pedals in one. Both the Red and Yellow “sides” (indicated by their LED light color) can be set to Boost, OD, or Distortion by an internal switch. This means that you can run a clean boost into an Overdrive, or an OD into a distortion, or two clean boosts together, or never use them together and just have two pedals using the same power source. Anyone with more than a few pedals on a pedalpower 2 will get how nice freeing up a slot can be.
In this series I try and address different aspects of the practical side of playing electric guitar in church music. This week we’ll talk about overdrive and gain pedals worship bands.
What is the best overdrive pedal for a worship guitar player?
The question is asked constantly on Google searches, blogs, forums, and even people who find their way to this blog.