This week I was lucky enough to purchase my second guitar pedal from Pro Tone Pedals. I already have the Skumstortion pedal—AKA greatest guitar pedal design ever—and I’m always sneaking a look at their lineup when the wife isn’t watching. Calling it pedal porn probably doesn’t help my cause. But when they recently announced that they were temporarilly offering their Dead Horse Overdrive for a ridiculous $99USD, I couldn’t resist—second Pro Tone Pedals overdrive-style pedal on its way to my current pedalboard. But this got me thinking further. What would my perfect Pro Tone Pedals pedalboard look like?
Luckily, I already knew the answer. I’d been thinking about this for a while. One of their most recent additions just cemented my thoughts—I need two more pedals from Pro Tone Pedals for my own tonal perfection. Somebody distract my wife.
When I began my guitar journey, I only needed two pedals—distortion and chorus. It’s been a long journey and I’ve collected a few pedals along the way. But honestly, when it comes to day-to-day playing, I have one style of music and it’s heavy with the right amount of chorus. There’s something about a distorted chorus that just works for me. So my ideal pedalboard would be simple. Overdrive—Dead Horse Overdrive obviously—with a distortion and chorus pedal to follow. Which distortion? Which chorus? Great questions. You’re good at this.
Reeves Gabrels Distortion Engine
I could honestly be really lazy here and simple say “Have you heard this thing?!”
This pedal sounds like a beast. I don’t know how or when I’ll do it, but I’m determined to get this pedal. All the videos I’ve watched and listened to have blown my mind. This pedal is so diverse. I currently have some full-blown metal distortion pedals and some old-school 70s and 80s style distortion pedals. The Reeves Gabrels Distortion Engine seems capable of it all in one simple unit. Plus it looks awesome as all Pro Tone Pedals do.
Look and listen.
I’m pretty sure that if you were sitting next to me you’d hear me swear. I’m pretty sure you’re not really supposed to do that when you’re writing on your Blog, so let’s just say “[expletive] [expletive] did you hear that?! That pedal is [expletive] brutal as [expletive].”
There’s going to be a dual version of this pedal this year too. That will be insane. I’m not worthy of that much distortion. Still, I’ll be watching to see what the talented peoples do with it.
Speaking of the talented peoples, it would be a crime to not show what Reeves Gabrels is capable of with this pedal.
Such different tones. From the same pedal as the previous video! So cool.
David Ellefson’s Dawn Patrol Chorus
I could be lazy and list the obvious here. Megadeth. David Ellefson. Dawn Patrol.
If you needed to know more though, there’s this simple fact. The David Ellefson Dawn Patrol Chorus pedal works for both bass and six-string guitars. Versatility. It’s good to have. It doesn’t hurt that the chorus tones are amazing. Once again … Look and listen.
Purdy. In a metal kind of way. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it sounds truly magical when David Ellefson plays his bass through it. It sounds exactly as it should for a Megadeth bass.
And there you have it. In my opinion, the perfect Pro Tone Pedals pedalboard. Matter of fact, for me, I could remove the words Pro Tone Pedals from that previous sentence.
Dead Horse Overdrive, Reeves Gabrels Distortion Engine and the David Ellefson’s Dawn Patrol Chorus may just be the perfect pedalboard combination for 99% of my guitar playing. I hope to one day test that theory. Now to convince the wife that I deserve these purchases. Wish me luck.