The Mack GEM is a super tiny amp, but it does sound pretty big when you set it up correctly. This amp is 4 watts, switchable to 0.4 watts, and I ran it in 4 watt mode. It's really cool! The amp doesn't have an effects loop, so I run all pedals in front of the amp.
My favourite "go to" gain pedal of all time is the - Maxon 9-Series Sonic Distortion because it is simple yet versatile, and sounds so freaking good! It can do both high gain lead tone, as well as bluesy overdrive. In this case, I turned up the tone knob a bit for a brighter sound, while keeping the amount of distortion low - about 9 o'clock. That gives me a great blues tone with this pedal.
The Strymon blueSky Reverberator is an amazing reverb pedal. It's capable of some huge high fidelity soundscapes, but you can also just use it as a great spring reverb! I put it last in the chain, and it works great as long as you don't have too much gain on your gain pedal. For blues, I keep the gain low anyway, so this reverb works quite well before the amp. If you have an effects loop on your amp, reverb and delay will always sound best there, so keep that in mind. I often put it before the amp just so that I can have a simple set up and be able turn it off with my foot at any time, just like my other pedals. If it's in the loop, I usually leave it on all the time, sitting on top of the amp, because I don't want to run long cables from the amp's effects loop to the pedal and back. The simpler the better for me.
The guitar I used is a Suhr Classic from Suhr Guitars. Incredible instrument, and the best guitar I own. I find Suhr guitars are ALWAYS amazing instruments. John Suhr is one of the best guitar builders in the world, and the quality on ever single Suhr guitar is outstanding. A guitar can not get much better than this.
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Comments on this video lesson:
Rick Watts said...
Robert you can REALLY play the guitar. Your level of expertise is through the roof. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.
Comment added on March 08, 2013
Hey Robert, Cool triad lesson mate & your tone sounds awesome with that setup, mind you your tone would sound good through a cigarette box amp I reckon!
Comment added on July 22, 2012
Dontcha just love guitar?just when you think you have seen everything there is to do along come the triad trio to really make your day.
Comment added on July 20, 2012
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