Tim Whitacre

Software Synthwave Scotch

Guitars & Pedals

IMG_0005It's no secret that I thoroughly enjoy music, but many may not know that I also play myself. I have the privilege of co-leading the student band at our church on a weekly basis and getting to lead a group of up to 75 middle school students in worship every Sunday.

Another thing about me is I'm a gear hound… I can never seem to have enough. While I consider myself very good with our finances, I do have a week spot.

Over the last few weeks, I've been re-building my pedal board and somehow in the middle of it all, I also picked up a new guitar.

We'll start with the guitar. It's a Ibanez Artcore AS73, a semi-hollow body guitar that sounds just as pretty as it looks. Since I play a variety of different types of music, I needed something that was a little less aggressive than my current guitar (Schecter C1-Elite) and I just happened to find this guitar for a steal.

After my bank account recovered from that purchase, I went back to finalizing my pedal board… for now.

I'll break it down for you based off of the signal chain (from my guitar to my amp).


  1. Korg Pitch Black Tuner – best tuner I've ever used… especially on a dark stage
  2. SHO Clone – this is similar to an EP Booster… it gives my signal a boost while preserving the sound
  3. CMATMODS Brownie – this is one of the best overdrive pedals I've ever played. I keep the drive down low and use it for less aggressive songs.
  4. Fulltone OCD – this is my second overdrive pedal and I use it for more aggressive songs. It can go from a sweet overdrive to a crushing distortion all while sounding unbelievable. I will never have a pedal board without this one.
  5. Ernie Ball Passive Volume Pedal – controls volume
  6. Boss DD5 (with external tap tempo I built myself) – I keep this on the dotted eighth note setting and tap in the tempo of the song we are playing.
  7. Boss RV5 – I'm not HUGE on reverb, but I do like this pedal a lot. I generally keep it on the modulation setting but changed it up every now and then.
  8. Lastly, I run from my RV5 to a Line 6 POD 2.0 and essentially use that as my amp. I use the Vox AC 15 setting and I've very happy with the overall sound.