Star Board: Jared Scharff

Star Board: Jared Scharff

Star Board: Jared Scharff
Jared Scharff’s “Pedalboard”

“Saturday Night Live” staff guitarist Jared Scharff uses this custom pedalboard, built by Matt Brewster, 30th Street Guitars, New York City. “I’ve been using it for two or three years,” said Scharff. “For the first five or six years I was on the show, I had a DIY rig with a Pedaltrain board. Then, I found a solid bunch of pedals that worked for the material on the show. Currently, I’m using Lava Cable Ultramaffic cable from the board to my guitar, from the board to the amp, and as speaker cable. The first pedal I go into is a wah that sits off the board – either a 1) Real McCoy custom or an Xotic Effects. I’ve been enjoying a Walrus Audio Jupiter Fuzz, which is great for those “in your face” moments – those are some of my favorite! From there, it goes 2) into a tuner – soon to be a TC Electronic Polytune, then 3) an old U.F.O. Fuzz by Homebrew Electronics, which is fuzzy but sounds more high-gain. There’s a 4) BB preamp, 5) a Keeley Screamer – I mostly use the drive on my 65 Amps Monterrey, but at a gig where I can use only one channel, I’ll go clean channel and use these for drive. The 6) Sweet Sound Ultra Vibe is the most killer uni-vibe sound ever. I love it. Next is the 7) Analog Man Chorus, which I use to get a faux-Leslie effect. I love my 8) Cusak Tap-A-Whirl for tremolo – I use a simple Fender-style trem sound,and I love its tap-tempo feature. It’s great for a gig where the repertoire is diverse, like ‘SNL.’ For delays, I have 9) an old Boss DD5 and 10) an Earthquaker Devices Disaster Transport; I like having two delays with different sonic characteristics. I don’t do tap-tempo for delays – I just have them set for vibe. I like to see what sort of random chaos the different tempos bring out, but it’s mostly set for solos. Last but not least is 11) the JHS Mini Bomb. I love that little guy! It kicks ass if you need boost for anything.”


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