LOOK MOM, NO AMPS!
One of the first things people notice about our stage setup is how clean it is. Sometimes they notice that we don't have on-stage monitors; sometimes they notice that we don't use any wobbly tripod stands for speakers or lights; but generally the first thing musically savvy people notice is that we don't have amps on stage. The advantage are clear: a more controllable stage volume, and a cleaner stage. But what's the secret?
We'll first examine Topper Dandy's solution for playing without an amp. He actually uses an amp--just not the kind you're used to seeing:
Choosing pedals, locking your pedal board plan down, and then changing your mind later is an inevitability for a guitarist. Thankfully, Temple Pedal boards has provided a great solution for expanding the board through their optional side-panel-integrated patch bays. By adding a turnaround "loop" in the effects loop chain, Topper can add a pedal (or more) into the chain without committing to it permanently. In the two pictures above you see two options: a Boss CE2-w Chorus on the left, and a mini Volume Pedal on the right. For a Hall & Oates heavy set, Topper prefers having the Boss Chorus in the chain, but on another night, he might leave it out and. The patch bay allows him to adapt his sound as needed for the set without tearing apart his core setup.
This paragraph, and the accompanying picture at left is added perspective for guitarists interested in the side panel patch bay I was describing above. (Look for the four red hex nuts.) You can see the IEC cable input (which powers the entire rig with one cable) at the top of the board in the bottom left of the picture. The 90 degree Monster cable is plugged in to 1/4" patch routed from the ETHOS speaker sim output. That routing keeps the cabling neat and out from underfoot. The next output is unused in this rig, while the final two outputs closest to the foot of the board are routed as a "send" and "return" inside the effects loop chain. The entire chain starts with the Line6 wireless receiver (the pedal with the antennas), and ends in the patch bay output. The wireless unit allows the guitarist to really "explore the space," in the parlance of our times, and to, once again, ensure a clean stage.
ONE MORE ASIDE
Just one IEC cable routes power to the pedals PLUS a USB charger on the other side of the board as a convenient iPhone charger. Good on ya, Temple Boards!