Scott McKeon reveals what’s on his touring pedalboard and explains why the SM Fuzz is his MVP

Tom Jones and Scott McKeon
(Image credit: Hans-Peter Van Velthoven)

“The first thing the guitar sees is the SM Fuzz (gray pedal near lower right corner), which is my own signature fuzz pedal, then the Vemuram Jan Ray overdrive. After that we’re into the first GigRig switcher, which has the Hudson Electronics Broadcast preamp, Donner Mini Dynamic Wah, Nobels ODR-1 overdrive and the Dawner Prince Pulse for amazing Leslie sounds. There’s also an old Fulltone Clyde Standard wah.

“Then there’s the second GigRig switcher, which has the Origin Cali76 compressor, Blackout Effectors Cadavernous Reverb, Jam Pedals Delay Llama (which I set to slapback) and the Strymon Flint tremolo. From there I go into the Lehle volume pedal, which is placed after the drives and compressor so I can use it for swells and pedal-steel-type stuff.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).