This pedal is apparently quite rare. The Edge used his 1964 Gretsch
"Country Gentleman" and this pedal for the solo section on KITE.
Compression/Sustainer. I did not remember seeing this in Edge's Elevation
2001 pedal board.
BOSS FA-1 FET:
The Edge uses this pedal for boosting guitars with low input levels.
(Fender Stratocasters in particular) No longer made, this pedal is highly sought after.
This is a 7 band equilizer that The Edge uses this to raise the high
frequencies of the overdrive and distortion pedal for more extreme tones. It's position in the effects chain has varied
over time depending upon which effect The Edge wants the GE-7 to affect the most. It has been used before and after the
BOSS OD-2 TURBO OVERDRIVE:
While this is the Turbo version of this overdrive pedal. I have
read some reports that The Edge does not use the turbo function and other reports that he always used the Turbo function.
This will be a question I must ask Dallas.
BOSS SD-1 SUPER OVERDRIVE:
The Edge's distortion of choice during the BOY through POP era recordings
and live applications. The SD-1 was replaced by an Ibanez TubeScreamer for the Elevation 2001 tour.
DIGI-TECH WHAMMY PEDAL / WH-1:
Think the siren-like see-sawing intro to "Even Better Than The Real
Thing", the intro to "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" or the screaming wails during the opening section of "Mofo".
I also have a great bootleg of the 06/15/1992 show in Rotterdam, where Edge was using this pedal a bit in the verses of "Bad"
to pitch bend a few things for added "flavour". (As usual, Edge is always experimenting)
NOTE: This is the ORIGINAL WH-1 and not the inferior reproduction
that Digitech is now selling. The Edge (and Audioslave's Tom Morello) prefer the dirtier sound of the original.
The originals had a 16 bit chip. The 16 bit no longer being available, DigiTech has switch ot the 24 bit chip.
DUNLOP FUZZ FACE
The Edge used the Fuzz Face during the Pop recording and Popmart tour.
It was a key ingredient in the "747" guitar sound heard on the song "Gone". Unlike most other stomp boxes, this was not
located on top of the rack but on the right side of the floor near one of the Whammy WH-1's.
ELECTRO-HARMONIX "BIG MUFF PI":
This Distortion/Sustainer was used extensively during the BOY thorugh
WAR era's it was again used during ZOO TV for the solo on LOVE IS BLINDNESS. It was also utilized during the ELEVATION 2001
World Tour. This is a vintage US version and NOT the Sovtek/Russian re-issues.
ELECTRO-HARMONIX "DELUXE MEMORY MAN":
This is the classic early era U2 "Edge Delay". Think "A
Day Without Me". It was used for the BOY though THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE recordings and tour. Edge stated
in the JUN 1985 Guitar Player magazine (US), the Memory Man was being "put out to pasture as it has becoming unreliable and
that their stage manager was needing to rebuild it before each show". This is an analog delay. The Deluxe signifies that this
version also has a built in CHORUS function. Also, The Edge used to used these for the piano sounds. (Think the stark warm
sounds of the New Year's Day and October piano parts)
As per the January 2001 Guitar Player (US) magazine The Edge said:
"On `When I Look At The World', I use the Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer for that mad distorted tone".
IBANEZ TS-9 "TUBE SCREAMER"
Edge said, in the January 2001 Guitar Player interview, that he used
this as his main distortion, without being too `in your face'. This took the place of the BOSS SD-1 in his Elevation
2001 Tour Rack.
LOVETONE "BIG CHEESE" DISTORTION:
This pedal was primarily used during the "Pop" era for the broken distortion at the end of "Discotheque"
and the descending note fuzz intro to "If You Wear That Velvet Dress" (live) It was replaced in the Elevation tour rack
by the Sobbat Drivebreaker I
LOVETONE "DOPPELGANGER" PHASER/TREMOLO:
LOVETONE "MEATBALL" ENVELOPE FILTER:
This great envelope filter is ALL over the POP album. It is on "Do You Feel Loved",
"Please" and "Discotheque" to name a few.
This was used for the really extreme distortion settings on "All That
You Can't Leave Behind" and the "Elevation 2001 Tour".
The Edge used this COMPRESSOR mostly during the BOY through WAR era
recordings and live shows. (Example: "New Years Day".) I believe the Edge's is a vintage version and not the re-issue of this
MXR "PITCH TRANSPOSER":
This was listed in the equipment section of the June 1985 Guitar Player
(US) magazine. I am not sure exactly how The Edge used this. I will have to research this effect a bit more. Feel free to
e-mail me if you have in information on this pedal.
SOBBAT DRIVEBREAKER 1:
This is the very broken distortion that you hear on NEW YORK.
This is a unit that Daniel Lanois turned Edge on to. It took the place of the Lovetone "Big Cheese" for the more "extreme"