The pedalboard is built by Vertex Effects Systems, and is powered by their custom universal voltage power supply that allows me to use it anywhere in the world. On top of that sits the footswitch for my Two-Rock amp, to control the tremolo and boost functions.
Firstly I go into a Sonic Research St-200 strobe tuner. It's the most accurate, compact and reliable stage tuner I've found.
Next is my Free The Tone Matt Schofield Signature SOV-2 Overdrive. The SOV-2 pedal is my all time favourite overdrive, and has been a vital part of my rig for many years. I'm honoured to now have my own signature edition. The MS version is based on my personal favourite original early production Providence Free The Tone SOV-2 that was on my pedal board for many years. It's been updated with a new buffered, noisless switching system that drives the cables back to my amp while sounding exactly the same as plugging straight in. The SOV is a very responsive and dynamic overdrive, and while it can be very harmonically rich, thick and textured, it always remains exceptionally clear and open, and transparent to the guitar and amp. The Free The Tone Matt Schofield Signature SOV-2 Overdrive is a limited edition pedal and is only available for 2013, so grab one while you can! Honestly, it's really great!
After that, for a long time, I used a Klon Centaur as clean boost. For the last few months I've been enjoying a Vemuram Jan Ray in place of the Klon. It's a great boost and light overdrive pedal, one of the best I've heard, and the first thing to come along that made me pull the Klon of the board. It also compliments the SOV very well.
Next is my Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay. It's always on, and set a little longer than a slap-back echo, with no repeats. Although it's a subtle part of the sound, it has none the less become a key ingredient for me, and is the only stomp box delay that I like as much as my favourite tape echo units. It's simply voiced very well. It also, very importantly, doesn't mess up the dry signal in anyway. We recently added a second Deep Blue Delay to the board to save me bending down and fiddling with the pedal for a couple of tunes where I use a longer echo.
In the past I've stayed away from the Wah pedal - it seemed like evryone was using one all the time! However, I've recently been having some fun live with a Vertex Axis Wah. A very inspiring Wah pedal.
I've used Providence cables for along time, and recently I've also been using the new Free The Tone cable too. I use Providence H207 from the guitar, Free The Tone CU-505o on the board, and CU-6550 back to the amp.