This week on the Rig Doctor, we have the pleasure of interviewing legendary amp maker and OG pedalboard builder Paul Rivera! Mason sat down with Paul to talk pedalboards, Paul's history, and much more. If you have any questions about what was discussed, let us know in the comments!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
02:20 - Building pedalboards in 1970's
03:50 - How Paul got his start
06:30 - Coming to LA from New York
06:45 - Pedal problems in mid-1970's
07:15 - Boss CE-1 Chorus Mod
08:15 - The start of "TRUE BYPASS"
09:50 - The start of "BUFFERED FX LOOPS"
11:30 - Pedal Power Supplies in the 70's & 80's
13:00 - ISO transformers, impedance matching
14:90 - Getting Materials in 70's & 80's
15:00 - Belden Cables (mic cable)
15:22 - Directional Cables
15:40 - Power Cables in 70's & 80's
17:30 - Buying Pedal & Pedalboard Parts in 70's & 80's
19:00 - Pedalboard Surfaces
20:30 - First Commercial Buffers (BUF Pedals)
20:40 - Buffers
23:24 - Where To Put A Buffer?
24:00 - More On Buffers
25:50 - 1M vs 2.2M Input Z on Buffers
CORRECTION - I said 10pf Cap on Input of Blackface amplifier, there is a 100pf cap on the input stage 12AX7, we do this on our buffers to simulate the classic amp input more accurately on our buffers.
27:00 - Why Having Buffers In The Right Place
28:00 - Working at Quilter in 1970
28:30 - Cable Capacitance with Pat Quilter
29:00 - RG58 Cables
30:30 - Guitar Cables & Impact on TONE
31:30 - Solderless Cables
34:00 - Power Supplies, Switching Power Supplies, Batteries
37:00 - Battery Power Supplies
39:30 - Power Supply Noise & Loop Area
42:00 - Have Pedalboard Issues Really Changed Since 1970's?
43:00 - Amp FX Loops
44:00 - Solid State vs. Tube Buffered FX Loops
45:00 - Transition from Modifications/Rigs to Fender
47:00 - Blackface Fenders vs. Rivera-era Fenders
47:00 - Working for Fender
51:30 - Starting Rivera Amplification
54:00 - Working with Tommy Tedesco
55:30 - Musician's Strike in 1980's
56:24 - Steve Lukather on Musician's Strike
57:00 - Session Musician's Shaping Pop Music
58:00 - Last of the Session Players in LA
59:00 - Wrap Up