Cool topic! And interesting to see what others are using, how, why...
Here's mine, and come to think of it, it has not evolved much in the past few years... Merely a change of tuner, I'll explain why. This is my rehearsal and live pedal board, with just what I need to play the songs we play with my band. My home pedal board is a bit more crowded... ^^
The board itself is (rough) DYI, and turns into a small suitcase, when I close the lid, so I can carry it around easily. I have made sure closing the lid would not shift the settings on any of the pedals.
- Line 6 Relay G30: a very efficient wireless system for a very decent price, and you can power it up just like any other pedal, which helps simplify things.
- Buff 'n' Boost: a modded clone of a Custom Audio Electronics MC401 Boost/Line Driver. Switched off, it's a buffer, switched on, the knob comes into play and allows me to increase the level of the signal, for guitars with a lower output. I have not used a footswitch on that one, as I set it up depending on the guitar I am using, and won't change anything until I decide to use another guitar.
- Joyo JF-18R Power Tune: a true-bypass tuner that also includes a power station for other pedals, with 8 isolated 9V outputs. The trick is you need to power this thing up with something powerful enough.
I love it as I power it up with a Visual Sound/Truetone 1 Spot, which delivers 1.7A, and it can then power up everything I have on my board, with a better result than when using a daisy chain.
- Daphne: a true bypass, heavily modded clone of the Ibanez TS-808. The mods include a high end OPAMP (a Burr Brown OPA2134PA) and a change of the clipper diodes (4 green leds instead of 2 red leds), a mod for a lower gain, a bass knob (cloned from a Paul Cochrane Tiimy), and a mod for a shift in the voicing (cloned from a JHS Morning Glory).
I use it either as a low gain overdrive, or as a boost for the next OD/distortion, when I need to stand out a little, with the touch of a little extra gain.
- Alice: a true bypass modded clone of the original Rockett Pedals Animal Overdrive. The mods include a a high end OPAMP (again, a Burr Brown OPA2134PA), a change in the clipper diodes (4 2N7000 instead of the 4 silicon diodes), and a dual footswitch so I can activate the snarl mode on the fly, and with its own volume setting.
This one has become my all-time favourite dual overdrive/distortion.
- Buddha: my own design of a rythm/lead pedal. The input is actually straight on from the tuner, and all my OD pedals are in a loop from this pedal, then out to the next pedal.
When disabled, the signal goes through a pre-loop control that allows me to set the level of the signal, so I can play with a lower gain setting for rythm parts, into the ODs, then back into a buffer (the same clone of the Custom Audio Electronics MC401 Boost/Line Driver as I have at the start).
When enabled, the level control above is taken off the circuit, and a post-loop volume control comes into play instead, as the buffer turns into a booster. This allows me to have full gain for solos, and set the volume so I can stand out as needed.
The way I stand out with this is different from the way I stand out by hitting my OD/distortion with my TS-like OD.
- Fender EQ: this one is (true bypass and) just to get a radio-like sound, for a very specific intro, by cutting off the highs and the lows.
- Volume: a plain volume control to control the level of the signal after everything else, which allows me to make sure I will not get distortion from the amp, depending on the amp I play on, as I cannot always play with mine. I can also conveniently keep the setting at about 8ish, and turn it up a bit, in rehearsal, when we start playing and I cannot hear myself well enough, without having to move from where I am standing (our practice room is not quite the biggest you've seen... ^^)