While many worthy artists grace the pages of this site with their pedalboards display in all their glory, very few of them have seen their star rise only in this current millenium. Coldplay came onto the scene in 2000 wearing their influences on their sleeves while maintaining a unique, fun sound that launched a subgenre of its own. While frontman Chris Martin is nearly a household name, his bandmate Jonny Buckland, and by association the Jonny Buckland pedalboard, plays an enormous role in delivering that signature sound.
Jonny Buckland Pedalboard by Era
The Jonny Buckland pedalboard has remained fairly consistent throughout his career. Still, there are differences between nearly every album. The biggest things you’ll notice that differs in the inclusion of a Wah pedal only on the first. Other changes come from the quantity of certain pedals, as he’ll occasionally double up on things like TU-2 tuner pedals or DL4 delays. His distortion comes from the ProCo Rat, which has remained the Jonny Buckland pedalboard from the get go. Finally, you’ll see things get more complex as years go on, as he adds on rack effects as the first decade of the millenium comes to a close.
Like other talented guitarists, the secret isn’t just in the pedalboard. On top of his own skills, he uses other accessories, most notably an eBow, which simulates the constant ringing provided by a violin bow, but for the guitar, hence the name EBow as in Electronic Bow. It basically maintains a constant vibration on a string. You can hear the EBow on tracks such as “Amsterdam” and “Spies”
Jonny Buckland Pedalboard for Parachutes (1999-2000)
|Pedal||TU-2 Pedal Tuner||Rat||DD-5 Digital Delay||RV-3 Digital Reverb||535Qc Chrome Crybaby Wah||TR-2 Tremolo||M-133 Micro Amp||DL4 Delay|
|Alternative?||Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner||ProCo Turbo Rat||Boss DD-7 Digital Delay||Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb||Available New||Available New||Available New|
Jonny Buckland Pedalboard for X & Y Tour (2006)
|Pedal||TU-2 Pedal Tuner||Rat||M-101 Phase 90||DD-5 Digital Delay||RV-3 Digital Reverb||Tonebender||M-133 Micro Amp||DL4 Delay|
|Alternative?||Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner||ProCo Turbo Rat||Available New||Boss DD-7 Digital Delay||Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb||Fulltone SB-2 Soul-Bender||Available New||Available New|
Jonny Buckland Pedalboard for Viva La Vida Tour (2009)
|Pedal||TU-2 Pedal Tuner||OCD Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive||XO Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator||Rat||TS9 Tube Screamer||RV-5 Digital Reverb||M-101 Phase 90||DD-5 Digital Delay|
|Alternative?||Boss TU-3 Chromatic Pedal Tuner||Available New||Available New||ProCo Turbo Rat||Available New||Available New||Available New||Boss DD-7 Digital Delay|
|Brand||Line 6||Ernie Ball||Voodoo Lab||Heet Sound||Eventide||Line 6||TC Electronic|
|Pedal||DL4 Delay||6166 Mono Volume Pedal||Ground Control Pro Foot Controller||Plus Ebow Electronic Bow For Guitar||H7600 Ultra-Harmonizer||Echo Pro||2290 Delay|
|Alternative?||Available New||Available New||Available New||Available New||Available New|
Jonny Buckland Amps
The sound doesn’t solely reside in the pedals and guitar; the choice of amp is crucial. Jonny uses two Fender Hot Rod Deville 410 amps.
Jonny Buckland Pedalboard Sources
- 2000 Jonny Buckland Pedalboard from Dolphin Music
- 2006 Jonny Buckland Pedalboard from Harmony Central boards
- 2009 Jonny Buckland Pedalboard from The Gear Page Forums