Has anyone tried setting one up? I mean a seperate section of your rigs just for ambient delay/reverb sounds like Eric Johnson, Larry Carlton, James Byrd adn Devin Townsend have done in the past, so you could run your amp at full blast, without the echoes obscuring the clarity.
I was thinking of trying something similar when the new 6505 combos are finally out; getting one of those as my 'core' tone, with a DS1 in front, and my stompboxes in the loop, then using my current POD+Crate combo rig as a dedicated echo rig, using a line selector as a mini-mixer to blend the two and switch between different volume levels for the echoes.
I'm thinking this would keep the main rig nice and easy to operate, and allow for the opportunity to do stuff like running a big distorted tone with a flanged echo sound in the background (think some of Roy Z.'s guitar tones on 'The Chemical Wedding').
Anyone else tried anything similar?
i've done this. it's a cool concept but i don't use effects nearly often enough to pursue it. i throw out some delay for a part or two but it's not a huge deal to me. i think it is a great idea and if you can do it, do it! radial tonebone makes good passive switches.