For this week’s Show Me Your Pedalboard, we have a great one by Andrew!
Andrew keeps it fairly simple with his board: there’s definitely a variety of tones on here, but he’ sticks to more practical pedals. Starting off the chain is a Korg Pitchblack Tuner, a great option for a standard tuner. Next up is Markbass Compressore, a tube compressor with a lot of options on there to really control your compression: gain, threshold, ratio, attack, release, and volume. This will get you a great even tone, but this monster requires a 12 volt power supply – always something to watch out for.
Up next is the Digitech Bass Synth-Wah pedal, which Andrew notes he mainly uses for the octave mode. The octave mode on here sounds great, but this is a very versatile pedal – hopefully you can find a place in your music for some of the crazy sounds that you can get with this! I have used this Digitech pedal for years! After the envelope filter is the MI Audio Blue Boy Audio Deluxe Overdrive pedal, which is actually a guitar overdrive (but hey, as we know this doesn’t necessarily mean anything – guitar overdrives can sound great on bass too).
Two different fuzz pedals follow the overdrive: the MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe and the Way Huge Swollen Pickle fuzz. Andrew wrote that he got the Swollen Pickle pedal from 2012’s 12 Days of Pedals and Effects! Great to see it’s being put to good use – it’s definitely got an amazing sound.
Next up is the MXR Phase 100 phaser pedal – a simple upgrade to the more standard Phase 90 pedal, adding an Intensity nob. Interesting call putting this towards the end of the pedal chain: putting it before your distortions and other pedals will probably give you an inconsistent tone, as it modifies the frequencies coming out of the pedal (or it might do something awesome, have you tried it out yet?)
The last two pedals in the chain are the Ernie Ball VP Jr, an industry standard volume pedal, running into the Cathedral Reverb pedal from Elecroharmonix. It is a curious choice to have the reverb coming after the volume, but maybe Andrew liked the way it modified the intensity of the reverb if he turned down the volume beforehand! Moving the pedals around is always a really great way to experiment with your tone and find new great things that maybe don’t exactly make sense.
Thanks for sharing with us, Andrew! Don’t forget to send your own pedalboard by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.