Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from Andy from the UK! Andy is a bass player who’s made good use of the real estate on his board. In Andy’s words there’s “a lot going on, but mainly dirt!” He’s got everything from custom to boutique pedals and everything in between. Let’s take a look at what Andy’s rocking:
Andy’s signal starts off into a Cog Effects custom “Red 5” pedal, which in addition to being gargantuan in size is a chorus, octave, fuzz and reverb unit all-in-one! According to Andy the Red 5’s “chorus is based around the old BOSS (bass) chorus, the octave is an improvement on the Pearl OC-7 (and) the Fuzz is Cog’s very own Grand Muff Tarkin.” The Grand Muff Tarkin fuzz was featured on an episode of Fuzz Wars with Jonathan Hischke and Justin Meldal-Johnson! You can check it out, here. The reverb unit of the Red 5 was an addition the guys over at Cog effects whipped up. Cog is moving on up in the effects pedal game, very cool to see their stuff making waves. Also digging the Star Wars theme a lot of their pedals have.
Photo Credit: Cog Effects
Andy’s signal goes into a Bright Onion effects Blender/effects loop which blends a Mr. Black Thunderclaw distortion pedal and Lateral Sound Root distortion pedal. Lots of local UK love! Bright Onion is known for their effects loops, amps and switching! Very cool. From the Lateral sound website, the Root pedal is “built on a simple idea…(the pedal) splits the signal in two, allowing you separate control over the high and low frequencies, you can add different degrees of drive to each. Having that level of control over your distorted signal can make or break recordings. It’s very cool to see that level of depth on pedals these days. Great pick Andy! I got to check out more of Lateral Sound’s stuff.
Photo Credit: Lateral Sound
After the distortion is an MXR Sub Machine (you can never go wrong with MXR!) followed by a Fuzzrocious Heliotropic (also featured in an episode of Fuzz Wars) ending in a Minifooger Drive pedal. Somewhere in the signal chain/effects loop is an ever present BOSS TU-3 tuner. With all that distortion, fuzz and gain, you might want to consider a compressor or EQ of sorts. Stick it right at the beginning of your signal and it will prevent clipping and unnecessary noise that may arise from the signal getting boosted by gain down the line. Sometimes less is more too, you got a lot of options for dirt but sometimes you gotta let your amp do its thing too. Help push your amp to a state of natural signal breakup maybe with a boost or just cranking one of the many distortion pedals you have. But that’s just my two cents.