Today’s pedalboard comes from Carlos, and he doesn’t hold back! Carlos plays guitar in a three piece and he’s got enough pedals for the entire band on his board! Kitchen sink included, let’s take a look at what Carlos is working with:
Carlos’ chain starts off with his guitar into the ever present BOSS TU-2 tuner, then into a BOSS PH-3 Phase Shifter. After the phaser comes a BOSS SYB-5 Bass synth, a lot of bass players I know love this pedal and can get some great sounds out of it. It’s got some decent tone, but I haven’t had too much experience with this one. It’s not my go-to synth pedal, I prefer the Digitech Synth-Wah, and if you have the room to spare (or can find one) a vintage EHX Microsynth. After the synth pedal comes a BOSS DD-3 delay, and a Digitech Digidelay. I’ve been seeing the Digidelay’s pop up all over the place, and they’ve all been used to do a type of stuttered effect, and those pedals do it very well. (Check out Henry from Mylets demonstrating the stutter effect with a Digidelay). Up next is a BOSS PS-5 Super Shifter and then an MXR Blue Box followed by a PedalsAndEffects favorite, the Rainbow Machine by Earthquaker Devices. After the Rainbow Machine is a Mantic Conceptual Flex Pro.
The Flex Pro is such an absolutely unique and unreal pedal, it’s still hard to describe exactly what kind of pedal it is in conversation. In Mantic’s words it’s a “synth-glitch fuzz envelope.” It’s a pedal that needs to be heard to be believed, check out a demo my man Nick Reinhardt did of the Flex Pro. It’s a very exciting time for effects pedals right now, and Mantic Concepts has been putting out some amazing stuff. My favorite of theirs, the Vitriol distortion is a huge sounding distortion pedal, and of course the amazing Ikey delay. Keep an eye on Mantic Conceptual, they’re doing some amazing thing, great pick Carlos. Next up is an Ibanez DML 10 Modulation Delay, a TC Electronic Spark Mini, followed by a Zvex Fuzz Factory (check out how the Fuzz Factory fared in a round of Fuzz Wars). The chain continues into a vintage BOSS DM-2 analog delay, a very rare and highly sought after delay pedal. I love those old BOSS pedals. Afterwards is an Earthquaker Devices Crimson Drive (if at all possible I’d suggest moving this pedal earlier up the chain, maybe after the Super shifter?) and then a Recovery Effects Cutting Room Floor, a cool glitch modulated delay/echo pedal and one of my favorite pedals of last year.
The signal continues onto a Ibanez CF7 Chorus/Flanger, I would suggest the MXR Analog Chorus as an alternative. Afterwards is a JHS Stutter switch, (I don’t think I’ve seen those before, cool) into a Mantic Conceptual Proverb reverb and lastly into a Line 6 DL4 to loop all this craziness.
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