Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from Dave! Dave plays in an Indie/Ambient group called Our Fair City. Dave is rocking the bare essentials with some additional flavor for fun and wacky stuff should he need it. Let’s take a look at what Dave is working with:
First things first, Dave’s board starts off into a This1smyne Mini Volume Pedal. The This1smyne volume pedal is a very, very real estate friendly volume pedal. It has a roller knob that’s just large enough to be manipulated by your foot. The cool thing about this volume pedal is that it’s also got a really strong buffer, should your signal need to get pushed through a plethora of pedals or just to prevent signal degradation. Based out of Charleston, South Carolina This1smyne (stylized as T1M) got their start as pedal company by first repairing pedals that would constantly go down on them. I’ll definitely have to check out more of their stuff! From what I can tell, T1M specializes in boost and overdrive pedals. Very cool!
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Up next is an Ernie Ball VP Jr volume pedal with a TC Electronics Polytune Mini coming out of the loop of the volume pedal. Dave’s chain moves on into a MXR Bass Octave deluxe, which is a dope octave pedal. The Bass Octave Deluxe is just as innovative as any of their pedals because it is not only an octave pedal but it also pushes the sub octave via a sub harmonic component. Dave’s signal continues onto a VFE Triumvirate, the Triumvirate is a very nuanced overdrive pedals where (from the VFE Site) “the signal…is first separated into three pathways (lows, mids, and highs)” each pathway then goes through its own individual “distortion engine” with total control of the amount of gain in each band which is later mixed together before outputting from the pedal. VFE specializes in overdrive pedals. Very cool! Glad to see you support all the smaller up-and-coming pedal companies Dave.
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Things move onto a Wren & Cuff Tall Font Russian which is of course a clone of the EHX Sovtek Big Muff (my favorite). Up next is a jumbo sized Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver deluxe followed by an EHX Freeze. Next in the chain is one of the best tremolo pedals in existence, the Earthquaker Devices Hummingbird. Dave’s signal then ends in an MXR Carbon Copy, a BOSS RV-5 reverb and a TC Electronics Ditto X2 to loop all the madness.
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I personally would either pull the EHX Freeze or put it closer to the end alongside the looper. It’s a decent sampler, but I feel that the Ditto Looper does what the Freeze does and then some. If you can move the Sansamp Driver up higher in the chain it would also eliminate the need for the buffer and the two volume pedals, (three volume controls counting the one on your instrument). That is of course, just my two cents. You got a lot of cool stuff on there, you definitely got a good idea of pedal placement but you can change your sound entirely by experimenting and moving things around. Give it a try!
Thanks, Dave, for sending in your board! If you haven’t done so already, be sure to send in your board big or small to firstname.lastname@example.org and it can end up right here at Pedals And Effects! Until next time!