Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from David, all the way from Berlin! Sometimes it’s best not to overthink things, and in the case of musicianship sometimes you just have to let your instrument and the amp do most of the heavy lifting. For that reason your playing speaks volumes more than any pedal you may own. Effects are a great way to supplement your playing, not to replace your playing! There are many different philosophies when approaching effects based playing, but it’s all about what works for you. David’s got a modest pedalboard, and just recently embarked on his PedalsAndEffects journey, but whether you’re just getting started or are a long time veteran there’s always plenty to learn. Let’s take a look at what David is rocking out with:
According to David he recently started playing bass a couple of years ago and hasn’t put it down since! From the sound of it he has made major headway into his playing, and is now exploring his sonic options. David’s signal starts from his Squier Affinity Jazz bass that he upgraded with Schaller tuners. There’s zero shame in playing a bass you enjoy, whether it’s a name brand or not. One of my dearest and most important basses of my career was a Squier! Check out my story of my most favored basses here.
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From David’s bass things move into a TC Electronics Polytune 2 Noir, then into a Behringer US600 Ultra Shifter/Harmonist. Great pick David, Behringer has surprisingly come into their own as making some of the best clones of sought after pedals ever. I’ve spoken volumes about how the Behringer UV300 Vibrato holds up to the (rare and super expensive) Boss Vibrato. You can find the comparison here. If you can find the Behringer Vintage Time Machine, it holds up incredibly well, to the vintage Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.
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David uses the Ultra Shifter pedal to split the signal which goes into a Swollen Pickle Fuzz then into a BOSS LS2 Line Selector. The Swollen Pickle is a pretty solid fuzz, but give Dwarfcraft or Fuzzrocious a try, you can get really gnarly tones out of some of the fuzz pedals those guys have to offer. On the other side of the Behringer split David sends a modulated signal to a Digitech Grunge distortion. (No joke, I’m pretty sure Kurt Cobain at one time had this on his board). The Digitech Grunge is a decent pedal, but if you really want some modulated dirt consider an octave pedal like the BOSS OC-2! You could also pair it up with an Xotic AC Booster too. Just my two cents. David mentions that there is an Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter shaped hole in his board. You can check out the review Nick Reinhart and myself did of the Echo Shifter here.
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David, you’re well on your way to getting really innovative and pulling some gnarly tones from your setup. Thanks so much for sending in your board! PedalsAndEffects is a community and we all benefit from learning from each other. If you haven’t sent in your board yet, don’t delay! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and it could be featured right here on PedalsAndEffects.