This week on Show Me Your Pedalboard, we’re taking a look at Dylan’s colorful board.
A lot of bass and guitar players focus on a single concept when building their boards: nuanced tone, diverse distortion options, spacey modulations, or even filling up the entire audible spectrum with harmonizers and octave pedals. But Dylan takes a fun and diverse approach to his rig: grab some classic pedals, ignore the standard chaining, and take some wild turns with the arrangement. First, he starts with a lowpass filter, then says hi to a wah pedal, move into some distortion, then a pitch shifter, phaser, more distortion, more wah (what? Sure, I’m down), tremolo, then split the signal at the chorus, give it a little delay, and send half the signal into some reverb, and the other half straight into a second amp. Somehow, so little is left to the imagination, and yet, I’m dying to hear it.
In rapid fire, here’s Dylan’s chain:
2. Keeley True-Bypass Looper (used for a true bypass around the MF-101)
6. MXR Phase 90
7. EHX Big Muff
10. Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble (channel splits into stereo)
11. Boss DD-20 Giga Delay (from here, only one channel hits the reverb, the other goes straight into the 1st amp)
12. Boss FRV-1 modeling the classic ’63 Fender Spring Reverb (into the 2nd amp)
PedalsAndEffects celebrates what happens between the guitar and the amp, but it’s worth mentioning that the reverb channel makes its home in a ’74 Fender Bassman, while the dry signal gets a little dirtier in a Vox AC4. So the reverb gets a creamy classic tone, and the dry channel gets all the crunch: good move!
Taking a look at everyone’s boards can really help us all think outside our boxes. If you haven’t sent a picture and description of your pedalboard to us yet email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!