It’s the first Show Me Your Pedalboard entry of the New Year, and the first pedalboard of 2016 comes from bass player Eric! Eric’s rocking a lot of Pedals and Effects favorites in addition to forging his own sonic path. Let’s take a look at what Eric is moving and grooving to:
First off, it’s important to know that Eric is splitting and isolating some effects using the Send/Return functions of both the BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor and the BOSS LS-2 Line Selector. Eric uses these pedals as sort of effects loops to stack some effects and keep others separate. Eric, clean up your cables! This will be so helpful when you’re gigging, you won’t have to worry about stuff getting tangled or shorting out! So, to the best of my ability I’ll try and decipher Eric’s signal chain.
Eric’s got the following pedals isolated into one end of the Line Selector:
BOSS CS-2 Compression Sustainer: This pedal is my numero uno. You might benefit from having this pedal in front of everything, but its interesting to see how this effects some pedals in the split as opposed to all of them. Very interesting.
MXR Sub Machine: This Sub Machine is out of this world, Dunlop is one of the most exciting effects making companies, they stay true to form and you never know what they’ll come up with next! The Sub Machine made my Top 10 Pedals of 2015 too!
Photo credit: Jim Dunlop
Dunlop Uni-Vibe Stereo Chorus: The Univibe is a very interesting pedal, made popular by Jimi Hendrix in the 60’s and only made by Shin-Ei back in the day, the Univibe has been recreated many years over by various companies such as Fulltone. The Univibe itself would range from a large apparatus with a wah like pedal attachment, or a tiny compact pedal version, Dunlop has taken the reigns of the Univibe and created a really cool stereo chorus. You can get that lush Hendrix tones on clean sounds, or wild vibrato laden leslie type wackiness. It’s got stereo outputs too, so you can get those wide sweeps. I think this particular model is discontinued. Cool pick Eric.
MXR ’74 Vintage Phase 90: Made with the original schematics in mind, the script Phase 90 captures that vintage magic of the originals. Also, no LED’s because there weren’t LED’s back then! So you gotta use your ears to determine if its engaged or not.
As a bonus Eric sent in a photo of his pedal collection. I spy a lot of cool vintage Electro-Harmonix stuff! As well as a Sovtek Fuzz! Awesome. You got a lot to work with Eric, it goes without saying that you should try swapping stuff in and out and experimenting. Sometimes accidents yield the best sounds, but you wouldn’t know it unless you got adventurous.