Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from Ethan! Ethan’s got a pretty small and modest board, but he can pull some large and great sounds. Let’s take a look at what Ethan is rocking:
Ethan’s board starts off into a KORG Pitchblack Tuner, a great tuner, bright LED’s doesn’t take up too much space, and comes in different colors too! Up next is a Cream Tangerine compressor by Phoenix Custom electronics. While I love my trusty BOSS CS-2, I’m always interested to see what people can do with compression. Compression is the unsung hero of tone! It can make or break your sound! I gotta check out what Phoenix Custom electronics are up to. After the compressor is a Catalinbread SFT that Ethan says he uses as a boost followed by a Line 6 FM4 Synth modulator pedal. The FM4 is one of the coolest synth pedals out there, lots of really cool instrument bending sounds. You can get some really larger than life synth sounds, lots of weirdness to be had.
Photo credit: catalinbread
Up next is a Walrus Audio Jupiter Fuzz pedal which is a very cool and nuanced pedal. The Jupiter fuzz was featured on an episode of fuzz wars! Fuzz pedals usually emphasize a specific frequency range, which can be both a positive and negative attribute, but the Jupiter Fuzz’s flexible controls allow you to dial in the right amount of fuzz with the right tonal quality to either stand out in the mix, or ride out with the drums and rhythm. It includes a mode switch that can change between three different clipping diode arrangements, providing more options and combinations of fuzz and tone. The Jupiter Fuzz also comes with a Bass boost toggle switch for that extra increased low end frequency. Great pick Ethan!
Following the fuzz is an Earthquaker Devices Speaker Cranker, an Electro-Harmonix Micro POG and a MXR Phase 90. I’d move the Speaker Cranker up a bit in the chain, but that’s just me. You can definitely get some really tripped out sounds by putting phase at the end of the chain, so it’s cool to see the Phase 90 there.