Today’s pedalboard submission comes from Felix from Austin, Texas! Felix plays bass in a band called Cilantro Boombox (what a name!). Lets take a look at what Felix is working with:
Felix’s bass starts off into a TC Electronics Polytune 2 Noir tuner a great tuner, and a good way to save space on your board. Up next is a BOSS OC-2 then into a DOD Meat Box Prime, a really cool and gnarly subharmonic synth pedal. These pedals are getting pretty rare these days. From the Meat Box his chain continues with a Malekko Diabolik Fuzz pedal. Bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen whos one of the hardest working bassists in the business, (having played with Nine Inch Nails, and longtime bassist for recent Grammy winner Beck!) came up with the concept for the Diabolik and worked together with Malekko to make the concept a reality. He was in the studio demo-ing the pedal for me and you can find his demo here. As musicians, we’re all in this together! I’m glad to see good pedals and good concepts take off with positive feedback. Really glad to see this pedal making it onto peoples boards!
The signal continues into an Electro-Harmonix Micro Q Tron envelope filter. From the Q Tron, and a longer patch cable later, the chain continues into a BOSS LMB-3 Bass Limiter/Enhancer. Next the signal goes into a BOSS TR-2 Tremolo, then into a TC Electronics Flashback Delay pedal. What I really like about these TC Electronics pedals is the ability to save presets as “toneprints” which can be saved on a computer and shared on the internet. It’s a good way to remember a setting when you’re experimenting with pedals, and it’s also a great way to get ideas from others and spread innovation. Felix’s board then ends with an Aguilar Tone Hammer Preamp/Direct Box. I would place the preamp pedal as early as possible into the chain. A preamp is the piece of gear that should be as close to the output of your instrument as possible. The earlier on its placed, the more effective the boost from the output of the guitar will be, which means more utility out of the effects in the chain down the line. Its a “pre” amp, not a “post” amp! Try switching the Tone Hammer with the Bass Limiter if possible. But that’s just me, but if it works for you then more power to you.
Thanks, Felix, for sending in your board!
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Also! For all my Australian readers, I will be doing a clinic on February 27th at Deluxe Guitars in Melbourne while I’m in the country for the Deltron 3030 tour. Come on through!