Todays Show Me Your PedalBoard entry was sent to us by Frank out of Philadelphia, PA! Frank plays bass in the 3-piece post-punk rock outfit Ma Jolie and he keeps his bases covered while staying flexible by using two separate boards lined with a mix of boutique pedals and trusted offerings to suit whatever the gig or session demands. Let’s see what Frank is working with!
Off-board into the primary first board the signal starts with the Boss TU-2 Chromatic tuner into the first dirt pedal the Blasteroid Fuzz by Idiotbox which was featured during round 8 of Fuzz Wars it’s a simple but huge gated fuzz based on the Earth Sounds Research Graphic Fuzz with some bass-friendly tweaks that make it bump, from there we go to familiar territory with a PedalsAndEffects favorite the Boss CS-2 compressor which needs no introduction, this being slotted after the Blasteroid makes sense with how much sound the Blasteroid puts out even at lower volumes, any added boost and attack could take away from what it does best.
Photo credit: Tym Guitars
After the CS-2 the signal makes it’s way to another tried and true favorite the Boss OC-2 Octave into the Rusty Box by Tronographic a pedal that’s showing up on a lot of active players boards the last few years as a tone-shaping DI that adds aggressive but not destructive bite and boost From there the signal goes into something with some serious buzz around it the Big Bottom clean blend by Tym Guitars out of Australia-here he has a Grey Stache by Fuzzrocious and the Haunt fuzz by Old Blood Noise are pushed through the Big Bottom’s loop keeping the low end intact without sacrificing all of the screaming harmonic content these fuzzes bring to the table!
Photo credit: Old Blood Noise Endeavors
After the clean loop we go to a rare and bass-friendly overdrive in the form of The Pube by Cameltone Electronics based out of Philadelphia, this is for finding that perfect overdriven tone with a 3 different voicing’s to pick from. I love seeing local builders represented on these boards!
Board two is where things go from mean to wild and Frank starts it off with the best Flanger out there for bass in the A/DA which has gotten a lot of love on PedalsAndEffects and is currently being reissued again with original BBD chips so we’ll be most definitely be seeing it again on boards and Flanger Wars! Great choice to get the second board started! The signal moves from Flange to Chorus and Vibrato territory with the Warped Vinyl Mk2 by Chase Bliss this is the updated and improved version of our 2014 top-ten entry the Warped Vinyl Mk1 an outstanding jump off point for the folks at Chase Bliss followed closely by the Zuul from Fuzzrocious which at heart is a strong fuzz pedal but with the dirt available on the first board I could see the oscillator really taking flight here! Immediately into the soon-to-be-reviewed Gilamondo Phaser by Mr. Black pedals from Portland right into The Procession from Old Blood Noise Endeavors not the only one-of-a-kind reverb on this board but already a contender for Pedal of the Year thanks to the killer trem mode on offer.
Photo credit: A/DA Amps
Next is the Timebender by Digitech I’m seeing this used more and more by bassists as a really musical and versatile looper/delay in one, with all of the modes, delays and preset options the possibilities are endless and the same rings true for the next pedal on Franks board-the Afterneath by Earthquaker Devices-this is one I feel every musicians board can benefit from! Frank rounds off his two-board setup with an original DOD FX10 Bi-FET Preamp, a great choice to boost and add presence at the end of this signal chain. Honorable mentions to the Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler/Looper and the BOSS SL-20 Slicer located off board.
Thanks, Frank for sharing your boards with us and thank you for supporting so many fantastic boutique builders in the process of getting your sound. It’s important these companies survive and grow so they can continue to innovate and push the envelope! If you haven’t sent a picture of your pedalboard to us yet, email us at email@example.com. Until next time!