In such a small world of bass players there still seems to be an endless amount of gear and effects. No matter how many pedals we fork our money over for, at some point in time we find ourselves saying ‘this one will be my last; it’s the only other thing I need!’ Only to discover a new gem that will ‘finally complete my chain’. But there are a few strong-willed musicians who have learned the art of limiting their board, not their creativity. Gaz’ board reveals that he is such a man, and we’re glad to share his choices on this week’s Show Me Your Pedalboard.
His humble board starts with a Boss TU-2 Tuner powering another Boss: the OC-2 Octave, for some crazy deep sub octaves. The tones and balance of the 2-3 octaves initiated are fattened up with an Xotic Effects Bass BB Preamp. This pedal can give the bass a full body or open the doors for exploring some rough overdrive. But before you start contemplating all the induced shaking, the signal lights up the overtones with a Wren and Cuff Tall Font Russian, a Big Muff inspired fuzz pedal. With all that control over the bottom and top ends, some bucket-brigade movement may as well be added with a creamy MXR Analog Chorus.
And that’s it. No fancy delays, or ring modulators, or tesla coils, or hadron colliders. Gaz keeps it simple with this quote: ‘I love this little setup. It would be easy to add another 5 pedals and get a bigger board, but I like having to work within limitations in music, and restricting myself to 4 or 5 effects pedals can actually be quite inspiring.’ Creativity isn’t born in our pedals, and certainly not our wallets; our limits may be self-induced!
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