Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from Greg in Illinois! Greg has a mighty board with all the flavors, bells and whistles that he currently uses with his Aurora based experimental rock band Killing Gods, let’s take a look at how Greg gets his sound:
Greg starts out by going into a TC Electronics Polytune Mini Noir which is not only a solid and reliable alternative to the Pedals and Effects favorite Polytune but it also affords crucial real estate for other essentials, from the tuner Greg is running his chain into a 6 Function FX Loopmaster with “Clean” and “Mute”, this gives him the option to organize, allocate and control multiple pedals per channel individually. A complex but very cool approach to taming this massive board!
The 1st loop cleverly labeled “OctoPog” has a rehoused and etched Boss OC2 into an etched EHX POG2 which is a great update to the original version that allows you save presets along with redesigned low pass filter. The 2nd loop “Dirty” starts with a killer looking Big Game Everything Alive Nothing Dead Muff Fuzz which is Sovtek based with a gate knob, mids control and a diode selector, into a Malekko B:ASSMASTER which is inspired by the much acclaimed Maestro Bass Brassmaster Octave Fuzz into a classic (and recently reissued) DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 from there he goes into the Blower Box by IdiotBox which is quickly gaining cult status amongst pedal breeding bassists for it’s crushing OD/Distortion, build quality and one-of-a-kind graphics! Greg rounds it off with the recently released MXR Bass Distortion which is collaboration between the folks at MXR and lead designer/engineer Ryan from Fuzzrocious. I’d personally put the DOD before the rest in the loop to drive the rest but other than that it looks outstanding!
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Loop 3 “The Cave” is reserved for a special pedal we recently reviewed: the Afterneath by our friends at Earthquaker Devices! I can’t say enough good things about this pedal and the folks that created it. The sounds and textures this is capable of are endless. If you can have only one pedal in the Cave then make sure this is it! Greg’s 4th loop “DelayMod” Starts out with the Source Audio Orbital which is a super versatile modulator with Flange, Chorus, and Multi-stage Phaser, into an original version Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter Tremolo and from there a Boss DD3 -and the last loop ends with a Delay/Looper in the form of the Digitech DL-8 great placement and thought behind this loop.
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From there the chain leaves the bypass strip and enters the “tone shaping” section of the board starting out with another PedalsAndEffects favorite the DOD FX-10 BiFet Preamp into the Rusty Box by Tronographic which is a bass preamp/distortion/boost based on the Traynor TS-50B that can get a great overdriven tube top end grind-from there into the incredible, versatile and tiny Hotone Wally Looper, which pours into the Dunlop 105Q Bass Wah which is a great filter at the beginning of the chain or in Greg’s case post dirt for sweeping up that fuzz! Greg is going from the wah into another preamp/boost-a custom GK Rails box which is based on the legendary Gallien-Krueger 800RB-immediately into another tone shaper in the form of a Submarine Preamp for restoring some of the low-end loss and adding punch before going into a soon-to-be-reviewed-and-beautifully-etched Darkglass Microtubes B7K Preamp/Overdrive which Greg uses as his final “Always on” preamp, this Pre also offers a balanced DI for running direct into a recording board or taking on the boards weight at a show.
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Thank you for sharing your board Greg, it’s always exciting to see how bassists are shaping their tone from start to finish no matter how big or small the journey is! Be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your board featured at Pedalsandeffects!