Sometimes people build and arrange their boards around getting a great tone, and sometimes to invent new sounds. Randall’s board seems to fall into the later category.
The guitar is first fed into an Ibanez Weeping Demon Wah, and then to a Blackout Effectors Blunderbuss fuzz pedal. Fuzzing the wah instead of wah-ing the fuzz probably creates a lot of changes in color when sweeping the wah. From there, it’s fed into an Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress for some spacey flanger or chorus. Now here’s where it gets weird with delays: out of the Mistress, the signal is split into stereo. The left channel is fed into another EHX pedal: the Memory Boy. The right channel simply bypasses the Memory Boy, and the two come back together at a Boss RE-20 Space Echo. I can imagine a lot of wild doubling and delays can be created with this set up. As much as I hoped for stereo spread delays (we’ve all got two amps to do stereo, right?), the signal is instead brought back to mono upon running through a Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter tremolo pedal, just before heading out to the amp.
At first glance, I’d recommend placing the Shape Shifter before the delays, but there are a lot of great sounds to be found in this chain: delaying the fuzzed up wah, along with running the delays through the tremolo, can really create a lot of good chaos. And if this is all before hitting the amp, it may be cool to run the delays through the amp’s fx loop.
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