Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry is short and sweet! Today’s board has been provided to us by bass player Stephen! Stephen is a bass player from good old Los Angeles, California! Stephen is a dentist by day, but rocks the low end by night! Let’s take a look at what Stephen is rocking.
Before things get started off into his board, Stephen rocks either an American Fender P-Bass or a Mexican (viva Mexico!) made Fender Jazz bass. It goes without saying that different instruments yield different results from the same pedals so its good to have that sort of variety to test things out. Maybe one pedal works better with one bass as opposed to another, and maybe one pedal works well with both or neither, trial and error goes a long way in perfecting your sound!
From Stephen’s bass things kick off into a BOSS TU-2 tuner (classic) and an Electro-Harmonix double team of the POG 2 and the Bass Big Muff fuzz pedal. While I love my OG vintage EHX stuff, the POG 2 does a pretty good job of organ modeling, the ability to save presets is handy as well in a gig setting. The Bass Big Muff is okay, you have a lot of options from Earthquaker Devices, Way Huge, or Dwarfcraft, but if you want to keep it EHX get an OG Big Muff Pi. After the Bass Big Muff Stephen’s signal continues into a Way Huge Angry Troll (there you go Stephen! that’s all you need!) and the Electro-Harmonix Bass Microsynth. Stephen’s signal ends in an Earthquaker Devices Arpanoid leading into the classic Line 6 DL4 to loop all the madness. Stephen mentions that he purchased a Zvex Lo-Fi Looper Junky but is debating placement in his signal chain. The Lo-Fi Looper Junky is a lot like Zvex’s Lo-Fi junky but with a 20 second sampler. You could put it before the DL4 or move it up behind the POG 2 to get a warbly old-timey organy sound like from those early American phonographs. Just my thoughts.
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By request Stephen asked for some recommendations. Since you’re rocking a lot of cool octave based modulation and organ/synth modelers I think your setup could benefit from the addition of an envelope filter. The OG Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron pedals aren’t too difficult to find, and Keely’s Neutrino is really dope too. Adding that additional envelope is a great exercise in applying dynamics, the ebb and flow of the sweep is great for getting that clean popping funk tone but imagine how wacky your pedals will get as they effect that subtle sweep! That is of course, just my two cents. See what works best for you!