The pedalboards keep rolling in! Today’s pedalboard submission comes from Stephen all the way from Melbourne, Australia! Let’s take a look at what Stephen’s working with:
Stephen’s bass goes into a Korg Pitchblack tuner, a great alternative to the BOSS TU-2 Tuner. The Korg pitchblack is a very accurate tuner and is very easy to see in a gig setting where the lights are sometimes low on stage. From the tuner, Stephen’s chain goes into an EHX Freeze pedal. I don’t have too much experience with the Freeze pedal, but Dan Elkan who plays guitar in Zavalaz uses one and he’s able to get some really cool sounds from it. From the Freeze pedal the signal continues into an EHX Bass Microsynthesizer. I definitely prefer the older Electro-Harmonix pedals, especially the vintage big chassis Microsynth’s. Those Microsynth’s are some of my favorite pedals. The benefit of the new EHX stuff is that they take up way less space on your board, but I just can’t get with the circuitry of the new guys. They are unfortunately, very hard to find these days. New vs old is a struggle musicians like us struggle with all the time, but it’s always important to go in with an open mind and you may be surprised.
Stephen’s signal continues into a Tech 21 SansAmp VT Bass amp modeler, a pedal that can emulate different amp voicing’s. Up next is an Ernie Ball VP Jr. volume pedal. After the volume pedal the chain goes into a Way Huge Swollen Pickle fuzz. The Swollen Pickle was featured on our very first round of Fuzz Wars with Jonathan Hischke. The Swollen Pickle is a great fuzz pedal, you have a lot of filter options and can get a wide range of sounds. The low end on the Swollen Pickle is pretty beefy too. Great pick Stephen.
The Pickle then goes into a BOSS BF-2 Flanger, then into a MXR Bass Octave deluxe. The bass octave deluxe is a sweet pedal, it has good tracking and the sub octave really gets pushed by a sub harmonic component in the circuitry. The chain then ends in a T.C. Electronic Nova Delay.
Very cool stuff Stephen, thanks for sending in your board! For all you Aussies out there I’ll be doing a clinic on February 27th at Deluxe Guitars in Melbourne when I’m in the country for the Deltron 3030 tour. Come on by!
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