Today’s Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from Steven from the Big Apple! Steven has a very very modest board that he uses for open mics when he’s not playing in his band. These tiny boards are phenomenal for traveling with, especially when you have to deal with public transportations or even if you’re just biking around. Let’s take a look at what Steven’s working with:
Steven’s chain starts off into a TC Electronics Polytune into a PedalsAndEffects favorite, the BOSS CS-2 Compression/Sustainer. Whether you’re a guitar player or bass player the CS-2 really gets your harmonics to pop, I also really like how other pedals in any given signal chain react to the compression. After the CS-2 comes an Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man delay. The signal then ends in a TC Electronic Ditto Looper. Steven mentions that this whole rig is mounted on a Pedaltrain Nano and powered by a OneSpot adapter. And that’s it! Kitchen sink not included! I love these portable rigs. They’re definitely a weight off anyone’s back, and in sometimes less is more.
Steven mentions that when he’s not playing bass in his band he’s out doing open mics. I have nothing but respect for musicians who live and breathe music, that put themselves out there in any way they can. Open mic’s, coffee shops etc. may not be the most receptive of places but it’s a great way to practice. Just pretend you’re playing to people you know, sometimes the lights are so bright you can hardly see the audience. I know plenty of people that cut their teeth, honed their craft at open mic’s so it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Doing solo open mics puts you in a good position to practice in front of people on your own. You don’t necessarily have another band member to lean on, so you become more autonomous. You can then bring that experience when playing with the rest of your band, and it’ll show. The rest of the band will know that they can depend on you.
Thanks, Steven, for sending in your board. If you haven’t sent in your board, big or small, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org