Aug 30 2014

Awesome deal Dunlop Mini Fuzzfaces at Amazon!!

Awesome deal Dunlop Mini Fuzzfaces at Amazon!!A EffectsBay reader let me know about this awesome deal. We’re talking about the Dunlop Germanium,  Silicon and Jimi Hendrix Mini Fuzzfaces. Same classic sound, smaller foot print. Simple controls.. volume, fuzz and true bypass footswitch. Let’s start things off with this great comparison demo (showing the size differential as well as a A/B between the silicon version) by Guitarist:

So let’s talk about the deal.

The Dunlop Germanium Fuzz Face Mini Red Guitar Effects Pedal (FFM2) lists for $185, and is usually available for $130 and is currently on sale for a wicked low price of $59.99 and includes free shipping! That’s $60 off the going rate.

The Dunlop Silicon Fuzz Face Mini Blue Guitar Effects Pedal  (FFM1) lists for $142, and is usually available for $99 and is currently on sale for a great price of $69.99 and includes free shipping. That’s $30 off the going rate.

The Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Mini Turquoise Guitar Effects Pedal (FFM3) lists for $171 and is usually available for $120 and is currently on sale for a great low price of $69.99 and includes free shipping! That’s $50 off the going rate.

As usual, these prices will go back up after unit counts go low. I expect these to move quickly, so if you’re interested.. you should jump on it!

Let me know what you think of these fuzzfaces by commenting below!

Aug 29 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/29 – Jesse Davidson

Today’s pedal line is from Jesse Davidson. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/29 - Jesse DavidsonHey pedal line! My name is Jesse Davidson and I live in Dothan Alabama. I’ve never submitted to this before but I would love to share my rig with you! I do not have any links to music just yet but I will soon. Anyone can follow me on twitter: jesseredeemed and Instagram: JesseJaguarkick

Pedalboard chain.

I have a parts caster telecaster and an epiphone es-339 as my main guitars. First in my chain is a t1m mini buffer. From there it goes into a polytune and then into the cmatmods compressor. The comes my bypass strip. In the strip I have an EM drive and a JHV3 Ghost drive. (The blank space in the top is reserved for a micro pog)

From the bypass strip it goes BBE sonic stomp, VPjr volume, strymon timeline, eventide timefactor with t1m aux switch as my secondary delay. I also use the infinite repeats function with swells to make a really nice pad like underscore when there are no keyboard players. From there it goes into my strymon bigsky and then into a strymon bluesky. This all runs through a badcat Luca. I am powered by a fuel tank jr. And a furman power conditioner that is mounted under my Pedaltrain pro. I use lava instrument cables, George L and planet waves patch cables and Blue Herdim guitar pics. Westone triple driver in ears monitors as well.

Aug 28 2014

Great Deal on the TC Electronic Transition Delay Pedal

Great Deal on the TC Electronic Transition Delay Pedal I found another great deal at Musician’s Friend. This time it’s on the TC Electronic Transition Delay. The Transition Delay is a variation of their extremely popular Flashback delay. The Transition Delay offers four custom modeled delays – TCs 2290, Analog Delay, Tape Delay and Delay with modulation. Additionally, it does offer the the same presets as the Flashback – Lofi, Dynamic, Ping Pong, Dynamic and Reverse. The Transition also allows you to download Tone Print presets as well!

Check out these videos:

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Okay, let’s talk about the deal. The TC Electronic Transition Delay. This pedal lists for $232, and is usually available for $130, but is currently on sale at Musician’s Friend for only $99 and that includes free shipping! But.. there is a catch. It won’t be available until 8/31. Only a couple of days away, so not that big of a deal.

Let me know what you think about the TC Electronic Transition Delay by commenting below!

Aug 26 2014

Awesome Deal on the T-Rex Duck Tail Dynamic Delay

Awesome deal on the T-Rex Duck Tail - Dynamic DelayThis morning while sipping on my coffee.. I came across a great deal on the T-Rex Duck Tail Dynamic Delay at Musician’s Friend! So what the duck is the duck tail delay? It’s a delay with an interesting ducking circuit. Basically, the pedal detects your signal and adjusts the delay signal accordingly. The hard you hit the pedal, the quieter the delay repeats are. The softer, the louder and longer the repeats go. Ducking provides a great way to have ambient playing without cluttering.

The T-Rex Duck Tail also comes with tap tempo and 2 non-ducking modes – Classic and Tap.  Pretty cool. Here is a great video by Brett Kingman.  This video also features the T-Rex Spin Doctor to illustrate how it reacts once a bigger/louder signal hits the ducking circuit.

Pretty cool right? So let’s talk about the deal. The T-Rex Duct Tail Delay lists for $400 and is usually available for $200, but is currently on sale for only $129.99 at Musician’s Friend and includes free shipping/handling! That’s $70 off the regular price!!!!

Let me know what you think of this pedal by commenting below!!

Aug 25 2014

Kjartan Dagur – Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break Down

Last week I went into detail on Georg “Goggi” Hólm and Jónsi boards of Sigur Ros. Only one more installment to go.. which is Kjartan Dagur! Kjartan has few more pedals on board than the others, but his roll in Sigur Ros is to really add the depth of the sonic landscape of the band. While Jónsi leads the way, Kjartan defines the landscape. To get you up to speed, here is Premier Guitar Rig Run down cued up:

Here is the break down of Kjartan Dagur pedalboard:

Kjartan Dagur - Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break DownErnie Ball Volume Pedal
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor
Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo
Electro-Harmonix Freeze
Strymon BlueSky Reverb
EBS MultiDrive Bass Overdrive
MXR Micro Amp
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb
Digitech Whammy

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+
T-Rex Fuel Tank

Let me know what you think by commenting below!

Aug 22 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/22 – Jez Main

Today’s pedal line is from Jez Main. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/22 - Jez MainHi

I’m Jez Sullivan. I’m based in the UK on the outskirts of London. Ive played in a variety of bands over the years. But I’m currently bandless & looking for a gig.

This my most recent pedalboard. I also have a Guitarblog which is an outlet to vent my spleen on all things guitar. In 2008 I made an album with Nottingham alt band Heroes of Switzerland, which is on iTunes & We fused Shoegaze ambience with Classic Rock aplomb.

I tend to use a Fender Richie Kotzen Tele as my main guitar which I greymarket imported from Japan a decade ago. I also play a PRS Custom 22. I like versatile guitars with fat necks.

My Pedalboard is currently a Pedaltrain Jr. I used to use a Pedaltrain 2, with a few more pedals but I wanted to cut my rig down in size. A Pedaltrain 2 is too big. So my rig has now evolved on grounds of space & size, while still trying to be versatile.

All pedals are powered by a Cioks AC10 mounted underneath the board. I had to put bigger feet on the Pedaltrain to do this though.

Signal Path is as follows

Dunlop 95 Wah Wah: Ive had this for 20 years, I only tend to use it as a tone filter with an Ebow & reverb. But its on the board because of sentimentality as much as anything else. Its been sprayed green in the 90′s & probably played 100′s of gigs. A talisman if you like, but I do like the sound of it in bypass mode, it takes a tiny bit of top off the signal which I prefer.

Boss TU2 Tuner/Bypass : Does what it says on the tin

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive: A Keeley Mod clone I bought off eBay for £50, mainly used to boost the other main distortion for solo’s. Its cleaner than a normal SD-1 & a lot louder.

Goosoniqueworx 7thvn : My main Distortion. Its a 2 channel JFET ( Junction Field Effect Transistor)  unit which I run at 12vDC, at 9v it sounds good, but at 12v its incredibly punchy with masses of headroom & low end. Its high gain, but incredibly quiet. Almost as if it has a noise gate, but I suspect its just very well designed. Something of a cult classic. Easily the best “amp in a box” type unit I’ve heard. Very dynamic & touch sensitive. If I boost the front end with the SD1 its great for searing leads. The low gain green mode is a milder overdrive which sounds great with the Vox.

J Rockett Audio Designs 10 Ton Hammer : I’ve had a variety of distortions on the board, Blackstar HT Dual, Suhr Riot, Carl Martin Plexitone single etc etc, but this is the most recent addition. Its just for secondary tones. Its very very high gain, but extremely good fun. A little noisy compared to the 7thvn though.

The next two units are on a pedal riser so I can tap dance.

Line 6 M5: i used to use the Line 6 DL4 delay on an FX loop with a channel switching amp. But once I tried it direct, it sucked tone. Then I realised this was cheaper, smaller, had all the same sounds, a better buffer & more presets. My main delay unit, but theres a few other reverbs, chorus’ , tremelo & Leslie effects on it too. A great buy too.

Boss DD3: Again Ive tried loads of delays over the years, TC Novadelay, Marshall Echohead etc…but the DD3 is a great no nonsense secondary delay which I often use with the M5 together for “synchronous” delays. Set at 450 ms repeats ala Dave Gilmour. Then it goes out to the amp

This is all fed into a newish Vox AC30 C2 running loud & clean.


Jez Sullivan

Aug 21 2014

Georg “Goggi” Hólm – Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break Down

Yesterday I talked about Jónsi of Sigur Ros. Today I wanted to talk about Goggi, the bass player of Sigur Ros. In my opinion, a major.. major piece of the Sigur Ros sound. Again, Premier Guitar did a fantastic Rig Rundown of Sigur Ros, and I queued the video to where the bass begins. If you’re interested in Jónsi, please check out this post.

Here is the break down of Goggi’s board:

Georg "Goggi" Hólm - Sigur Ros - Pedalboard Break Down Boss TU-3 Tuner
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
EBS OctaBass Triple Mode Octave Divider
EBS ValveDrive Class A Bass Tube Preamp / Overdrive
EBS Multi-Comp True Dual Band Bass Compressor
EBS ValveDrive Class A Bass Tube Preamp / Overdrive
EBS MultiDrive Universal Overdrive

Let me know what you think by commenting below!!!

Aug 20 2014

Jónsi – Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break Down

I can’t believe this one slipped by me.. never noticed it before! I wanted to talk about Jónsi of Sigur Ros. I’ve been a fan of Sigur Ros for years. Jónsi’s bowing guitar, the atmospheric vocals and guitar interplay. Good stuff. Re-al good stuff. I’ve analyzed Jónsi’s pedals in the past, but it was great to see a Rig Rundown by Premier Guitar go into detail about the guitars, etc.

A couple of things. I thought it was interesting that he doesn’t like new strings, and only replaces broken strings. That’s like nails on the chalk board for me. I personally LOVE the feel and sound of new strings. I like to have new strings for every gig when possible. BUT.. one thing that I did relate with him, I like not cleaning my guitar. I have no idea. I’ll wipe my strings, but like the feel of the sweat, grime, etc on my guitars. Especially on those nitro-finish guitars. I thought that was weird of me, but it was interesting that Jónsi was prefers this as well.

Okay, the pedals. Here is the breakdown:

Jónsi - Sigur Ros - Pedalboard Break DownEBS ValveDrive Class A Bass Tube Preamp / Overdrive
Keeley Katana
Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
Boss RC20XL Loop Station
Boss TU-3 Tuner

I have seen a TS9 Tubescreamer in the place of the EBS ValveDrive in the past as well.

Like Jónsi? Like Sigur Ros? Let me know what you think by commenting below!!!

Not familiar with Sigur Ros? Check out this video:

Aug 18 2014

TC Helicon Voice Tone Mic Mechanic Vocal Effects Pedal

TC Helicon Voice Tone Mic Mechanic Vocal Effects PedalI really enjoy listening to indie bands, and I’ve been noticing the use of more and more effects on the vocals.  Effects I classically hear is heavy reverb. If this is part of the sound you’re going for, and you gig, you probably run into issues of sound guys either unwilling to provide you with the reverb, or the board itself can’t do it, or the ‘web signal’ is only to the mains and not in the monitors. As a vocalist/musician, it’s important to consistently hear your ‘sound’. Even if you’re not on the heavy to extreme side of things, the consistency AND the control is great to have.

TC Helicon Voice Tone Mic Mechanic Vocal Effects Pedal is a simple pedal that can give you that control. There are a few vocal processors out there, but like I’ve mentioned in past posts, I’m a huge fan of *simple*.. and the TC Helicon Voice Tone Mic Mechanic is super simple.  Controls include on/off footswitch, Mic gain input level, style selector, dry/wet control and Tone on/off. The tone button provides EQ, de-essing, etc. I don’t think these parameters are adjustable though. Check out this video:

Pretty cool right? Vocalists might be interested in this guy for sure. Today, I found a deal on the TC Helicon Voice Tone Mic Mechanic Vocal Effects Pedal. This pedal lists for $205 and is usually available for $150, but is currently on sale at Amazon for only $125 and includes FREE shipping! At the time of this post, there were 15 units in stock. As usually, when stock count drops, the price may go up. So if you’re interested in this pedal, you better jump on it!

Do you have the TC Helicon Voice Tone Mic Mechanic Vocal Effects Pedal? Let us know what you think about it by commenting below!


Aug 15 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/15 – Robert Abernathy

Today’s pedal line is from Robert Abernathy. If you have a pedal line (doesn’t have to be in a board) for your rig, please email me a photo, bio, description of pedals and routing to pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/15 - Robert Abernathy

Hey, my name is Robert Abernathy and I have been following Effects Bay for a long long while.  I always enjoy reading how other people have chosen their gear, how they use it and why they chain it together as they do.  I’m always searching for creative and unusual ways to create sound.  I love reading Effects Bay to see how everyone from different genres sets up their gear.  I love playing everything weird and experimental from doom to post rock, surf to noise wave and crusty punk to clean.  My attempt at setting up my board is based on wanting a great sounding clean tone that can be quickly obliterated into the best sounding all-out noise you have ever heard.

I’ve been using Hank’s pedal labels for the past year on different gear and they are great for saving settings.  My board is always evolving, but here is my current setup:

Stanley FX Bluesman  – This overdrive is an original design using FET transistors in a Shunt, Resist, Push, Pull configuration.  This pedal is very unique to my ears and I really like it (and no, I don’t think of myself as a blues musician).  It can go from a light/medium overdrive to gritty fuzz, without losing clarity or the bottom end.  I put this first in my chain so that it will impart its’ sound on other pedals that I stack it with further in the chain.  The Bluesman stacks very nice with fuzz and other overdrives, adding nice lows that give an extra growl while boosting the signal as well if you need it to.

Moog MF Boost  – This is a great boost that really helps enhance your tone.  VCA mode is like a clean boost, while OTA Clipped mode is more of a dirty boost.  Either mode will make your guitar sound better as it adds beautiful natural compression.  I keep this on all of the time.  You can even add an expression pedal which increases the signal boost available and can be used to either sweep the gain or act as a volume pedal (!).  I think this is a great under-rated pedal and can’t wait to add the expression pedal.

Devi Ever Synth Mangler – 2 of Devi’s Soda Meisers in 1 pedal – but with 2 sets of glitch switches (Chaos and Noise).  The Chaos switch seems to de-activate parts of the circuit, while the Noise switch seems to slowly choke out the circuit altogether until it gasps its’ last breath and then passes out in a puddle of its’ own urine.  Dense muff tones, gated/ungated,  velcro-fuzz, sputter/creamy zazz – the Synth Mangler is super versatile.   The trick is adjusting the joystick and trying different switch combinations.  And if you love noise, feed this into another fuzz pedal, turn the switches on and off, and you’ll get wild rising sirens.  Feed this into long delays, use the switches on and off, and create electronic drum patterns.  Convert your body into an A.M. radio antennae by just touching the switches with your fingers while it’s on.  I keep finding new ways to use this thing that should not be even possible.  Insane, but dependable every time.

Kinnetone Sagmaster   – This is a dying battery effect made by Brian Kinnaman.  The sounds it gives you when you add it to the pedal’s power supply will vary from pedal to pedal.  I keep this hooked up to the Synth Mangler.  When you dial it all the way down while the Noise and/or Chaos switches are engaged and toggle the joystick, you can get other-worldly octave ring modulator tones, destructive electrical flash grenade sounds, arpeggiator-like tones, and scrambled sirens chock full of upper octave artifacts.  Sometimes, your waveform just wants you to destroy it, so that it can be reborn into something new.  You can check out a video I made of the Sagmaster and the Devi Ever Synth Mangler+MXR Carbon Copy here:

Blakemore Effects Bi-Polar Octadrive  – This pedal is a Blakemore Effects Mustang Overdrive along with an octave-up fuzz in a single pedal.  The overdrive is based on a modded Way Huge Red Llama overdrive circuit (Tube Sound Fuzz) along with 3 separate tone controls added.  This goes from a nice boost to a hot tweed tone before crossing over into fuzz territory.  The Octave-up side is based on the Foxx Tone Machine’s Octave circuit and it has an amazing wild bloom – as if a ghostly electrical arc was creepy-crawling from your guitar cord to your amp.  Both sides of this pedal sound incredible.  The octave is very present and easily defined with either bridge or neck pickups and on both low and high notes all over the neck.

Devi Ever Aenima  – Nasty high-gain Fuzz, instant thick angry feedback, super loud – Doom on command.  This circuit is an evolutionary mutation from Devi’s Torn’s Peaker design and has a super aggressive and biting raw sound to it.  This silicon fuzz is bright, in your face, down and dirty and sounds great stacked with overdrive.  As nasty as this pedal is, it is easily tamed with a delay and is great for leads.

Übermut   – This is the 1 pedal to rule them all.  The Übermut pedal was designed so that you can change out the clipping components with a military spec. diode clip holder – so you can change out the diode in seconds without a sodering gun and without technical know-how.  This is a great customizable pedal and what it does really depends on what diode you’ve selected.   I am in love with their Vintage Germanium diodes, which at high settings is a great, burley, warm fuzz fountain.  Mosfets sound awesome too.  The left footswitch is a treble booster, which has an internal trim-pot to adjust the gain level.   This is a great great sounding overdrive/fuzz pedal.

Celestial Effects Gemini VTR  -  Independent Vibrato, Tremolo and Reverb 3 in 1 pedal, with the circuit path in that order.  The Vibrato sounds just like the sweet vibrato from a Magnatone amplifier with a toggle switch for Square and Triangle waveforms.  The Tremolo is classic and easily controllable.  Both the Vibrato and Tremolo are optically coupled LFO’s that have Rate, Depth and Duty Cycle controls on the front panel of the pedal.  The Duty Cycle allows you to control the on/off ratio of each pulse of the waveform, allowing you to control the ratio of how long the pulse is on during the time base cycle.  This means that you have incredible flexibility to manipulate the waveform to your liking.  The Reverb section is based on the digital Belton medium spring reverb tank with an analog opamp signal path.  I’m thinking of switching the tank out for the long reverb tank, but the medium tank sounds huge as it is.  Each section of this pedal has its’ own Gain Adjust and Tone controls via internal trimpots.   Everything on this pedal is of the highest professional grade and built like a tank.  It sounds lush and can easily go from beautifully authentic retro sounds to nonstandard noise-athon pulse waves of desolation.

EHX Micro POG   – Simple to use and tracks great on all notes and all strings with no lag.  Great for bass sounds from the guitar and for guitar sounds from the bass.  Cut down the dry signal to zero, crank the sub-octave and upper-octave and use this with fuzz and you’ll get a nice bit-crushing Atari effect.   I like to add a little bit of the sub-octave to my dry signal when I’m playing clean – just enough to round out the sound and add fullness.  A lot of people have this earlier in their signal chain, however, I like it right here after the reverb on the Gemini VTR to create a wash of ethereal octave waves.

MXR Carbon Copy  – Great analog delay.  This pedal makes everything single thing you play sound nice and worthy of listening to.  I adjusted the internal trim pots to slow down the modulation so that it’s more subtle.  Also super great for noise and oscillation effects.  I love keeping this just on the verge of oscillation.  Nice deep and warm repeats.  Carbon Copy + any Fuzz = great for slow solos.

BOSS AW-2 Auto Wah  -  Great analog auto wah/envelope filter that has now been discontinued.  Do I play Funk? – well, no…never -but this is great for slow, low-pass resonant filter-sweeping psychedelic drama (Rate 3, Depth 2, Manual 1 and Sens 0).  At this setting, it’s slow and low and great for doomy sludgy Fuzz love.  A lot of people put their wah very early in their chain, even before their dirt.  I’ve always loved wah after dirt and putting this after dirt and modulation effects creates a very unusual sound that is not a typical wah or auto-wah sound.  This unit can also act as an envelope filter (Rate 0, Depth 0, Manual 0, Sens 6).  The BOSS AW-2 is a great example of why you should often disregard what the “experts” say about pedal chain order and why you should also try products and effects that other people tend to overlook.

TC Electronics Flashback Delay  – Extremely versatile digital delay with a small footprint.  The Flashback is like a Swiss pocket army knife of delay options and textures.  The toneprint feature is what makes this pedal stand out from other similar delays and lets you customize it to your own personal taste.  I am in love every single toneprint and I love being able to customize the toneprint to my exact liking.  I switched the buffer on in this unit, which eliminates that audible click sound when you engage the pedal and also lets the delays spillover after you’ve turned off the delay.

I use the same set up for guitar and bass with zero problems.  The pedalboard was made from re-purposed wood by Cory Scanlon of .  He is a super-nice, super-skilled guy.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/15 - Robert Abernathy

Effects Bay is a great platform for us to compare notes and inspire each other.  I only wish we had something like this back in the 80′s and 90′s.  I am currently involved in 2 different projects:  My solo project is The Pipes of Drone  and I collaborate with my good friend Jason Hagood (guitars, keys, samples) on his project called Everything We Hold Dear .