Nov 19 2014

Hank & Cupcakes

I think it’s fun discovering new music (for me anyway). And having this blog, I do get exposed to some great stuff. Friends of the site, musicians, etc.. always contact me with questions or wanting to let me know about a band that I might want to write about. A few days ago, John, contacted me through Facebook and told me about Hank & Cupcakes. He mentioned that the bass player had an impressive pedal set up and that I might be interested.

Hank & CupcakesHank & Cupcakes? Ok.. I’ll bite. Within seconds.. I was super interested. This is a 2-piece (bass / drums) band, with some catchy and complex sound. This band sounds WAY bigger than 2 piece. I had to learn more.

Let’s start off with this live vid:

So I sent a message to the band and Ariel “Hank” Scherbacovsky wrote back. He was super into the idea of letting me know what was happening on his board. He was kind enough to send the following photos of his set up:

Hank & Cupcakes Pedalboardsand

Hank & Cupcakes Pedalboards

So here is the breakdown of what’s happening. Lots going on!

Board 1

Visual Sound Time Bandit Tap Tempo Click Track Sync
Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter Tap Tremolo
Electro-Harmonix Freeze
MXR Phase 90
ColorSound Tone Bender Fuzz
Boss DD-20 GigaDelay
Electro-Harmonix POG2
DigiTech Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Chrome Whammy
Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger

Board 2

Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer (Vintage)
Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls (Vintage)
Moog EP-3 Expression Pedal
Moog Moogerfooger MF-101 Low Pass Filter
Eventide Pitchfactor
Mark Bass Super Synth
Custom Patch Box

Boss RC-50 Loop Station

On the Amp Rack

Zvex Octane fuzz
Electro-Harmonix POG2
Boss CS-3 Compressor

I asked Ariel about the patch and this is what he had to say about that:

On the top right of the right board I have a patch that I built so that I can easily connect the whole system.It basically receives audio from the splitter sends it into the pedal board and returns it to the amps. It also allows me to on/off some of the splits that I send to other pedals / amps in the amp rack. There are actually also a Zvex Octane fuzz and an additional POG and Boss Compressor for low octaves on the amp rack

Pretty cool! Let me know what you think by commenting below. Please check out Hank & Cupcakes. They’re currently on tour, so see if they’re playing near you! And John (if you’re reading this) thanks for letting me know about these guys!!!!


Nov 18 2014

T-Rex Quint Machine Give Away Reminder

T-Rex Quint MachineHello All.. do NOT miss out on this chance to win a T-Rex Quint Machine. This is a great sounding poly-octave pedal. Extremely simple to use.. Octave Up.. Octave Down and 5th Up. Adjust it all with the Mix, and off you go. The pedal tracks quite well, and the footprint is very hard to beat.

View the full write up here – “T-Rex Quint Machine

Check out this great demo:

The T-Rex Quint Machine retails for $250, so this is an absolutely great opportunity to pick up a multi-octaver!!!!

I want to thank Musiquip and T-Rex for offering this guy up. Definitely, check out T-Rex Effects. They have lots going on, and their pedals are top-shelf all the way! Check out their site, Facebook and Twitter!

To enter the give away.. which ends on November 20th, please go here – “T-Rex Quint Machine Give Away” and fill out the form. Good luck everyone.. and please, please.. please spread the word!


Nov 17 2014

Fuzzrocious

We’ve done some give aways for Fuzzrocious in the past here on EffectsBay. I was first introduced to them via Chad at BassEFX. Later, I started seeing them on bands I really dig – primarily Foals and Russian Circles. Clearly, something is going on. Since then I’ve chatted with Ryan at Fuzzrocious via Facebook, and it became quite clear, that he and his business is something special – very down to earth, yet weird/cool/unique.

FuzzrociousIt’s been fun watching the business grow from my perspective. Passion always win. Honesty always win. And Persistence always win. I see Ryan and Fuzzrocious following this.. and the results clearly show.. success. I was particularly excited when I saw this Reverb.com builder profile video:

I, myself, am self employed. I work on gear. I struggle making money for my family. I’m constantly faced with leaps of faith. It was nice to see this profile and think I’m not alone, or at the very least, really relate and appreciate what Ryan goes through on a daily basis.

If you haven’t heard of Fuzzrocious before.. please take a moment and check out their site. If you know what they’re about.. then go buy a pedal, cause you know they’re badass.

Let me know what you think by commenting below!


Nov 14 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 11/14 – Giacomo Di Benedetto

Today’s pedal line is from Giacomo Di Benedetto. 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 any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 11/14 - Giacomo Di BenedettoHi, my name is Giacomo,I write from Italy, I use these pedals: Boss Tuner TU3, Palmer Deepressor pedal that is a strong bass compressor and it has the pad button for switching between active and passive bass pickups, Harley Benton Bass Overdrive BOD-1, Digitech Bass Drive, Electro-Harmonix Knockout pedal for pumping the attack and for the last one Seymour Duncan SFX-06 Paranormal Bass DI box with equalizer, very powerful pedal that has balanced output and unbalanced output in the same time.

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Thank you very much for posting and Best Regards.


Nov 13 2014

Zane Carney Pedalboard Break Down

First up.. I wanted to do a quick reminder that the T-Rex Quint Machine Give Away is still happening. Don’t miss out on this one. Details here. Okay.. back to the post….

I wasn’t familiar with Zane Carney until I saw this pedalboard pass by me. So I wanted to dig further!

Zane is fantastic guitarist (solo work) as well as with CARNEY and Broadway’s Spider Man -Turn Off The Dark. But his big break was being hand picked to play with John Mayer on his world tour and latest album. So John Mayer considers him ‘guitar-worthy’. That’s something to take note.

Here is a clip I found from John’s tour:

On Zane’s instagram page, he posted his board from a couple of weeks ago. He mentioned it was stolen and had to build a replica while the other board is sorting through some legal hassles. I thought this board was quite cool, and worth mentioning:

Zane Carney PedalBoard Break Down

Here is the break down of pedals:

JHS Bun Runner (Tone Bender Fuzz)
DNA Analogic VT-1 Virtual Tube
Maxon Analog Delay AD999
Ernie Ball VP-JR Volume Pedal
ZVex Super Duper
Maxon Analog Delay AD999
Electro-Harmonix POG (vintage)
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man (vintage)
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Voodoo Lab Tremolo

Are you familiar with Zane? Let me know what you think by commenting below!

 


Nov 12 2014

Guest Post – Tonebone Plexitube Review by Dean Hailstone

The following is a guest post by Dean Hailstone of PlayGuitarLive.com. If you are interested in guest posting, please contact me!

The ToneBone Plexitube is well known for being the ultimate choice for a Marshal in a box. The Plexitube is an extention of the Radial Hot British overdrive pedal, and provides two channels of tube powered (12AX7) distortion. Channel 1 is optimised for chunky rhythm tones, while channel 2 is optimised to produce sustaining and smooth lead tones. A true bypass feature is also included when the pedal is not engaged.

Tonebone Plexitube ReviewI came across the ToneBone Plexitube when searching for a typical 80’s sounding guitar tone. The ToneBone met my expectations and more. It’s utilized by some great guitar players including Kirk Hammet, Neal Schon and Daryl Stuermer.

The Plexitube initially caught my attention because it produces much more gain than a standard TubeScreamer, making it the perfect choice for more shred-style guitar playing. With a wide array of tonal options, you’ll be able to dial in the sound that’s in your head as accurately as possible.

One of my favourite features of the Plexitube is the integrated effects loop for channel 2. This allows you to automatically engage a delay pedal when changing to your lead channel, so that you don’t have to tap dance trying to hit 2 pedals simultaneously. Another great positive point is it’s literally built like a tank. I’ve owned a Plexitube for a number of years now, and it’s received a fair amount of knocks along way, yet my pedal is still as good as new.  When it comes to sound, the PlexiTube is also incredibly responsive. It responds like a real tube to the volume control on your guitar, allowing you to reduce the amount of gain as you would on the drive channel of an amp.

With that being said, there are also one or two things I don’t like. Because of the integrated 12AX7 tube, the pedal requires 15-volts of power and therefore cannot be powered from a standard 9-volt outlet found on a pedal board. The Plexitube also contains a ton of tonal shaping options, resulting in this pedal being no one-trick-pony. You’re going to need to be prepared to put in some work to find the tone you’re after. Another negative aspect is the price. At $300, the Plexitube may be a little bit out of some peoples price range.

With that being said, if you’re looking for a great high-gain pedal, the ToneBone Plexitube is definitely worth considering. It’s taken up a permanent spot in my pedalboard, and I don’t see myself retiring it any time soon. For anyone who’s new to the Plexitube, my recommendation is that you watch this video where Peter Janis from Radial Engineering explains the pedal.

About the Author

Dean Hailstone has been playing guitar for over 15 years, and is currently performing with a variety of different live acts. He writes for PlayGuitarLive.com, a blog dedicated to providing insightful information for guitarists that play live. Dean also takes an active interest in guitar tone and the latest gear.


Nov 11 2014

T-Rex Quint Machine Give Away

T-Rex Quint Machine Give AwayGIVE AWAY IS CLOSED

Okay.. it’s time. Time for another give away. This time, it’s for the great sounding pedal that you guys will be very interested in. If you’re into poly-octave pedals.. well this is a great one. We’re talking about the T-Rex Quint Machine! With the Quint Machine you can go Octave Up, Octave Down and 5th Up and adjust the mix.

I personally gave this pedal a work out, and the first item that came up.. was how well it tracks. If you’re wanting that low end, you don’t want to hear that indecision of the circuit to track the note. This pedal locked hard and fast. Absolutely great! Please check out the review here – “T-Rex Quint Machine

So let’s talk about the give away. First.. I want to thank Musiquip and T-Rex for offering this guy up. Definitely, check out T-Rex Effects. They have lots going on, and their pedals are top-shelf all the way! Check out their site, Facebook and Twitter! The T-Rex Quint Machine pedal normally sells for $250, so this is a great opportunity for someone!!!

I’m going to a random entry on November 20th. I will email that random entry asking for the answer to the question listed below. You will have 24 hours to respond with the answer. If the 24 hours passes and I don’t hear from that finalist, I will select a new random entry and repeat the process until I receive confirmation from the winner. This is open to everyone. Yes, that means international! Also, one entry per person. Please read that last sentence again… “one” “entry” “per” “person”.

The submission form will be open until November 20th (Thu) 2PM MST.

On top of that, I’ll sweeten the deal. If you like EffectsBay on Facebook AND you’re chosen as the winner, I’ll throw in a large Pedal Label pack for FREE!

So, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to like EffectsBay on Facebook! Just click the ‘likes’ below.

Please take a moment to Tweet, Share, Email this give away to your gear friends. We all like free gear right?

So the question is…. “Who was/is the musician that inspired YOU to play music?” – GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED


Nov 10 2014

T-Rex Replay Box Delay

T-Rex Replay Box DelayI was first personally introduced to T-Rex products with the T-Rex Replica delay. That was a delay I was dying to try forever and when I finally got that pedal, I was not disappointed. Amazing delay. Since then, they’ve put out a few other delays (which also has been great), solidifying their ability to create great sounding delays.

When the fine folks at T-Rex sent me the T-Rex Replay Box Delay, I knew this was going to be good! First off, like the last set of T-Rex pedals I’ve been talking about (Karma Boost, Quint Machine and Vulture Distortion) the footprint is quite small. To find a delay with these controls and functionality in this size is pretty rare. They definitely figured out how to down size with this pedal.

The T-Rex Replay Box has Stereo in/out, Volume, Mix, Repeat, Tempo, Subdivision switch and Tap Tempo!

Volume controls the overall volume of the input signal. I left this at 12 o’clock, but also cranked it as well!

Mix controls the amount of dry to effected signal. You can mix massive delay saturation or a subtle amount of delay with your signal.

Repeat controls the amount of trailing repeats of the delay

Tempo is manual control for delay repeats.

Tap Tempo footswitch will override the Tempo control.

Subdivision Switch is where things can get fun. This will allow you to go from quarter, triplet or the dotted eighth delay (ala U2)

Finally, there is a standard on/off footswitch to bypass the delay effect.

As you can see, there is a lot of control and options for this delay, yet the enclosure is tiny. Very impressed with this fact. Obviously no battery option for this unit, and will only accept 9VDC power.

The Subdivision switch is a great option for getting various delays. I personally was into the quarter and triplet settings. I always struggled with the dotted eighth, but that because my brain no-worky when it comes to this.

Here is the official description from T-Rex:

We have had many requests for a more straight sounding delay pedal that is clearer and more true to the incoming guitar signal. By using new hardware, we not only created a very studio-like sounding delay, but we were able to increase the delay time to a maximum of 3 seconds. It sounds more modern and it doesn´t distort or warble – it merely sends out what you put in, only a little later and in a very pleasing way.
Just like all our other delays, the dry signal is kept analog, so there is no latency or coloring from the conver-ters to the dry signal.

TAP AND DIVIDE…
Tap Tempo works great for keeping the delay time in sync with the guy banging on the skins, but there is something to be said about subdivisions. A straight up quarter note delay works great for most sounds, but the rhythmic pattern that emerges from a perfect dotted eighth delay is quite nice and triplets can be just the ticket in swing or more rootsy types of music, so we put in all three options.
You only have to tap the footswitch to the beat of the song, and the Replay Box will do the rest of the work for you by adjusting the delay time to 1/1, 2/3 or 3/4 of your foot taps, depending on the switch setting.
Try tapping a perfect triplet with your foot while you play… you will know why the switch comes in handy!

TRUE STEREO IN A COMPACT BOX
The Replay Box features stereo in- and outputs, so you get the most out of those stereo modulation boxes you sometimes step on. Not only is the dry stereo image kept intact, but the DSP processes each side individually, according to the knobs settings. It´s sort of like having two identical delay pedals for each side.
We are proud to offer all of this in a very small package. It took Sebastian some time to cram it all in there, but we understand the need for more features in smaller boxes.
Besides, the “betcha can´t do this”-game is still a funny game to play, especially when you work with Sebastian.
The Replay Box delay is simple to use, it´s packed with the most sought-after features and the sound is solid as a rock. And just for the record, there´s no way you´re getting it in a smaller box than this.

And check out their official demo video:

I was very impressed with this pedal. Super quality delay. High level of capabilities and options. And in an incredibly small enclosure for the technology to manage this delay – and with stereo in/outs on top of that. Thumbs WAY up for this guy. Out of the 4 T-Rex pedals I recently checked out, this is by far the best.

The T-Rex Replay Box Delay is available at Amazon for only $249, and is absolutely worth every penny. If you’re looking for a delay for your board.. this is a serious contender!

Let me know what you think by commenting below!


Nov 7 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 11/7 – Rafael Rebolleda

Today’s pedal line is from Rafael Rebolleda. 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 any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 11/7 - Rafael RebolledaHi everyone,

Rafa here, from sunny Madrid, Spain. I’ve got to say I’m an avid reader of Friday Pedal Line to the point I read *every* single post when I discovered it a few months ago.

I’ve built several boards over the years (I’ve been playing for almost 20 years now, always very interested in effect pedals), but a few months ago I decided to sell everything and get the stuff I needed for the current sound in my head. I also wanted my sound to be as self contained as possible, so I also sold all my amps and went for one in the pedalboard that I could plug into any cabinet.

So, I started with the premise of a Pedaltrain 2, but after many tries, it soon became clear that I couldn’t fit all the stuff in it. I upgraded to a PT-3 with two Mondos below. I also use Lava cable everywhere. I’ve got to say I was *very* skeptical about the whole cabling affair, but after many tries it absolutely makes a difference, even a single latch cable between two pedals. I was very surprised, to be honest, but anyway… try it out and see if you like that difference or not. There’s no right or wrong.

Now, onto the line itself:

Dunlop Cry Baby 535Q 20th Anniversary Edition: Tried and true, I went for this one because of it’s flexibility with different pickups and distortions or fuzzes. It weighs *a lot,*though. In hindsight, I’d be tempted to try the AMT Japanese Girl because of its smaller footprint, given all the issues with space constraints that I’ve
had.

Visual Sound Pure Tone Buffer: (below the wah) I went for a buffer because my chain before the preamp is seldomly on. It’s also probably cheaper to get a buffer than lots of low capacitance cable, so you might as well throw one in instead, depending on your set up. In my case, I might actually do without it.

BOSS CS-2 Compression Sustainer: So this an ’82 version, which I like better than the Dyna Comp (very nice too).

BOSS PS-6 Harmonist: I’m actually not very much into the harmony things, but I do use and love its momentary “slide” to pitch feature. It’s like having a momentary Whammy (which I love, but it’s damn big for my occasional use). I usually set it up to octave up and rather fast in and out, but it’s also very useful when set up in super slow-mo to two octaves down, for example. If I didn’t have the MicroSynth I’d also use it eventually as a regular Octaver.

EarthQuaker Devices Arpanoid: EarthQuaker is one of the most refreshing and inspiring makers right now, IMHO. All their stuff sounds GREAT, and If I had more space I’d surely be using some more pedals by them. But anyway, the Arpanoid is an arpeggiator, with which you can do very interesting stuff like doubling, octaver, random notes, sweeps… very interesting if you’re into the “noisy” weird soundscapes.

Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth: Another inspiring company, with many boxes full of secret sounds. As well as the usual suspects (synths, sweeps, filters, wahs, etc, all FANTASTIC stuff), the MicroSynth serves me as an outstanding, surprising and massive fuzz, octaver, extreme eq/filter and volume swell. Incredible piece of gear once mastered.

AMT Bulava SS-30 Preamp: I love tubes just as everyone else, but after lots of tube amps, I wanted something with very low maintenance while responding nicely to pickup output, as well as an effect loop. The Bulava has extensive tone shaping controls and despite being positioned as a high gain preamp (and it certainly can be), I use it around 9 o 10 clock on both drive channels for a super-responsive boost/overdrive + classic distortion box. Sounds amazing with my SD Hot/Vintage/Cool rails in either single, parallel or series, or with Bare Knuckles Trilogy + Holydiver. However, I’ve got to say I didn’t like it when driven by P-90s, but I haven’t used it so extensively in that config. Bonus points for the cabinet emulation out, which I use for headphone rehearsing. A couple of interesting alternatives that I found along the way are the ADA Preamp + Guitar Cabinet Simulator (and there are other options just for this like the AMT Chamaleon), the very interesting Traynor QuarterHorse, or the Randall RG13,

GigRig QuarterMaster: One of my goals with this pedal board was to reduce noise. Also, a looper allows me to have more freedom when laying out my pedals on the board without caring about tap-reachability. So the QuarterMaster manages the Bulava’s loop and the following effects go within.

Mooer Noise Killer: I’m pretty sure there are better options out there (I’ve had excellent results in the past with the BOSS NS-2), but I needed something small. Works for me… on with gainy stuff, off with clear arpeggios and stuff like that.

MXR 10-band EQ: I went through the BOSS GE-7 and the Mooer Graphic G , but both failed to have the nuance I was looking for. This is a very powerful tool to sit the guitar into the mix, which is a really important issue. Damn big and heavy though.

Mooer Eleclady: Basically a clone of the EHX Electric Mistress, but I actually like this one better. Great sound, very flexible and bonus points for the filter switch. Subtle or crazy, I love this unit, and it doesn’t get any better in terms of size. I also have a vintage ’86 BOSS BF-2, which is great, but I like the Mooer better.

MXR Phase 99: Quite the classic, but twice: parallel or series, vintage or modern. I’ve got to say that I dearly miss a MIX knob on all MXR phasers, so you have to be careful with the pickup output and drive that goes in (it also plays nice, but noticeably different, in front of drives). I love the series and out-of-phase setting which approaches the sound of a Uni-vibe (of which, by the way, my favorite is the JHS Warble Tron, for which unfortunately I have no space left on my board). I also tried the Mooer Ninety Orange (see, I was attracted by their footprint and tried lots of them), but the 99 is way more polyvalent. I’ve tried different BOSS in the past too, but with no satisfaction. I have very fond memories of the Coron P-400 Phaser, though.

Dawner Prince Starla Tremolo. Sounds great and does everything I expect it to do, like really killing the sound on square waves. My only complaint is the on/off switch is not latched, so every time I power on the board I have to press it to play nice with the QuarterMaster. I would’ve liked to find a tremolo that was this size and quality and had more versatility (like some of the nice stuff the BOSS Slicer does), but I didn’t find it. In my search I tried the Mooer Trelicopter (doesn’t kill the sound) and the ZVEX SuperSeek Trem, which is great but too big and heavy for this particular occasion. I also considered the smaller Seek Trem and the Sonar, but what I’ve found is that the ZVEX guys need some UX fella to help them out with laying out the features. They sound great and are full of interesting features, but many things are obscured and the information displayed can be misleading. It’s a pity, really. I also think the Empress Tremolo 2 is great, but again too big for me this time and the Starla was a very good fit in terms of pure geometry.

Empress Vintage Modified Superdelay: Delay was one of the holy grails for me, so it took me a while to get to this one. In all honestly, I find it too expensive. It definitely sounds great, but it’s almost too much. Anyway, I tried the -of course- Mooer Reecho (just… somehow lifeless and boring) and the Moog Minifooger Delay, which sounds absolutely AWESOME but it’s too dark and muddy for many of MY uses. The Empress, however, was very clean (the LPF and HPF help), and also features the reverse feedback mode, pioneered (at least in my mind) by Eventide (and somewhat summarised in the PitchFactor and greatly emulated in Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig, which appears sadly abandoned), which I love. EarthQuaker has several delays that sound absolutely fantastic in different ways and which I almost fall for. Anyway, I wish it was cheaper and smaller, but it is undeniably great and I’m a very happy owner, make no mistake.

EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath: Great name for a great pedal. I fell in love instantly the first time I heard it. Fantastic for ethereal and ambient soundscapes as well as some random short delays to add texture… do check the demos. I love it with the MicroSynth, for example. I don’t think it can work as a regular reverb, but it all depends on what you’re looking for (see next).

Malekko Spring Reverb: How can I put it? I think this is the best reverb ever, when thought of as an amp extension. I tried -here it goes- the Mooer Shimverb (meh) and the TC Electronic Trinity (basically a tuned version of the Hall of Fame), which sounded ok, but IMHO, no spring emulation (and this is what I was after) comes close to Malekko’s. It *feels* great. Now, I’ve got to say I was tempted by the HardWire (DIgitech) Supernatural Reverb for it’s ambient stuff, but once I found the Afterneath, it was clear the Trinity was out and the Spring was in. AWESOME stuff, seriously. The Spring is the last one in the QuarterMaster, so we go to the loop return on the Bulava.

Mooer ABY: Between the Bulava and the amp I’ve got this ABY box to switch between the amp and an IK Multimedia iRig HD which I use to record on the iPhone or the Mac. I’ll probably get rid of it though, as I can already use the Bulava’s dual output (straight and emulated), so I’m looking for something useful that fits in here. I might go with a Loop Master Passive Micro Mixer to rehearse while listening to some music. Suggestions welcome!

ISP Stealth Power Amp: At first I thought I’d use the EHX Caliber 22 & 44, but it turns out they don’t have much headroom beyond their 50% output. The Stealth, on the other hand, has plenty of headroom and power to rehearse with a band. It also can’t get any simpler, and that’s something that I appreciate given the rest of the rig.

All in all, it took a lot of trial and error to get the sound that I was looking for and and the config that suited me, but I have to say I’m very satisfied with this rig and I foresee a long relationship. Feel free to ping me if you want more info, and keep the lines coming… they’re a great source of knowledge and inspiration.

Cheers,
Rafa


Nov 6 2014

San Francisco’s Couches Pedal Breakdown

Couches is a great band hailing from San Francisco. They accurately self-describe their music as the following – “slacker indie rock meets soft grunge”. Spot on! They been on a long US tour and made a stop in Montana and I was able to catch their set. Couches is a 3 piece band consisting of David Mitchell on guitar/vocal duties, Chris Griley on bass, and with new recruit on drums – TJ Martin-Lokey.

Couches - San Francisco, CATheir sounds is quite thick as a 3 piece. David plays a Strat into a beefy Music Man head into a Music Man cabinet with scoop/port. Talking with David post-show, he mentioned that the cab was integral part of the Couches guitar sound. That guitar sound is very thick.. at times almost baritone-esque. The cab provides massive low end, but the mids and highs are still very clear.

Check out a few tracks off their latest EP – “Slackin’ Since the 80s”

So while Couches were rockin’ I was able to get a few shots of their pedals. Nothing crazy or out of control, but tasty and perfect for this band!

Couches - David Mitchell - PedalsDavid Mitchell’s pedals – Guitar

Boss TU-3 Tuner
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi (NYC)
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man (vintage)
Line 6 DL4 Delay

Couches - Chris Griley - PedalsChris Griley’s Pedals – Bass

Boss TU-3 Tuner
Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi

If you’re in a band coming through Montana, let me know! Be sure to check out Couches on Facebook and BandCamp!!!

 


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