Nov 26 2014

Anders Osborne – Pedal Board Breakdown

Anders Osborne - Pedal Board BreakdownRecently I was introduced to Anders Osborne. Like I’ve mentioned before, one of the great things about having this blog is learning about new musicians and bands that I might not normally have discovered.  Anders Osborne is a New Orleans musician that I have not heard of before.. and was stoked to learn more. He’s currently on tour with Southern Soul Assembly.

I received some photos of his currently pedal board and wanted to break things down, but first, here is a video of Anders in action:

His board definitely covers the areas of overdrives, modulation, delay, etc and appears to be very well rounded to cover a wide range of tones.

Anders Osborne - Pedal Board Breakdown11 Channel True Bypass Strip
TC Electronic Polytune Tuner
Dunlop GCB95W Cry Baby Wah or Dunlop GCB105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah
Boss DS-1 Distortion
Walrus Audio Voyager Overdrive
Mojo Hand FX Nebula IV Phaser
Xotic AC Plus Dual Overdrive
Hughes and Kettner Rotosphere MK II
Electro-Harmonix XO Micro Q-Tron
Boss OC-2 Octave
MXR SF01 Slash Octave Fuzz
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
Mojo Hand FX Recoil Delay
Love Pedal Babyface Tremolo

If you’re familiar with Anders.. or you’re new to him as I, please leave a comment below and tell me what you think!


Nov 25 2014

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Give Away!

Um.. wow. Very excited about this one. It’s been a little while since we had a Source Audio give away! Source Audio is a fantastic company out of Woburn, MA that started in 2005. I’ve been following them from the early days. What I really like about Source Audio – they really push the technology to achieve great functionality and tone. They are extremely innovative in their designs and thinking.. love it!

Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Give AwaySo let’s talk about the give away. First.. I want to thank Source Audio for giving this great pedal away. Definitely, check out Source Audio. They have lots going on, and their pedals are top-shelf all the way! Check out their site, Facebook and Twitter! The Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray pedal normally sells for $170, so this is a great opportunity for a lucky someone!!!

The Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray is a multi-filter pedal. But just like in the Source Audio way, the ability to dial in what you want is to an extreme level. There are 12 filter effects, with the ability to overdrive and with 4 modes of filter modulation. The pedal has MIDI capabilities (with Soundblox Hub).

Check out this demo video:

I’m going to a random entry on December 2nd. 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 December 2nd (Tue) 2PM MST.

On top of that, Source Audio is sweetening the deal. If you like EffectsBay and Source Audio on Facebook AND you’re chosen as the winner, you will win a ‘L’ t-shirt for FREE!

So, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to like EffectsBay and SourceAudio 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?

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Nov 24 2014

T-Rex Quint Machine Give Away – And the winner is…

T-Rex Quint MachineI knew this give away was going to be epic. The number of entries.. were great. So I would first like to thank T-Rex/Musiquip for offering this pedal to a lucky EffectsBay.com reader. Thank you!!!!! Please take a moment and check out T-Rex’s website. They have some amazing pedals – do it!

I also wanted to say thanks for being patient while I sort the winner out, but we now have an official winner! The winner of the T-Rex Quint Machine is Mark T. of Suffolk, VA. Congrats Mark.. I hope you’ll enjoy this guy… it’s a good one. Please let us know how you like it!

I have another give away on deck.. and hopefully will announce it tomorrow or the day after, so keep posted. I have a lot of great stuff.. to give you guys!


Nov 21 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 11/21 – Matt Wellendorf

Today’s pedal line is from Matt Wellendorf. 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 - 11/21 - Matt WellendorfHello,

Here is my submission for pedal line Friday. Gibson Les Paul > Korg Pitch Black Tuner > Barber Direct Drive Super Sport > BMF Fat Bastard boost > Fulltone Supa-Trem > BBE Soul Vibe > MXR Carbon Copy Delay > TC Electronic HOF Mini Reverb > 1964 Fender Bassman with Eminence Greenback clones. Powered by Voodoo Labs PP2P. Depending on the band I’m playing with, I have either a BBE Ben Wah ( The Real Action, North of Grand) or a Dunlop volume pedal (Left is West) in front of the tuner (not pictured). Barber Launch Pad at the end of my chain…used as a buffer.

www.facebook.com/leftiswest
www.facebook.com/TheRealAction
www.facebook.com/northofgrand

Thanks,
Matt Wellendorf


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.


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