Today’s pedal line is from Alfonso Bravo. 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 email@example.com. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
First off, so pumped I found this site. I was looking for information on Mogwai’s board and ended up getting so much more than I bargained for.
I’m sending over a pic of my pedal board the way I’ve had it set up for the last few months. I snapped this when I first set up the chain so it’s been cleaned up since then. I’m playing primarily a Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom through this into a Zinky Blue Velvet 25W Combo. Here’s the signal flow:
Korg Pitchblack Tuner
Line6 FM4 Filter Multi Effects
CMATMODS Deluxe Compressor
EHX Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter
EHX Memory Man w/ Hazarai
Akai E2 Headrush
EHX Holy Stain
Zinky Blue Velvet Channel/Reverb Footswitch
The one thing I tweaked the most in my chain was where to put the CMATMODS compressor, which is a phenomenal Ross Compressor clone I’m incredibly fond of. I ended up putting it after the FM4 to counter the volume drop and accentuate the weird harmonics I get out of it, and after the Whammy to tighten up the harmonies. We use a lot of effects and coloring in our band, and messing with weird harmony bends with the Whammy is integral to some of our tracks, so I wanted to make sure they come across live.
For heavier tones I’ve got the Big Muff /w Tone Wicker and my Zinky’s gain channel, though I’ll probably be copping one of CMATMODS Signa Drives next for a warmer, tube screamier sound.
Lastely there’s the time-based effects, and because I like to use them prominently quite often I’ve made having tap tempo a priority for any I’ve picked up. The Shape Shifter is a fantastic tremolo that can go from subtle to really weird and dramatic, and the MM w/ Hazarai, E2, and Holy Stain all have a lot of options that make them a little more interesting than your typical delay/reverb pedal.
Oh there’s the also Korg Pitchblack at the front of the chain, which for my money is a total no brainer when it comes to a straight up reliable tuner w/ true bypass that’s great on stage.