A while back I posted “Any guitarists out there that youâ€™d like to see on EffectsBay with their board broken down?”. There were some great artists listed there, and I’ve been slowly chipping away at this list. Jay Wallsten suggested The National. I personally really dig The National. I get suckered in with baritone vocals.. every time. I have a few albums.. Boxer, Alligator and High Violet.. and dig all of them. I didn’t know much about the gear or the musicians, so this I felt was a great opportunity to learn more about a band I already like. This breakdown will focus on Bryce Dessner the primary guitarist of The National.
I found various pieces of information spanning from 2006 to 2010. Overall, his pedal gear has remained somewhat consistent. I came across this nice article from Guitar Player Magazine article that was originally published in 2006. In this article, he mentions his line up to be the following:
Pro Co Rat -> Klon Centaur (Gold) -> DigiTech Whammy -> Boss DD-5 ->Â Boss FV-50H Volume Pedal -> Line 6 DL4 Delay
In 2009 in a Harmony Central thread, there is a photo which shows an additional DelayÂ (EHX Memory Man) and the Whammy fell off the line:
Boss TU-2 -> Boss DD-5 -> Pro Co Rat -> Klon Centaur (Gold) -> Electro-Harmonix Memory Man (Deluxe Echo/Chorus/Vibrato)-> Line 6 DL4 Delay -> Boss FV-50H Volume Pedal
Finally, I found a photo from May 2010 where you can see the addition of a Electro-Harmonix Micro POG and a Earnie Ball Volume Pedal JR (replacing the Boss VF-50H).
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12 years ago
There was also an article in Premier Guitar this year that detailed some of the pedals they use (I’m not sure the list is complete). It can be found here: http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2011/Mar/The_National_Playing_With_Metaphors.aspx?Page=1Reply