Today’s pedal line is from Matt Streit. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.
My name is Matt Streit, I am 29 years old, graphic designer/musician/effects pedal builder-designer-enthusiast. I sing and play bass in a sludge metal band called Burrows www.facebook.com/burrowsct http://burrowsmusic.bandcamp.com/ and I have an acoustic/solo project called the Forest Room www.youtube.com/theforestroom.
I built this pedalboard myself, along with a few of the pedals on it.
Boss TU-2 tuner – I use a daisy chain from this to power the other pedals, except for the Jamman and the DD-7.
Dunlop Crybaby Bass wah wah pedal (heavily modded gcb95 – “Bass Wah of Doom”) – a co-worker gave me this bass wah after cleaning his studio, must’ve been sitting for years, it was dirty, had spider nests in it, probably didnt’ work, so I cleaned it up, re-painted it, and did a bunch of mods to it. I did this Foot-on-Switch/true bypass mod to it that I found on instructables.com, a pretty useful switching option I must say; there’s normal crybaby switching and then with a flip of a switch I can have the effect in use only when my foot is on that little red momentary switch on the foot pedal. I also did a Q control mod, bass switch mod, and volume swell mod to it from Griffin Effects. I don’t use wah with the music I play really, but the volume swell is something I use and the wah does go well with creating weird and varying soundscapes combined with my other effects pedals. This sat for a year after I painted it and before assembling it and for some reason the paint didn’t take too well so it’s got some chipping now, I might touch it up or I might keep it. The “beat up” look doesn’t look bad.
GGG Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer Compressor/”Happy Happy Joy Joy Squeezer” – This was from a kit from General Guitar Gadgets. One of my early pedal builds. I designed the artwork, painted it, applied the artwork, and assembled it. It’s a nice simple pedal and does what I want it for. I really only use it for a more consistent volume/tone when doing two-hand tapping stuff.
EHX Bass Big Muff – Excellent distortion pedal for bass and I’ve tried a good handful before settling on this. I usually use the “dry mode” and because of that, I am able to mix it well live when with other distortion pedals I’ve used in the past have either been too much or not enough.
EHX Octave Multiplexer – Excellent Octave pedal. Great Tracking. Get some great synthesizer-type sounds combined with my distortion.
BYOC Reverb/”Deep Sea Verb” – I’ve tried several reverb pedals, kind of a long story how/why I got to this one, but I did a freelance paint/design/graphic application/re-housing to a pedal for a guy in Maryland who had seen my builds on some of the gear messageboards I check out and post on. He bought me the kit in exchange for my services and I must say I’m very happy with this reverb pedal. I did a couple mods to the circuitboard that I found on the BYOC messageboard and through contacting them about it, basically put two trimpots in spots so I could mix the wet and dry to perfection. My favorite pedal art on my board. I did a mixed paint job, green base, with some blue misted over it. I’m really into the Planet Earth BBC documentaries and I took a screen shot from the Caverns episode that I liked and added a diver to it and used a blue led light to make it look like the diver’s flashlight. I think it’s pretty cool when the led light is a part of the artwork. Looks and sounds awesome.
Boss PS-3 Pitch Shifter/Delay – This pedal is kind of a secret weapon haha. I get some very unique sounds from it. I use two different settings in a couple subtle small parts, but you can play with this thing for days and get all sorts of weird stuff.
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay w/ tap tempo – Excellent and functional delay pedal. I usually just keep it in the analog setting. I first got into looping parts with this pedal cuz it has the loop function which is awesome and easy to use. I built the tap tempo pedal that’s with it which is very useful to have. The tap tempo made a popping noise when I used the daisy chain to power this, so I got a separate adapter for it which solved the problem.
Digitech Jamman Looper/Sampler w/ footswitch – I wanted to be able to add more and do more with live looping that the DD-7 can’t do, so I bought this from a guy on craigslist and got a great deal. I use live looping more with the Forest Room project I do, but this is also a very useful tool for writing. I also sometimes load drum beats and/or synthesizer parts that I create in Reason to this pedal. I haven’t used it much with my current band, but i’m sure it’ll get more use in the future. For a trio situation, it is nice to be able to layer parts and sounds to fill up space if needed. I do a lot of multi-tasking haha. I built the footswitch that goes with it which allows me to go up and down the sound banks of the pedal as well as switching between the auto record function.
I primarily play two Ibanez SR1205 five string neck-thru basses (my main bass is natural color with an aguilar obp-3 onboard preamp and my back-up is the same bass stock electronics and is transparent black). My amp is a Gallien-Krueger 1001RB head with an Ampeg 6×10 cabinet that I put a steel grill over the mesh cover and I put black speaker carpet on the entire cab for better protection. For the Forest Room, I play a 1985 limited edition Ovation Celebrity acoustic guitar and an Ibanez AEB30 acoustic bass guitar that I converted to fretless, coated the neck, and put flatwounds on, and plug that into a small 1×10 peavey bass combo amp.
Thanks for looking!
– Matt Streit