Today’s pedal line is from Nathan Speck. 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.
I play a 1989 Fender Strat Deluxe. I have replaced the bridge and neck pickups (originally gold lace sensors) with red and blue lace sensors, respectively. My effects line currently runs as such… TC Electronics Polytune > EHX Pog 2 > EHX Microsynth > Ibanez SML > Oxfuzz II > ZVEX Fuzz Factory > Boss HF-2 > Mutron Bi-Phase (not on board) > amp input (Laney GH100L modded with 6550 tubes) > effects send > Boss EQ-20 > Line 6 DL-4 > effects return. I use a T.Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon (mounted beneath the board) to power everything on the board except for the Line 6 (which requires 2000mA by itself).
I have the Ibanez SML set to just darken and color the tone a bit. I use the Hi-Band Flanger in “manual” mode to freeze the sweep. I also like to use the Mutron in this way with the expression pedal, just to color the tone with one phase and use the other phase to create movement. This is the core of my sound. I’ll engage the Pog for extra fullness and to push the signal a little harder. I prefer the Oxfuzz to the Fuzz Factory as it is more transparent and predictable. The Fuzz Factory is fun, and it is nice to contrast its germanium sound with the silicon of the Oxfuzz, but it can be a challenge to reign in. The Microsynth is fun to play with and gives an extra edge to lead work which is nice. There are probably better-sounding delays than the Line 6, but it is very versatile for the money. I’m really impressed with the Fuel Tank. I have enough power for a couple more pedals, but I’m out of room on my board.