Back in the 90s, just like most of the people on the planet, I got into some Soundgarden. As an early guitarist, I was interested in Kim Thayil’s guitar/tone/tunings. I would always here about his alternative tunings, and some of the tones he would pull off were memorable. I think as a guitarist, it’s important to make memorable parts. Not necessarily leads, but something where you can put your thumb print on. Kim has an original sound and definitely leaves his mark all over the place.
I was stoked to see that they went back on tour. A few of my friends were able to see them, and was glad to hear that they’re as good as ever.
Recently, Premier Guitar did a Rig Rundown on the band, but I wanted to focus on Kim Thayil’s pedal board for this post
Here is a break down of pedals on Kim’s board. Also, looks like he’s using some pedal labels from PedalLabels.com!
Dunlop MXR/CAE MC404 Dual Inductor Wah
Mesa Boogie Electra-Dyne Footswitch
Boss DD-7 Delay
Little Lehle II True Bypass Loop
Boss TU-2 Tuner
T-Rex Tap Tone Delay
Ibanez Chorus CS-9
Dunlop MXR/CAE Boost/Line Driver MC401
Dunlop MXR/CAE Boost/Overdrive MC402
Electro-Harmonix Micro POG
Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor
Hughes Kettner Tube Rotosphere MKII <- on rack
As always, please let me know what you think, and let me know if anything is incorrect by commenting below.
10 years ago
This was awesome. I love Soundgarden. Kim Thayil definitely has a distinct style/sound.Reply
9 years ago
I have a soft spot for Head Down. I am not sure what the effect is as it is very subtle, but the repeating single note thing that starts at 3:06 and is panned to the left, is perfect coming out of the heavy bridge.
I never realized just how many effects Thayil used until I saw this video.Reply
8 years ago
What in interesting dude Kim Thayil is. Seems like a real character.Reply