Today’s pedal line is from Rob Majors. 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 wanted to send in the board I use for my band, Violet Machine. We’re an indie rock/post-punk band out of Brooklyn, NY. I mainly play rhythm, but also do a main riff or a run once in a while. This is the current iteration of my board. I try to keep it as small as possible.
Starting with a …
Korg Pitchblack. I used it on bass in my last band and now I use it on guitar. Works perfectly. Keeps me in tune. Never falters. And it’s cheap enough.
VFE Bumble Bee. Boss Slow Gear clone with a compressor. I use it for swells on one song. Really great for ambient style swells too. Lots of tweakability. (I don’t want a volume pedal and I don’t use the volume knobs.)
VFE Scream. It’s a TS808 that can be adjusted. I always went for super transparent overdrives and avoided Tube Screamers. This was on clearance, so I took a shot at it and it’s just what I needed. After all these years. It’s uber tweakable and can also cop an SD-1 tone.
Keeley Fuzz Head. Great new acquisition. I was using a germanium distortion in this slot before, but I decided I needed something a little fuzzier, and something that cleaned up nice if I roll back on the volume for a song. I mainly use the germanium side, but it has a switch for silicone too.
VFE Blueprint. It does that dark, analog delay everyone gets the Carbon Copy for. But, it can go darker and the modulation is adjustable on the outside. This pedal is always on, because something is just missing when it’s off!
Hardwire DL-8 Delay/Looper. The only thing it doesn’t do is the super dark analog delay thing. If it did, it would be an all in one. I use it for the tape and lo-fi delays and recently started using the looper for one song. I also try to work in a reverse delay but it never seems to be the right time. Subdecay Spring Theory. I mostly use a really long spring setting. This pedal nails it. But, I also use it because the hall setting is great and get basically do infinite reverb and get very washy. The only thing it doesn’t do is completely wet. If there were a wet dry mix, this thing would be perfect in every way.
Boss TR-2. I use choppy tremolo in one song. This pedal does what I need it to. It’s a classic and at the right price.
I’m hoping I’m set for a while with this board. It can do everything I need for now. Check out my band, Violet Machine, at www.violetmachine.com.