I’ve been thinking about this question on and off over the last few months. I’ve been thinking about this when I reflect on past musical projects/bands that I’ve been in. I’ve noticed that depending on the project, my guitar tone – amps, guitars and pedals all need to to evolve to fit the sound the of the band. When I start or join projects, it’s about adapting with the players to develop a sound together. Forming a unified direction, whatever it may be. Some players have a hard time with this concept, and only seek projects that fit their style perfectly. I always look at this as a challenge. Listen to the music, find that niche inside and own it. To do this, may require gear changes and playing style changes. For me, it’s much easier to change the gear than my technique. Looking back at various projects, I do see a foundation of gear, specifically pedals, that defined my sound for that project.
Curious, in the band that you’re currently in, what pedal or set of pedals forms your tone for that band? It’s similar to the deserted island question. Basically, if you didn’t have these pedals, you would have a difficult time filling your duties as a musician in that band? Or are pedal insignificant for you?
Right now, my set up is largely dependent on Strymon BlueSky Reverb for rhythm tones, and for lead line stuff.. Earthquaker Dispatch Master. If I didn’t have these, I could still get it done.. but I would not be very happy about it. Let me know by commenting below!
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