I’ve been a big fan J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. for a long, long time. Primarily because his style of guitar playing is completely identifiable and unique – and as a guitar player myself and assuming you, that should be one of our goals. To have our own voice.
When I think of Mascis, I think Jazzmaster. I think Marshall stacks. I think fuzz. What do you think of?
I came across a couple of interesting photos by Otis of Mascis’ pedalboards. One shot is his main board, but the other is interesting. It’s Mascis’ “mini” board. He recently played with Pearl Jam at Wrigley field and needed a ‘small’ set up. I thought it was cool to see the essentials broken down.
The photos are by Otis Bartholomew (@otisserie) who I first saw in Octagrape a few years ago (Otis plays bass in that band among other music related duties). If you like gear.. I would follow him on Instagram. Awesome stuff. Otis.. thanks for letting me repost these shots! Otis is also on the road with Dinosaur Jr. and that’s how we got a peek of these boards.
Pedalboards of J Mascis!
Jerms Rangemaster / MK-I Tonebender clone (Jim of Built to Spill)
MC-FX Super Fuzz clone
Teese Wah RMC3
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi (rams head)
Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress (vintage)
Boss TU-3 Tuner (chopped!)
Custom Audio Electronics RS-5 Midi Foot Controller
ZVex Double Rock
ZVex Lo Fi Loop Junky
Tube Works Real Tube Overdrive
Moog Minifooger MF Delay
Ibanez Analog Delay ADMINI
Custom Audio Japan Twin Tremolo
KR Musical Products Mini Mega Vibe
Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb
You might have noticed, I have 2 unidentified pedals on J Mascis’ main board. The Wah pedal and the possible fuzz pedal on the bottom right of the board. In the past that spot was reserved for the Analogman Sun Lion Fuzz. If you can help identify, please comment below!
UPDATED – Thanks everyone for the quick response. Pedals have been identified!
Also, let me know what you think of the boards, J. Mascis and Dinosaur Jr. by commenting! Love to hear your thoughts!