May 2 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 5/2 – Jonathan Oh

Today’s pedal line is from Jonathan Oh. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 5/2 - Jonathan OhHey There!

This is my pedal board! It’s a Pedaltrain PT2. All effects are powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power Plus 2.

The effects chain goes like this – Boss Chromatic Tuner TU-3 > Zvex Fuzz Factory Vexter Series > Goosesoniqueworx Blitzkrieg Buffered Boost > Barber Direct Drive w/ PCB Mod > Barber Compact Direct Drive > Barber Gain Changer > Bigfoot FX Magnavibe > Strymon Timeline > Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Nano > TC Electronic Hall Of Fame.

As you can see I like Barber pedals. They are well made and sound more organic than any other drive pedals I’ve ever had (includes the OCD, Tubescreamer, Signa Drive, etc.).
Both the Direct Drives are made to sound like Marshalls and my goodness they nail it. The Gain Changer does the American sound and it’s so so good.
Both the GC and DD are the most versatile pedals you can get too without any lack in quality. Both can do their respective clean tones and driven tones in the flick of a switch.

I normally keep my amp clean and maybe just on the verge of breakup.
I like to rely on pedals to provide the drive especially when I have to play on rigs that are not mine.

I think the pedal that needs a good mention is the Magnavibe.
I’ve always dreamt of owning a Magnatone but never had the chance or money. So I asked myself what did I like about them? And of course, it was the vibrato.
Did a little research and found this dream pedal on eBay. It’s an incredible pedal. Even with the vibe turned down low, it adds a certain divine fullness to your tone.

The other pedal I’d like to mention is the Blitzkrieg Boost. It’s a fat sounding boost that retains clarity while adding body.
I use it to tame the highs from my Fuzz and to drive the amp over the top.
It’s locally built in Singapore where I come from and I always love showing support for the local industry.

I run these pedals from a 89′ Strat Plus Deluxe and into a Ceriatone DZ-30 with a WGS Veteran 30 and Reaper HP.
I play mainly indie and alt rock with blues, psychedelic rock and shoegaze/nugaze on the side.
Check my band out, we don’t have stuff on yet but we will in a couple of months.

Thanks effectsbay! I hope you can choose my board for the Pedal Line Friday!

Jonathan Oh

Apr 29 2014

Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give Away Winner

The Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give Away was one of the biggest give aways we’ve had here at EffectsBay. I love it when there is a lot of buzz and action, and again, thank YOU Electro-Harmonix for giving us the opportunity to try a pedal, and then give it away to a lucky reader. Please take a moment and check out They are a great company making great pedals.

For every give away, I ask the winner to send me a photo of themselves with their winnings. Some send them, and when they do, I love to post them. This last give away, there was some bonus prizes – Rattlesnake Cable and Pedal Label Pack, so this was quite a haul for the winner – Mitch K. By the way, this might win for best ‘winner’ photo.

Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give Away Winner

Mitch.. glad everything arrived safely. Let us know how everything is working out for you!

Apr 28 2014

Bleeding Rainbow – Pedalboards

I’m very lucky to live here in Missoula, Montana. When I talk to friends out of state, they usually ask “what do you do there”. Montana is quite beautiful so the easy answer is to go out and experience nature, but I also know they often ask that question, in the sense of nightlife entertainment. Missoula is a great college town, but it also is en route to Seattle from the East. If you’re on a band tour and traveling from Fargo, ND or Minneapolis, MN and wanting to connect the West Coast to Seattle, etc., there isn’t a lot between there, except for Missoula and Bozeman. What this translates to.. great shows in small intimate locations. Missoula, currently has a very healthy local music scene, and it was awesome for the band I’m in (Magpies) to have an opportunity to play with Bleeding Rainbow from Philadelphia, PA on their US tour.

Bleeding RainbowPrior to the show, I was not familiar with the band, so I took a little YouTube journey, and was blown away. I was instantly hooked by the guitars and vocals. Complex guitar textures and nice inner play. Vocals are hard and soft and hooky yet aggressive. I can hear a lot of familiar influences – but they were good and consolidating and providing a focused “sound” that was truly theirs.

Check this out…

and this…

Talking with them at the bar prior to the show, they mentioned they were fans of EffectsBay, so I thought it would be fun to do a pedalboard break down. Please check out their Tour page to see if they’re playing in a town near you. They’re definitely worth checking out!!!

So let’s start with Al Creedon. He was playing through a Fender Twin (not 100% sure about that) and has perfected the sonic punch to the face with shimmery melodies. A great guitarist.

Bleeding Rainbow - Al CreedonEventide Space Reverb
Boss RC-3 Loop Station
Death by Audio Soundwave Breakdown
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi (w/Tone Wicker)
Boss DS-1 Distortion
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Ernie Ball 6181 Jr. Volume Pedal (expression for Space Reverb)
Tap Tempo (for Space Reverb)

Next we have Sarah Everton on bass. She is also one of the vocalists in Bleeding Rainbow.

Bleeding Rainbow - Sarah EvertonTech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Wren and Cuff The Pickle Pie “B” – Fuzztortion

Finally we have Rob Garcia. I absolutely loved his Fender Jazzmaster and tone. He swapped out the bridge with a humbucker, and I believe the neck was a Novak. His amp was a Sovtek Mig 60. I haven’t seen Sovteks in a while, and I was blown away by that head. Rob also provides vocals.

Bleeding Rainbow - Rob GarciaBoss TU-2 Tuner
Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi (rehoused with tone stack bypass switch)
Boss CE-2 Chorus
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay

I feel weird that I’m not mentioning Ashley Arnwine, who is the drummer of Bleeding Rainbows. Obviously, no pedalboard, but I was blown away with her drumming. Hard hitting. Wow. This band has it all. Again, check out Bleeding Rainbow!!!

All photos for this post were taken by Amy Donovan Photography!

Apr 17 2014

EHX Epitome Give Away – And the winner is…

I’ll have to view the records, but this is definitely top 3 give aways we have had on the site. Honestly, I knew it was going to be a popular pedal and the entries didn’t disappoint! I would like to send a special thank you to the guys at Electro-Harmonix for sending this pedal over for a demo and give away. Thanks guys! Please take a moment and visit their site!

So, on to the winner! The winner of the Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give Away is Mitch K. of Idabel, OK! Congrats Mitch! After verifying his entry, he was also the recipient of the bonus prizes. Mitch, you’ll also be receiving a Pedal Label Pack and a 10′ Standard Rattlesnake Cable with Straight plugs! Man.. this is your lucky day!

EHX Epitome Give Away - And the winner is...If you have a chance, please check out Pedal Labels and Rattlesnake Cables as well!

I would also like to thank everyone that contributed! Thank you! Thank you! I have another give away in the works, just dialing in the details, so keep a close eye. And Mitch.. please let us know what you think of the Epitome!!!

Apr 11 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 4/11 – Darren Dencklau

Today’s pedal line is from Darren Dencklau. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 4/11 - Darren DencklauHey there,

I’ve been following you site for a few years now and figured I would submit a photo for Pedal Line Friday!

I play in a two-piece rock/psychedelic band from Seattle called Jo Jo Jupiter ( Being in a duo that likes to create elements of space, we rely heavily on my effects pedals, which are constantly changing. Here’s the latest version and the board I made myself out of a metal looking suitcase I scored for five dollars at a flea market and then installed two levels of wood inside and added take-apart hinges so I can quickly set up and break down at gigs.

I power everything with a BBE Supa-Charger and generally play through my Fender ’59 Bassman LTD.

1. Boss TU-2 Tuner: It works like it should!

2. Way Huge Electronics Pork Loin: I’ve tried a lot of OD and distortion pedals and to me this one sounds as good or better than most any boutique options out there. It’s very transparent and can be used as a nice boost or quick turn of the knobs renders a classy amount of dirt; it’s a perfect compliment to the Bassman’s beautiful break up and accentuates pick attack.

3. Another Pork Loin!: Why? Because I found one used for $40 and was going to flip it to make some extra cash. However, I tried it as a compliment to the other Pork Loin and fell in love. The two stacked together pack a serious punch when I need it.

4. Earthquaker Devices Hoof: I don’t use this one a lot since I play mostly rhythm guitar in our band. It’s great for solos and has all fuzz needs covered – from old school buzzing to overloaded thundering chaos. Live, it basically melts faces when we need to emphasize things.

5. Boss BF-2 Flanger: One of our favorite influences is Monster Magnet. This pedal can give us that way out spacey feel for a few of our more psychedelic songs and when tweaked the right way provides a staggering vibrato that is similar to a Rotovibe.

6. EHX Holy Stain: I stripped the fugly brown paint and “customized” this one with red paint and a part of a Jimmy Johns sticker. This is a versatile pedal I use for the reverb settings and its tremolo. The previous owner claimed the tremolo didn’t work and sold it to me $30. Little did he know, it works great! I think he just didn’t turn the “amount” knob enough.

7. TC Electronics Alter Ego: I bought this after seeing the demos on Pro Guitar Shop’s website; I am a huge Pink Floyd fan and Andy was displaying some serious Gilmour sounds. I use the Deluxe Memory Man setting the most because it’s just beautiful sounding, but I also love the Echorec and MOD settings for leads. For delay, this pedal can almost do it all!

8. Boss DD-7: Another great delay pedal that I use a lot live, but in an unconventional way. By setting the amount of feedback at 7 o’clock on the 200ms setting I can give a quick on and off stomp to get a terrifically chaotic repeat that fades slowly while I move on to the next part of the song. It works to make us appear bigger than we are and people are usually stumped on how two people can make such a big sound. At home, I use the DD-7 as a looper and it helps provide all sorts of new material and inspiration.

Thanks for the time!

Apr 8 2014

Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give Away Reminder

Electro-Harmonix EpitomeOk.. time is running out on this. For those of you in the dark… we’re giving away a Electro-Harmonix Epitome to a lucky EffectsBay reader! I would first like to say thank you to great folks at Electro-Harmonix for sending this pedal our way! Please take a moment and check out their site (and their new pedals for 2014)!

A little while back, we had a chance to demo this great pedal. Here is the video of that demo, but to read the full demo and listen to a high quality MP3 of the track please check out this post – “Electro-Harmonix Epitome Demo

As you can see/hear, this pedal is capable of some cool, weird, awesome goodness! We will stop taking submissions on April 11th, so if you want a chance at this.. you best get on it. To enter the give away, please check out this post – “Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give Away“. There is a bonus give away with this as well, so don’t miss out on that as well!

Mar 31 2014

Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give Away

Electro-Harmonix Epitome Give AwayGIVE AWAY IS CLOSED

Ok… I think this one might turn into a big one. I know a few people personally, that would really dig this pedal for themselves. This give away will be for the Electro-Harmonix Epitome pedal. Here we have 3 effects in 1. The Epitome has the following pedals stacked up – EHX Holy Grail Plus Reverb, EHX Electric Mistress Flanger and the EHX Micro POG. Additionally, they have some linked functionality with the Shimmer button.

We had an opportunity to demo this pedal back February. You can read about it and watch the demo video here – “Electro-Harmonix Epitome Demo“. The Electro-Harmonix Epitome usually is available for $370, so this is a great opportunity to pick up this awesome pedal for free.

Okay, how do you win the Electro-Harmonix Epitome? Read below:

I’m going to select one random entry on April 11th. I will email that random entry asking for the answer to the question listed below. They will have 24 hours to respond with the answer. If the 24 hours passes and I don’t hear from that finalist, I will select a new random entry and repeat the process until I receive confirmation from the winner. This is open to everyone. Yes, that means international! Also, one entry per person. Please read that last sentence again… “one” “entry” “per” “person”.

The submission form will be open until April 11th (Fri) 2PM MST.

On top of that, I’m going to sweeten the deal. If you ‘LIKE’ EffectsBay on Facebook and you’re selected as the winner, I’ll throw in an extra prize – A free Pedal Label System pack (learn more at I’m going to sweeten the deal even further. If you like Rattlesnake Cables on Facebook and you’re chosen as the winner, I’ll throw in a 10′ Standard Rattlesnake Cable with Straight Plugs (reg price of $55)

So, it’s pretty much a no-brainer to like Effectsbay and Rattlesnake Cables on Facebook! Just click the ‘likes’ below.

Please take a moment to Tweet, Share, Email this give away to your gear friends. We all like free gear right?

So the question is…. “What is the craziest pedal you have every played? Meaning the most effected, unique, unusual, etc”

Mar 21 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 3/21 – Eric Logeman

Today’s pedal line is from Eric Logeman. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 3/21 - Eric LogemanHere’s a shot of my current pedal line:

TC Electronic Polytune Noir > EQD Ghost Echo > Smallsound/Bigsound F*ck > EHX Superego > Fairfield Circuitry Operator > TC Ditto Loop: Fuzzhugger Algal Bloom > EQD Dispatch Master Operator Loop: VPJR > Fuzzhugger AB-Synth XS > Fairfield Randy’s Revenge > Fuzzhugger Lab Ratchet > TC Flachback Amp: Fender Excelsior

I play both my Gretsch G5129 and Grendel Drone Commander through this chain, but mostly just alone. If I’m jamming with other people I tend to bring a much simpler setup.

It’s definitely not usual and is a little all over the place but I love this setup. I can bring a massive amount of fuzz, modulation, and delay in with the Operator, and then I can hit the feedback switch to make some ridiculous noise. It actually works as an instrument by itself with all of the oscillatory noise I can get from the AB-Synth, Operator, or Superego.

I strongly recommend people get behind small builders like Fuzzhugger and Smallsound/Bigsound. They make some of my favourite pedals!

Mar 14 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 3/14 – Andrew J. Clark

Today’s pedal line is from Andrew J. Clark. 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 pedallineateffectsbaydotcom. Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 3/14 - Andrew J. ClarkHello,

This is my current set up I am using while playing in my band, Bow Tie Affair (we are a cover band in Kansas City). I primarily use a Gibson Les Paul running into a Vox AC30C2. I also use a Gretsch 5422 and Fender American Strat from time to time.

Signal Path:
Guitar > TC Electronics PolyTune, Dunlop Crybaby Wah, MXR Phase 90, Fulltone OctaFuzz, Maxon OD9, ProCo Rat ’85 Reissue, ISP Decimator > Amp
FX Loop > Joyo 6 Band Equalizer, Boss TR-2 Tremolo, MXR Analog Chorus, TC Electronic Flashback, EHX Holy Grail Reverb Nano

The path between the guitar and amp is pretty basic. I like to place my phaser before my dirt pedals, and I like to place my overdrive before my distortion. I find my modulation pedals sound better in my AC30C2′s loop. Being in a cover band, I’m often playing clean, but I like to stack my modulation pedals together to get some cool, trippy sounds that add some flavor to the song.

PolyTune – I like being able to strum all the strings at once to see where I need to tune up. When playing at a bar, the owners and staff like you to keep things moving, especially when the crowd is dancing. The PolyTune helps me tune up quickly.

Crybaby – I don’t use the wah very often, just occasionally for some funky tunes we play like Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”

Phase 90 – I like to keep the knob around 8:00 for a subtle, slow-moving phase. Just to add a little flavor to my cleans or leads.

OctaFuzz – I recently got this and am still trying to figure out how to best use the Octave Up switch. The pedal allows you to switch between an octave up fuzz or just a normal fuzz. I’ve been using just the normal fuzz right now. I’m not a big fuzz player, but I’m hoping I can get this pedal down to do some cool Hendrix-style soloing.

OD-9 – A lot of our songs call for a light OD, just a little crisp, and the Maxon does this well. It also can give the Rat a nice push.

Rat – Primarily used for solos and crunchy rhythm tones that might require some palm muting. I like a sense of dynamics in our songs – mellow, clean verses and loud chorus. Stomping on the rat and striking the chords hard gives me what I’m looking for.

Decimator – A must-have with the Rat. I usually just leave it on unless the song lacks any distorted parts. It also comes in handy when I’m playing with my Gretsch hollow-body, which produces some intense feedback.

EQ – I use this in my loop as my solo boost. Gives me an increase in volume and lets me tweak my lead tone a bit (for example, I like to boost my mids instead of highs so my AC30 isn’t too piercing).

Tremolo – I rarely use this pedal… I like to turn the knobs up all the way and produce an echoing, choppy sound. Sounds cool when strumming a chord with some distortion.

Chorus – I try to dial this in for a subtle setting… I like to pair it with my delay and phaser when producing some atmospheric tones.

Delay – I’m a huge delay fan. I love using a subtle delay on my solos as well as my clean picking. The flashback has a lot of cool settings available with the turn of a knob and sounds great!

Reverb – I use a little reverb via my amp already, so I use the Holy Grail for more over-the-top reverb tones.

There you have it! Nothing too crazy, but I get a lot of cool tones by stacking a lot of these together and it provides pretty much any tone you would want in a cover band.


Andrew J. Clark

Mar 3 2014

Russian Circles – Brian Cook – Pedalboard Break Down

Following one of my favorite builders – Fuzzrocious Pedals, I was stoked to see that he had a chance to see one my favorite bands – Russian Circles up close. Brian Cook, the bass player of Russian Circles owns a pair of Fuzzrocious Pedals (The Demon and a Rat Tail), so Ryan of Fuzzrocious had a chance to see the band up close and took a couple of photos. He was super cool to send them my way

Russian Circles – Brian Cook – Pedalboard Break DownDigitech Whammy
Fuzzrocious The Demon
Fuzzrocious Rat Tail
Tym Guitars Big Bottom Magic Dirt
Way Huge Swollen Pickle
Ernie Ball Jr Volume Pedal
Akai Headrush II
Boss TU-2 Tuner
Unknown Fuzz (please help identify)
EHX Memory Toy

Russian Circles – Brian Cook – Pedalboard Break DownAs you can see, one pedal is unidentified. I’m assuming this is a fuzz since in the past, this pedal use to be a Dwarfcraft Eau Claire Thunder and is replaced with this pedal which looks DIY possibly. If you can identify it.. please comment below.