Nov 19 2014

Hank & Cupcakes

I think it’s fun discovering new music (for me anyway). And having this blog, I do get exposed to some great stuff. Friends of the site, musicians, etc.. always contact me with questions or wanting to let me know about a band that I might want to write about. A few days ago, John, contacted me through Facebook and told me about Hank & Cupcakes. He mentioned that the bass player had an impressive pedal set up and that I might be interested.

Hank & CupcakesHank & Cupcakes? Ok.. I’ll bite. Within seconds.. I was super interested. This is a 2-piece (bass / drums) band, with some catchy and complex sound. This band sounds WAY bigger than 2 piece. I had to learn more.

Let’s start off with this live vid:

So I sent a message to the band and Ariel “Hank” Scherbacovsky wrote back. He was super into the idea of letting me know what was happening on his board. He was kind enough to send the following photos of his set up:

Hank & Cupcakes Pedalboardsand

Hank & Cupcakes Pedalboards

So here is the breakdown of what’s happening. Lots going on!

Board 1

Visual Sound Time Bandit Tap Tempo Click Track Sync
Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter Tap Tremolo
Electro-Harmonix Freeze
MXR Phase 90
ColorSound Tone Bender Fuzz
Boss DD-20 GigaDelay
Electro-Harmonix POG2
DigiTech Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Chrome Whammy
Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress Flanger

Board 2

Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer (Vintage)
Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls (Vintage)
Moog EP-3 Expression Pedal
Moog Moogerfooger MF-101 Low Pass Filter
Eventide Pitchfactor
Mark Bass Super Synth
Custom Patch Box

Boss RC-50 Loop Station

On the Amp Rack

Zvex Octane fuzz
Electro-Harmonix POG2
Boss CS-3 Compressor

I asked Ariel about the patch and this is what he had to say about that:

On the top right of the right board I have a patch that I built so that I can easily connect the whole system.It basically receives audio from the splitter sends it into the pedal board and returns it to the amps. It also allows me to on/off some of the splits that I send to other pedals / amps in the amp rack. There are actually also a Zvex Octane fuzz and an additional POG and Boss Compressor for low octaves on the amp rack

Pretty cool! Let me know what you think by commenting below. Please check out Hank & Cupcakes. They’re currently on tour, so see if they’re playing near you! And John (if you’re reading this) thanks for letting me know about these guys!!!!

Oct 27 2014

Noveller’s Mini-PedalBoard

Sarah Lipstate of Noveller is a fantastic guitar player. One of my favs for sure. She utilizes loopers and pile of pedals to create pure mesmerizing sonic art. Like I mentioned, to create the sound-scape, she needs a variety of pedals from drives to modulation to delays to reverbs and controlling it all with her Boomerang Phrase Sampler. When these stack up, real estate on the pedalboard gets limited. Normally, when she’s on tour, it’s not a big deal, but currently she’s on tour in Europe (check out the dates).

Here is an example of her board during her 2014 dates.

Noveller Big BoardFor this tour, she thought she’d be creative and downsize the board – without compromising her tools too much. That is a tall order, so I was very curious what came out of it. Sarah sent over the following photo and I think she did an amazing job pulling off the shrinking pedalboard!

Noveller Mini BoardFor this tour, her board consists of the following pedals:

Henretta Engineering Mr. White boost
Henretta Engineering Bluebird fuzz
Zvex Fuzzolo
Ernie Ball Volume Jr.
Boss PS-5 Supershifter
Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master delay/reverb
Eventide H9
Boomerang III Phrase Sampler looper

Henretta is an interesting change. Very, very small footprint. Smart. Eventide H9.. very smart.

For those of you not familiar with Noveller, she was on tour with St. Vincent this year (awesome gig). Here is a great video called “Almost Alright”

Let me know what you think by commenting below!

Aug 29 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/29 – Jesse Davidson

Today’s pedal line is from Jesse Davidson. 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 Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include iany links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/29 - Jesse DavidsonHey pedal line! My name is Jesse Davidson and I live in Dothan Alabama. I’ve never submitted to this before but I would love to share my rig with you! I do not have any links to music just yet but I will soon. Anyone can follow me on twitter: jesseredeemed and Instagram: JesseJaguarkick

Pedalboard chain.

I have a parts caster telecaster and an epiphone es-339 as my main guitars. First in my chain is a t1m mini buffer. From there it goes into a polytune and then into the cmatmods compressor. The comes my bypass strip. In the strip I have an EM drive and a JHV3 Ghost drive. (The blank space in the top is reserved for a micro pog)

From the bypass strip it goes BBE sonic stomp, VPjr volume, strymon timeline, eventide timefactor with t1m aux switch as my secondary delay. I also use the infinite repeats function with swells to make a really nice pad like underscore when there are no keyboard players. From there it goes into my strymon bigsky and then into a strymon bluesky. This all runs through a badcat Luca. I am powered by a fuel tank jr. And a furman power conditioner that is mounted under my Pedaltrain pro. I use lava instrument cables, George L and planet waves patch cables and Blue Herdim guitar pics. Westone triple driver in ears monitors as well.

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 4 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 4/4 – Brandon Highfill

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

Pedal Line Friday - 4/4 - Brandon HighfillHello!
This is my third pedal line Friday and the board has changed! (big surprise right?)  you can hear this rig in action at

Here’s the chain :
Guitar into -> Dunlop high gain volume pedal -> boss cs2 (Japan) -> xotic AC booster -> Devi Ever Shoegazer -> way huge swollen pickle -> MXR blue box script with c11 mod -> boss ge7 -> ibanez de7 -> eventide pitchfactor -> eventide modfactor -> eventide timefactor -> eventide space -> Digitech jamman

Starting at the pitchfactor, every pedal is run in stereo and stereo out of the jamman into :
Roland JC 120
Hiwatt Hi-gain 50

Also pictured:
Effect selector for Roland JC 120
Expression pedals for eventide boxes
Aux switch for time factor

Guitars :
Rickenbacker 330
Fender blacktop Jazzmaster
AXL jazzmaster

Jan 27 2014

Troy Van Leeuwen – Queens of the Stone Age – Pedalboard Break Down

I posted Troy Van Leeuwen’s board back in August. This guitarist is great, and I’ve become quite a fan. Been staring at photos of his signature Jazzmaster at NAMM14 this year too.  Very nice. This morning, I was please to receive an email letting me know that Moog posted an updated photo of his board via Twitter. Talk about changing things up!

When Moog posted videos of the MiniFoogers, they had Troy do some demos. From that.. I’m assuming he picked up a pretty sweet endorsement since his board is very moog-centric now.  Moog is top shelf all the way, and his sound from various recent live performances has been really stellar. Like this performance in early January 14 on Austin City Limits!

Here is the photo of Troy Van Leeuwen‘s board:

Troy Van Leeuwen - Queens of the Stone Age - Pedalboard Break DownMoog EP-3 Expression Pedal
Dunlop DVP3 Volume Pedal
Moog MP-201 Multi-Pedal
MiniFooger MF Boost
MiniFooger MF Drive
MiniFooger MF Ring
MoogerFooget MF-104M Analog Delay (white)
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Eventide H9
Earthquaker Devices Rainbow Machine
MiniFooger MF Delay

Please let me know if I missed anything.. or if anything is correct. Also please let me know what you think about Troy Van Leeuwen and Queens of the Stone Age by commenting below!

Nov 26 2013

Best Reverb Pedal

Best Reverb PedalReverb is a funny thing. I remember a few years ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead with a reverb pedal in my line, now I have two on my board currently. Now you see and hear various levels of reverb on many guitarists boards. Because of that demand, there are a ton to pick from now-a-days. So what’s the best? What’s the most popular. If you’re interested in getting a reverb, this might be a good resource to pull from. So we need your help! Please vote what you think is the best reverb out there. If you see a pedal missing from the poll, let me know by commenting below. For now, I just pulled 30 units out there.

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Sep 25 2013

Pedal Line Friday (on Wednesday) – 9/25 – Tass

I know today is not Friday, but due to the large queue of Pedal Line Friday, I thought I do a few on Wednesdays! Today’s pedal line is from Tass. 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 Every Friday I’ll showcase a pedal line submission. Make sure you include any links to your band or music page.

Pedal Line Friday (on Wednesday) – 9/25 – TassHey there Effects Bay readers,

I’m Tass and I play guitar with The Never End. We’re an alternative rock band based out of New Haven CT. Here’s our website and Facebook page:

We’re basically a two guitar band with one guitar player. If you check out our music you’ll probably recognize some layering for fullness of sound and texture as well as parts that should really be played by two guitars. This became quite a challenge to recreate live and a lot of thought and work went into getting the right rig together with the pedalboard at the heart of the whole setup.

The Board Requirements
Breaking down what I needed to get from the the board was pretty straight forward: various stages of overdrive, wah, modulation effects and delays along with tuner and volume control. Sounds pretty simple right? Well, if you consider that modulation means chorus, flange, tremolo, phaser etc. and the delay times were multiple and complex, it got really crowded very quickly and switching between sounds would become more of a dance act than guitar playing – and I’m not about to venture into that territory. In addition even though the rig is not cheap I’m still working within a limited budget so I need to utilize what pedals I already have as much as possible. Finally to throw in an extra twist, I play through two amps so I need a stereo stereo signal coming out of the board.

The Solution

Pedaltrain Pro frame
Solid and the frame itself is pretty light weight. Needed to do some drilling and custom mounting for a power strip and power supplies underneath.

Planet Waves Tru-Strobe pedal tuner
I plug in the guitar here. It’s wicked accurate and Planet Waves was good enough to replace it at no additional cost when the first one I had became moody and developed a mind of its own after abusing it for about a year or so.

Ernie Ball VP Jr. volume pedal
Basic, does the job and absolutely necessary because once too often during a show there simply is no time for me to take my hand away from the strings and adjust the volume on the guitar. Also allows me to do volume swells, crescendos and fade outs nicely.

Fulltone Clyde Delux wah
There are some that say the wah being a filter, logically belongs after the overdrive stage in the signal path but this never worked for me. It just doesn’t sound good in my ears in that position. I use it fairly often in and out at different parts and mostly for leads. Very flexible and has three settings for wah range as well as volume control.

Electro-harmonix Micro POG
What can one say about the POG. Ya gotta have one. I use it sparingly and set the low and high octaves to less than 50% of the dry signal which gives a kind of 12string effect. Great for some clean rhythm, picking and arpeggios but also adds great texture to a lead sound. The trick is not to over do it with the POG.

Moen GEC9 switcher/looper
I searched long and hard for a switcher and really wish it made sense for me to go all out and spend a couple of thousand bucks on one. Not in my budget. I also couldn’t find one that supports a stereo signal out of the box – what’s up with that anyway, am I the only guitar player that plays stereo? So I came across this baby that supports 9 loops, presets, one touch setup and at $300, cheap enough to experiment with. Works like a charm after I figured out how to get a stereo signal out if it. (BTW shoot me an email if you want the details). The touch switches needed a bit getting used to and wiring it ended up being a full couple of days work. The signal from the POG enters here and two individual (left, right) feeds go out to the amps. I program each of the 5 presets for each bank using a consistent pattern: clean, dry overdriven, wet (includes mod and/or  delays and may or may not be overdriven), variable, and lead for solos. This way I don’t have to memorize each individual bank preset.

GFS Greenie classic
I always prefer to use multiple overdrives rather than distortion pedals or fuzz for that matter. I feel they maintain the fullness of the amp signal much better without loosing body. This one is a copy of the tube screamer circuit with a few of the mods built in that you can switch in or out. Works great and is only $50! I got it after I already had the full drive (~$150) and they sound pretty much the same to me. Hmm, kinda makes you think huh?

Fulltone FULL-DRIVE 2
I’ve had this for about three years or so and has been my go to OD. I now use it as my second overdrive stage. Great sound but see my comments above. I had to send it in a few months ago because the volume pot stopped working. It took emailing them a few times before they responded and cost $50 to get it fixed if you include the shipping\u2026 I think I’m done with Fulltone.

Fulltone OCD
Yep, I was a Fulltone fan\u2026 Great pedal, good texture and very flexible. I kick it in as a second overdrive stage mostly for leads. I rarely, if ever, use it as a third stage but it’s there if I feel like going nuts. I’ve also found myself once in a blue moon using it stand alone for that more saturated but thiner metal distortion type sound – did I just say metal distortion!?!?!

iSP Decimator
After all this overdriving ya gotta have a noise gate! Nuf said.

Eventide MODFactor
One stop shop for modulation effects. Period. Well, unless you want flange AND tremolo\u2026and\u2026  Luckily I haven’t so far on this project but keep a few individual mod pedals handy to plug in if the need arises. Works really well and there are more params to change than worth messing with – famous last words. It has one of, if not my all-time favorite, stereo chorus sounds that comes as a preset and I use it A LOT both clean and driven. Together with two OD stages it starts approaching Dean DeLeo territory. Nice. I also like and use the tremolo a lot and the pedal comes in real handy in the studio as well.

Eventide TIMEFactor
I love this one. Two individually controlled delay pedals in one unit. A lot of flexibility and the vintage presets (echo etc.) sound great. I get really nice stereo panned delays with different time signatures and coming out of two individually mic’ed amps, the guitar sound fills a room nicely.

Well, there it is! Thanks Effects Bay for giving us the chance to share our passion for great guitar sound and get ideas from each other on how to put it all together. Keep posting and we’ll keep reading.

Rock on!

Aug 3 2013

Annie Clark / St. Vincent – Guitar Moves – Pedal Board Breakdown

Annie Clark / St. Vincent - Guitar Moves - Pedal Board BreakdownThe cool thing about the inter-webs is learning about new things, new people, etc. It’s fun learning about new musicians. Some are super obscure (that no one knows about) or something that is new to me. I’m often late to the party, but I don’t mind, I still have fun. I feel like I’m late on this one – St. Vincent (or specifically Annie Clark). I’ve heard about St. Vincent during conversations, but I knew nothing about this band/musician. Never heard of a tune, etc. But this morning, I came across my new favorite video segment – Guitar Moves where Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) talks shop.

The first thing that grabbed my attention was her style of playing. There is something very intriguing. I like the jerky, tension filled style she has. She has some interesting tones/noise, that I’m always a sucker for. Unique came to mind. Artistic. I like a musician that leaves an impression, immediately I wanted to rip off a lick or something. Here is the video..

I wanted to see what she was more about. The video mentions that she was playing with David Byrne, so I had to explore and see what this was about. Again, interesting.

Finally, I wanted to see what straight up St. Vincent was about. Here she is playing with a backing band. I’m still not 100% sure if St. Vincent is just Annie Clark or if it’s a collaborative effort. If anyone knows for sure, please let me know.

Okay, now I’ve exposed you to three videos and then I thought it would be cool to break down her pedal board. I was seeing glimpses in the Byrne video as well as the video above, and it looks pretty sweet.. so I wanted to dig. I discovered the Nice Rack Canada built this board for her. Nice Rack Canada is awesome by the way!

Annie Clark / St. Vincent Pedal Board

Here is the breakdown of pedals:

Moog EP-2 Expression PedalTap Tempo (Nice Rack Canada)
Tuner Bypass Loop (Nice Rack Canada)
Korg Pitchblack Tuner
RJM Music MasterMind
Death By Audio Instersteller Deluxe Overdrive
ZVex Mastotron
Boss PS-5 Super Shifter
Eventide Pitch Factor
Eventide Space
Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+

Thoughts? Please comment below!


Aug 2 2013

Pedal Line Friday – 8/2 – Piotr Zarek

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

Pedal Line Friday - 8/2 - Piotr Zarek

Hi Guys,

I’ve just polished my pedalboard, so I decided to send a photo to you and brag about it a bit. :)

My goal is to combine tone of the vintage gear (stompboxes, tube amp) & electronic experiments (VST plugins, guitar synths, guitar signal to MIDI etc).

Here’s the overall routing:

Strat -> Analogman Sun Face NKT 275 -> WOBO Custom Mixer (splitting signal):

a) Morley Mini Volume/Wah -> ZVex Super Hard On -> EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress -> Rockett Pedals Josh Smith Dual Trem -> Eventide Time Factor -> MG Custom Amp (12AX7WA, EL84)

b) BYOC Large Beaver -> RME Babyface (laptop interface, VST plugins etc.) -> EHX Hog -> RME Babyface -> (stereo signal to console -> speakers)

c) T.C.Electronic Poly Tune

Sun Face fuzz is first in line, cause it doesn’t work well anywhere else. Next goes a custom mixer used to split the signal.

The a) section goes into the guitar amp and provides “standard” electric guitar sound with classic fuzz (Sun Face), wah wah, some modulation for warmth (flanger, tremolo) & delay for rhythm variation. It goes into the VOX-like amp. ZVEX Super Hard On sounds great combined with the “british” warmth.

The b) section is here for a bit of synth, stereo, ambient & overall madness :) Sound goes through muff (Large Beaver) to create long sustained notes. No VST is able to reproduce the muff sound IMO. Then it enters audio interface (Babyface) connected to a laptop. I’m here able to release my imagination and do any kind of crazy stuff with the sound (turn audio into MIDI and trigger synths, make loops, apply additional stereo effects etc). There’s a HOG2 in the interface’s “effects loop” and I often use it to make synth-like octave bendings, add harmonics, sustain a note or glide. The sound goes through an amp simulator (I like Softube Vintage Amp Room most) and goes into the console & stereo speakers.

The c) section can be turned on with a switch. This section consists of a tuner only.

The ambient section (b) is controlled by the SoftStep controller & an expression pedal.