Jul 8 2014

Chung Antique

Last month I was on tour with Magpies for a Midwest jaunt.. going as far East as Cleveland, OH. The highlight of the tour was playing the PRF BBQ in Chicago, which was a fantastic indie gathering. 4 days of awesome music, food, beer and smiles. While planning the tour – a Seattle band Chung Antique contacted us and noticed that we were both on tour at the same time and wanted to do some shows together. We were super stoked to make new friends and to do some shows around the country! Along with playing with them at the PRF BBQ, we also played with them in Cleveland, and finally we played with them here in Missoula, Montana.

Chung Antique

As I mentioned, Chung Antique are from Seattle, WA. They are an instrumental band (which I absolutely love that genre of music – Explosions in the Sky, Earthless, Russian Circles, etc). A 3 piece band consisting of Charlie on guitar, Mike on bass and Whitney on drums. All are super skilled, and with an incredible natural feel for tension and vibe.. and melody. Easy to pen them as ‘math rock’, but the push pull with melody makes it more complex, more interesting – in the ‘feel’ area.

Okay.. I don’t usually do this (and I should do this more), but let’s talk about the drummer. And as I mentioned, her name is Whitney. It was pure magic watching her drum. We’re talking top-shelf drumming – open style. What’s fascinating is the duality of the complex drumming while making it look SO effortless. You can tell she is completely comfortable behind the kit. In the world of *dude* drummers, you get thrown into the how-hard-can-I-hit-the-drums as a technique, and it was completely refreshing seeing someone play at that level.

Check out this mini-documentary about their fantastic album – Sweater Weather.

Since they were in town, I was able to get some shots (via my awesome wife – Amy Donovan Photography).

Here are Charlie’s pedals

Chung Antique - CharlieBoss TU-3 Tuner
MXR ’78 Distortion
ProCo Turbo Rat
Korg Chorus CHR-1
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
MXR Carbon Copy Delay

Here are Mike’s pedals

Chung Antique - MikeBoss TU-3 Tuner
BBE Green Screamer
Electrical Audio Destructors Chernobyl

Chung Antique – Great Band. Great People. Check ‘em out

Jun 20 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 6/20 – Riccardo Fassone

Today’s pedal line is from Riccardo Fassone. 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 - 6/20 - Riccardo FassoneHey,

here’s my pedalboard. Nothing particularly fancy, but pedals are arranged in a creative way. :)

I play in a drone/noise/experimental band called Shabda (http://shabdahq.bandcamp.com/); we are based in northern Italy. We are a trio comprised of a laptop, a sitar and me playing guitar. Our style requires noisy, bass-heavy drones, so I built my rig accordingly.

Here’s a rundown of the signal chain:
1. Tc Electronic Polytune: it works and is visible. Really everything you need from a tuner.
2. EH Freeze: this is really the centerpiece of my style. I sample stuff and send it through the chain, then play with the knobs of the other pedals and make noise.
3. EH Double Muff: a really underrated pedal, more overdrive-y than a regular Big Muff.
4. Homemade fuzzface variation: a fuzzface with added bass and gain
5. Ibanez DE7: great delay pedal, it oscillates pretty easily when in “echo mode”. Very cheap as well.
6. MXR Blue Box: Modded Blue Box (more volume and mids). I use it for shits and giggles.
7: Line6 DL4: I use it mainly as a looper, for drones and textures.
8: Digitech Digiverb: cheap digital reverb, with a couple of cool features. I use it mostly in “church” or “reverse” mode.

Guitar is usually a 1982 Ibanez AR50 or a 1999 Gibson LP Studio. In some songs I use a heavily modded Squier Tele. Everything goes in the front of a Peavey Classic 50 2×12 combo + (sometimes) an external 2×12 cab. In the amp’s loop I usually have a vintage rack-mounted ibanez HD1000, which I use as an harmonizer for adding a sub-octave.

That’s about it. :)


Jun 13 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 6/13 – Francisco Macedo

Today’s pedal line is from Francisco Macedo. 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 - 6/13 - Francisco MacedoHello, my name is Francisco and I am from Lisbon, Portugal (for  those who don’t know,  it’s a real country! in Europe!).

I play in some small projects in Portugal, and right now the band with the most success is called Ciclo Preparatório (https://www.facebook.com/ciclopreparatorio?fref=ts).

The Pedals from RIGHT to LEFT, BOTTOM TO TOP:


B1. POLYTUNE - great tuner, tunes nicely and fast!

B2. NANO SMALL STONE PHASER (EHX)- awesome phaser, it sounds really natural and smooth. and the size is perfect!

B3. MXR DYNA COMP – very good compressor, although while I’m not playing guitar it can be a bit noisy. But when I play, I can’t hear it, which is the important part!

B4. BEHRINGER ULTRA SHIFTER/HARMONIST US600  – My first goal was to buy the POG 2, but i didn’t had much “time” (and time is money!) .So i went for this instead, which is not that bad for a 50 euros (68.5 dolars) pedal! It does the job i need it to do (mostly octaves and other harmonies) and have some other crazy sounds.


T5. VISUAL SOUND DOUBLE TROUBLE – they say it is two tube screamers in one pedal. It’s one awesome pedal, it sounds really good. I basically use two settings with it, one louder (for  solo stuff) and one quieter, for rhythmic stuff .

T6. LINE 6 DL4 – It’s a great delay stomp box, almost all delays sounds good. you can record your favourite delays in the 3 knobs on the left. The other one is tap tempo. I don´t  use the looper, but it sounds good to me. there are some weird sounds too, if you want to do experimental or psychedelic stuff.

For the line6 I use its original power supply, and for the others I use the boss PSA  power supply.

I play with a Mexican Fender Telecaster, into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.

Well, That’s it! Thank you every one and I am sorry for my bad English!”
Francisco Macedo.

Jun 6 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 6/6 – Brian Wedge

Today’s pedal line is from Brian Wedge. 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 - 6/6 - Brian WedgeHere’s my newest version of my pedal board. I’ve gone up and down in size over the years but love to have everything that I want at my fingertips….er toetips.

I’ve been playing since I was 5, so over 40 years. I still love new music and am a gigging musician. I cut my teeth on 80s alternative, classic rock and metal. The past 10 years I’ve really been focusing on “MY” sound. I play a number of different guitars so this pedalboard helps me retain the “me” in the sound without making the guitars sound generic. As you can see, I LOVE effects. My board has some redundancy, but that’s because I don’t like to fiddle with the boxes during a show.

My board starts with a:

TC Electronic Polytune: hands down the best tuner out there.

Dunlop GBC95 Wah Pedal: I don’t use wah that much, mostly for Weezer songs or funk.

CMatmods Deluxe Signa Comp: Great compressors. I leave it on all the time with my cleans.

MXR DynaComp: I use this just to add sustain for leads.

VooDoo Labs SparkleDrive: This is my lowest gain dirtbox

Ibanez TS9: This is an Elevon modded TS9, my second gain dirtbox and I kick it on for the occasional lead just to put it over the top

Suhr Riot Reloaded: High gain dirt (my distortion boxes are only used on the clean channel of my amp, I get my main distortion  sound on the dirty channel of my amp).

Ernie Ball Jr. Volume Pedal

Earthquaker Devices Hummingbird: The only tremolo I’ve found that can get that Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now” sound

Earthquaker Devices Black Eye Clean Boost: enough said, it’s a straight clean boost, drives the input of the amp a little harder when necessary.

Roland DD20 Digital Delay: a very versatile delay, I use mainly just the digital section (run in the loop of the amp)

Wampler Faux Tape Echo: I was always missing my old RE201 Space Echo, this box does a great job emulating a tape echo (run in the loop of the amp)

Line 6 M5 Modeler: I use this for all the modulation, reverbs and a  couple delays hooked to the other Ernie Ball Jr used as an Expression pedal (run in the loop of the amp)

The small silver box with the switch under the clean boost is a tap tempo switch for the DD20

The board is powered by 2 Dunlop DC Bricks

The board is wired 90% with George L’s cables. I have to get one more set to finish it off.

It’s big, but is easily transportable in it’s soft case. The basic board was a PedalTrain PT PRO.

I’d love to see this on your site. It’s overkill, but a hell of a playground. Hit me back if you need more info.



Jun 4 2014

Pedal Board Breakdown – Munky and Head of Korn

Man.. have I known some hard-core Korn fans over the years. I myself could never get into them, but always respected what they guys were all about. I definitely can remember how unique this bands’ sound was when they came out. They definitely took things to the next level in this genre of music. Definitely throughout the years, they’ve gone through their up and downs, but through it all.. they persevered and continue to fill up venues today. So, my hats off to this band!

In a YouTube sesh today, I came across a Premier Guitar Rig Rundown of Korn. Thought I would give it a view. Some interesting stuff in there for sure. Like I’ve said before, if you’re not following Premier Guitar on YouTube.. you’re missing out

Here is the breakdown of pedals..

Munky / Korn

Pedal Board Breakdown - Munky and Head of Korn
Digitech XP100
Dunlop GCB105Q Bass Wah
MXR Phase 90
Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phase
Boss Metal Zone MT-2
BBE SoulVibe
Boss DD-6 Delay
Boss RV-5 Reverb
Ibanez BC-9 Chorus
Electro-Harmonix MicroSynth
Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy
Boss DD-3 Delay
MXR M222 Talk Box
Whirlwind A/B Selector

Head / Korn

Pedal Board Breakdown - Munky and Head of KornBoss TU-3 Tuner
Whirlwind A/B Selector
Dunlop UniVibe UV-1
Digitech XP100
Boss CE-5 Chorus
Boss RV-5 Reverb

Let me know what you think of Korn or if you see anything incorrect by commenting below!

May 16 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 5/16 – Greyum May

Today’s pedal line is from Greyum May. 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 - 5/16 - Greyum MayHere is my current board/FX rig. (Just about to re-wire it all up again)

This is for my Bass, trumpet and Synth. The trumpet has a Yamaha Silent Brass electronic mute which plus into the signal chain nicely.

Before they are all sent (via my mixing desk) to one of the 4 decks on my Native Instruments Traktor4 and F1 Remix pads.

The Traktor itself is used for its massive array of FX!  Really good fun.  It is now my main live looper. (foot switchable)

The floor board Has Pigtronix Keymaster and Expression pedals to control the four Pigtronix pedals on the rack shelf.

There is also a rather tasty Carl Martin Bass Chorus on the side there. This is usually set up with one of the AUX’s on my main mixing desk. It is sat next to an Ipad running Sugar Bytes Turnado FX! (Really naughty piece of software!)

Next week, Native Instruments Maschine gets added for fun.
(As well as a rather crazy Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar/Supergo/Hog  FX loop for the trumpet!)

The Tasty Synth is a lovely old WASP!  and the Bass amp is an Eden Navigator.  (Novation synth out of shot)

The full list of actual stomp boxes is.

Pigtronix Expression Pedal
TC Electronics Polytune
Pigtronix Bass Compressor
Pigtronix Warhog
Digitech Whammy Wah
Eden Top Secret Pedal
Eden I-90 BassChorus
Eden Navigator Footswitch
Boss FS5U (out of shot)
Pigtronix Disnortion
Pigtronix Tremvelope
Pigtronix Philosopher king
Pigtonix Mothership
Carl Martin Bass Chorus

May 12 2014

Pedal Board Breakdown – Chevelle

Chevelle is a great three piece band from the Chicago area. With very thick and textured / heavy guitar. They’re fans of alternate tunings, etc. with very good vocal melodies. They remind me a lot of Tool meets Russian Circles, but definitely carving their own path. They have to be one of the heaviest three pieces out there for sure. I was super excited to see that Premier Guitar doing a Rig Rundown on Pete Loeffler (guitarist) and Dean Bernardini (bass). I say it every time… you need to follow Premier Guitar on YouTube. Fantastic!

Here are the breakdown on pedals –

Pete Loeffler

Pedal Board Breakdown - Chevelle Pete Loeffler
Mesa Boogie A/B footswitch
Tech 21 SansAmp GT2
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
MXR Phase 90
Boss TR-2 Tremolo
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano Reverb
Peterson Strobostomp II Tuner
Dunlop GCB95 Wah
Guitar Laboratory True Bypass Wah-Pad

Dean Bernardini

Pedal Board Breakdown - Chevelle Dean BernardiniMesa Boogie Big Block Channel Switcher
Perterson VSS-C Tuner
DigiTech Bass Driver
Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
Boss RV-5 Reverb
Boss DD-7 Delay

If you see anything incorrect, let me know. Also, let me know what you think of Chevelle by commenting below!

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 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 - 4/4 - 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 meltfacerecords.bandcamp.com/album/fragments-of-god


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

Mar 18 2014

Nice deal on the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion

Nice deal on the MXR Custom Badass '78 DistortionThis morning I came across nice little deal. It’s not great.. but nice. If you were looking for a good dirt box and wanted to save a couple of bucks, this might be a great catch. The deal I found was for the MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion pedal. The pedal is about getting the ‘stack’ tone with some nice crunch. Simple layout with Output, Tone, Distortion and Crunch button. Crunch is designed to boost harmonics.

Here is the official demo video by jimdunlopusa

The MXR Custom Badass ’78 Distortion lists for $136.23 and usually available for $80, but is currently on sale for only $68.63 at Amazon.com and ships for Free. That’s $12 off the going rate.. not too bad at all!


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