Nov 26 2014

Anders Osborne – Pedal Board Breakdown

Anders Osborne - Pedal Board BreakdownRecently I was introduced to Anders Osborne. Like I’ve mentioned before, one of the great things about having this blog is learning about new musicians and bands that I might not normally have discovered.  Anders Osborne is a New Orleans musician that I have not heard of before.. and was stoked to learn more. He’s currently on tour with Southern Soul Assembly.

I received some photos of his currently pedal board and wanted to break things down, but first, here is a video of Anders in action:

His board definitely covers the areas of overdrives, modulation, delay, etc and appears to be very well rounded to cover a wide range of tones.

Anders Osborne - Pedal Board Breakdown11 Channel True Bypass Strip
TC Electronic Polytune Tuner
Dunlop GCB95W Cry Baby Wah or Dunlop GCB105Q Cry Baby Bass Wah
Boss DS-1 Distortion
Walrus Audio Voyager Overdrive
Mojo Hand FX Nebula IV Phaser
Xotic AC Plus Dual Overdrive
Hughes and Kettner Rotosphere MK II
Electro-Harmonix XO Micro Q-Tron
Boss OC-2 Octave
MXR SF01 Slash Octave Fuzz
Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
Mojo Hand FX Recoil Delay
Love Pedal Babyface Tremolo

If you’re familiar with Anders.. or you’re new to him as I, please leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

UPDATE: Phil – Anders’ guitar tech mentioned a few changes – “The white wah pedal on the board was made by a friend of anders’ out of vintage parts. It’s not a crybaby bass wah. Also, the true bypass switcher is a 12 loop unit made by Road Rage.

There are also 2 voodoo labs pedal power II regulated power supplies mounted under the board. The board is wired with planet waves solderless cables.”

Nov 21 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 11/21 – Matt Wellendorf

Today’s pedal line is from Matt Wellendorf. 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 - 11/21 - Matt WellendorfHello,

Here is my submission for pedal line Friday. Gibson Les Paul > Korg Pitch Black Tuner > Barber Direct Drive Super Sport > BMF Fat Bastard boost > Fulltone Supa-Trem > BBE Soul Vibe > MXR Carbon Copy Delay > TC Electronic HOF Mini Reverb > 1964 Fender Bassman with Eminence Greenback clones. Powered by Voodoo Labs PP2P. Depending on the band I’m playing with, I have either a BBE Ben Wah ( The Real Action, North of Grand) or a Dunlop volume pedal (Left is West) in front of the tuner (not pictured). Barber Launch Pad at the end of my chain…used as a buffer.

Matt Wellendorf

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!!!!

Nov 7 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 11/7 – Rafael Rebolleda

Today’s pedal line is from Rafael Rebolleda. 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 - 11/7 - Rafael RebolledaHi everyone,

Rafa here, from sunny Madrid, Spain. I’ve got to say I’m an avid reader of Friday Pedal Line to the point I read *every* single post when I discovered it a few months ago.

I’ve built several boards over the years (I’ve been playing for almost 20 years now, always very interested in effect pedals), but a few months ago I decided to sell everything and get the stuff I needed for the current sound in my head. I also wanted my sound to be as self contained as possible, so I also sold all my amps and went for one in the pedalboard that I could plug into any cabinet.

So, I started with the premise of a Pedaltrain 2, but after many tries, it soon became clear that I couldn’t fit all the stuff in it. I upgraded to a PT-3 with two Mondos below. I also use Lava cable everywhere. I’ve got to say I was *very* skeptical about the whole cabling affair, but after many tries it absolutely makes a difference, even a single latch cable between two pedals. I was very surprised, to be honest, but anyway… try it out and see if you like that difference or not. There’s no right or wrong.

Now, onto the line itself:

Dunlop Cry Baby 535Q 20th Anniversary Edition: Tried and true, I went for this one because of it’s flexibility with different pickups and distortions or fuzzes. It weighs *a lot,*though. In hindsight, I’d be tempted to try the AMT Japanese Girl because of its smaller footprint, given all the issues with space constraints that I’ve

Visual Sound Pure Tone Buffer: (below the wah) I went for a buffer because my chain before the preamp is seldomly on. It’s also probably cheaper to get a buffer than lots of low capacitance cable, so you might as well throw one in instead, depending on your set up. In my case, I might actually do without it.

BOSS CS-2 Compression Sustainer: So this an ’82 version, which I like better than the Dyna Comp (very nice too).

BOSS PS-6 Harmonist: I’m actually not very much into the harmony things, but I do use and love its momentary “slide” to pitch feature. It’s like having a momentary Whammy (which I love, but it’s damn big for my occasional use). I usually set it up to octave up and rather fast in and out, but it’s also very useful when set up in super slow-mo to two octaves down, for example. If I didn’t have the MicroSynth I’d also use it eventually as a regular Octaver.

EarthQuaker Devices Arpanoid: EarthQuaker is one of the most refreshing and inspiring makers right now, IMHO. All their stuff sounds GREAT, and If I had more space I’d surely be using some more pedals by them. But anyway, the Arpanoid is an arpeggiator, with which you can do very interesting stuff like doubling, octaver, random notes, sweeps… very interesting if you’re into the “noisy” weird soundscapes.

Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth: Another inspiring company, with many boxes full of secret sounds. As well as the usual suspects (synths, sweeps, filters, wahs, etc, all FANTASTIC stuff), the MicroSynth serves me as an outstanding, surprising and massive fuzz, octaver, extreme eq/filter and volume swell. Incredible piece of gear once mastered.

AMT Bulava SS-30 Preamp: I love tubes just as everyone else, but after lots of tube amps, I wanted something with very low maintenance while responding nicely to pickup output, as well as an effect loop. The Bulava has extensive tone shaping controls and despite being positioned as a high gain preamp (and it certainly can be), I use it around 9 o 10 clock on both drive channels for a super-responsive boost/overdrive + classic distortion box. Sounds amazing with my SD Hot/Vintage/Cool rails in either single, parallel or series, or with Bare Knuckles Trilogy + Holydiver. However, I’ve got to say I didn’t like it when driven by P-90s, but I haven’t used it so extensively in that config. Bonus points for the cabinet emulation out, which I use for headphone rehearsing. A couple of interesting alternatives that I found along the way are the ADA Preamp + Guitar Cabinet Simulator (and there are other options just for this like the AMT Chamaleon), the very interesting Traynor QuarterHorse, or the Randall RG13,

GigRig QuarterMaster: One of my goals with this pedal board was to reduce noise. Also, a looper allows me to have more freedom when laying out my pedals on the board without caring about tap-reachability. So the QuarterMaster manages the Bulava’s loop and the following effects go within.

Mooer Noise Killer: I’m pretty sure there are better options out there (I’ve had excellent results in the past with the BOSS NS-2), but I needed something small. Works for me… on with gainy stuff, off with clear arpeggios and stuff like that.

MXR 10-band EQ: I went through the BOSS GE-7 and the Mooer Graphic G , but both failed to have the nuance I was looking for. This is a very powerful tool to sit the guitar into the mix, which is a really important issue. Damn big and heavy though.

Mooer Eleclady: Basically a clone of the EHX Electric Mistress, but I actually like this one better. Great sound, very flexible and bonus points for the filter switch. Subtle or crazy, I love this unit, and it doesn’t get any better in terms of size. I also have a vintage ’86 BOSS BF-2, which is great, but I like the Mooer better.

MXR Phase 99: Quite the classic, but twice: parallel or series, vintage or modern. I’ve got to say that I dearly miss a MIX knob on all MXR phasers, so you have to be careful with the pickup output and drive that goes in (it also plays nice, but noticeably different, in front of drives). I love the series and out-of-phase setting which approaches the sound of a Uni-vibe (of which, by the way, my favorite is the JHS Warble Tron, for which unfortunately I have no space left on my board). I also tried the Mooer Ninety Orange (see, I was attracted by their footprint and tried lots of them), but the 99 is way more polyvalent. I’ve tried different BOSS in the past too, but with no satisfaction. I have very fond memories of the Coron P-400 Phaser, though.

Dawner Prince Starla Tremolo. Sounds great and does everything I expect it to do, like really killing the sound on square waves. My only complaint is the on/off switch is not latched, so every time I power on the board I have to press it to play nice with the QuarterMaster. I would’ve liked to find a tremolo that was this size and quality and had more versatility (like some of the nice stuff the BOSS Slicer does), but I didn’t find it. In my search I tried the Mooer Trelicopter (doesn’t kill the sound) and the ZVEX SuperSeek Trem, which is great but too big and heavy for this particular occasion. I also considered the smaller Seek Trem and the Sonar, but what I’ve found is that the ZVEX guys need some UX fella to help them out with laying out the features. They sound great and are full of interesting features, but many things are obscured and the information displayed can be misleading. It’s a pity, really. I also think the Empress Tremolo 2 is great, but again too big for me this time and the Starla was a very good fit in terms of pure geometry.

Empress Vintage Modified Superdelay: Delay was one of the holy grails for me, so it took me a while to get to this one. In all honestly, I find it too expensive. It definitely sounds great, but it’s almost too much. Anyway, I tried the -of course- Mooer Reecho (just… somehow lifeless and boring) and the Moog Minifooger Delay, which sounds absolutely AWESOME but it’s too dark and muddy for many of MY uses. The Empress, however, was very clean (the LPF and HPF help), and also features the reverse feedback mode, pioneered (at least in my mind) by Eventide (and somewhat summarised in the PitchFactor and greatly emulated in Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig, which appears sadly abandoned), which I love. EarthQuaker has several delays that sound absolutely fantastic in different ways and which I almost fall for. Anyway, I wish it was cheaper and smaller, but it is undeniably great and I’m a very happy owner, make no mistake.

EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath: Great name for a great pedal. I fell in love instantly the first time I heard it. Fantastic for ethereal and ambient soundscapes as well as some random short delays to add texture… do check the demos. I love it with the MicroSynth, for example. I don’t think it can work as a regular reverb, but it all depends on what you’re looking for (see next).

Malekko Spring Reverb: How can I put it? I think this is the best reverb ever, when thought of as an amp extension. I tried -here it goes- the Mooer Shimverb (meh) and the TC Electronic Trinity (basically a tuned version of the Hall of Fame), which sounded ok, but IMHO, no spring emulation (and this is what I was after) comes close to Malekko’s. It *feels* great. Now, I’ve got to say I was tempted by the HardWire (DIgitech) Supernatural Reverb for it’s ambient stuff, but once I found the Afterneath, it was clear the Trinity was out and the Spring was in. AWESOME stuff, seriously. The Spring is the last one in the QuarterMaster, so we go to the loop return on the Bulava.

Mooer ABY: Between the Bulava and the amp I’ve got this ABY box to switch between the amp and an IK Multimedia iRig HD which I use to record on the iPhone or the Mac. I’ll probably get rid of it though, as I can already use the Bulava’s dual output (straight and emulated), so I’m looking for something useful that fits in here. I might go with a Loop Master Passive Micro Mixer to rehearse while listening to some music. Suggestions welcome!

ISP Stealth Power Amp: At first I thought I’d use the EHX Caliber 22 & 44, but it turns out they don’t have much headroom beyond their 50% output. The Stealth, on the other hand, has plenty of headroom and power to rehearse with a band. It also can’t get any simpler, and that’s something that I appreciate given the rest of the rig.

All in all, it took a lot of trial and error to get the sound that I was looking for and and the config that suited me, but I have to say I’m very satisfied with this rig and I foresee a long relationship. Feel free to ping me if you want more info, and keep the lines coming… they’re a great source of knowledge and inspiration.


Oct 29 2014

Sweet Deal on a MXR Phase 90!

Sweet Deal on a MXR Phase 90!I like to bring these up when I can. The MXR Phase 90 is an insanely solid pedal.. and seen on countless boards. Great, classic phase effect, with a single knob to control speed. I’ve personally played with various phasers over the years, but I always seem to come back to the Phase 90, mainly because of the size. Something simple, something small, and something that gets the job done… every time.

Today, I found a nice little deal on the MXR Phase 90. Currentky, the MXR Phase 90 is available for only $67.99 at and this price includes free shipping. Not too shabby at all.

If you’re not too familiar with the MXR Phase 90, check out this video by jimdunlopusa:

Do you own a MXR Phase 90 yourself?? Let us know what you think of that pedal by commenting below!

Oct 10 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 10/10 – Andrew Droogsma

Today’s pedal line is from Andrew Droogsma. 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 - 10/10 - Andrew Droogsma

My name is Andrew and I frequent Effects Bay and many other gear sites. Gear is my addiction, to my wife’s dismay (there are worse addictions, right??).

I am the singer and guitarist for post-punk band Cardboard Kingdoms ( and as well as my newest forray, which is in the vein of Queens of the Stone Age and is yet to have any music released (keeping the band name under wraps until we start recording and booking). I also play solo ( which usually just involves me plugging my jaguar directly into my amp with some reverb.

I stick my pedals to a pedaltrain JR with the voodoo labs pp+2 mounted on the underside to provide power and George L patch cables to string my boxes together. I use planet waves custom series cables. Pretty standard stuff, but definitely worth investing in.

I pick and strum my fingers on a cherry red Fender Jaguar with matching red headstock, mustang bridge and fender vintage jag pickups which I run into a Vox ac15c1-v-rd (celestion v-type speaker) that is also red to match my jaguar. Can’t get much sexier than that.

As a singer, I try to keep my toe-tapping simple so that I can concentrate on playing and singing while trying to put on a good show.

Pedal chain is as follows:
Pedal Line Friday - 10/10 - Andrew Droogsma Whammy 5th gen – replaced my boss oc-3 (also a fantastic pedal) for thickness and weirdness with the expression pedal. I live on the harmonize octave up/down setting.

Tc electronic polytune mini – small, accurate, true bypass.

Hofner fuzz – weird fuzz pedal I found for cheap that is almost distortion-like, replaced my modded boss ds-1. Sounds warm and full, without being a clone or sounding “vintage.”

Mxr blue box – replaced my big muff because it’s less noisy and doesn’t sound “vintage.” almost always just on the fuzz setting, no sub-octave unless I’m getting weird. Great spastic gated fuzz that’s very full sounding, wish it had a tone knob.

Jhs prestige – replaced my exotic EP booster (also fantastic) and it’s always on. Plus it’s a buffer, which is important when running 30ft cable and some pedals.

Earthquaker devices dispatch master – creates subtle space or walls of ambience. Can do verb/delay separately or combined. It’s my love, and I’m constantly messing with the knobs.

Sep 24 2014

Talking Pedals with This Patch of Sky

While searching for venues/bands for my own upcoming mini-tour of the Northwest, I stumbled across This Patch of Sky out of Eugene, OR. After a couple of listens… I really really dug ‘em. This Patch of Sky is a instrumental / post-rock band. Similar to Explosions in the Sky, who I’m also a huge fan of. After talking with them about possibly doing a show together and venues around Eugene, I asked if they would be up for a quick gear related interview. Often bands with instrumental / post-rock vibe have interesting selection of pedals.. and they do!

Here is a video with a live performance and interview. To learn more about This Patch of Sky, check ‘em out on their site, Facebook and on Twitter!

Kit Day – Guitar

TC Electronic Polytune Mini
Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal
Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor
Fox Pedal Kingdom Overdrive
Push + Pull Pedals Triton Fuzz
Diamond Memory Lane Jr. Delay
MXR Carbon Copy Delay
Strymon Timeline Delay
Tap Tempo
Strymon BigSky Reverb
Neunaber Slate Stereo Effect Pedal
Disaster Area DMC-3XL Gen2 MIDI Controller

Kit Day - This Patch of Sky
- What is your primary goal with this board?

My primary goal is to be able to achieve multiple sounds as needed depending upon the song while still maintaining a great sounding tone.

- How are you using the Disaster Area DMC-3XL Gen2 MIDI Controller?

The DMC-3XL allows me to control the banks on the Bigsky and the Timeline, and allows me to use the loop feature on the Timeline while still being able to use the other effects.  I’ve also been experimenting connecting the DMC to Abelton Live to send midi clock to the Timeline/Bigsky as well as send program change messages for different song presets without needing to touch either pedal.  It’s seriously a very powerful tool to have on my board.

- Tell me about the Neunaber Slate Stereo Effect Pedal

I picked up the Slate to have as a second reverb option on my board.  What I like about the slate is that it’s reprogrammable.  You can flash the pedal to use any 5 reverb options via Neunaber’s pedal customizer software you install on your Mac or PC.  The software also includes a virtual trim pot that let’s you mess around with the tone of the reverb which is pretty neat.  The other reason I chose the Slate is because you can write/draw on the surface with a permanent ink marker.  As you can see, this is my kid’s favorite pedal.

- I thought your choices for overdrive and fuzz were pretty interesting. What eventually led you to the Triton and Fox Pedal?

I hate fuzz.  Fuzz was one of those things that always made me cringe whenever I heard one, mainly because of how muddy they get.  I was looking for a pedal that could turn a fender amp into a heavy sounding amp when I needed it to.  I went through quite a bit of pedals and never achieved the sound I was looking for.  One of my friends let me borrow his Triton Fuzz, and after playing a few chords I was instantly hooked.  I love how deep and gnarly sounding it can get.  A good example of this pedal is on ‘In The House Of Wolves’ at the 6:21 mark.

The Kingdom Transparent Overdrive by Fox Pedals I recently picked up.  I was playing through a surf green Timmy which I liked a lot.  I wasn’t looking for a new overdrive whatsoever, but I happened to stumble across this specific pedal and loved the tone they were achieving.  After picking one up I was pleasantly surprised at how versatile it was.  It has characteristics of a Klon Centaur but allows for a LOT more head room.  I especially love the OD and Clip switches.

- You currently have 3 delays (MXR, Diamond and Strymon) – What roles do each play in your sound?

Being in a post-rock band, I obviously have a hard on for delay and reverb.  The Carbon Copy is almost always on.  I use it not so much as a delay, much more of a sweeping, lush, background effect.  The Diamond Memory Lane Jr. I always kick on for leads.  It can add a lot nice trailing delays which I love.  Mix this and the Carbon Copy together with a little bit of reverb and you’re good to go.  So why do I have a Timeline?  I don’t really use the Timeline as a delay pedal.  With the capacity to store 200 presents, I use it more as a “random effects” pedal.  I can go from awesome ambient pads to lo-fi vinyl sounds.  It’s basically a synth for a guitar.

- Do you feel that this board is where you want it? Or are you still trying to achieve your sonic goal?

It’s pretty dang close.  Obviously as technology continues to move forward my board changes.  Right now I am definitely content with my setup.

- What would you say is the most used pedal on the board.. and why?

Oh man – that’s a hard one!  It’s a toss up between the Bigsky and the Carbon Copy.  On almost every song we’ve ever created, the Carbon Copy most likely has a presence in the recording.  The Bigsky is newer to my board, and I just can’t turn it off.  It’s such an awesome sounding pedal.


Joshua Carlton – Guitar

Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal
Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff
Home Made Boost
Ibanez DE7 Delay
Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler
Timmy (Surf Green)

Joshua Carlton - This Patch of Sky
-   What is your primary goal with this board?

My primary goal with my board is tone.  I was taught early on how important tone is and over the years have trained my ears to find the specific tone that I love.

- I was unable to identify a couple of pedals. What is the orange pedal and the white pedal?

The orange pedal is home made boost pedal.  Nothing too special about it.  The washed out “white pedal” is actually a surf green Timmy OD.  It’s newer to my board.

- I noticed you’re using the black russian Big Muff. Why is that the Big Muff of choice?

I love the Black Russian Big muff.  It has that warm dark fuzz that I like. I don’t like pedals that are thin and whiny, the black Russian gives me more of a deep sounding bass fuzz which I love.

- How many modeled pedals/presets do you use on the M9?

I actually only use about 3 or maybe 4 presets on the M9. My favorite 2 are the particle verb (pretty much never catch me without it),  and the Octoverb when I want a bit of shimmer (you can hear it a lot on Heroes And Ghosts). I use the particle verb set to Hazard on ‘In The House of Wolves’ to get that dark drone where you can’t hear the attack of the guitar. It’s such a great setting for stuff like that.

– What took you to the direction on M9 vs. getting individual pedals?

I chose the M9 over actual pedals because I am always experimenting and there are so many options with the m9. And to be honest, even for it being modeled they all sound really good. Line 6 has made some big strides in modeling. Almost every time we play a show someone asks me about a certain effect I am getting and its usually M9.

- The DE7 is an interesting delay/echo. What do you like about in particular?

The DE7 has been with me since the beginning, it all started with me being a fanboy of Explosions in the sky. I read somewhere that that’s what Munaf Rayani was using so I just had to get one! Ha! I usually just use it as a secondary delay nowadays.

- What’s the next pedal that you’re interested in?

Our other guitarist Kit has a ton of Strymon gear and I gotta say I am pretty envious, but I don’t want our stuff to sound to similar, I like the way Kit and I play off of each other. I do have my eye on an old Evantide Space. The broken glitch setting seems pretty brutal.

- What would you say is the most used pedal on the board.. and why?

Definitely the M9 hands down.  It’s used on every single song we do.


Joel Erickson – Bass

Boss TU-2 Tuner
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver (Keeley Mod)
Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff
Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal
MXR Carbon Copy Delay
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb

Joel Erickson - This Patch of Sky
-   What is your primary goal with this board?

I wanted to be able to get a variety of timbres other than just the standard bass sound. This board allows for bass swells, huge fuzz bass, and some approaching more of a affected guitar sound which allows me to fill other roles and be more versatile in songwriting.

- I believe the Blue Boss is a BD-2 Blues Driver (Keeley mod’d). How did you end up with this on the board?

The BD-2 was originally Kit’s and he gave it to me when he picked up some other pedals.

- I see that you and Joshua both prefer the Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff. What about it do you like? Have you tried the Bass Big Muff?

The Big muff allows me to get that huge doom bass sound that is on And Death Shall Have No Dominion and In the House of Wolves. It’s my go to pedal on any darker song we write. I’ve actually been wanting to try out the bass version of it as I’ve heard it works better with the bass frequencies but i have this one pretty dialed in so we will see if I ever get around to it.

- Having two *dirt* pedals on your board (BD-2 and Big Muff) do you use these in combination or do they offer two differing textures of dirt (Medium grit vs Full fury)?

Most of the time I use the two fuzz pedals for different purposes. I usually use the Big Muff when I am fulfilling the typically bass role and I want it to sound burly. I use the BD-2 most often with the carbon copy and holy grail. I can tremolo and come out with a full texture approaching a guitar or heavily affected cello. The BD-2 seems to work better with the higher frequencies for that type of stuff.

- How do you use the MXR Carbon Copy with your bass? By the look of the settings it looks like pretty extreme setting.

I use the carbon copy for bass swells mostly. It works well in the laid back parts of songs and gives bass support without more rhythmic playing breaking up the flow. I also use it for tremolo work as previously stated.

- Likewise, how do you use the Holy Grail? Drone? Or specific parts of the songs?

I’ve only ever used the holy grail on a high setting with the carbon copy for tremolo work. I’m starting to play around with it more to see if I can incorporate it in other ways

- Are you interested in any any other pedals for the board? If so.. what?

I am looking to pick up a tap delay of some kind. I also really want a compressor pedal to have more control over my tone.

- What would you say is the most used pedal on the board.. and why?

This changes from album to album. Overall, it’s probably the big muff though. It’s just so fun to stomp and that thing when the song climaxes and scream away. I have also been trying to use less effects on this new album so when I do use them, they are more meaningful.

Let me know what you think by commenting below!


Sep 5 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/5 – Larson Lind

Today’s pedal line is from Larson Lind. 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 - 8/5 - Larson LindI’m Larson, guitarist and singer for Dusty McQueen. We’re a Punk/Post-Hardcore two piece out of Laramie, WY

I use a Gibson SG Standard and from there into my pedals:

1) Boss TU-3 – Rock solid tuner

2) Diamond Compressor – My “always on” pedal, helping with string separation and clarity when the dirt is on

3) Earthquaker Devices Organizer – I use the octave down and a little of the octave up to make a few solos a bit more interesting

4) Acid Age Supercollider – This is used as a lead boost and for any heavier parts in general

5) Earthquaker Devices Monarch – My main dirt pedal, the only one I’ve been completely happy with for an amp-like sound. Running it at 18V really extends the low end of the pedal and is perfect for making our 2 piece sound huge.

6) MXR Carbon Copy – Great little analog delay, and getting it to self-oscillate is a ton of fun!

All of this runs into an Ampeg V4B-AV and Fender Twin Reissue. Thanks for checking it out!

Pedal Line Friday - 8/5 - Larson Lind - Guitar/Amps
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Aug 25 2014

Kjartan Dagur – Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break Down

Last week I went into detail on Georg “Goggi” Hólm and Jónsi boards of Sigur Ros. Only one more installment to go.. which is Kjartan Dagur! Kjartan has few more pedals on board than the others, but his roll in Sigur Ros is to really add the depth of the sonic landscape of the band. While Jónsi leads the way, Kjartan defines the landscape. To get you up to speed, here is Premier Guitar Rig Run down cued up:

Here is the break down of Kjartan Dagur pedalboard:

Kjartan Dagur - Sigur Ros – Pedalboard Break DownErnie Ball Volume Pedal
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Boss GE-7 Equalizer
Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor
Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo
Electro-Harmonix Freeze
Strymon BlueSky Reverb
EBS MultiDrive Bass Overdrive
MXR Micro Amp
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb
Digitech Whammy

Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+
T-Rex Fuel Tank

Let me know what you think by commenting below!

Aug 15 2014

Pedal Line Friday – 8/15 – Robert Abernathy

Today’s pedal line is from Robert Abernathy. 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 - 8/15 - Robert Abernathy

Hey, my name is Robert Abernathy and I have been following Effects Bay for a long long while.  I always enjoy reading how other people have chosen their gear, how they use it and why they chain it together as they do.  I’m always searching for creative and unusual ways to create sound.  I love reading Effects Bay to see how everyone from different genres sets up their gear.  I love playing everything weird and experimental from doom to post rock, surf to noise wave and crusty punk to clean.  My attempt at setting up my board is based on wanting a great sounding clean tone that can be quickly obliterated into the best sounding all-out noise you have ever heard.

I’ve been using Hank’s pedal labels for the past year on different gear and they are great for saving settings.  My board is always evolving, but here is my current setup:

Stanley FX Bluesman  – This overdrive is an original design using FET transistors in a Shunt, Resist, Push, Pull configuration.  This pedal is very unique to my ears and I really like it (and no, I don’t think of myself as a blues musician).  It can go from a light/medium overdrive to gritty fuzz, without losing clarity or the bottom end.  I put this first in my chain so that it will impart its’ sound on other pedals that I stack it with further in the chain.  The Bluesman stacks very nice with fuzz and other overdrives, adding nice lows that give an extra growl while boosting the signal as well if you need it to.

Moog MF Boost  – This is a great boost that really helps enhance your tone.  VCA mode is like a clean boost, while OTA Clipped mode is more of a dirty boost.  Either mode will make your guitar sound better as it adds beautiful natural compression.  I keep this on all of the time.  You can even add an expression pedal which increases the signal boost available and can be used to either sweep the gain or act as a volume pedal (!).  I think this is a great under-rated pedal and can’t wait to add the expression pedal.

Devi Ever Synth Mangler – 2 of Devi’s Soda Meisers in 1 pedal – but with 2 sets of glitch switches (Chaos and Noise).  The Chaos switch seems to de-activate parts of the circuit, while the Noise switch seems to slowly choke out the circuit altogether until it gasps its’ last breath and then passes out in a puddle of its’ own urine.  Dense muff tones, gated/ungated,  velcro-fuzz, sputter/creamy zazz – the Synth Mangler is super versatile.   The trick is adjusting the joystick and trying different switch combinations.  And if you love noise, feed this into another fuzz pedal, turn the switches on and off, and you’ll get wild rising sirens.  Feed this into long delays, use the switches on and off, and create electronic drum patterns.  Convert your body into an A.M. radio antennae by just touching the switches with your fingers while it’s on.  I keep finding new ways to use this thing that should not be even possible.  Insane, but dependable every time.

Kinnetone Sagmaster   – This is a dying battery effect made by Brian Kinnaman.  The sounds it gives you when you add it to the pedal’s power supply will vary from pedal to pedal.  I keep this hooked up to the Synth Mangler.  When you dial it all the way down while the Noise and/or Chaos switches are engaged and toggle the joystick, you can get other-worldly octave ring modulator tones, destructive electrical flash grenade sounds, arpeggiator-like tones, and scrambled sirens chock full of upper octave artifacts.  Sometimes, your waveform just wants you to destroy it, so that it can be reborn into something new.  You can check out a video I made of the Sagmaster and the Devi Ever Synth Mangler+MXR Carbon Copy here:

Blakemore Effects Bi-Polar Octadrive  – This pedal is a Blakemore Effects Mustang Overdrive along with an octave-up fuzz in a single pedal.  The overdrive is based on a modded Way Huge Red Llama overdrive circuit (Tube Sound Fuzz) along with 3 separate tone controls added.  This goes from a nice boost to a hot tweed tone before crossing over into fuzz territory.  The Octave-up side is based on the Foxx Tone Machine’s Octave circuit and it has an amazing wild bloom – as if a ghostly electrical arc was creepy-crawling from your guitar cord to your amp.  Both sides of this pedal sound incredible.  The octave is very present and easily defined with either bridge or neck pickups and on both low and high notes all over the neck.

Devi Ever Aenima  – Nasty high-gain Fuzz, instant thick angry feedback, super loud – Doom on command.  This circuit is an evolutionary mutation from Devi’s Torn’s Peaker design and has a super aggressive and biting raw sound to it.  This silicon fuzz is bright, in your face, down and dirty and sounds great stacked with overdrive.  As nasty as this pedal is, it is easily tamed with a delay and is great for leads.

Übermut   – This is the 1 pedal to rule them all.  The Übermut pedal was designed so that you can change out the clipping components with a military spec. diode clip holder – so you can change out the diode in seconds without a sodering gun and without technical know-how.  This is a great customizable pedal and what it does really depends on what diode you’ve selected.   I am in love with their Vintage Germanium diodes, which at high settings is a great, burley, warm fuzz fountain.  Mosfets sound awesome too.  The left footswitch is a treble booster, which has an internal trim-pot to adjust the gain level.   This is a great great sounding overdrive/fuzz pedal.

Celestial Effects Gemini VTR  –  Independent Vibrato, Tremolo and Reverb 3 in 1 pedal, with the circuit path in that order.  The Vibrato sounds just like the sweet vibrato from a Magnatone amplifier with a toggle switch for Square and Triangle waveforms.  The Tremolo is classic and easily controllable.  Both the Vibrato and Tremolo are optically coupled LFO’s that have Rate, Depth and Duty Cycle controls on the front panel of the pedal.  The Duty Cycle allows you to control the on/off ratio of each pulse of the waveform, allowing you to control the ratio of how long the pulse is on during the time base cycle.  This means that you have incredible flexibility to manipulate the waveform to your liking.  The Reverb section is based on the digital Belton medium spring reverb tank with an analog opamp signal path.  I’m thinking of switching the tank out for the long reverb tank, but the medium tank sounds huge as it is.  Each section of this pedal has its’ own Gain Adjust and Tone controls via internal trimpots.   Everything on this pedal is of the highest professional grade and built like a tank.  It sounds lush and can easily go from beautifully authentic retro sounds to nonstandard noise-athon pulse waves of desolation.

EHX Micro POG   – Simple to use and tracks great on all notes and all strings with no lag.  Great for bass sounds from the guitar and for guitar sounds from the bass.  Cut down the dry signal to zero, crank the sub-octave and upper-octave and use this with fuzz and you’ll get a nice bit-crushing Atari effect.   I like to add a little bit of the sub-octave to my dry signal when I’m playing clean – just enough to round out the sound and add fullness.  A lot of people have this earlier in their signal chain, however, I like it right here after the reverb on the Gemini VTR to create a wash of ethereal octave waves.

MXR Carbon Copy  – Great analog delay.  This pedal makes everything single thing you play sound nice and worthy of listening to.  I adjusted the internal trim pots to slow down the modulation so that it’s more subtle.  Also super great for noise and oscillation effects.  I love keeping this just on the verge of oscillation.  Nice deep and warm repeats.  Carbon Copy + any Fuzz = great for slow solos.

BOSS AW-2 Auto Wah  –  Great analog auto wah/envelope filter that has now been discontinued.  Do I play Funk? – well, no…never -but this is great for slow, low-pass resonant filter-sweeping psychedelic drama (Rate 3, Depth 2, Manual 1 and Sens 0).  At this setting, it’s slow and low and great for doomy sludgy Fuzz love.  A lot of people put their wah very early in their chain, even before their dirt.  I’ve always loved wah after dirt and putting this after dirt and modulation effects creates a very unusual sound that is not a typical wah or auto-wah sound.  This unit can also act as an envelope filter (Rate 0, Depth 0, Manual 0, Sens 6).  The BOSS AW-2 is a great example of why you should often disregard what the “experts” say about pedal chain order and why you should also try products and effects that other people tend to overlook.

TC Electronics Flashback Delay  – Extremely versatile digital delay with a small footprint.  The Flashback is like a Swiss pocket army knife of delay options and textures.  The toneprint feature is what makes this pedal stand out from other similar delays and lets you customize it to your own personal taste.  I am in love every single toneprint and I love being able to customize the toneprint to my exact liking.  I switched the buffer on in this unit, which eliminates that audible click sound when you engage the pedal and also lets the delays spillover after you’ve turned off the delay.

I use the same set up for guitar and bass with zero problems.  The pedalboard was made from re-purposed wood by Cory Scanlon of .  He is a super-nice, super-skilled guy.

Pedal Line Friday - 8/15 - Robert Abernathy

Effects Bay is a great platform for us to compare notes and inspire each other.  I only wish we had something like this back in the 80’s and 90’s.  I am currently involved in 2 different projects:  My solo project is The Pipes of Drone  and I collaborate with my good friend Jason Hagood (guitars, keys, samples) on his project called Everything We Hold Dear .