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 .

Aug 4 2014

Pedalboard Break Down – Jesse Lacey – Brand New

The other day, I saw a pretty great Rig Rundown on Premier Guitar with Jesse Lacey of Brand New. Now, I hate to admit this, but I was unfamiliar with Brand New. Jesse is rockin’ a Jazzmaster, so I was intrigued, and had to learn about this band. Again.. I’m late to the party.  But oh well.. fun to learn about new bands.

After some YouTube exploration, I came to the conclusion, that I definitely like their lives stuff the best. The studio recordings are great, but I loved the energy of the band’s live performance for sure.  The one that caught my eye/ear was this performance at the Riot Fest Chicago last year:

Anyways, Premier Guitar did a great interview and went into great detail on Jesse Lacey and Vincent Accardi. For those of you not following Premier Guitar on YouTube.. you should probably get on that!

Here is the break down of Jesse Lacey’s pedalboard:

Pedalboard Break Down - Jesse Lacey - Brand NewTheGigRig Pro-14
LR Baggs Para DI 5-Band EQ and Direct Box
Fuzzrocious ZUUL Synth oscillator, overdrive
Crowther Audio Hot Cake
Smallsound/bigsound Buzzz Octave Fuzz
TC Electronic Corona Chorus
Dr. Scientist Radical Red Reverberator
BYOC The Large Beaver fuzz

Walrus Audio Limited Edition Voyager Overdrive
Boss DD-6 Digital Delay
Old Blood Noise Endeavors Black Fountain delay
Mr. Black Deluxe Plus Spring Reverb/Tremolo
MXR Blue Box Octave Fuzz (Modified)
Boss TU-2 Tuner

Let me know what you think of Brand New.. and please let me know if you see any errors in regards to the pedals listed above by commenting below!

Jul 16 2014

Petteri Sariola … whoa!

Yesterday, while on Facebook, I was introduced to the musician Petteri Sariola (aka Pete). The video was a cover of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. I started to watch the video with the Petteri and his acoustic, and was expecting another “looper” singer/songwriter deal. My first initial thought during the first 10 seconds.. “yeah, it’s okay”, but then I started noticing and paying attention to what was going on. He was playing percussion on the guitar, but the sound was sounding quite realistic (especially the kick drum sounds). Then I started hearing the bass lines. Then I realized.. “hey wait.. there is no looping”. I had to learn more. But first, let’s get you up to speed.

Here is the video I mentioned above (posted by Candyrat Records):

Okay, as you can see/hear, there is a lot going on here. Petteri uses a special guitar with a custom top so he can do the percussion. Also, his set up is quite interesting, with splitters taking care of specific areas of frequencies, etc.

There is a great video where Petteri goes into detail about his set up. Very interesting!

Here is a break down of pedals that he is using:

Petteri Sariola Pedalboard Break DownAllen & Heath ZED 10FX Mixer
Digitech Whammy
Boss OC-3 Super Octave
Mad Professor Little Green Wonder Overdrive
Strymon Timeline Delay
TC Electronics Corona Chorus
TC Electronics PolyTune Mini
MXR M87 Bass Compressor
MXR KFK1 10 Band EQ
MXR M108 10 Band EQ
Suhr Buffer (w/ISO split)

Let me know what you think about this by commenting below!

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 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 (; 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 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 (

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 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!