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Friday, February 10, 2012

Pedal Board Mania

Current mood: contemplative

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So, I'm putting together a new pedal board that is going to be centered on getting some of the weird music playing in my head out of my amp.  My overall goal is to record a full album of the weirdest possible, mostly instrumental, craziness in my head.  The amplifier I will be using for this aural experiment will be a Carvin V3M combo which I will be ordering in about a month.  I will be using a Carvin DC145M with C22 pickups, and also a G&L S500 for the guitar parts.  Of my existing pedals I will be keeping my EHX Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi and that is all.  I will be selling my Vox multi-effects, as well as some assorted delays, choruses, etc.  I've convinced myself that I will need the following pedals to get started:

 

EHX Freeze

MXR Blue Box

Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive

 

In the name of trying to give myself the tonal diversity of getting the really crazy sounds in my head out of my amp, I am also considering the following pedals, but I am not sure yet, except I’m pretty close to sold on the Rocktron Reaction pedals:

 

EHX Electric Mistress

DigiTech XSW Synth Wah Envelope Filter

Rocktron Reaction Octaver

Rocktron Reaction Tremolo

Rocktron Hypnotic Flanger

 

I got a chance recently to sit down at a friend’s house and play with some truly weird pedals and just realized how naturally I was taking to them and noticed that I was able to recreate some of the weirder stuff I hear in my head a lot of times.  Almost like an industrial type sound but with more melody and less rhythmic repetition.  Anyway, working on making this a reality, so any pedals anyone can point me towards that does something really unique then please let me know. 

 

I'm also going back and forth on which powered pedal board to get...right now I'm leaning more towards a Gator board - anybody have any suggestions to check out?

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