This blog was made with the intention to answer people's pedal questions and spread what knowledge I've gained from my many years of buying, selling, and trading guitar gear. I am here to help you find your tone and also here to try and tear down the wall of hype the internet generates. At least a little bit. *Listen to your ears, not the forums*
as you can see, my bass is stereo. so, I’ve got a stereo pedal board. I basically send my neck pickup to a solid state bass amp and that goes to a ported 1x18. I send my middle and bridge pickups to a 100w tube guitar amp, and that goes to a sealed 4x10. I EQ the bass amp for lows and low mids, and I EQ the guitar amp for mids/highs/distortion and stuff.
So some of you guys may know I’m all about Tosin Abasi’s work.
He talks about how tracking guitars and everything direct alleviates a lot of variables such as space, mic placement changes, and other things. In addition to that not being married to what you record. So you can reamp things and adjust a lot of parts much easier.
How do you feel about this opposed to recording using amps and more traditional engineering?
Sweet dude! i almost asumed it whas heresy to use a bass amp for guitar or the other way around! Thanks for once again for setting me straigth!
Ahh dude, definitely not. The Traynor YBA-1 is called the Bassmaster and it’s arguably a MUCH better guitar amp than a bass amp. And the Bassman. Definitely more guitarists I know use them than bassists.
Really it’s just having the right speakers. Let’s take a V4 for example. I typically use mine for guitar through a 2x12 cab, but I would easily be able to run it with a bass guitar, but I would want to use a 2x15 most likely.
Anonymous: What would be your recommended tremolo pedal with the best bang for the buck? I was looking at a pedaltank one cause I have their prebooster and it's really well made and sounds great, but not 100% set on anything
I always loved the Boss TR-2. They sell piss cheap used and I really like them after a few mods too. I haven’t fucked with too many tremolo pedals because I know what I like. The Catalinbread Semaphore, Red Witch Pentavocal, and TR-2 are the ones I’ve always used as my “go-to” when talking about tremolo pedals.
smudgethecat: hey, im looking for a power supply for my pedals, i'm currently leaning towards a t-rex fuel tank classic but what do you think? thanks, awesome blog!
I mean, it really depends on your power requirements. If you run a lot of really intense digital pedals like Eventide stuff you might desire something that puts out a lot more current and stuff. The Fuel Tank stuff is good though. I like the MXR MC-403 because I can’t think of anything else that would handle damn near all of the power requirements I could need. hahaa
Anonymous: Good afternoon. I have a Vox Tonebender Geranium Fuzz. This is the black, square box model with the two knobs that aren't on the face of it. I love this pedal, it gives me that almost Cortez the Killer-sounding fuzz. Problem is, there's no power outlet. Just a 9V battery, and this thing eats batteries. Can you recommend something that has a similar Geranium fuzz tone to this, that is not a boutique type pedal (IE: Easy to replace without breaking the bank). Thanks in advance.
Well if you like the Vox why not try this, dude???
I mean, I’ve been using a Fender Reissue Volume since late 2009 and it’s been nothing but good to me. I usually wouldn’t go too cheap on a volume, but used Ernie Ball Jrs and Fender Reissue Volumes are pretty affordable.
March 06 2014, 08:26 PM
Anonymous: how do you feel about the voodoo labs tremolo? I'm about to get one and i'm sort of excited. Will this fit into my shoegaze rig?
Yeah dude. It’s not my favorite, but it’s solid. You’ll dig it, I’m sure. They are a lot of fun.