This is everything I've ever wanted in a blog. Thank you so much! By the way, on Beck's pedal board, he has made a shade for his TU-2, so it can be seen during the day! I need to make myself one of those!
Thank you very much for your kind words.
Have you considered getting a new tuner? Most newer models like the TU-3 and the Polytune have light sensitive LEDs.
We reached 200 followers today, which is kind of cool. Especially since it’s just Bobby and I running this thing. But we do appreciate all the positive vibes comin from you guys, and hope you all enjoy the blog as much as we do!
I'd like to start playing some spacey Monster Magnet style stuff. Can you recommend a decent delay pedal that won't break the bank? I like to pick up used pedals whenever I can, but people seem to hold on to the really good delays.
If you’re looking to spend around $125 (give or take a few dollars) you can definitely get yourself a Line 6 DL-4. It’s a delay modeler that’s built around lots of different types of delays/pedals including analog, digital, and other good stuff.
They go for pretty cheap on Craigslist. Usually around $120. They go for a bit more on eBay.
What is a good pedal board anyway? It seems like you guys just kinda like EHX pedals a lot and find everything else squalid and commonplace.
Is a good pedal board just a collection of expensive tools? Or does how it's used matter more?
For instance, why is Chris Taylor's pedal board so monstrous when all I hear in the recordings a reverbed out Rickenbacker tone sometimes with fuzz and sometimes with tremolo?
A good pedal board is really a mixture of both. How it’s used and CHOICE (not expensive) tools. It’s mainly about what you choose to use though. Don’t get me wrong, you can use a lot of things effectively. But if you have a fucking DS-1 or some shitty Fender Starcaster chorus, chances are you’re pretty reserved when it comes to pedal buying and you haven’t given everything out there a try or even a glance. I guess that’s what it comes down to. When you see an all Boss pedalboard, you can kind of tell that’s all they know. & while they might be using it effectively, they’re definitely lacking in creativity.
We do like EHX, but we don’t only stick to it. We give a lot of shit tries. Boutique brands like Devi Ever, Analogman, TC Electronics, but we also like the occasional Boss, Dunlop and others.
As for Chris Taylor, his board isn’t really what it seems. He has a lot of effects but not everything goes into his bass rig. He’s a multi-instrumentalist so tends to use lots of effects for the different stuff he’s doing, be it vocals, electronics, his bass lines, or whatever other weird shit he’s got going on.
So in short, it’s a bit of both. You just need to choose wisely and never be afraid to step out of the box.