In Kevin Parker's (Tame Impala) pedalboard, what is the pedal next to the seek-trem? and whats the use of the moog murf(overall and in Kevin's pedalboard?
It might be a custom or boutique one. Layout looks unfamiliar.
I've been playing since 2008, and I'm thinking on buying some pedals. I play in a band who cover other bands like The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, TameImpala, Kasabian. I want some pedals who can help me to aproximate to the sound of this bands or create new and fabulous sounds. Versatile pedals, I mean. Sorry for my english, I'm spanish :/ Thanks!
You should do a bit of research on what the members of those bands use, and from there decide what you would want yourself. It’s a long process but it’s pretty much the only way to do it because you don’t just want to rip off other musicians sounds, you want to learn how to create your own that are inspired by theirs.
What do you rank as the better pedal and why - Digitech Whammy 4 or the Boss PS-5?
The Whammy has many more capabilities. Granted it’s a tone sucker and can be a bit annoying with needing it’s own adapter and the whole recalibration process you need to take care of every now and then… but you can do so much with it. The PS-5 is a lot more restricted, but more durable.
I'm debating weather or not to get a nice amp. I have a crappy SP10 from my old Squire starter kit 3 years ago, but I mostly use my guitars (custom Epiphone Sheraton II and a 1969 Danelectro Hawk) for creating textures and neat loops. I have a decent start on some effects, an 80s Big Muff, Holy Grail reverb, DL4, Blues Driver and Turbo Tube Screamer, but since I don't consider myself a legitimate guitarist, should I even waste the money?
You definitely should. You want a nice amp to open up all the “tonal opportunities” in your gear. A proper amp really helps bring out the full potential in your gear. Who knows, maybe when you hear your guitar through a different amp, you’ll look at guitar in a different way.
What are your thoughts on the Russian Big Muff? Both the Green and Black ones
The awesome thing about the Russian Big Muff’s is the amount of bass they get. You can get an awwwwwesome crunch from any one of those bad boys.
I have a V7C which is the Green with tall skinny font. I would never even DARE to let her go. If you can get a Green Russian, go for it. The Black ones aren’t all that great (except for one but it’s just a Green Russian with a black chassis).
It’s an awesome pedal for someone who cant afford to get all the different types of delays it has to offer. It has a very warm and rich tone to it. The only flaw is that they’re kind of unreliable. They tend to break down kind of often. But if you’re able to find one for a good price (~$100), you should take it. It’s awesome.
I was wondering if you know of any self osculating pedals such as the one Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth is using in this video.
I know that his pedal is custom built and I have a Memory Man which can sort of make an osculating vibe, but not to the same effect as Lee's pedal. Any suggestions?
Alright so as you all probably already know, the submit & ask features are currently turned off. Why? Well because we’ve been getting a lot lately and this blog is just run by two people so we kind of got overwhelmed with everything and didn’t want to just ignore them.
So now there’s a possible site change we want to ask you guys for your opinion on.
In regards to the submission feature, should we continue with “Our Review’s”? You know, you submit your pedalboard and your lovely GEARWHORE mods give individual grades/reviews on them?
It’s a lot of work but if you guys really do enjoy the spotlight on our site, we can’t deny you of it. So to make it simple:
Should we continue grading pedalboard submissions?
Any idea what Ian Willians is using to do that at 2:30 ? I know he's looping the riff he was playing but what is he using to cut it up live ?
In this video there's a clear view of the guitarists pedalboard but I can't tell what he's doing to get those glitchy runaway sounds like at 20 seconds in. Could it be one of his delay pedals ?
1. It’s probably something he’s able to control through his looper. We really wouldn’t be able to tell unless we knew what kind of looper it was.
2. It’s probably either the delay or the Line 6 FM-4.
With stereo effects(EHX Poly Chorus)for example, does sending the signal to two different amps split the signal and create tone loss, rather than just having the pedal going directly into one amp?
It really depends on the quality of the pedal. Hell, there have been instances where stereo set ups have sounded even better to me than the traditional set up, but it really depends on the quality of the pedal. Those Poly Chorus’ are great pedals so they should have no problems with tone loss.
How would you go about setting up a post rock rig?
Post-Rock guitar has a very deep and “out there” sound so you’ll need some pedals that can handle that.
I suggest the following three to start with: A Big Muff for your fuzz needs, a Boss RV-3 to cover digital delay/reverb, and some weed to help you get those crazy sounds out of your head and into your music.
Any idea how HEALTH get some of their sounds ? I've saw their pedalboards but it amazes me how they can make guitars sound like that.
Also I saw the previous question, would a Boss CS3 into a Big Muff do the same thing ? I also have a Boss SD1 if that would be of any use. I can't test anything out right now because my power supply broke.
Just them whacking out on their pedalboards. They’ve definitely got an awesome sound going.
I love love love your blog. What are your thoughts on the line 6 m-9/m-13's just for live stuff??
also, possible to just tag the pedals on some of the blurrier pictures, the ones taken from the side, or the pedals covered up with tape?
specifically, tame impala's boards
I have an M9 myself and I absolutely love it. Lets you control so much of every effect and they sound great. Plus, very reliable. They can take a punch or two.
So for my entire setup, I've got an Epiphone Les Paul Junior, a Korg Mini-KP kaoss pad, a 15W Line 6 Spider IV, and a Big Muff Pi just like the one in your icon. Any suggestions for basic things I should look into getting?
Start dwelling in other effects. Reverb, chorus, delay, tremolo, etc. Some or none of those might not be your thing but you really won’t know until you sit down with the right effects and start trying things out yourself.
Your thoughts on Zoom g7.1ut? Planning to buy one.
Multi-Effect units aren’t very good for distortion. You really want the analog feel when it comes to overdrives and what not. However if you’re looking to get a Multi-Effect unit for other various effects (Chorus, Reverb, Delay), I’d recommend an M9.
I'm looking for an overdrive and a reverb pedal. I wanna get good stuffs, cause i think these are the most fundamental effects. But in other hand, i really don't wanna spend lot of $. So i'm very insecure about what to buy.
After some research I found that get a T-Rex Tonebug Overdrive + Boss FRV-1 for $230 would be a good call.
But before I do something potentially stupid, I thought it would be better ask you if there's other gears with similar costs and best quality.
The FRV-1’s aren’t all that great. If you want to get a Boss reverb, go with the RV-3 or RV-5. They can do much more and you can get them for about the same price.
I've been wanting to get an electric guitar for the longest time, but I really have no clear clue where to start. All I DO know is that I'm looking a bass-ish sound, with somewhat of a grit, howl, and a good range. By all these I mean sounds comparable to Failure, Queens of the Stone Age, HUM. Any recommendations on where I could start? And how much should I be ready to spend on it?
Thank you for your time!
A first guitar is something you can only really decide on by trying a bunch out yourself. I recommend going to your nearest guitar shop whenever you’re ready and plugging a bunch of bad boys in to a Big Muff and seeing what you like most.
Hey guys, what you think of the tc electronic hall of fame? I'm looking for a nice reverb since I have a digitech digiverb and it kinda sucks, I was thinking about a holy grail, but I hate the new nano chasis and for a little more I could get the hall of fame which has much more options
The Hall of Fame is amazing. TC Electronics put out great pedals and the concept of the Hall of Fame is great, I highly recommend getting one.
Can you guys help me with getting a thick shoegazy sound like The Twilight Sad or Cymbals Eat Guitars ? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_Qc9ICoq6M)I have some decent pedals (Memory Boy, Big Muff, Marshall Reflector) but my amp isn't really up to the job (Vox VT30).
Would be great if you could suggest some things that would help.
Get yourself a boost and put it behind the Big Muff. Kick it on when you need that extra “oomph.”
Alright so we’re going to turn off questions and submissions for a bit.
We’re overwhelmed with the number of submissions we’ve received over the last few months and that has lead us to not even respond to a few (which is totally unfair).
So the submission/ask feature will be off for a few days while we catch up on those but the features will probably be back on at the end of the week. We’ll let you guys know as soon as we’re caught on track.