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Looking to establish an effects setup...

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Figjam, Nov 19, 2005.


  1. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I play in a funk, experimental, rock band. We sound like a combination of The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In, and Bloc Party.

    My guitarist has quite a nice pedalboard assembly, including phaser, distortion, wah, whammy, chorus, (tuner), fuzz, delay, etc.

    The only pedal i currently use is a Boss ODB-3 overdrive pedal and it works great for what i use it for. I will be buying a Tu-2 tuner pedal soon, because my band has been gigging more regularly now and i find it essential. I also have a Dunlop Crybaby GCB-100 wah that i dont use (for sale if anyone wants it?).

    Since i will be buying the tuner pedal, i think i am going to invest in a small pedalboard. One capable of holding 4-5 pedals. It would be nice if it had a power supply on it.

    my questions:
    1) What is a good, AFFORDABLE pedalboard?
    2) What other effects would be good for my genre? I prefer feet-off pedals, ie: wah isnt my thing, i dont like expression pedals that you have to physically control.

    I was thinkiing and EBS BassIQ, maybe a delay as well.

    What do you guys think.
     
  2. if u want DEFINITE Juan from Mars Volta tone, 2 vintage Boss CS-2's (ebay they go for like 75-85-ish), not the cs-3 - the tone on those is kinda lacking...run both @ the same time and settings on both are: Level - maxxed, Attack - Maxxed, Sustain - 1:30

    other pedals i can suggest are:
    Digitech Bass Synth Wah
    A good phaser (ehx small stone, roland ap-2, mxr phase 100)
    delay

    hope that helps
     
  3. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Why is it essential to have two of them?
     
  4. extra compression?
     
  5. Juan uses 2, and ive used just one on that setting and it gets u fairly close, but adding in the 2nd one gives u a bit more compression and it sounds a bit dirtier and warmer too...using the 2nd one gives the extra something ud be missing w/ just one if u wanna emulate his style and tone...i would usually stomp one out during a song if i was headed to a REALLY clean sounding simple part of the song w/ not too much going on, but id say 90% of the time if not more, both would be on
     
  6. Ring Mod. It does a lot for just being a freak-out effect that's over looked.
     
  7. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think ill be going with a Juan-esque set up.

    left to right:

    Boss ODB-3
    Digitech Bass Synth Wah
    Boss DD-6
    Boss TU-2

    Not sure whetehr i need the CS-2
     
  8. d-basser

    d-basser

    Nov 20, 2005
    the Digitech synth wah is truely great, you can get some amazing auto wah out of it or just coax some uber weird sounds from it. I was on stage with one last night an I put on a huge chunk of wah to cover up for the fact that we had no sax for the solo in dancing in the moon light and people went crazy, I had groups of people coming up just to compliment that two phrase solo. Also if you put in alot of low tone wah and pull a few right hand thumb slide you get some brilliant, yet freakey, noises.
     
  9. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Thanks for the insight, i appreciate it. Makes me feel better about my decision about that over the bassiq (was mostly price related).

    Is there a significant volume change when you turn on the pedal,or does the Sens knob let you control that?
     
  10. d-basser

    d-basser

    Nov 20, 2005
    the sens knob doesn't affect volume but more the strength of signal that activates the effect, on the auto wah it also changes the tone of the wah slightly, i haven't found that there is a particularly noticable volume change. the only thing i have to say is ignore the instruction booklet cause it just confuses, just play around with the settings yourself and find a sound you like.
     
  11. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    thank you
     
  12. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Hi Fig love your hair.
     
  13. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Thank you, let it be known that isnt me in my avatar. This is me [​IMG] same hair.
     
  14. Have you thought about a Boss ME-50B or a GT-6B? The 4 pedals you're interested in are about $430 (new). Both of those units would be cheaper and you would have a lot more effects at your disposal, not to mention the ability to save presets. Just something to consider...
    Good luck!
     
  15. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I dont want multi effects pedals. Used to have one. Too complicated, simple stompbox's are for me now.
     
  16. That's cool, and I agree with you. I just figured a multi-effects would give you more bang for the buck. Good luck with the pedal search!
     
  17. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Thank you. I have already found a TU-2 (from a tber) so now my quest continues for the other 2 pedals and pedalboard.
     
  18. If you're looking for a powered pedalboard, go to ebay and type in "pedalboard" in the search box. You'll see a ton of ads for this one powered pedalboard that holds about 6 pedals and comes with a gig bag. It goes for about $35 bucks. I have one and it's a pretty good deal.
     
  19. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ive seen that one. Is the power supply quiet? No hum?

    EDIT: if its the johnson one im going to stay away from that, i dont trust that company
    ANother question to everyone, should i pout these 4 pedals directly in my chain or use effects loop?
     
  20. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
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