Show Me Your Pedalboard: John

Today's Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from John from the Motor City, Detroit! John's board more than suits his needs for the experimental post-rock/fusion sounds he wants, he's got some fun noise makers on there too. Let's dive in!

First things first, John's board kicks off into a TC Electronics Polytune tuner into a 3Leaf Audio double team of the Tim Lefebvre designed 3Leaf Audio Octabvre octaver (that's a mouthful) and the 3Leaf Audio Wonderlove envelope filter. The Octabvre combines the best of both worlds from the BOSS OC-2 and the MuTron Octaver, it's one of the coolest octave pedals out there and 3Leaf Audio always comes through with great stuff.  Up next is the Wren and Cuff Suppa Phat Phuk boost followed by an Empress Compressor (I'd move these two after the tuner and before the octaver). 

Photo credit: Bass-Pedals.com

Photo credit: Bass-Pedals.com

Moving on we got dirt and fuzz with another pedal duo of the Way Huge Swollen Pickle fuzz the Way Huge Pork Loin going into an EBS Valve Drive overdrive. Moving onto modulation John's rocking a TC Electronic Sub'n'Up polyphonic octaver (I need to try one of these) into an Earthquaker Devices Grand Orbiter phaser into a Strymon Mobius (with an expression pedal).

Photo credit: Musicians Friend

Photo credit: Musicians Friend

Rounding things out into the ethereal realm of pedals, John has got a Way Huge Supa-Puss delay into one of my favorite pedals ever (also from Detroit!) the Red Panda Context reverb ending in a TC Electronics Ditto looper to loop all the madness.

Photo credit: Context

Photo credit: Context

Aside from moving things around a bit (compressor up front, boost up front or towards the end), the EBS Valve Drive is cool but John you're absolutely right in that those tube based pedals can be a bit delicate. The vacuum tubes do a number for tone, but in a live setting you have to be really careful, I'd recommend the Ibanez Tube King as a replacement it's still a tube based dirt pedal and its a bit more robust too. You're rocking a lot of cool pedals John, if you dig deep you can really pull some interesting tones that may surprise you.

I'm sure a lot of you are fully aware of the results of yesterdays election. Be good to one another, and put your energy into loving each other and into your music.

Thanks, John, for sending in your board! You can send your board to us at juan@pedalsandeffects.com and it could be featured here on this site!

-Juan