Pedals And Effects is back with another entry for Show Me Your Pedalboard! For those unfamiliar, Show Me Your Pedalboard is a series where the pedal pimps from all over the world send in their boards, we display them to you Pedals And Effects faithful and make suggestions on how to best utilize their gear. Today's board comes from Lawrie, all the way from Scotland! Lawrie's got a really modest board, but he's got a lot of pedals that you don't see all too often. Let's take a look at what Lawrie is rocking:
First things first, Lawrie's board kicks off into a 3Leaf Audio Octabvre, a pedal designed in part by the homie Tim Lefebvre. As evidenced by his appearances on Pedals And Effects, Tim definitely knows bass, and he definitely knows tone. The 3Leaf Audio Octabvre is an octave pedal that adds this really harmonic sub octave to your signal. It beefs up your tone and really makes the low end bump. From the 3Leaf Audio site, the Octabvre combines both the classic BOSS OC-2 and the MuTron Octave. The "Tim" switch is for Tim's specific tuning on his Octabvre. Great stuff Lawrie.
From the Octabvre, Lawrie's signal leap frogs into a SolidGoldFX Beta overdrive (which is a cool little OD) into a TC Electronics Corona Chorus. The Corona is a neat chorus pedal that's really intuitive, it's also compatible with TC Electronic's Toneprints where people come up with settings for pedals and are able to share them online. I've got my "Vato Vibrato" Toneprint for the Shaker Vibrato, but the legendary Nathan East and Brian May have some dope Toneprints for the Corona Chorus.
After the Corona Chorus is a 3Leaf Audio Proton envelope filter. Lawrie's signal then jumps from the top of the board to a Tech 21 Red Ripper fuzz. I don't think I've tried one of these out, maybe it'll make it's way onto the next installment of Fuzz Wars. From the Red Ripper things move into a DIY clean boost into a Keeley Bassist Limiter/Compressor ending in an Aguilar Tone Hammer Preamp/DI Box.
Lawrie's definitely rocking some really cool gear, but his signal chain isn't in an order that I'd be comfortable with. Lawrie mentions that combining effects overloads the input gain on his amp, this shouldn't be too much of an issue if you re-arranged your signal.
For me you want to have compression, octave and dirt as close to the signal origin followed by modulation (also modulating fuzz sounds cool.) So what I'd suggest would be: Bass - Aguilar Tonehammer - Keeley Bassist Limiter/Compressor - Octabvre - Red Ripper - Beta - Corona - Proton. With things lined up like that you shouldn't need the clean boost but if you still wanted it I'd put it either after the comp or before the modulation. Be sure to keep your pedals in order with your signal, that way you use shorter patch cables, and when if your signal cuts out during a gig it'll be easier to determine what went down instead of having to follow cables that jump all over your board.
Those are of course, just my two cents, if what you're doing works for you, then that's what makes you sound like you. Lawrie's rocking some really cool pedals, and his board isn't back breaking-ly huge either. Thanks so much for sending in your board Lawrie, if you want to be featured on Show Me Your Pedalboard you can send in your board to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of these pedals and more are available online at Reverb.com. Until next time!