It's the first Show Me Your Pedalboard entry of 2017! Even with everything we've got in store for Pedals And Effects this year, we haven't forgotten about our fan favorite column. Today's pedalboard entry belongs to Mason. Mason's got a great mix of new and old, as well as some Pedals And Effects favorites. Let's go 2017! Let's take a look at what Mason is rocking:
First things first, you gotta play in tune. Mason's starts things off with the very reliable Korg Pitchblack tuner followed by a Malekko Omicron Compressor. Ace compressor placement Mason, exactly where it should go. After the compressor we jump up to the top of the board into a Malekko B:ASSMASTER GE. For those unfamiliar, the B:ASSMASTER is an octave fuzz, the B:ASSMASTER GE is the Germanium version and can get that smooth warm, vintage tone. The B:ASSMASTER GE is currently unavailable directly from Malekko as it uses very specific transistors/circuits to get its unique sound, but be on the lookout.
We jump back down to the MXR Bass Octave Deluxe, which is one of my favorite bass octave pedals. MXR is killing it right, and their new stuff doesn't disappoint. We hop back up to the Idiot Box Cool Buzz Bass Fuzz. Not super familiar with this one, but Idiot Box is dope. Started off as a guy making pedals in his garage and now he's got a whole line of products. Mainly distortions, but they've got a cool Stutter/Tremolo pedal that's worth checking out. Support the small guys! Earthquaker Devices used to be run out of a basement, and look at them now. Invest in people/companies you believe in!
From the Idiot Box we move over to a vintage Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer (one of my favorites!) into a Mooer Lofi Machine followed by a Tech 21 Sansamp Bass Driver DI. Off the board is a Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter Pro with the "hot hand" attachment into a Moogerfooger Ring Mod.
Lots of cool stuff to work with here Mason, my suggestion would be to work on cable management, and maybe invest in a larger board so everything is all together instead of strewn about. I'd emphasize the cable management though, if something goes down during a gig you want to be able to pinpoint it immediately. Other than that I'd say play around with a phase pedal, it could work well with your current setup. (Shouts out to MXR)