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October 2012 Staff Picks: Pedal Envy

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October 2012 Staff Picks: Pedal Envy

As we celebrate all things pedals, this month the PG editors—along with Billy Corgan and Ian Sheppard—describe what guitar hero/pedal combo made the most impact on their musical psyche.


Andy Ellis -- Senior Editor
What am I listening to?
Grant Geissman, Bop! Bang! Boom! Borrowing licks and vibe from Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, and early George Benson, Geissman reinterprets the sound of ’60s soul jazz and beatnik blues.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
I lost my mind when I heard Clapton’s warbling arpeggios in Cream’s “Badge.” To emulate the spinning horns in his Leslie cab, I turn to my DigiTech RPM-1. Its 12AX7 adds authentic tube grind. Classic!


Shawn Hammond -- Editor in Chief
What am I listening to?
Division of Laura Lee, Violence Is Timeless. Sadly, these post-punk Swedes never got their due this side of the Atlantic, but check them out if you dig jagged, angular, fuzzed-out Teles (and P basses) and snotty postmodern lyrical themes.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
Countless combos influenced me, but I’ve tried to find my own pedal path. Of late, a Strymon BlueSky Reverberator has been the most integral to my sound.


Chris Kies -- Associate Editor
What am I listening to?
Avett Brothers, The Carpenter. The rootsy-ragtimers get heavier thanks to Rick Rubin, threatening to dethrone Mumford as folk’s favorite sons.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
My first two musical loves were punk and grunge. Rancid and NOFX don’t use effects, but I love Kim Thayil and his nightmarish rotary-speaker sounds, and Jerry Cantrell’s ominous-sounding Rotovibe chorus.


Billy Corgan -- Smashing Pumpkins
What am I listening to?
The new Beach Boys album [That’s Why God Made the Radio] and a bootleg of Bob Dylan at the Hollywood Bowl circa 1965.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
I think pedals hurt more than help. True tone is in the hands. Think Iommi and Van Halen and Blackmore for pure sound impressions. Pedals should only enhance.


Rich Osweiler -- Associate Editor
What am I listening to?
Cat Power, Sun. With its many synths and samples, Chan Marshall’s latest is certainly different from the Cat Power sound many are used to, but it’s a nicely executed evolution.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
I’m primarily a bassist these days and often fall into the “less is more” camp, but outside my dad, it was Jimmy Page who got me to pick up the guitar, and I still believe his Tone Bender magic goes untouched.


Brett Petrusek -- Advertising/Artist Relations
What am I listening to?
Def Leppard’s High ’n’ Dry and other classics like Ozzy/Randy Rhoads, Tribute Live, and Jeff Buckley’s Grace.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
Schenker, Rhoads, Lynch, Jabs, the Young Bros, Iommi, and Cantrell are my all-time sound faves. Give me a TS808, a wah, two big-ass amps, a little delay for solos, toss in a touch of pitch modulation and I’m good. Effects as a signature element: Gilmour, Tom Morello, EVH, the Edge.


Ian Sheppard -- Guitar Tech for Josh Klinghoffer (Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker)
What am I listening to?
After 57 straight days on the road, I’m currently spending my five days at home listening to my cat purr.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
The most spine-tingling use of an effect ever was that MXR Flanger Eddie kicked in on the intro to “Unchained.”


Charles Saufley -- Gear Editor
What am I listening to?
Allah-Las, S/T. This melange of 12-string West Coast garage-folk, Sky Saxon-gone-tender vocals, and tastefully ’verbed-out surf tones is just about a perfect record—percolating with tunes and hooks, and as simple, evocative, and elegant as the lines on an Avanti.
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
Just about anyone who kicked on a Maestro or a Fuzzrite between ’65 and ’68.


Jason Shadrick -- Associate Editor
What am I listening to?
Peter Bernstein Quartet, Live at Smalls. Captured at the basement mecca for up-and-coming Greenwich Village musicians, it finds Bernstein leading a quartet featuring legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb. His modern—but always bluesy—lines serve as an endless source of inspirado. Swing!
What guitar hero/pedal combo has impacted your tonal MO the most?
Hearing Jim Hall use a DigiTech Whammy was completely mind-blowing. Jazz dudes aren’t supposed to use effects!

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