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Briggs took a more svelte approach for his pedalboard on the Coma Ecliptic tour. His stomp station includes a Boss TU-2 tuner, a Wampler Faux Tape Echo (used for a constant warbling tone), an Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth (ideal for “Tom Sawyer”-ish bass-synth washiness), a Boss DD-3 Digital Delay, Boss TR-2 Tremolo, Boss PS-3 Digital Pitch Shifter/Delay (Briggs’ favorite pedal, which he currently uses as a chorus), and a Darkglass Electronics Duality Fuzz (which replaced a Keeley-modded Ibanez Tube Screamer because the Duality has a mix knob that allows Briggs to keep a more natural tone of low-end fury).

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