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Rig Rundown: Black Mountain's Stephen McBean

This Vancouver psych-rock quintet is building quite a buzz with its vibey grooves, so we decided to find out which gear gives bandleader McBean his 6-string buzz.

McBean uses a Boss TU-2 tuner to keep his 6-strings copacetic, and relies on a handful of dayglow-painted pedals to conjure tones that range from sublime to weird and angry. His pedalboard includes a Robert Keeley Neutrino envelope filter, an Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer, an ’80s DOD Phasor, a Fulltone SoulBender fuzz, a Union Tube & Transistor Swindle overdrive, a Vox V848 Clyde McCoy wah, a TC Electronic Ditto looper, a Framptone Amp Switcher, a Fulltone Supa-Trem, and a six-button, $80 loop-switcher of unknown make.


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