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Rig Rundown: Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson

“Strangled cat" and "glassy Jonny Greenwood” are just two attitudes the former Beck and Shins sidewoman engages in her band’s adventurous indie-rock.


When asked what her favorite or must-have pedal was, Dobson waffled between the Sarno Music Solutions Earth Drive (turned onto her by Nels Cline) and an Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man (actually Shins’ James Mercer’s DMM—they accidentally swapped stomps years ago). Other staples include a pair of Chase Bliss boxes (Brothers and Warped Vinyl) and a trio of JHS devices (Pulp 'N' Peel V4, Prestige, and Mini Foot Fuzz V2). Two other heavily used effects are the EHX POG2 and Strymon blueSky. The rest of her noisemakers and sonic warpers are a Menatone Pleasure Trem 5000, Diamond Memory Lane Jr., Benson Preamp, and a Beetronics Whoctahell Low Octave Fuzz (her “Jack White” pedal). She recently broke down to organize and simplify her tap-dancing ways by corralling her colors with a Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System. Other utilitarian tools are a Boss EV-5 Expression Pedal and a TC Electronic PolyTune2 Noir Mini.

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