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Rig Rundown: Murder by Death

Down-tuned axes and a thirst for experimentation fuel the rootsy indie-rock band’s sound.

Guitar FX

Turla runs both his electric and acoustic guitars into the same pedalboard, then routes the signal to either his Deluxe or to a Radial ProDI that sends the acoustic signal to the front of house. The effects begin with a pair of Boss pedals: a BD-2 Blues Driver and a FBM-1 Fender ’59 Bassman. From there the signal goes to a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster, Boss TM-2 Tremolo, Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Nano, Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy, and finally a Boss LS-2 Line Selector to route the signal between the DI and Deluxe. The whole shebang lives on a Pedaltrain board and is powered by a small but mighty Visual Sound 1 Spot. Turla uses Dunlop .60 mm nylon picks and Dunlop glass slides.

Murder by Death’s bassist Matt Armstrong managed to squeeze in a quick interview and walk us through the band’s gear before their show in Nashville. The band’s spacey-meets-gothic vibe is powered by low-tuned axes, effect-laden cellos, and a unique approach to tone.