It’s like showing your bedroom to a stranger after a crap workweek. Don’t judge me!
Every year when the PG Pedal Issue rolls around, I don’t necessarily feel compelled to dedicate my column to guitar pedals, but I often do. With so many cool new stompboxes rolling through the office, it’s hard not to.
As I was contemplating whether to indulge this time around, the working title “What Does Your Pedalboard Say About You?” popped into my head. Followed closely by Shit—have I already written this one? I took a quick stroll down memory lane and found that exactly 10 years ago I wrote along similar lines in “What Your Pedal History Says About You” (emphasis added). So, I tweaked it a little to make it about me. Because this is my column, dammit.
What kind of cheapskate am I—why don’t I just get a board that fits them the right way?
Although I see my pedalboard just about every day, I ran down to my basement studio to snap a couple of pics for reference while typing this mind dump. Usually, when I’m contemplating the happy little collection of 11 or so stomps, it’s in the thick of rehearsal or performance and I’m thinking, “Do I usually kick this one on for this part? Oh well, let’s see how it sounds.” Standing back for a look without a guitar at hand prompts a few observations
- 1. I need to buy a new can of compressed air. Do you ever see board closeups in a Rig Rundown and think, “Cripes, that guy’s a slob” or “Jeesh, their tech must be kinda lazy”? Well, apparently, I am also a lazy slob, because dust blankets my entire stomp setup. Take a look at your board—I bet it’s grody too. It’s not easy keeping up. Maybe we should allocate space to mini cordless vacuums?
- 2. I’m a lot less OCD than I used to be. One would think this based on item 1, above, but seriously. Look how crooked they are. And more than half of the guitar pedals are sideways. What kind of cheapskate am I—why don’t I just get a board that fits them the right way? Answer: One who likes that his pedalboard fits perfectly between the supports of his keyboard stand.
- 3. Reverbs and delays rule my world. Of the eight guitar boxes on my board, fully half are one or the other. Ninety-plus percent of the time, three of the four are on simultaneously. I’m not ashamed.
- 4. I no longer like fuzz. This is a bald-faced lie and I will sue your ass for spreading it. The real deal is that a hollowbody now handles the lion’s share of my band repertoire, so I’ve removed one of my favorite effect types for the time being. It is sorely missed, but I haven’t given up hope that it could return in some shape or form without splintering said guitar’s top.
- 5. I should probably get some knob-setting protector thingies. Especially for that SoundBrut knob (lower right). Or at least some real gaffer tape—cuz that green masking tape ain’t doing shit to stop my foot.
- 6. I really need to bust open that new patch-cable kit I got five years ago. Some of the 1/4" connections on here are 25-ish yearsold. Others, just over a decade. It’s beyond dumb that I’m still remedying random sizzling/humming/exploding sounds by “checking” (aka nudging) various connection points.
- 7. I dedicate a lot of space to a big ass pedal I never step on. Exactly one preset in my Boss VE-20 vocal processor gets used for pretty much every song. I programmed two others for one song apiece. Waste of space? Sorta … but nah.
- 8. I treat keyboard-sustain and amp-trem footswitches like second-class citizens. Sure, I guess. Sometimes it’s handy to be able to scoot ’em around. [Shrugs.]
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
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The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
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