Electric guitar geek post here…
So the pedal board for me changes along and along. On occasion I even use a pedal or two when doing solo shows w. my thrush-bird tele “partscaster” and with various cigarbox guitars and 1 string diddley bows. Now and then. Just to change up tone and when I feel inspired.
As a guitarist (both acoustic and electric) one can marry oneself to a pedal (or six or ten of ’em) to the extent they actually define your tone and sound at core. What I mean is they become The. Signature. Sound. of you and your work. I don’t really want to go there for a number of reasons.
First off, to me tone and what inspires as well as really seems to fit in a given song or only in the solo section -or one of several solo sections in the same tune is all about THAT particular thing. The foundation is the guitar, the amp and tone via those two. But I’m not against pedals as such.
Back in the day I discovered an effects box with rotary dials and just a few settings. Don’t recall the name and I believe I mentioned it in my blog here some time ago. The point is that I thought between that and a Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face pedal I became Hendrix. Uhhhh… nada… but I was in the slightest sense in the general ballpark. The next problem became what happened when I turned the effect off! Plain… boring… lack of core tone-age… now what?!
Certainly a cool sounding distortion or compression (or mix) pedal can inspire and rock your world- but what if it goes out on a show and you don’t have a another of them? Using it on most every song means you’re sunk.
Things to think about, ‘eh?
Well for many years I wanted an octave pedal, not an octave (12 steps) UP, but rather DOWN, so as to add deep baritone, even bass crunch on the bottom of my guitar chords and occasional solo.
What I found recently via our record label and the amazing Ed Bialach (Grrr Director, GKB drummer and my Tone Zone Studio B engineer and co-producer in my solo projects) is yet again an amazing little foot pedal for guitar -or cigarbox or diddely git when they’ve a pickup on ’em- and that is the Drop pedal.
A pretty thorough, thoughtful review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zHaRpAD_tU
No, I don’t get a dime for telling you this, I just think it’s a very cool pedal for what it does which is offer very fast pitch changes or true bypass or (you guessed it) a full octave down sound that to my ears sounds BIG and COOL.
Your mileage may vary and that’s also fine, just wanted to mention it as I spent some recording time in the studio today and used it on some tracks for a thick crunching sound. Always wanted a cooking octave pedal and to my ears, got it.
No matter what- tone first, -then- coloring pedals is how I fly, but I sure love this one.
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn