The Burlingames

Chronicling the adventures of the B's

Category: Music Gear

Pedalboard Layout Update

by Dave

I’ve been seeking to make a few changes to the pedalboard for awhile, but finally got around to it. Here’s the current layout, left to right starting at top-left: Ampeg Sub Blaster, EHX Bass Big Muff (relatively new), MXR EQ, EHX Bassballs (new), Loop-Frog routing pedal prototype (made by me), Korg tuner, Tech 21 SansAmp Programmable Bass Driver DI, EHX Small Stone (new; replaced the Russian version of the same pedal).

Could I squeeze any more on this board? Maybe. One thing that would help is to rehouse the Ampeg pedal as the electronics are much smaller than the case would lead you to believe. Another benefit of doing that would be weight reduction; the case on that thing is ridiculously heavy since it’s made of steel (rather than aluminum as many others are). The only problem, though, is I really like how it looks as is. Is that lame? Maybe. Either way, it’s not really an issue (yet) as I’m currently not wanting to put anything else on there.

Pedal Board

Another Name Needed

by Dave

No, we’re not venturing into the realm of multiple children just yet. I bought my second bass quite awhile ago and have yet to name it. I’m looking for inspiration. Any ideas? Here’s a look.

My new Fender Jaguar bass

Pedals for Sale

by Dave

I’ve bought a lot of guitar and bass pedals lately. Most of them are going back to their home: eBay. Here’s what’s for sale:

  • Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer
  • Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter
  • Boss SD-1 Super Drive
  • Gallien-Krueger Diesel Dawg bass distortion

I also have two other pedals that will be listed next week: the Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive and Electro-Harmonix Octave Mulitplexer.

I am also on the verge of making several daring changes to my pedalboard lineup. I recently bought the new EHX Bass Big Muff Pi and it sounds fantastic. I’ve only tested it on my small practice amp at home, so the next step is to try it out with my main rig. If it passes (and I think it will), it will replace my current distortion, the Little Big Muff.

I also bought the EHX Bassballs (nano version). I’m trying to pick up a nano version of the EHX Small Stone phaser so I can put the two smaller pedals in the place of my current phaser, the EHX Russian Small Stone. The Bassballs is very cool, but I’ve yet to acquire and test the Nano Stone. I’ll post pics of the updated board as it changes.

Now That's Service

by Dave

I received my new case yesterday for the Jaguar bass. In looking it over, I discovered about a five inch crack below one of the latches. I called Same Day Music and they took care of the problem without any hassle. They’re sending me a new case, plus a pre-paid shipping label to return the broken one. And the best part is I don’t have to return the old one before they send the new one; it’s already on the way. I’ve purchased things from them before with good results, but this moves them up near the top of the list of my favorite online stores.

Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi

by Dave

I’ve been wanting to try one of these since they were announced. I haven’t gotten my hands on one yet, but here’s the official demo video from EHX. I’ve gotta try one of these and see how it compares to my Little Big Muff.