During my first foray into the world of guitar playing, I collected an absurd number of effects pedals. There they sat in a seemingly endless chain, waiting for my foot to bring them to life.
They looked plenty cool. Trouble is, I barely knew how they worked.
My desire to emulate Adrian Belew lacked a key factor: my hero could tell you how every effect in his signal chain worked. AND he could make them do things they weren’t designed to do! Adrian is a meticulous student.
Me? Not so much.
Now that I’m eager to play again, I wanted to put together another modest pedalboard. That was simple enough. Then things got … well … a little out of hand.
I was getting offers to buy pedals for a fraction of their list prices. I couldn’t resist. Before I knew it, the pedalboard had become somewhat absurd again.
Oh, dear …
But who am I kidding? The board (actually boards, plural) looked plenty cool! And even if I’m never going on tour (or near a live stage, for that matter), I am determined to make the most of these effects.
Each board serves a distinct purpose. I’m even goofy enough to have given them names. The side that’s boosts and distorts my guitar’s sound is now known as the Rabble Rouser.
While the side that colors, delays, and loops my sound is called the Time Machine.
It won’t be enough to simply color the sounds this time. I want to know what happens with every turn of a knob. This will require me to sit on the floor with a guitar and a small notebook. From there I’ll turn the pedal on and get to twiddling.
Needless to say, this will be an arduous task. But it’s one I look forward to and actually have the time to accomplish. Patience will be the key.
Perhaps I’ll find my way to some interesting fuzzes and loops worthy of a Sunday jam. Time will tell.
For now, I’m just a mad scientist looking to bring his creature to life.
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