Sometimes, as a guitar player, you’ll be called upon to serve up something sweet and swirly. There are times to serve meat and potatoes, simple clean and overdriven tones, but under certain circumstances, it’s important to create tones that get the listener drunk. Here is the recipe for one and you can get it inexpensively!
1 part: vibrato pedal
1 part: delay/echo pedal
For the Vibrato, you have some options. You can use the BOSS VB-2 Vibrato pedal but unfortunately it was only made from April of 1982 to April of 1986. You can find them used on eBay for $250-$300. Another option is one of the many Chorus pedals that offer a vibrato option. There’s a pretty cool Vibrato effect in Line 6’s M13 and M9 Stompbox Modelers. I’m a big fan of those. BUT, if you want Vibrato on the cheap, try Behringer’s UV300 Vibrato which can be had for less than $30 brand new. Yay for cool and cheap pedals.
For the Delay, I’m using a Jack Deville Dark Echo and the name says it all. The repeats are dark and moody and they work exceptionally well for creating lo-fi and cinematic textures. It’s a great pedal for making the listener feel as if he or she has taken mind-altering drugs while on a cruise in the middle of the Atlantic during hurricane season. Any delay will do, though, but I think the darker the better. Also, if your delay pedal has a modulation setting, I would suggest turning it off since it could interfere with the Vibrato effect.
Tones are better left clean for more spacial swirl, but some light overdrive and bluesy licks are cool too. After all, it’s music and YOU have the power to figure out how you’re gonna serve this cocktail of tone.
Until next time, Ton Apetit!