This Player’s Board is the Perfect Match for his Vintage Precision Basses
Recently, we saw posts on Facebook from one of our customers, Matt Littell, who describes himself as “a huge supporter and promoter of your amazing Cali76 compressor!”. We asked to feature his pedalboard in our Readers’ Pedalboards articles so he sent us a wealth of photos and background about him and his rig;
I play with a band called Ford Madox Ford featuring seminal punk rocker Chip Kinman (former front man for The Dils, Rank And File, Cowboy Nation). We are putting the finishing touches on our debut album for Wondercap Records for a fall release.
In addition, I play for the amazing soul band Mad Revival. We also act as the house band in the vein of the “Muscle Shoals Swampers” for artists recording at Rockton Road Studios in Altadena, California.
My pedal signal path is:
>SFX Sound Micro-Thumpinator. This is a great high pass filter that rolls off frequencies below 30 hz (the inaudible, but speaker flapping part of your signal)
>TC Electronics Polytune 2 Tuner. What can i say, it works as advertised!
>Darkglass Electronics Vintage Microtubes. Nice distortion/drive pedal to add a bit of vintage sounding grit. The “era” knob is key to adjust from thumpy 60’s grit to grinding 70’s drive etc.
>Cali76-TX compressor. What I love about my Cali76-TX compressor is the fatness, warmth and punch it adds to my sound. The 60’s style FET compression is so sweet then it hits the custom iron-core output transformer stage and just WOW… It’s built like a tank and sounds amazing live and in the studio.
>Noble pre-amp/DI. This high-end tube pre/DI is like my DI swiss army knife; It provides a great tube warmed direct signal for live or the studio, it has a second tube (the “through” is tube along with the DI signal path) to run to your amp and salvage hopeless back line situations, It also powers all the rest of my pedalboard and acts as a master on/off switch.
Live my amplification is:
Ampeg SVT Classic, Ampeg V4B, or Aguilar Tone Hammer with an Ampeg 6×10 for big shows or a ’64 B-15 extension cab with Altec 421 for small rooms.
My living room practice rig is an Ampeg SVT Classic with a 2×15 cab loaded with ’70’s JBL K-140s… Indulgent, but what the hell..
My main basses are a Fender ’72 sunburst Precision bass and an ’73 Olympic white P-bass.
Matt’s rig gets the Origin Effects stamp of approval – we especially like the mismatched knobs on the two basses!
If you have a pedalboard worth sharing drop us an email and we will do our best to feature it here.