Pedalboard Build: Dan Wilson

On my bench a couple weeks back was a pedalboard build for Dan Wilson, guitarist for the band Dommengang; a stoner rock band based here in Los Angeles. This board had to be completed in just a few days as Dan was heading to Europe to begin a tour.

First things first, we needed a pedalboard. I ended up choosing a flat pedalboard through Tour Supply as they are local and always in stock. Tour Supply make these in almost any size and fitted for most Pelican Case models. For power I went with the classic choice; a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2. The DOD 680 Analog Delay (blue pedal in the first row) has a hard wired cable that goes straight into an outlet. Seeing has how the Voodoo Lab has an extra outlet on the back of the supply for just this sort of thing it was a no brainer to go with this option.

Once we figured out an order in which the effects would go we had to come up with a comfortable layout so that Dan wasn’t stepping on anything when he wasn’t suppose to. It’s probably hard to depict in the above photo but the Tuner, Fuzz Factory, and Small Stone are all on risers to lift the pedals above the first row. This will allow Dan to switch on the back row of effects without disrupting anything down in front. Once we decided on a layout I locked everything down to the board and started building cables for each path in the chain.

After everything was wired up and neately arranged it was time to fire up the beast. Initially the chain of effects started with the Vox Wah (after the tuner) and then onto the Fuzz Factory, Small Stone Phase, DOD Analog Delay, and Super Hard-On boost to finish. However, when I was playing through everything I noticed that when the Fuzz and Wah were engaged the Wah was barely functioning. There was practically no Fuzz-Wah sound going on whatsoever, it was just all Fuzz. I decided to switch the order and put the Fuzz second in the chain and the Wah right after. The result was blistering Fuzz-Wah, the sound Dan was going for.

When all was said and done this board was put together in just a couple of days. This might look big due to the big enclosures for the phase and analog delay but it’s a pretty simple setup and fun to mess around with. It does the vintage Fuzz-Wah thing like I mentioned but my favorite tone from this was when the phase and analog delay were both engaged. There was something going on with those two together that was making my knobs tweak, most of that was the DOD 680 Analog Delay, those are fantastic sounding delays.

Check out Dommengang’s latest release Love Jail that came out in January of this year.

Published by Patrick Benson

Guitarist, repair tech, and noisemaker based in Los Angeles, Ca. Email for repair inquiries: crossedwiresla@gmail.com

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