Indie Rock/Alternative pedal setup?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by auffredou, May 23, 2008.

  1. auffredou

    auffredou Member

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    Well Ive recently admitted to myself that my listening style has gone full-blown indie rock. Being between bands Im starting to move towards this style more in my playing. First move (and one Ive wanted to make for a while regardless of this change in taste), will be the obligatory telecaster. ;)


    So just bored and looking at plans for the future, looking to get some input on what pedals, particularly overdrives/distortions, lend themselves well to this style of music?
     
  2. funkycam

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    probably the knee jerk reaction is big muff (or it's boutique equivalent... this is TGP after all!)
    I also heard of guys using a red llama clone eg tonefactor mule & the menatone TBIAC
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    think lo-fi and analog. fuzzes, cheap, noisy delays, anything weird and "wrong". if eric johnson or robben ford would hate it, you're on the right track.
     
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    The standard works well for any style of Modern Rock. The Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion. Used by a lot of bands.
     
  5. Ben C.

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    Plenty of "indie" rockers use standard gear... just in interesting ways. It's not the gear, it's the style. Damon Che in Thee Speaking Canaries had a very typical Marshall sound, Jawbox, Slint, Hum etc. had a pretty typical heavy-rock sound, etc. etc.

    The word 'indie' is extremely diluted, so it would be helpful if you mentioned what kind of bands / sounds you have in mind.
     
  6. auffredou

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    truth to that "indie" statement, ben c. I say it all the time.


    Im not necessarily saying different, Im just noting that I (and maybe I just havent looked close enough) havent seen too many tubescreamers on pedalboards of the bands im thinking of. That answer of the DS-2 was along the lines of what I was thinking.


    Im not necessarily referring to weird, or heavy either, but that typical pop-indie sound found with (usually) a telecaster and light overdrive. (think Death Cab for Cutie, or that general idea of "indie-pop" or "indie-rock" could be the Shins, Bloc Party, Interpol, Spoon, and so on and so forth)
     
  7. Ben C.

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    Ah! Gotcha.

    The non-mid-humped, clear and defined OD's would be nice. I always thought the Aphek Sunday Driver would totally be excellent for that genre. Really nice, clear OD with a great range of gain from none to light to heavier. Has some really nice body and grit to it. Then again, I've got a friend who uses a older Ibanez Tube King to great effect with his '67 Bassman and Fender Bullet for a great and versatile indie sound.

    -Ben
     
  8. sandman

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    you've already got a Tim...so, F U Z Z. I say Fender Blender for those bbbbbbbbzzzzgrrrrhhhhhhhhkhhhhraooooooooooo moments. :BOUNCE :AOK
     
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    I use a Divided by 13 Stardust Fuzz and a Demeter F.O.D. 1 for my drive sounds. It all depends on your guitar/amp combo and how you use it with the pedals.
     
  10. aaronblues

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    If you're thinking Death Cab, I know they both have used MXR D+'s at times, for their heavier parts, and Chris has used a Fulldrive also. Their website says that Ben is using a Box of Rock right now (!!!!).

    I used to cover some shins stuff, and i really liked the COT for that sorta ripping biting clean tone (with a telecaster of course. Surprised?) Absolutely nails the So Says I tone, and then kick in a fuzz for the lead lines.

    Spoon is awesome, (seen 'em 3 times now, met the guys last time!!) but i haven't tried to chase down there tones too much. I would think that anything that gets you in the cranked tube amp are would be good, with a bright tele or P-90 pickup.I have no idea if Britt is using any OD's for his normal tone, but i sorta doubt it. TBIAC probably would be a great choice.

    Great bands!!!

    cheers
     
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    When I saw Spoon a year ago, Britt was playing a walnut 335 into a ZVex Super Duper 2in1, a Klon, and a few other thing... maybe (my memory is fuzzy) a TR-2 trem, and a white Boss pedal - either a delay or a tuner. This all went to an AC30.
     
  12. auffredou

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    really cool to see alot of people liking the same music here. thanks for all the info guys. Aaronblues I agree; although Spoon has been one of the regulars in my ever changing favorite bands list over the past few years, I wouldnt really model my tone after Britt, just citing them as an example of my taste. I really see him as more of a 335->Vox kinda guy with a ton of reverb.

    Question for you guys. From what Ive been finding online I have seemed to notice alot of guys using boss reverb pedals. Any advantage to these over the amp reverb on, say, a Deluxe Reverb or other fender tube amp?
     
  13. Brantleycoker

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    i play indie rock and i use a tele/jazzmaster/les paul through an ac booster and ocd with a keely compressor, i also use lots of other stuff too like an empress tremelo, pog,empress superdelay, t rex replica and roommate. i love my tone and oh yea through a tophat super deluxe. i love the way it works with inde type stuff!
     
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    An analog/lo-fi delay, heavy fuzz, rat are my picks. Oh, and can't go wrong with a tremolo.
     
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    The RAT is an absolute staple of indie rock.
     
  16. re-animator

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    depends what kind of indie you play. Indie rock is a VERY broad blanket term.

    I'm pretty much an all out indie rock guitarist now and my board includes a lot of stuff also found on Eric Johnson's board.


    Every listen to Oasis?? Gallagher is a pretty legit blues guitarist if you ask me.
     
  17. pbone

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    I really wouldn't say Oasis is indie.

    At all.
     
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    In the beginning I would say... but once you play a festival for 100k+ people you are now the antithesis of indie.
     
  19. pbone

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    Haha, true true.
     
  20. ramjet2007

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    I agree totally mate. Indie is a very broad ranging genre nowadays, whereas it was once well defined within much narrower boundaries by such bands as R.E.M.

    I am part of what we consider to be an Indie Rock band however - check out www.myspace.com/thebrave

    As an earlier comment noted, generally lo-fi tones are the order of the day. Yes, The Big Muff (in various guises), a tubescreamer (or similar gritty clone), and a vintage Rat. Generally Electro Harmonix pedals are quite popular with Indie rockers.

    Me? I deploy those, and a few others. For dirt boxes I have an MI Audio Boost N Buff > Barber Silver LTD (I highly rate these discontinued boxes of joy!) > modded Rat Deucetone (a gritty medium OD setting mostly with heaps of presence - huge amount of other tones in there too) > Boutique Effects Pedals 808 clone (fantastic higher gain OD's when stacked) > EHX Little Big Muff (not as raw as Big Muff Pi). I also have used an Bixonic Expandora, MI Audio Classic Distortion (yes, one of only 90 odd), and a modded TS9 (I like the Deucetone more!).

    Other than that, EHX does some great whacked out sound effects, EHX HOG is used a bit in my band's EP, a Vox Clyde McCoy wah, a Barber Tone Press compressor (don't use it much though), EHX Deluxe Electric Mistress (very, very musical modulation pedal - The Police tone in a box), Boss RE20 Space Echo.....and a few other pedals I can't think of right now!

    Hanging out for an Empress Super Delay as well!!
     

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