While the Fractal Axe-Fx has rendered many rig rundowns pretty dang boring as of late, this one contains all kinds of goodies. Like the word “throaty” he keeps using. And his Dingwall basses, which are really cool looking. Also, just the way he talks (all British an’ shit) that just lends credence to everything he says, like apparently how you say “wenge”. Really though, Nolly is an incredibly knowledgeable and picky tastemaker with producer’s ears, plus he’s got the microphone, so I will listen to every damn word he has to say.
He is also using a couple of pedals I’ve never heard of to supplement his Fractal, namely an analog compressor called the Cali76TX, made by Origin Effects (meant to be a clone of the famed UREI 1176 studio compressor) and a preamp called the Microtubes B7K, from Darkglass Electronics.
Also good to know, if you’re looking for heavier gauge, longer scale strings for your bass, strange things are afoot at the Circle K. Here’s a novelty: he actually gets to play through an amp, unlike the rest of the band, so he’s using a Matrix GT1600FX power amp through 2 Zilla 6×10 cabinets. I can imagine bass doesn’t really translate through a PA quite the same as the guitars can, and having a decent stage volume is pretty important for bass.
[And by the way, we may have mentioned it once or twice, but Gear Gods just interviewed Jake from Periphery and it’s a great read if you’re a fan of the band, which you should be. – ED]