fishmcdippers wrote:I have a LBMP as well. Alone, it's very bassy, with very little high end...kinda muddy even with the tone dimed. Though after a little experimentation with another pedal I have (Boss DS-1), I was able to get a similar tone to what it sounds like in Awanai Tsumori No Genki De Ne and Image. Here's my signal chain:
Stratocaster HH (Bridge HB, Volume 5-6, Tone 10) --> DS-1 (Tone 3:00, Distortion 9:00, Level 12:00) --> LBMP (Volume 10:30, Tone 3:00, Sustain 10:30) --> Orange Crush 12 Amp (Volume & EQ 12:00, Overdrive OFF, Gain 9:00)
You can use any low gain dirt pedal to boost the LBMP. You just need to dial in a tone you like on that booster first, then adjust the LBMP to get close to what Mami's chain sounds like. Experiment with settings on both. That's what I did. And the bonus is that with just the DS-1, I can get a nice mild crunch/overdrive similar to Haruna's sound in the 1st verse of Departure.
Also IIRC, Dave Gilmour, the Pink Floyd guitarist and one of the most famous Big Muff users, also used a booster before or after a Big Muff.
Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to figure out what Mami's signal chain is. She's using a controller, so I bet she's got some pretty wild preset chains on there in addition to the regular on/off switches. The only way to know is for her or her tech to provide that info. In any case, it's cool to replicate a sound, but even cooler to come up with your own, right? Plus, anyways, you'd probably need to be rolling around in tons of money to be able to replicate her rig...
I was just thinking that the kind of pickup you're using will also have a big impact on the settings on your LBMP and the tone you get. Pickup specs (magnets, poles, and wind count) contribute to the tone coming out of the guitar itself. Most pickups have a bias toward one end of the EQ spectrum or the other. I don't think I've seen anything that's built for flat EQ.
Nice info, thanks! It's interesting how my signal chain is almost identical to yours, I'm even using the DS-1 for cleaner crunch. o.o
I don't have enough cash to buy a booster pedal as of now (I have one, but I use it for overdrive and not boosting), but I've gotten pretty good tone for, say Syunkan Sentimental, Hon o Yomu and so on by setting sustain higher and rolling back volume. For songs like Your Song, I need to turn the volume back up for the lead guitar bits, though.
I think you can hear MAMI's LBMP in, for example, the pre-solo riff and the solo for Runners high for one. Her crunch tones otherwise come mostly from her Marshall amps. With the complex set up she has, MAMI is likely using a combination of any effects as a patch (hence the need for her routing controller) and may explain why following the knob positions as per the photo didn't give you the tone you were expecting. Just my humble opinion. (^-^)
Oh, that's certainly the LBMP I hear there :D
Thanks for your help! I wish my Marshall (a humble 15W combo solid-state) was foot-switchable like hers. :'(
Thanks Lexian for helping me shift my post. I wasn't sure if it should go under here since it was sort of linked to Mami's Gear but not that related.
I forgot to mention, Mami's tone does seem much more like the tone I have live than in the albums, considering that the album allows SCANDAL room to adjust their tone a lot as compared to live.
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