What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My Jumbo Fuzz Pedal.
How did you come across this particular item?
We’ve had this pedal since we started out as a band 15 years ago. I think it started out as Luke’s (guitarist in LoD) but I took it over. I remember someone telling me once that they are somewhat rare, and a much coveted item. I don’t know that much about what gear is worth, but it’s become an indispensable pedal in our artillery.
What is that you like so much about it?
It’s a JEN brand, Italian made pedal, shaped like one of the old school big muffs (built like a tank). It had the best futuristic Italian red and silver font on it too, but that’s worn off on mine now.
How do you use it, and how has it shaped the way that you write music?
After owning it for a while and carrying it to gigs rattling around in various suitcases etc. I realised that some of the wiring had come unstuck and it was only really doing one thing. I mainly use this pedal for getting crazy feedback. The sustain, tone and volume knobs no longer work, but the on / off switch does. So when you turn it on it’s just feedback galore. I love that. I also own a Boss overdrive pedal and the feedback I get through one of these is far superior to what I can get through one of those.
Any other interesting points/stories about it?
This is on quite a few songs from our very first instrumental album, The Target Is You and it’s featured in a big way on the song ‘Big Chord Champion’. I adore this pedal, and I kind of love that it is broken and only does one thing. Yet what it does, it does so well!
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