Amplification: 2 x Komet Trainwreck 60. One has 6L6 tubes and the other has EL-34, with the 6L6 being used most often. 6L6 is a blackface-to-tweedy Fender sound with a strong mid-focus, while the EL-34 is a Marshall sound, with an even more aggressive, muscular low end.
Leslies: 2 x Leslie G-37. One of the Leslies is dedicated to guitar, while the other is used for the samples coming from the McMillen 12-step. There is a Leslie speed selector switch and a volume expression pedal that controls the Guitar Leslie volume.
Electric: Koa 1, Mar-Mar (Old Reliable) with P-90s.
Mics: Trey’s rig is mic’d by a Shure SM-57 and a Royer SF-12. Trey also uses SE GuitarF Reflexion Filters to isolate these mics. Trey also told me that he added extra filters to the non-mic’d speakers just to tame some of the stage volume.
Effects (see below for order):
• 2 x Tube Screamer (vintage TS-808)
• Digitech Whammy II
• 2 x Electro Harmonix (“EHX”) POG2
• EHX B9
• 2 x Beigel Tru-Tron 3x Envelope Filter (one sweeps UP, one DOWN)
• CAE Wah
Time-Based (reverb and delay)
• Eventide Space Reverb
• Source Audio Ventris (Ambikab Loops)
• 2 x Eventide TimeFactor (Ambikab Loops, set to DIGI)
• 2 x Way Huge Supa Puss atop rack (both have the R79 removed from the printed circuit board, allowing for a smoother curve or more linear slope on the mix control. One is set to quarter note, the other to dotted eighth.)
• Ibanez DM-2000 digital delay
• Victoria Reverberato
• Bradshaw Custom Super Tremolo (for CHOP)
• Shin -Ei UniVibe
• McMillen 12-step midi keyboard foot controller (see the bottom of the 2018 Spring TAB Tour entry for a full explainer)
Firstly, thank you thank you thank you. This site has been a pillar of consistency for me and my Phish tribute band. Secondly, I was wondering if you had more info on the Octave down sound that Trey uses so often. Not the harmonized octave down, but the straight up single note octave down. In previous years, it was always the whammy but in recent tours I saw it was replaced by/supplemented with the OC-2 . I personally find that specifically, the whammys output on that setting only (Oct down), is quite low output. The only way I can drive the sound is if I turn on my wah or mutron. Even then, it sounds very affected and still dampened. I would like to use the sound without it sounding like the teacher from Charlie Brown, I’m finding little clarity to it. As well, if I adjust the volume on the whammy to support the sound, the other settings are screamong loud. So a few questions….what is the volume of the whammy pedal set to? How does he have the volume balanced between all whammy settings? Or is this a big mystery? I’m thinking of adding the oc 2 to my rig just for this issue. Thanks so much!!!!
The latest iteration of that sound is the Electro Harmonix POG2 with a blend of 1 and 2 octaves down. Add the Tube Screamer (MORE) on top for the full throated growl. He also sometimes uses the “attack” control on the POG to give it a quick volume swell so it sounds more like a cello or other stringed instrument with no pick attack. Check out the first demo video here: https://treysguitarrig.com/treys-pedals/audio-video-samples/
Which Whammy are you using? Where is it in the chain?
It’s going through a loop bybass switcher after a small pedalboard consisting of two ts9s, comp, wah
The Whammy II is very touchy, but sounds amazing.
Run it after your Wah, but before the overdrives… then you should have no trouble finding that really great Octave down tone.
*Be sure to set the input sensitivity on the Whammy II for “red light peeking” when your guitar volume is all the way up and you’re hitting the strings hard.
*Set it too hot and you’ll get nasty digital distortion–>Set it too low and it won’t track well at all.
*Also be sure to throw it in a true bypass loop, because it is a tone killer when off…
Iv had great success running a Whammy 4 in my chain. True bypass allows me to not waste one of my 8 loops on it plus it tracks super well.
Hi, thanks for the website and information. Does anyone know if the klon is in front of or behind the tubescreamers in the chain?