I don’t always post an update for a short string of shows like the 4-night TAB run in Colorado in August 2019, but Trey made major changes to his typical TAB rig for the Mission Ballroom shows. I managed to snap a few photos after the 2nd night encore and I thought it was worth taking note here because these changes reflect a significantly evolution in Trey’s approach to what equipment he brings on stage.
When I wrote up the Summer 2019 Phish tour, I noted that Trey was consolidating and simplifying certain aspects of his rig. The Leslie speakers were out and by the end of tour (Alpine) the McMillen 12-step samples were out. This Colorado run of TAB shows takes that consolidation and simplification instinct much further, to the point where Trey’s rig consisted of, essentially, his guitar, amps, and a small pedalboard. It’s the smallest rig we’ve seen with TAB in a decade or more and smaller than any of Trey’s Phish rigs in probably 25 years. The shows were played without such staples as the Boomerang Phrase Sampler, the Ibanez DM-2000, and the EHX POG2s — all more or less longtime staples of the rig. The rig got slightly simpler when TAB arrived in Vail for 2 nights at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater. More below.
Electric: Koa 1. Blonde No. 2 was on stage as backup.
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.
• 2 x Tube Screamer (Analog.Man TS-9 mod)
• Digitech Whammy II
• CAE Wah
Time-Based (reverb and delay)
• 2 x Eventide Space Reverb (one in each Ambikab wet loop) (Note: There was only one Ambikab in Vail).
• 3 x Way Huge Supa Puss (all have the R79 removed from the printed circuit board, allowing for a smoother curve or more linear slope on the mix control. One is on the pedalboard; then there is one in each of the Ambikab wet loops)
• Drybell V2 UniVibe
The JRockett Audio Archer is an outstanding Klon substitute, and it saves room on the board since the original Klon is oversized. Trey has had the Archer in backup and off-stage rigs for some time. The Drybell is considered among the best replicas of the original Univibe, and takes up less than a quarter of the space of the original Shin-ei.
Because the Boomerang was out, there was not the typical chirping high G note during Heavy Things. Previously, Trey would sample that “chirp” to the Boomerang and tap a “ONCE” pedal in time with the beat to play back the sample throughout the song. Not at the Mission Ballroom. Similarly, the classic example of the DM-2000 is during First Tube, and that effect was simply absent at the Mission.
It’s worth noting that there is some overlap in Trey’s effects. For example, the POGs have been used as dedicated octave pedals. But for years before the POGs came in to use, Trey used the Whammy II for octave harmonies and octave-down/up effects. He simply reverted to that Whammy paradigm for these shows. Similarly, the Mu-Tron effect is really just a very specific example of how a wah can be used, and Trey was able to cover the Mu-Tron territory to some extent with the wah.
Super interesting. This made me wonder, do they have a backup rig for normal Phish tour?
The blue power supply box is probably a Strymon Zuma. I personally think the Rockett Klone is one of the worst Klon klones. I a/b’d 6 or 7 including 2 real gold horsie Klons, a Nordvang No. 1, Way Huge Conspiracy Theory, RYRA, and a couple others that are looser based klones and the Rockett wasnt even close. I love the Klon circuit and I hated the Archer. This of course is just my opinion and I do really like several other Rockett pedals so Im not just hating, just hate that pedal.
Interesting. I love my Klon, but value and size are the two issues keeping it off my board. The only Klone I like better than the Archer is the Ceriatone Centura, but being as large as a Klon, I don’t find it practical for a pedalboard. On another note, I’ve tried and/or owned almost every Uni-Vibe clone made, and the only one that comes close to my vintage Shin-Ei is the Vibe Machine. For a compact board it’s really the only option. I was surprised to see one of my heroes jump on board. Trey basically downsized to my pedalboard, but I always have a looper and a more delays. I usually use a Digitech PDS-1002 for the DM2000 sounds and my Boomerang. But sometimes I bring an actual rack with a DM2000 and a Gibson EDP+. Most importantly, I don’t play any Phish/Trey songs. I just found that this gear gets me where I want to go. I’ve got almost every pedal/effect that David Gilmour ever used, but as much as he’s an inspiration to me, those aren’t “my sounds.” But I love the Yamaha RA200. Better than any Leslie in my opinion.
Never tried a ceriatone. I prefer both my gold horsie Klons to any klone. Archer not so much. Its one of my least favorite pedals ever. Ive heard the Vibe Machine is good. Ive got a Sir Henry Vibe that is sooo good. Treys sound has been really good, but thats obviously my taste.
Late to the party here, but I do agree that this looks more like a Way Huge Smalls Conspiracy Theory than an Archer (judging from the back of the pedal appearing to lack abs “margins” on the sides like the Archer has, and also the red hue of the knobs).
Back when I was searching for a Klone, I went with the Wampler Tumnus, and still can’t believe the authentic Klon sound such a small pedal generates! I will have to check out this Way Huge klone though; I was unaware of it until now.
I don’t think Trey is playing a J Rockett Archer Klon clone here; based on the image above. I can’t afford an actual Klon, so I got a J Rockett Archer gold pedal instead, but I haven’t been super impressed. So I’ve been looking into swapping out for the recently new Way Huge Conspiracy Theory overdrive pedal, which I’ve been hearing very good things about, and looks very much more like the image above… With much brighter red knobs, a more golden color casing, and the metal of the casing folded downward to show creases in different locations; than compared to an Archer gold unit. I believe Trey is using this Conspiracy Theory pedal. Trey might have J Rocketts in his arsenal, but I think he’s testing out this Way Huge overdrive pedal at this time.
Adding on to the Klon Centaur alternative options… I absolutely love the tone of the Klon KTR! Added to my board this year and it sounds amazing. Ironically, I want to replace my fulltone mini deja vibe to free up space on my board and was considering the Vibe Machine mentioned above^. But, a little concerned about controlling speed with my foot with the smaller knob design. Any feedback on the VM or other smaller vibe pedals to consider?
any more photos of this board? Maybe from top-down?
Definitely TS9s (modded) there in the pics, amirite?
Yup, thanks – I copied that over from a previous post. Corrected.
i believe this was a soundcheck for MSG platforms