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Pedalboard Feature: Stanton Edward

Posted by Angela

stantonedwardStanton Edward is a guitarist and producer who has worked with several artists including The Wallflowers, KS Rhoads, Missy Higgins and more. When Stanton isn’t on tour he enjoys being back home working on music in Nashville, TN.

What kind of pedalboard is this, and what is your signal path?

This is a Pedaltrain 2 that has been customized by XTS (Xact Tone Solutions) in Nashville. I had them flatten out the top and put in a custom interface that allows me to send isolated lines to 2 amps. They also put in a phase reversal switch on one of the outputs in case I run into a phase issue between the two amps. Another cool option they included for me was an insert that will allow me to pop in extra pedals after my drive section in case I pick up something cool on the road and want to throw it on my board without ripping up cables and pedals.

My signal path is constantly changing – I typically setup a new board and amp configuration for each different gig I play to really capture the vibe and feel of the artist. Lately I’ve been touring with The Wallflowers and my signal path is as follows:

Ernie Ball Volume Pedal (with custom XTS buffer to retain high-end) > Throbak Overdrive Boost > Durham Electronics Sex Drive > Another Sex Drive setup as a solo boost > Original 1984 Rat > Stymon Lex > Modded EH Memory Boy > Strymon Flint > 90’s EH Memory Man > Dual Outs to Fender Deluxe Reverb & Vox AC-30

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Can you share a bit on how you have been using your Strymon Lex?

What a great pedal. When I was looking for a leslie pedal the main factor I’d consider is the quality of the “low” speed. This is where a lot of pedals miss the mark. I’ve played through a ton of real leslie cabs and to me, the Lex sounds closer to the real thing than anything else out there. I’ve also got to brag on the Flint. I’m a tremolo and reverb nut. I typically play through old Gibson & Fender combos in the studio but can’t always bring them to a gig. I threw a Flint on my board about a year ago and I find myself using it more and more, even when I’m playing my vintage amps in the studio.

You recently did a cover of The Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows.” How has John Lennon and The Beatles influences you as a musician?

I mean, it’s John Lennon… What can I say that hasn’t been said a million times before? What an unbelievable creative individual he was. The Beatles are my “desert island” band for sure. There’s just so much variety. I’ve always loved their weirder, more experimental stuff and “Tomorrow Never Knows” is no exception. I love George Harrison’s playing on that track and I was really trying to capture that cutting lead tone on the solos. The main thing I take away from listening to The Beatles’ records is that they wouldn’t get in a hurry to churn something out. So much that happens on their tracks is so deliberate, creative and thoughtful while still retaining a raw, exciting feel. I try to keep a healthy balance of those two elements when I play. To me, great music is 50% brains and 50% guts.

Nashville is known for it’s great music scene. Can you share a bit about your musical adventures in Nashville? And for a newbie in Nashville where is the first place they should go for an evening of music?

Simple. Watch Mike Henderson on Monday nights at The Bluebird Cafe. I’ve been going to see him since I moved to town 11 years ago. Mike will show you that playing guitar is ALL in your hands, not your gear. His touch on the guitar is beyond words.

Do you have any bits of advice you could give for a band going into the recording studio for the first time?

All of my favorite artists strike a healthy balance of playing from their brain and playing from their guts. To me, that’s what it’s all about. Take the time before going into the studio to really practice and hone your skills. One thing I really hate to hear from guitar players is the classic line “I don’t practice because I want to play from the heart in the moment”. To me, this is such a misguided approach. You want to get your hands in a place where they’re ready for anything your brain can throw at them in the moment. Doing this will give you the freedom to explore new areas in a live situation and will get you out of the rut of playing your tired old “go-to” riffs and licks.

Listen to your favorite players, steal riffs and techniques from them and incorporate them into your playing. Learn the fretboard. Can’t stress that enough. Practice your scales & modes. Take the time to learn chords in every inversion up and down the neck. It makes such a difference and will really free up your playing. You’ll be amazed how that preparation will pay off when you’re in the moment in a live show or session.

Probably most importantly is to remember that as soon as you think you’ve learned everything there is to know about the guitar you’ll immediately stop getting better. Chet Atkins would steal riffs and learn new things from fellow guitar players right up until he passed. That inquisitive spirit is what made him one the best players to ever touch the instrument.

What current projects are you working on?

I’m currently playing shows with The Wallflowers and working on records with Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds), ElenOwen, KS Rhoads and Sylvie Lewis – I also compose for film / tv and enjoy sound design and recording strange instruments.


 
And for a bonus Stanton has included a video a fan took of The Wallflowers playing at Riverfest in Little Rock – Stanton is using the Flint Trem & Reverb on the verses.




Lex Rotary keyboard demo with Peter Dyer

Posted by Ethan

Lex Rotary effects pedalWe recently met up with Peter Dyer (keyboardist for Mariah Carey, Aloe Blacc, Van Hunt) and he graciously put together a few audio examples featuring our Lex Rotary.

Signal path: Nord Stage2 / Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 » Lex Rotary. All rotary sounds are created by Lex.

Want to learn more about Lex? Check out the Lex website. Learn more about Peter Dyer at peterdyer.net, and follow him on twitter at @peterkeys88.

Thanks again Peter for stopping by!

 




Gilmourish.com reviews Lex Rotary

Posted by Ethan

Lex RotaryRotating speaker cabs have been a part of David Gilmour’s sound since 1971-72. Gilmourish.com, a site devoted to Gilmour’s music, albums, tours, and gear, recently put our Lex Rotary pedal through its paces. Check out the review!

“The Lex Rotary was designed with a painstaking focus on details and the complexity of a rotary cab and look no further people – this is as close as you’ll get to fit a Leslie in a box!”

“Standing in front of the stereo setup you can hear how incredibly dynamic and sophisticated the Lex is.”

“Judging by the Strymon website they set out to create the most authentic sounding rotary simulator and in my humble opinion I think they’ve done it. Highly recommended!”

Check out the full review below:

Read the review!




Lex Rotary receives Total Guitar Best Buy award!

Posted by Ethan

Total Guitar Best Buy awardWe’re stoked and honored that the praise for Lex Rotary keeps rolling in! Total Guitar magazine recently presented us with their Best Buy award for Lex Rotary.

“The Lex is fun, and it sounds brilliant” – Total Guitar

We poured all of our collective brainpower into Lex Rotary and we’re super-excited that it’s loved by our customers and reviewers alike.

Lex Rotary rotating speaker




Steve Lukather

Posted by Ethan

Steve Lukather, session and touring guitarist extraordinaire, is currently touring Europe and rocking our bluesky Reverberator and Lex Rotary on his touring pedalboard. He recently sent us a couple photos of his setup.


And here are a few photos taken last year, when Terry and I visited Steve while he tracked guitar for his latest album. He used Ola chorus & vibrato, Brigadier delay and blueSky reverberator.

Steve Lukather is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer best known for his work with the rock band Toto. Lukather has played with many artists, released several solo albums, and worked as a composer, arranger, and session guitarist on more than 1,500 albums. And he totally shreds!




Harmony Central reviews Lex Rotary

Posted by Ethan

Lex Rotary effects pedalPhil O’Keefe over at Harmony Central recently had a chance to put our Lex Rotary rotating speaker pedal through it’s paces. Check out his review here!

“I’ve heard a lot of simulators over the years that have tried to nail the sound of a rotating speaker, and the Lex is right up there at the top of that list.”

“If you’re the type of player who likes to ‘work the switch’ a lot rather than leave it at one speed all the time, you’re going to really like the Lex. It does those all-important transitions between speeds beautifully.”

“The preamp drive is pretty remarkable in terms of the accuracy of its tone and vibe.”

Read the review!




Premier Guitar video review of Lex Rotary

Posted by Ethan

Lex Rotary - Premier Gear awardRecently, Premier Guitar awarded Lex Rotary with their coveted Premier Gear award, and gave the pedal 5 out of 5 stars in their recent gear review.

Now they’ve put together an informative video demo that walks you through Lex features and sounds. Check it out! And learn more about Lex Rotary here.






 
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