The Tone Mob Podcast

The year was 2015. Show host Blake Wyland intended to start a podcast where he took a deep dive with his guests from the guitar world to explain their rigs. What happened was that, but also a whole lot more. The show quickly evolved into discussions about people's lives. Guitars, pedals, amps, etc. are the central hub of the show, but it really is more about the PEOPLE behind all of it. Both the musicians who use the gear, and the folks that create these magical tools of expression. You can expect chats about songwriting, favorite bands, family, loss, addiction, conspiracy theories, philosophy, and most of all....... food. This podcast goes all over the place. Come take a ride.

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HE FINALLY DID IT! w/ David Greeves of Great Eastern FX


In this episode of the Tone Mob Podcast, host Blake Wyland interviews David Greeves from Great Eastern FX. David shares his background as a music journalist and how he fell into writing about equipment from the gear world. He also discusses his journey into pedal design and the challenges he faced along the way. The conversation covers the inspiration behind the name Great Eastern FX and the launch of the company.

Also in this episode, we get a sneak peek at the XO Variable Crossover pedal and Blake shares a short demo. (A first on this podcast!)

David and Blake discuss the versatility and educational potential of the crossover pedal. Including creating complex effects chains and splitting the signal for different amps. David shares the origin of the pedal and how it evolved from a harmonic tremolo concept. They also discuss the importance of using your ears and understanding frequency ranges in music. The conversation concludes with David's favorite Boss pedal, the TR2 Tremolo, and his favorite kind of pizza.

Takeaways

  • David Greaves started his career as a journalist writing for music magazines before transitioning into pedal design.
  • The inspiration for the name Great Eastern FX came from the Great Eastern Railway Company and the desire to project a sense of establishment and professionalism.
  • The XO Variable Crossover pedal allows users to split their guitar signal into low and high frequency bands, enabling the use of different effects on each frequency range.
  • The XO Variable Crossover pedal offers new creative possibilities for guitarists, allowing them to experiment with different effects on specific frequency ranges.

Sound Bites

Chapters

00:00

Introduction and Background

01:09

Getting Started in Music and Pedal Design

15:19

Launching Great Eastern Effects

24:04

Introducing the XO Variable Crossover Pedal

27:48

Blake's Experience with the XO Variable Crossover Pedal

30:41

Exploring Different Ways to Use the Pedal

32:21

The Versatility of the Crossover Pedal

33:01

Excitement for Bass Players

34:08

Educational Potential of the Pedal

36:31

The Origin of the Pedal

39:56

The Importance of Using Your Ears

43:24

The Impact of Frequency Ranges

46:37

The Complexity of Sound in a Band Context

49:02

Designing Pedals for Different Guitarists

50:29

The Innovation of Rock and Roll Sound

52:59

Favorite Boss Pedal: TR2 Tremolo

54:12

Favorite Kind of Pizza: Italian with Artichokes, Ham, and Mushrooms

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 April 9, 2024  1h4m