Premier Guitar's Rich Osweiler conducted an interview with legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention that took place January 24-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
Replicating Sheehan's technique of blending clean and distorted signals, coupled with the unique inclusion of separate clean and distorted effects loops, comes a new bass pedal from EBS Sweden developed in close co-operation with Billy Sheehan himself. Introducing the EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive...
The winter NAMM show in Anaheim at the end of January was the scene for the release of the new extraordinary EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive pedal. A pedal developed by EBS in close co-operation with legendary bassist Billy Sheehan.
"This pedal is a distillate of several important principles in the signal chain for bass. Compression, distortion, tone-shaping and blending all together," says Billy.
The new pedal is based on the concept of mixing together a clean signal with a distorted signal to be able to preserve low frequencies and find a perfect balance between distortion and definition.
The option to activate a built-in compressor makes it possible to keep the note differentiation clearly audible even when heavily distorted.
The pedal also offers unlimited pre-post mix tone shaping, through the unique features of a clean loop and a drive loop. Insert any other pedal in each loop to "pimp" the effect into your own signature effect! For example, add a graphic EQ to the drive to change the character of the distortion. Or add your favourite compressor to the Clean Loop instead of using the built-in offered in the pedal.
On the new extended sized stomp box there are controls for Drive (gain for the overdrive engine), Tone (sets the frequency scoop for the drive), Level (sets level for drive channel post Drive Loop and pre final compressor) and Clean (sets level for the clean channel, post Clean Loop and pre final compressor).
The pedal offers three different compression modes: High, Mid and Off. The level of compression on the Mid setting can be determined by the user through an internal trim pot.