OmarRodríguez-López Pedals through different eras.

Let’s take 5 minutes of silence to aprecciate this….

Ok. I was going to do a post that discussed pedalboards with delays at the beggining of the chain and another that talked about wah pedals at the end of the chain. But I couldn’t resist making an exclusive post for Omar’s pedals. He has some delays at first. At never puts his wah at the begging at the pedal police officers orders. And also reverb at the beggining it some cases. 

I will attempt to explain his pedal order.

2011/2012:tuner>microamp>chorus>octave>analog delay>phaser>digital delay>wah>fuzz>tape delay>looper

So. The first photos are his Mars Volta 2001?-2010? pedalboard. Then his Mars Volta/ORL Group scaled down pedalboard of 2011/2012. After the At The Drive In reunion pedalboard. The last two are his Bosnian Rainbows pedals. 

Damn pedals are cool.

*I do not own any of the photos. I Stole them from different blogs, flickrs, magazines, tumblrs, pinterests, etc. and kept them in my computer a long time ago, but since I forgot to write where they came from I can’t put them. Sorry I guess.

It’s obvious that John is a shaman. That’s exactly what he is. There is a lot of that in the way he plays the guitar. I’ll tell you something: when he came to the studio to record the new songs with us, John would remain in front of the others, silent and without a guitar, to sense what was about to come. He would move his hands in the air to receive the energy. Then, five minutes before we begun recording the songs, almost without rehearsing, John would pick up his instrument and learn the solo, following a personal ritual. I don’t think that anyone else can do something like that. To me, such a thing is a shamanistic quality. There’s no one like him. When he plays, you can’t stop watching him, he hypnotizes you. He’s incredible. He opens his mouth as if he’s screaming, he closes his eyes and… it’s like he’s doing magic. I imagine those south american shamans during a trance, you know. Connecting to another dimension with nothing else but a guitar. I feel lucky to be where I am and to live this kind of experiences. Magic and music, all together. Few things could be better in this life.
Cedric Bixler-Zavala talking about John Frusciante (via livingthereinaflower)