Boss ROD-20 Overdrive Distortion

Mention in a 1989 interview as the only rack effect that Rory used at the time.

Generally, I’m not over keen on rack-mounted gear. There’s enough to do on stage without having to peer at LED displays, and anyway, […] However, one exception is ROD-20. I have used a wah-wah as a tone control- not pedaling it, but using it to set the mid-frequency for solos. The trouble is that you encounter the gypsy factor -either you get it right or you don’t. There’s no second chance. With the ROD-20, I use settings 1 and 2, patched in from a remote footswitch, to work on the midrange rather than the fuzz setting – there are a lot of midrange possibilities from the equalizer section, particularly with a single-coil pick-up on the guitar.

July 29,1989 issue of SOUNDS


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