(BOSS) DS-1 Distortion pedal (9) - Kurt always referred
to these as "Roland" pedals, rather than BOSS. Seen throughout "Bleach"
and "Nevermind"-eras. The settings on this were about the same as
on his DS-2 (see #2). Used until February 1992 when it was replaced with:
(BOSS) DS-2 Turbo Distortion pedal (19)(20). Used on "Unplugged"
("Unplugged" 21) and the "Nevermind" tour. This pedal
was first used in February of 1992 (57). Kurt's settings are as follows: Level:
all the way up, tone: at about 11 to 1 o'clock (usually at 11), distortion:
usually all the way up but occasionally came down to about 1 or 2 o'clock
in the studio, and the last knob was set to position one, the non-turbo setting
(59). The DS-1 was set similarly. Eventually it was probably only used on
"The Man Who Sold the World" live.
21 Sans Amp Classic amp-simulator box (seen 7). This was Kurt's
MAIN distortion during the "In Utero" tour despite popular beliefs,
and was used throughout the entire tour. Pat also had a SansAmp but preferred
his Rat. His settings
on the DIP switches were, from left to right: three-up, three down (Jim said
he remembered its settings as "Three-up, three-down"(40)), two-up,
and all of the knobs were turned all the way up except for the high control
which was at about 12 o'clock. Jim doesn't recall where the SansAmp's three-position
selector switch's setting was, but thinks it was the Normal (center) setting
(57). This pedal was certainly NOT used on Nevermind, like some magazines
Small Clone chorus, purchased sometime in 1990 from Guitar Maniacs.
This pedal was used extensively throughout most of Kurt's career and was one
of his favorites until his death (57). It is visible in most any concert footage
(including "Unplugged" ("Unplugged" 21)) which catches
a glimpse of the floor by Kurt's feet. It's visible on the black-and-white
side under the track listing "6 Dumb 2:29" ("In Utero"
8) and also in a huge picture in "Circus" magazine (39). According
to Earnie, the switch was almost always in the up position, so much that Earnie
hardwired it "up." (57)(59).
Kurt never used a Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phase shifter pedal (56).
7). Orange MXR Phase 100 which was used for "Curmudgeon." This was owned by Kurt (59) and supposedly purchased at Voltage Guitars at the same time as his Fender XII and blue Mosrite (60).
Distortion + (59).
8). DOD Grunge pedal. This was just a joke (40).
At one show, it was thrown into the crowd! (10). Jim Vincent said it wasn't
9). Kurt never used a Dunlop Rotovibe (26)(10) despite what the "In Utero" tab book says. Someone told me they saw Kurt use one at a show, but I doubt it. Supposedly, the only time Kurt ever "had" a rotovibe was from January 28-30 of 1994 at Bob Lang's North Seattle studio when Kurt forgot his pedals and used a pedalboard of Earnie's. The rotovibe in the pedalboard was not used, though. The effects it had were: a Boss flanger, a Boss vibrato, a Boss delay, a rotovibe, and an Ibanez Supermetal. Kurt recorded one song, "You Got No Right" ("On the Mountain")(on bootlegs, etc.) where the Ibanez Supermetal and maybe the Boss flanger were used (41)(57).
10). Electro-Harmonix EchoFlanger (32)(40) and Electro-Harmonix PolyChorus (37)(seen 15). Despite the different names, the Polychorus and Echoflanger had the same internal circuitry. Kurt supposedly only had one EchoFlanger, despite what is said in (32). Kurt used the EchoFlanger on the Brazil shows (source info? Rio perhaps?) and the song "The Priest They Called Him" (found on various bootlegs, etc.). Both pedals were taken on the "In Utero" tour. The EchoFlanger sometimes "acted up" and Earnie gave Kurt his PolyChorus as a back-up. This PolyChorus was used on "In Utero" for the "Heart-Shaped Box" solo, "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter," and "Scentless Apprentice" (41). Earnie sent out another PolyChorus to Kurt, hoping to get his back, but the "new" one broke and was given to Eric Erlanderson of "Hole" who had it fixed. Earnie did eventually get his PolyChorus back, but not before Kurt marked his settings on it with nail polish and put Velcro on it. The EchoFlanger was supposed to be used on "Unplugged" ("Unplugged" 21) but caused too much 60-cycle hum in the control room. Courtney now has Kurt's EchoFlanger (40). The most often-asked question, at long last: Kurt's handwritten Polychorus settings.
11). ProCo Rat. See "Recording of 'Nevermind'" for more details.
12). Electro-Harmonix Big Muff. See "Recording of 'Nevermind'" for more details.
13). Univox Superfuzz. Kurt had it before "Bleach" ("Bleach" 34) but it was stolen from the band's practice space. Earnie built him a handwired duplicate in a silver, metal box which he humorously labeled the "Yung-Mann Fuzz" (41).
14). Electro-Harmonix Clone Theory, Kurt didn't like it as much as the Small Clone and broke it (41).
15). Supposedly a Vox Tone Bender Fuzz, two of them actually, hooked up next to each other. Apparently, these two pedals are on a poster of Kurt from around the "In Utero" tour where Kurt is using his sonic blue Mustang; kneeling down pressing one of the pedals on. The name (Vox Tone Bender Fuzz) is supposedly visable on the boxes (10). Nobody who knew Kurt's gear remember Kurt using this, though (56), and Earnie suspects if the photo exists, it was altered (59).
16). Unknown wah-wah pedal on "Bleach" ("Bleach" 34).
In the "Bleach/Nevermind" days, Kurt's
effects were normally (from Kurt's point of view looking down, right to left):
DS-1 (DS-2), Small Clone chorus. Later it would be the DS-2, SansAmp, Polychorus,
Small Clone, for example. The Grunge would be between the DS-2 and the Sansamp.
All of the "In Utero" tour effects.