Since this blog is so new, I will make an epic in depth post about my favorite guitarist, Dave Knudson.
Between Botch and Minus The Bear, this man was a pioneer on both the heavy and soft sides of music. He knows how to keep it simple when it’ll lend better to the music that he is playing with his band. He also knows how to blow your mind with things you would have never thought of. Be it the mathy dissonant riffs of Botch glitched out with a Korg Kaoss Pad, the compressed slapback delay over melodic touch guitar techniques on Highly Refined Pirates or Quad DL4 sampling all over Meno El Oso and Planet Of Ice… This man is always tinkering with sounds and figuring out how to find new ones.
Amplifiers: In Botch he most notably used a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. Being the only guitarist in the band, he ran the Recto in stereo with other amps such as the Peavey 5150, Marshall JCM 800 and Ampeg VL1002 at varying points in the band’s life. Mashall 1960 cabs appear to be most commonly used. In Minus The Bear he seems to have stuck pretty loyal to the Fender Twin Reverb and Mesa Boogie Lonestar 2x12 combos. Though there is a mention of him on Verellen Amp’s website(Ben Verellen being Botch’s Dave Verellen’s brother) posing with what appear to be a Coop.
Guitars: In Botch he mainly stuck with Gibson Les Pauls of both the single and double cutaway designs. In Minus The Bear he made a shift towards the PRS route. According to his Wikipedia His current guitars include:
PRS Custom 24
Fender Jaguar Special HH Baritone Guitar.
First Act Delia 22
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom Silverburst.
Pedals/effects: The Botch days aren’t as well documented as MTB. He made prominent use of the Digitech Whammy and Korg Koass Pad for pitch shifting craziness. He did some delay and looping work but unlike today’s quad DL4 setup, back then as well as pre Planet Of Ice MTB he used some Boss pedals and possibly other loopers. A Crybaby Wah, and on the botch DVD he stated the lo fi glitchy sounds of “Thank God For The Worker Bees” were done by the Digitech Jimi Hendrix Experience Pedal.
Currently his pedalboard is as evolved as ever. Seemingly capable of doing any task he’s ever done(save for the Kaoss Pad) and then some. Here is a fairly up to date list of pedals: