Gear

What makes the distinguished sound of Black Levee? The band will explain all the gear used on stage and in the studio plus tips and tricks with candid blogs and video tutorials. This Gear Page will go through a detailed view of what each member of Black Levee is using now. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and offer feedback or suggestions. Please enjoy this explanation of what is used for the Black Levee sound.

The Black Levee Sound – Nate Alan

Nate Alan has a vintage guitar tone that creates a retro rock and roll vibe. Nate prefers using Fender Stratocasters though has a collection of Gretsch, Gibson, and Epiphone guitars along with a handful of acoustic instruments. Nate will tend to swap out different guitars to be inspired to play a certain style and achieve a particular sound. Nate is a dedicated user of Ernie Ball Slinky 9 – 42 gauge strings and Dunlop 73mm Tortex picks that must be yellow.

Nate Alan’s Guitar Amps

The amp selection that Nate is currently using consists of a Fender EC Tremolux and the Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue. The EC has set settings of volume at 3.5 and tone set at 7 with the tremolo circuit turned off. The deluxe reverb volume is always at 4 with the tone knobs set at treble 5, mid 6, and bass 4. Both amps are small with low wattage allowing for a tube break up at reasonable stage volume. These amps are loud but not unreasonable.

Nate Alan’s Stompboxes and effect pedals

Nate has for several years been a “plug into the amp and bypass the effect pedals” kind of guy, but as of late has begun using a mix of Wampler and Earth Quaker Devices pedals regularly. The pedal chain begins with a Korg Chromatic Tuner feeding in the Wampler Velvet Fuzz for huge vintage Hendrix style tone. This is mainly used as a boost for soloing and the heavier tunes in the set such as Café. Following the Velvet Fuzz is the Wampler Paisley drive pedal. The Paisley drive is engaged the majority of the set and offers just a bit of drive for the front end of the amp. Lastly, Earth Quaker devices Dispatch pedal is a delay and reverb combo unit all knobs set at 10 o clock for a touch of slapback delay and reverb. Nate does have a collection of other pedals that make its way into his board such as the MXR Carbon Copy, Fulltone 69 Fuzz, and Dunlop Buddy Guy Signature Wah Effects Pedal.

 

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