The Black Levee Sound – Nate Alan
What creates the vintage guitar tone and retro rock and roll vibe of Black Levee? A personal collection of Fender Stratocasters, Gretsch, Gibson, and Epiphone guitars are used frequently throughout Black Levee recordings. Switching between guitars truly assists in being inspired to play a certain style. Every guitar in the collection are strung with Ernie Ball Slinky 9 – 42 gauge strings . The only guitar pick that will be used is a yellow Dunlop 73mm Tortex picks
Nate Alan’s Guitar Amps
The EC Tremolux is set with volume at 3.5 and tone set at 7 with the tremolo circuit turned off.
As a second amp the deluxe reverb reissue has volume at 4 with the tone knobs set at treble 5, bass 4 and reverb set to 3.
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. Chained next inline
Wampler Paisley drive pedal 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 9 o clock for a touch of slapback delay and reverb.