Last night at the premiere of , who helped write most of the for the play, was hand-delivered a custom designed Illumiringer guitar effects pedal by a fan, Dr. Blankenstein. The pedal’s characteristics are quite extraordinary, the entire pedal being created Anastasio in mind — inside and out. Blankenstein worked on the pedal for over a year and explains in on Paste Bin what each feature does. Jedi-Trey will want to read this.
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This is the one Trey really influenced A LOT! The motion / light sensor. It is turned on the middle stomp . The actual sensor is located above it. WELL… we have all seen Trey do his Jedi with his guitar…he controls the tone with the whammy pedal. I thought “why not be able to actually control the tone with those ”. A year later… here it is. But it’s better… if you flash a flashlight or laser into it slowly… you can get style pitch swells. Use a strobe light.. wild oscillations will occur.. control the speed with the flashing. Think of the fun that can happen with a little practice with CK5 ;) Any object that breaks the lights to the sensor will change the guitar tone…. more light… wider .

Read the full explanation of the pedals here and I’m sure Blankenstein will have more to say on his pedal effects site and Youtube Channel. It’ll be interesting to see / hear if Trey incorporates this new into his arsenal for Summer Tour. The light / tone controlled feature must have had Trey’s eyes as wide as they could go. Can’t wait to find out! Kudos to Dr. Blankenstein for his impeccable timing — just in time for the new album!

Thanks to @PhishVids for the tip!


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