THE OPTION ONE...
COMPOSER - GUITAR/BASS - SESSION MUSICIAN - TUITION
GUITAR TECH - RECORDING ENGINEER - PRODUCER
Hi, I'm Marcus
I'm based in the UK (Midlands)
I Play Assorted instruments Inc: Guitar - Bass - Percussion - Harmonica - Sitar - (I'll turn my hand to most instruments) - Compose - Write Lyrics - Engineer Recordings - Produce - Session Musician - Teach - Guitar Tech (Luthiery & Set Up's) - Pedal Board/Amp Set Up's - Amp Restoration - Collect Pedals & Vintage Gear - Love Music
STUDIO/LIVE - SESSION WORK
Studio sessions are always cool... my influences are wide and cover a variety of musical styles and genres, I have lots of studio experience... it's a place I love to be...
I'm available, should you need Guitar, Bass, Percussion or Arrangement/Composition assistance with your project, just gimme a shout... I also offer recording services (see below)
Please remember I can provide not only my playing services, but, also own some great Amps, Pedals, Guitars, Basses, Percussion and have a hat-full of ideas...
You can check out some of my Playing, Arrangment, Vocals and engineering by going to the music on the right hand side of this page
For a glimpse of some of my favourite Pedals and equipment see below
I am happy to play or go even deeper for the right projects... I'm also keen to go further into film and incidental music...(nudge nudge !!)
Contact me with your requirements for sessions
I have had some really great experiences playing live... a particular highlight was supporting Sky Saxon and The Seeds on their European tour...firstly In Nottingham (Rescue Rooms), and following a personal request from Sky, another support at Manchester Academy.... with my project The Option One... (in band form). An honour, (also, great fun to be joined on stage by the man himself during one of the songs....) RIP Sky and thankyou for the kind words you had for me and the music...(words I will remember)...Peace and good memories...
It's always good to play in front of a crowd and past live work has included Guitar and Bass duties... demoing recording techniques at an exhibition for a company.
Additional live work has included various lectures, demonstrating vintage effects and discussing the history and use in classic tracks for a college, great fun...
Other previous live includes playing @ The Dirty South in London, supporting Mark Morriss of the Bluetones, an excellent, large and lively crowd made for a very memorable gig.
At my disposal is a nice selection of vintage, classic & boutique equipment I have worked long and hard to gather together inc: Guitars - Basses - Amps - Pedals , Percussion and various other items of musical interest. These nuggets help me to acieve many sounds depending on session requirements.
Ok, I admit it... I'm a pedal junky, it makes sense when you think about it, pedals can offer a cost effective way of adding to your sound and are something everyone can get into... a nice overdrive can really tip a nice sounding amp into something that sounds magical... so while amps and guitars can cost a small fortune, a useful effect doesn't need to cost the earth and it can inspire and lead your playing someplace new...
(CURRENT FAVOURITE SQUEEZES)
Dallas Arbiter - Fuzz Face
Silicon BC 109's
The price of these original vintage 60's & 70's pedals has continued to increase
(when you plug into a good one, you'll know why... )
However, be patient as bargains do still turn up from time to time....
This is my trusty old blue Fuzz Face an oldie but certainly a goldie...
This fuzz sounds just so good for dialling in the coolest tones, from dirt 'n' gritty to sharp 'n' spitty - massive n mean (with lots in between...) top pedal...!!
Hear the blue Dallas Arbiter Fuzz in action - The Option One - ''Hotrox''
Dallas Arbiter - Fuzz Face
(BC 109C - Silicon Fuzz)
Here's an amazing Fuzz, produced during the 80's - (pre Dunlop)
These were made by Foxrox main man Dave Fox
Believed to be the same model used by John Squire of The Stone Roses
I can report, it sounds heavenly...
J.B. Fuzz Face
(Dunlop - Tripps)
(Custom Build - Germanium Fuzz)
Jeorge Tripps (the man behind the legendary Way Huge pedals)
offers the signature ''Joe Bonamassa - Germanium Fuzz Face''
built brighter to make life easier for Humbuckers,
it sounds very fine with single coils too...!!
It's gonna give you the jimi thing, particularly if you run into a singin amp, if however you have a clean amp, just place an overdive after the Fuzz... it just gives the fuzz that extra grit to make it nice...
Really impressed with strat/Neck with the guitar volume down through this pedal... superb blue tones...!!
(Boiling Point - Overdive/Distortion/Boost)
Really loving this pedal, it's so versatile, it does hefty boost - nice grit - fat overdrive and sharp or creamy distortion, it's pricey, but saves you buying 2 or 3 other pedals, take one for a test drive if you get chance...
(Handwired - Overdrive)
Sean Michael sure knows how to build a reliable pedal, this handwired ''Eternity'' is one of his early pedals, I've had it some years now, it's still going strong and stacks nicely. It's in the ''Tube Screamer'' range, just a little more of everything, (comes alive with a buffer placed after it), 3 dimensional sound too... some great sounds with this pedal, plug in and smile...
(Super Tube Screamer - Overdrive)
Like a regular Tube Screamer, but with added mid control,
this allows a boost to the lower or upper mids,
a great pedal, into a clean amp,
can also help tighten up a driven amp, also sounds cool after a fuzz pedal...!!
Pro Co - RAT
Here's another good old box,
this old boy has the desired LM 308 Op Amp and sounds excellent and raucous..!!
lots of fuzzy distorted goodness...
I love the old Ibanez 9 series, tubescreamer, chorus etc...
The delay is no exception
PEDANTIC ABOUT PEDALS
Short sound & visual reviews of pedals I think worthy of attention
Hope folks find it handy before jumping on ebay and spending their hard earned cash...
Pedals could be new, old or boutique... let's see how we go !!
Ibanez Tube Screamer Classic
(10 series) 86 - 89
So everyone knows about the 808 & 9 series Tube Screamer
But, pass this one by and your missing a trick.
Often overlooked in favour of the other screamers...
means it's sometimes available for less money !!
(though prices are rising !!)
JRC chipped and sounds as you would hope...
Check the video below.
Things that are so good... I'm gonna make mention... they may be good for you too...
G7th - PERFORMANCE - CAPO
I got one of these when they first hit the market, (great design).
Put into place with one hand and fits only as tightly as you squeeze it... releases using the lever on the back...
G7th - NEWPORT - CAPO
Ultra small profile, thumbwheel control for accurate adjustment (put it on, tighten it up to regular finger pressure) plus it's light as a feather... it's a really great capo.
VOODOO LAB - PEDAL POWER - 2 PLUS
Hum free, hassle free operation for just about every effect...
My pedal board has one of these, it's gigged and done lots of studio sessions with me... quiet as a mouse & never missed a beat...Thanks Voodoo Lab !!
I use and recommend these cases, pro, strong, well made and great for protecting your Amps & other equipment
I've recently dealt with jason and been round the workshop where these are made, I can only recommend them all the more... thanks for your help Flightcase Warehouse
Amp & pedalboard cases.
GIGRIG - HUMDINGER
Provides a buffered output to amp. The extra clarity when your top end is re-instated with the aid of a buffer is very cool...
Older pedals eg Ibanez or Boss have buffers and keep top end clarity... however, using that method, sometimes the pedals effect can bleed into the clean signal. A dedicated buffer has advantages... (it's just a buffer)
This Humdinger also offers an isolated output... (ground lift) so your signal can be sent to two amps... (without getting the dreaded ground loop hum that occurs with a lot of two amp set ups...) it even includes a phase switch... a well made, great sounding and seriously handy item to have on the board or in the bag.
Catalyst has had some airplay over in the USA (Thankyou Jamie...!!)
My song ''Catalyst'' http://snd.sc/129Qtqm please take a listen, if you want to download you can, all monies will go towards the recording of my new songs... many thanks.
Session work keeping me busy with my Bass and Guitar
Working on my friend Harriets next song, (our 2nd song with yours truly recording, engineering,mixing and adding some additional instrumentation)