Chris Shiflett – Pedalboard – Foo Fighters

Last Friday was the premier of HBO’s Sonic Highways which is a new series where the Foo Fighters go to various cities and recording studios to record their upcoming release also called Sonic Highways. The concept is for the band to go to cities that have influenced or impacted them in some way, and to really discover the history of that city. Dave Grohl would then write lyrics about that experience and record in that city. It’s a pretty cool concept for sure. Last week’s city was Chicago, one of my personal favorite cities! Here is the trailer for that episode:

In that episode there was a sequence where Chris Shiflett (lead guitarist) was working out a lead section of that particular Chicago song (Something From Nothing). During that sequence there was a good view of his current pedal board! As many guitarist do, his board has changed from his 2011 board (the latest board shot I could find). Below is a photo:

Chris Shiflett - Pedalboard - Foo Fighters

I was able to identify almost all of the pedals, but there are a couple in question. If you can help fill in the blanks, please help by commenting on this post!

Strymon El Capistan Tape Echo
Strymon Blue Sky Reverberator
Strymon Lex Rotary
TC Electronic Corona Chorus
Electro-Harmonix Micro POG
Heptode Virtuoso Phase Shifter
?? Distortion – in the show, they were working on a nasty distortion. I would suspect that the grey pedal is a home made type of dirt box. In previous pedal board shots, he would have a Fulltone Fulldrive 2 here.
Vox DelayLap Delay
Jumper/Switch for his Vox amp (2 green LEDs)
Boss TU-3 Tuner
Dunlop DVP1 Volume Pedal
2x Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+
Trailer Trash Board

Again, if you can provide some light on the Black 3 button pedal (UPDATE 10/27— this has been identified as the Heptode Virtuoso Phase Shifter that looks modified), please let us know by commenting below! Also, did you catch Sonic Highways? Let’s us know what you think about the series!

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  1. The three button black box is a HEPTODE VIRTUOSO PHASE SHIFTER

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  2. The 3 button pedal is a Heptode Virtuoso Phase Shifter. Its a clone of the old Maestro Phaser.

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  3. Looks like it must have been modded to add that expression wheel on the side? Way cool.

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  4. I’m going to guess a Zvex Fuzz Factory clone for the mystery distortion mentioned above. After watching the episode and noting it had five knobs in a 1590B enclosure oriented horizontally, I’d feel that guess is pretty safe.

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  5. That isn’t a knob on the side of the Heptode Virtuoso Phase Shifter. It’s an Ebow just sandwiched next to the pedals.

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