Hello again, local readers and gear enthusiasts. Welcome to another look through the local Gearview Mirror. This week I am featuring the seismic tone and gear of Mason Berglund of Beetlegork. He’s got some interesting things to show us so let’s get down to business.
As usual we start with the axe. This is my personal favorite piece of his tone puzzle. I’ve always liked finding other guitarists that play “Frankenstein” guitars, and this axe is nothing short of it. With a distressed L.T.D. body,(that has gone through hell and back) this beast gives all the right vibes.Which, you would expect from its appearance and personality when waiting for the first note. As for pickups, Mason has filled the void with B.C. Rich pulled from a broken acrylic B.C. Rich guitar.
On Masons Pedalboard building this huge tone I discovered:
A Y split pedal made by Saturnwerks that allows him to split his signal and run both signals though at once.
A Rowin Noise Gate. (Any noise gate is necessary in any board).
A Tuner Power : Tuner/ power supply. This is some creative, original, and convenient shit I first witnessed through this interview, and am getting one for sure!
A Superego synth engine is the next on the chain list.
Followed by a Tremoverb: Tremolo / reverb combo pedal. Made by Daddy Daughter pedals.
Heavy Metal HM 2 for distortion
And ending with a Nux: Time force analog delay simulation pedal.
All of these pedals are on constantly, so don’t think any bit of this unnecessary. Every step is just as important as the last when your building you “Identity” as a guitarist, and I must say his tone is certainly a diamond in in the local rough.
Mason uses a Peavey XXL Transtube series 100 for his amplifier. Although I usually find Peavey in the thrash circuit, but this baby could find a place anywhere in the versatile rock world.
The final piece of the monster that is Mason Berglund is his crazy vintage cabinet. This baby emanates age and nestalgia and has “the balls” to boot.
All in all, I can say I am very happy I decided to feature this gear. There was definitely something to take from the consistency and width in his tone that left me feeling like I was embarking on a journey I would never forget.
Be sure to check out Beetlegork in the link below!
Thank you all for joining me back stage for another look through the Gearview Mirror.
Check out next week’s article on Beetlegork’s bassist Levi Berglund, and as always- Thrash fast and headbang hard.
Editing/video/feature photo credit: Emily Mae