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CS JUAN ALDERETE CAUSE &

CS JUAN ALDERETE CAUSE & EFFECTS THE PEDAL GURU DISHES ON HIS NEWEST PROJECT, HALO ORBIT, AND IMPARTS WISDOM ABOUT STOMPBOXES AND ALL THINGS EFFECTS JUAN ALDERETE MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM. IT STARTED INNOCENTLY enough, but what began as a budding curiosity has grown into a full-blown obsession. At the beginning of his career, in the ’80s, Alderete used a single compressor for cleaner tone and more precision; now, he has a studio for his pedal collection, which contains over 400 pedals—and it’s still growing. Even broaching the subject of effects with the 53-year-old Los Angeles native might bring out the museum curator in him: Be ready for eloquently recited dissertations on, say, the merits of a multi-function distortion pedal. Alderete’s infatuation with bass gear has led him to become one of the world’s great authorities on pedals and effects, granting him sommelier status that has fueled his popular website pedalsandeffects.com, his nationwide tours for effects demos, his global seminars at bass camps, and his crusades through small-town pawnshops to find hidden bass gems. If this seems like an exaggeration, consider that an hour before this interview, Alderete had purchased yet another bass, in San Francisco: “It’s a gorgeous Ibanez Roadstar Precision from the ’80s,” he gushed. “I called my wife and told her I had to get it.” Fortunately, Juan’s gear has always been put to good use. Best known for his stellar work with bands like Racer X, Distortion Felix, Big Sir, Vato Negro, and the Mars Volta, Alderete has recently been laying down grooves for hip-hop heavyweights Deltron 3030 and Dr. Octagon. Halo Orbit, his recent collaboration with drum phenom By Jon D'Auria Photograph by Piero F. Giunti 28 bassplayer.com / may2017

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