I’ve had my BOSS RC-2 Loop Station for almost three years now, and it has only been in the last month or so that I’ve actually put it to use on a regular basis. Frankly, I’m not too sure why I hadn’t used it. But since I’ve started using it, I’ve been having a blast!
I think what inspired me to start using it was the release of the TC Electronic Ditto Looper. I was very impressed by its simplicity, and then it occurred to me that the RC-2 was actually very simple to use if memory served. So I set up the RC-2 with my VHT Special 6, and started to play around with it for a few days.
To be honest, when I first started using it in those practice sessions, I was a little overwhelmed and intimidated, even with such a simple looper! But after awhile, I started to get the hang of it, and worked up the confidence to use it at my solo gig.
I now use it quite a bit. Most of the time, I use it for specific songs like Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” or Clapton’s “Wondeful Tonight.” But lately, I’ve had some riffs pop into my head during my gig, and I’ll tap out a rhythm, lay down the rhythm guitar, then just jam over it. It has added a lot of life into my gig; mind you, I’m into my 13th year playing this weekly gig, so any way I can add a new dimension to it breaks up the monotony.
Frankly, I don’t know if I’ll get another, more sophisticated looper. I’ve seen some amazing things people do with them, but for me, simple is good for right now.