This year's hotly anticipated Pedal Issue begins with a bang. It's adorned with a badass custom illustration by Alan Forbes, and is packed with 37 reviews of the newest, coolest guitar and bass stompboxes on the market. We've also got a piece on the history of the venerable Ibanez Tube Screamer, a how-to article on getting the most out of your delay pedal, four must-try stompbox mods for budding solder jockeys, and a profile of boutique pedal guru Robert Keeley. We've also got interviews with Mastodon's Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, St. Vincent's Annie Clark, and blues-rocker Samantha Fish, as well as photo-intensive pieces on the new Fender Visitor Center and Experience PRS 2011, and an excerpt from the amazing new book The Guitar Collection from Epic Ink. We also review the Orange Dark Terror, Framus Hollywood DC, Gibson Les Paul Jr. DC bass, and Shadow Nanoflex-6 acoustic pickup.