This year, PG received more pedalboard submissions from readers than any previous year, which makes us very happy. If you’re discerning and passionate about your effects, you’ve come to the right place.

Discovery awaits! Learn how a San Diego guitarist maximizes his sonic reach while doing the heavy lifting in a duo with only six effects at his feet. Have you ever heard of a condition called synesthesia? One reader explains how his unique sensory interpretation causes him to experience his pedalboard differently from most. A deployed military serviceman spent his days dreaming of the stomp station he’d build when he returned home. Thankfully, he got his chance to build it.

Some players take a less-is-more approach, while others delight in having an outrageous bevy of options. Size doesn’t matter, friends: The magic is in the details. Step on and bask in the craft of the pedalboard.