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Barry O’Neal

Barry O’Neal

Barry O’Neal is the Chief Puzzle Solver at XAct Tone Solutions in Nashville, Tennessee. He and the team at XTS design and build guitar rigs and effects pedals for musicians of all styles. When not designing stuff for guitar players, Barry enjoys time with his family … and thinking about designing stuff for guitar players. He can be reached via


State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

November 18, 2019
Tone suck or lifesaver? Here’s how to decide if you can bear the cost—both economic and sonic—of this fancy technology.
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State of the Stomp: Debugging Your Pedalboard on the Gig

August 7, 2019
Tips for finding and fixing issues with your stomp system on the fly.
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State of the Stomp: To Sum or Not to Sum

April 30, 2019
Tips for taking your signal path from stereo to mono.
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