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All-Star Pedalboards 2017

From classic-rock simplicity to indie-tweaker’s delight: Premier Guitar chronicles the most noteworthy stomp stations from last year’s Rig Rundowns.


Red Hot Chili Peppers
When we met with RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in the summer of 2012, his pedal rig was one of the largest, most sprawling we’d ever seen. As of early 2017, plenty of the pedals have changed, but the extensive scale remains. While Klinghoffer’s stomps were previously spread across three boards, they now occupy two, plus four rack drawers. The larger board contains a Catalinbread CSIDMAN glitch/stutter delay, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man and Holy Grail Nano pedals, a Death by Audio Interstellar Overdriver, an Xotic Effects EP Booster, and a bunch of Bosses (DM-2, DD-3, and DD-6 delays, a VB-2, vibrato, a CE-2 chorus, an RV-5 reverb, a DS-2 distortion, and a couple of FS-5L footswitches for activating a vintage Tone Bender MK 1.5 and a Klon Centaur). A Bright Onion Pedals router enables various effects combinations via a Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro (right), and a Radial Engineering SGI-44 routes the signal from Klinghoffer’s wireless receiver (not shown) to the board. In addition to the Ground Control Pro, the smaller board features a Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler, an EHX Cathedral, and an expression pedal.