The fourth annual NYC pedal bonanza brought together some of the best stompbox makers in the guitar effects world.

Amid the chaos of October’s CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, The Deli magazine and Main Drag Music joined forces to present the Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit, a public event that brought together some of the planet’s finest pedal manufacturers, who showed off their wired wares and new innovations at Main Drag’s lovely Williamsburg showroom.

Amid the chaos of October’s CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, The Deli magazine and Main Drag Music joined forces to present the Brooklyn Stompbox Expo, a public event that brought together some of the planet’s finest pedal manufacturers, who showed off their wired wares and new innovations at Main Drag’s lovely Williamsburg showroom.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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