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Guns N' Roses Richard Fortus
The pedal drawers in Fortus' rack are packed. Left: DOD FX25 Envelope Filter, Yamaha AG Stomp acoustic guitar preamp modeler, Pigtronix Echolution, and Prescription Electronics Vibe-Unit. Right: Boss FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz, Ibanez CF-7 Chorus/Flanger, Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus, Arion Stereo Chorus, Electro-Harmonix H.O.G., Strymon OB1 Booster, Xotic Effects RC Booster, Lovepedal Eternity Overdrive, and Emma Electronics Discombobulator. Not pictured are a duo of Hiwatt Custom Tape Echo units and two TC Electronic G Major II units."

Kemper Profiler Stage, Nueral DSP Quad Cortex & Line 6 HX Stomp (clockwise from top)

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