We asked PG faithful to show us their pedalboards, and you delivered! In honor of our annual pedal blowout, we bring you 30 of our readers' personal stomping grounds.

"My messy collection of pedals needs to be tidied up a little bit, along with buying an actual board (Pedaltrain Pro 4 most likely), but as I'm not yet in a band, the pedals don't need to be transported all the time," says Michael Bauwens of Belgium. His chain goes as follows: Guitar (Gibson ES-335 or Tele MIM or non-Fender Strat), Boss TU3 tuner, Vox V847 Wah, Dunlop Uni-Vibe (plus expression pedal to the right of the wah), Boss DS1 Keeley Modded distortion, Dunlop JHF1 Fuzz Face, EHX Big Muff Pi w/ tone wicker, Behringer EQ700 (simply used for a little bass-mid boost), Rocktron Hush pedal, EHX POG2, Line 6 FM4 (plus expression pedal), MXR Carbon Copy Delay, EHX Nano Holy Grail, Boss RC-3 Looper (plus Boss dual footswitch), and into a Fender Blues Deluxe. The Electro-Harmonix Nano Bassballs (for his bass) goes to input B of the Boss RC-3 and then to a little Fender Rumble 15. It's all being fueled by a T-Rex FuelTank Chameleon. "Not all pedals on my rig are essential, but I like to experiment with sounds and having fun with what you do is what's important, right?"

Plus, the Fontaines D.C. axeman explains why he’s reticent to fix the microphonic pickup in his ’66 Fender Coronado.

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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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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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