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.

This is "merely the start" for reader Ben Weir, who plans on expanding his pedalboard into a double-decker board. Here's the current setup in his own words: "I start with my Ibanez WD7 Weeping Demon wah (the auto-switch function has spoiled me) which then goes into a MXR EVH Phase 90 on the script mode with a slow sweep, then my Akai Drive3 Overdrive, which I use to boost and tighten up my (Peavey) 6505+ combo. Obviously, we have the footswitch for that in the center. Coming out of the effects loop of the 6505+, I have a Modtone Minimod Analog Delay, which I have set as just a short, quite dark delay to give the guitar some space, as it were (I got the idea from Premier Guitar's John Herrington Rig Rundown). After that it goes into my Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler, which I mostly use for the Particle Verb reverb on cleans, and the octo reverb for synth-like sounds. After that I have my TC Electronic Ditto Looper for occasional solo jams, and then back into the amp."

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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