Guitarists from around the globe give us tours of their stomping grounds.


Aldo Rossi: Peruvian Pedalboard
Peruvian picker Aldo Rossi shares his six-pedal setup. First up is a Boss Blues Driver BD-2. (“I like tone at 9 and full gain,” says Aldo. “It really gets a nice, fat, fuzzy sound.) Next come a Dunlop Cry Baby Wah, DigiTech Whammy Pedal, Boss DD-6 Digital Delay, Boss CH-1 Super Chorus, and a handmade fuzz. “I have to admit the fuzz alone doesn’t get too crazy,” confides Aldo. “But when I play it with the BD-2, it gives a hell of a sound!

Ready for some self-inflicted pedal envy? Just check out the extraordinary setups from some of our fellow players. These recent submissions include a crafty “skateboard,” a fuzz “smorgasboard,” and submissions from a few players who may have gone “overboard.” (Puns intended.)

Pedal lust has no end—these pedalboard pics keep rolling in, and there are plenty more where these came from. Check out other reader boards at

Johnny Marr’s latest LP spans influences from New Order to the Staple Singers while staying rooted in his clockwork timing and copious talents as arranger and melodicist.

When the great Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes passed away earlier this year, I thought a lot about Johnny Marr. Marr was moved deeply by the girl groups of the ’60s—their positivity, energy, and the convergence of ecstasy and melancholy in the music. He was even fired up by the audaciousness of their style: The impressive beehive hairdo worn by Spector’s bandmate Estelle Bennett famously inspired the jet-black pile Marr wore at the height of Smiths fame.

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

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How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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