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GALLERY: Reader Pedalboards 2015, Part 1

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

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Victor Abad: Cramped but Cozy
This Pedaltrain JR board comes to us from Madrid, Spain, and is powered by a Voodoo Pedal Power 2 Plus. Victor Abad uses a Loop-Master Patchbay and a Korg Pitchback Tuner. The signal path for Loop 1 goes to an Xotic Effects SP Compressor, Fulltone Catalyst boost/overdrive, Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer, TC Electronic Vintage Tremolo, and a Way Huge Aqua-Puss. Loop 2 employs an EarthQuaker Devices Organizer and a Boss RT-20 Rotary Ensemble. Out of the loop comes a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster, which goes back to the Loop-Master Patchbay. Abad plans to make some swaps soon. “I’m about to receive a King of Tone from Analogman, and I’m planning to include an Electro-Harmonix B9 for the organ sounds, and save some real estate by removing the RT-20 and the Organizer.”

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 premierguitar.com.

Full Slash Interview
Full Slash Interview on New Blues Album, S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival, Guitar Gear, Pedal Steel & More

The guitar icon shares what went into making his chart-topping blues album and what gear fans can expect to see at the S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Blues Festival tour.

The author standing next to a Richardson gunstock lathe purchased from Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory. It was used to make six necks at a time at Gibson in the 1950s and 1960s.

Keep your head down and put in the work if you want to succeed in the gear-building business.

The accelerated commodification of musical instruments during the late 20th century conjures up visions of massive factories churning out violins, pianos, and, of course, fretted instruments. Even the venerable builders of the so-called “golden age” were not exactly the boutique luthier shops of our imagination.

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With two channels of 100% valve versatility, selectable output wattage, and footswitchable attenuator.

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This 1968 Epiphone Al Caiola Standard came stocked with P-90s and a 5-switch Tone Expressor system.

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

The session ace’s signature model offers a wide range of tones at the flip of a switch … or five.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. Not long ago, I came home late from a band rehearsal, still overly excited about the new songs we played. I got myself a coffee (I know, it's a crazy procedure to calm down) and turned on the TV. I ended up with an old Bonanza episode from the ’60s, the mother of all Western TV series. Hearing the theme after a long time instantly reminded me of the great Al Caiola, who is the prolific session guitarist who plays on the song. With him in mind, I looked up the ’60s Epiphone “Al Caiola” model and decided I want to talk about the Epiphone/Gibson Tone Expressor system that was used in this guitar.

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