Whether it’s collections of old-school straightforward stomps or elaborate circuits for spacey experimentation, each year we’re blown away by the different pedalboard setups our readers come up with. Here’s a dozen for the tonal takeaway.

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1. Dan Stinson: Maple Staple

This board was designed to house all my pedals for my home jam space in Canada. A carpenter friend put together the pure maple board and I soldered all the cables including an output harness. It has primarily been used for lead tones on my Orange amp and sounds killer!

The Chain: MXR EVH Phase 90, ISP Decimator G-String noise reduction, Electro-Harmonix POG2, Orange FS-1, Mojo Hand FX BMP-1 fuzz, Xotic SP Compressor, ZVEX Sonar tremolo, Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-200, Strymon TimeLine, Eventide Space, Pigtronix/Mission Dual Expression Pedal, and Dunlop Dimebag Cry Baby Wah.

It’s that time of year, when Premier Guitar readers wow us with the intricate details of their pedalboards. A few highlights for 2019 include a surf board station, a bright board with LED lighting, a Nashville guitarist who gigs on Lower Broadway, and a pedal setup with no frills … and literally no board at all. (All this player needs is beer and broken glass.) As an added bonus, a pro pedal builder shares his demo board and tells us why and how he started building pedals from scratch. Read on, play on, stomp on!

Optimized for a balanced sound with plenty of booty on tap, Nordstrand Audio CatPups offer classically inspired tones for any platform into which you can fit them.

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A newly designed koa wonder that packs a punch.

Incredibly easy to play. Well-balanced tone.

Not as visually stunning as other koa models.

$3,499

Taylor 724ce
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Hawaiian koa has been a favorite of boutique acoustic builders for ages. It has a cool tone personality, somewhere between rosewood and mahogany. It can be used for both back and sides and for top wood, and it’s beautiful. It’s also pretty expensive. The good news is that Taylor’s new 724ce is built with a breed of Koa that actually helps players save a few bucks.
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An all-analog polyphonic amplitude synthesizer that alters the attack and decay time of any sound source without sacrificing the fidelity of the original tone.

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