The pandemic has brought guitarists lots more time to tinker with tone toys. Here’s what players all over the world have been putting together in their bunkers.

Quinn Leeper: Extremely Cornish

Please excuse the mess as I swap fuzzes regularly. Here’s my stompbox routing:

My guitar signal goes to a Pete Cornish LD-3 Buffer/Mute, split to a Sonic Research tuner and Real McCoy RMC Picture Wah, to a GigRig G2 Switch.

GigRig G2 Switch send/receive:

  1. Pete Cornish TB-83X Treble Boost
  2. Pete Cornish NG-3 Fuzz
  3. Pete Cornish G2 Fuzz/Distortion and SS3 Overdrive
  4. Klon Centaur
  5. Boss CE-2 with Keeley mod
  6. MXR Phase 90
  7. Pete Cornish OC-1 Optical Compressor
  8. Pete Cornish TES delay
  9. Free the Tone FT-2Y Flight Time
  10. Free the Tone AS-1R Ambi Space Reverb, Tapestry Volume pedal, G2 output to Lazy J 80 and Komet K60 amps

It’s all powered by a Cioks DC-10 and direct.

It’s that time of year, when Premier Guitar readers get the chance to show their pedalboards, and how they use them to create worlds of sound. There’s no wrong way to signal a stomp—the options are virtually endless. Read on to see what players have been cooking up in their COVID guitar bunkers. A few highlights include a completely white-washed mystery pedalboard, a retirement bucket list project from a 62-year-old beginner, an elaborate rackmounted setup made with a goal to streamline pedal-Tetris, and much more. Enjoy!

A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to change your acoustic guitar’s tone and playability.

In my early days, all the guitars I played (which all happened to be pre-1950s) used bone nuts and saddles. I took this for granted, and so did my musician friends. With the exception of the ebony nuts on some turn-of-the-century parlors and the occasional use of ivory, the use of bone was a simple fact of our guitar playing lives, and alternative materials were simply uncommon to us.

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While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

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