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.

James Tin: Anonymous

This is the board I use in my two-piece fuzz-blues band, Duoss Abis, based in East London.

TC Electronic Polytune > Radial BigShot ABY

Split A: Boss OC-3 Super Octave > Fulltone OCD > Fender Bassman amp

Split B: MXR Micro Amp + > GigRig QuarterMaster

QuarterMaster Loops:

  1. Fulltone Ultimate Octave
  2. EarthQuaker Devices Cloven Hoof Fuzz Grinder / Ibanez Tube Screamer
  3. Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff

GigRig QuarterMaster > Radial Engineering Shotgun

Output 1 > JHS Mute Switch > Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo > Marshall Origin 50 (amp)

Output 2 > JHS Mute Switch > Moog Minifooger MF Trem > Fender Deluxe Reverb (amp)

It’s all powered by two stacked T-Rex Fuel Tank Junior supplies and a T-Rex Chameleon.

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!

This rare English Tonemaster was made circa 1957.

The Valco-produced English Tonemaster is a rare, lap-steel-inspired gem from the 1950s—when genres and guitar design were fluid.

The 1950s were a peculiar time for the electric guitar. Innovators, designers, and tinkerers were pushing the boundaries of the instrument, while musicians were experimenting with various playing techniques and sounds. There was an evolution of sorts (or de-evolution, depending on your slant) from solidbody “sit-down” guitars, like pedal and lap steels, to “stand-up” or “upright” solidbody electrics. If you look at an early Fender catalog—let’s say from 1953—you’ll see the Telecaster (and Esquire), the Precision Bass, and then a whole bunch of steel guitars. There was a shift underway, and many manufacturers began to blur the lines of what a guitar should look, sound, and play like.

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