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.

Juan Mosqueda: Track Lighting

First, I just wanna say thank so much for Rig Rundowns. I’ve learned and applied so much into my own rig—that kind of info is priceless. Y’all provide so many musicians with so much love and knowledge, thank you! Attached are images of my rig, and here is my signal flow:

  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner (I bought this in 2001 and she still lives!)
  • DigiTech Whammy
  • Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
  • Xotic SP Compressor
  • Electro-Harmonix Freeze
  • Boss DD-7 (with Boss EV-30 Dual Expression)
  • Keeley Dark Side V.2 (mod before Fuzz)
  • Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff
  • Boss MS-3 (manual mode only, not used as a switcher/Boss EV-30 Dual Expression)
  • Boss RC-30 (with Boss FS-7 dual switch)
  • Fender Mustang GT 100 modeling amp (with MGT-4 footswitch)
  • Swan Flight custom flight case from the U.K.

I had my local shop (Grand Central Music in San Luis Obispo, California) wire it up and make me custom cables, etc. I’m running the MXR ISO-Brick with a power strip. Each pedal has its own power aside from the tuner and Electro-Harmonix Freeze—those are chained. The DigiTech Whammy has its own power with the stock power supply. I added some full RGB LEDs that can go with the beat of the music. (I’m a dork, I know haha.) I hope ya’ll like my rig! It wouldn’t be what it is without Premier Guitar. Thank you!

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!

Multiple modulation modes and malleable voices cement a venerable pedal’s classic status.

Huge range of mellow to immersive modulation sounds. Easy to use. Stereo output. Useful input gain control.

Can sound thin compared to many analog chorus and flange classics.

$149

TC Electronic SCF Gold
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When you consider stompboxes that have achieved ubiquity and longevity, images of Tube Screamers, Big Muffs, or Boss’ DD series delays probably flash before your eyes. It’s less likely that TC Electronic’s Stereo Chorus Flanger comes to mind. But when you consider that its fundamental architecture has remained essentially unchanged since 1976 and that it has consistently satisfied persnickety tone hounds like Eric Johnson, it’s hard to not be dazzled by its staying power—or wonder what makes it such an indispensable staple for so many players.

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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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