Ten of the most intriguing stomp stations from our last year of Rig Rundowns, including Warpaint, Mr. Big, J Mascis, the Fall of Troy, Eric Gales, Silversun Pickups' Nikki Monninger, and Primus' Larry LaLonde.

Primus' Larry LaLonde

As he did when we shot our first Rig Rundown with him in 2012, Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde still travels with two pedalboards. Board number one has a Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby wah, a Keeley Hooke Reverb, a Menatone King of the Britains distortion, a Strymon Ola chorus/vibrato, an MXR Phase 100, two custom Keeleys (bottom)-for delay and tremolo, which feature circuits pulled from Keeley's Super Mod Workstation-a Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, a Keeley DynaTrem, a Mu-Tron III envelope filter, two MXR Carbon Copy delays, and an EBS OctaBass.

Why Fender + Fender (or other brands) = more than the sum of their own signature sounds.

This column is not for the faint of back, but the rewards of such potentially heavy lifting are great. In my previous columns "Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings" (May 2020) and "Finding Perfect Tones in Imperfect Amps" (January 2021), I've discussed classic Fender amp and guitar pairings and how to EQ and tweak amps to get ideal tones. Let's take it a step further and discuss how to combine multiple amps to achieve even more complex, richer tones.

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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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