Spend an hour with the funk-punk rockers as they go over all the PRS and Gibson 6-strings, Warwick bass gear, and piles of pedals that stir up their tone.

During our last Rig Rundown with Mahoney he had two boards that totaled over 20 pedals, and since then he even talked to us about his five favorite oddball pedals, so you know the dude is a pedal junkie. As you can see, he’s still rocking two stomp stations that are home to two dozen effects including a Boss FV-300L, a Dunlop MC404 CAE Wah, Skreddy Pedals Little Miss Sunshine, XTS Custom The Pusher, Way Huge Blue Hippo, Maxon AD-9 Analog Delay, Free the Tone FT-1Y Flight Time Digital Delay, Strymon El Capistan, XTS Precision Overdrive, Paul Cochrane Timmy Overdrive, two on/off boxes for his rack-mounted Lexicon PCM42 delays, Boss OC-2 Octave (Tim’s favorite pedal), Mu-Fx Micro-Tron III, and a TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Noir round out the main board. Everything is powered by three Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus units. The “party” board holds a Boogie Mark V switcher, a DigiTech Whammy, an Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper, a Strymon Blue Sky, a DigiTech Synth Wah, and a Boss PN-2 Tremolo/Pan. Everything is juiced by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus.

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I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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