Guitarists from around the globe (that would be you) share their stomping grounds of all shapes and sizes.

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Blake VanHouten calls this his “cutting board” pedalboard, which he uses to play blues-rock tunes. The plugs his guitar into a Cry Baby Wah, TC Electronic PolyTune, JHS SuperBolt, EarthQuaker Devices Zap Machine, Walrus Audio Jupiter, and a TC Electronic Nova Repeater before hitting the amp. A Visual Sound 1 Spot powers everything. “This board has served me well, but I may be upgrading to a bigger board soon,” VanHouten says. “I’m thinking of adding some sort of transparent overdrive, a vibe, and another fuzz. I love fuzz!”

One of our favorite pastimes is racking up good ol’ pedal envy by ogling the setups of our fellow players. It seems you don’t tire of it either, because pedalboard mail keeps rolling in!

Here are some of the latest board submissions, from a crafty all-in-one board to a fuzz-sick stomper to a bunch of boxes on a cutting board. There are plenty more where these came from (pedal lust has no end), so look for Reader Pedalboards Part 2 next week!

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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Demonstrate a variety of drone guitar techniques and approaches.
  • Examine drone points of reference from an array of genres.
  • Learn how to use standard, drop D, and uncommon alternate tunings in drone contexts.

Playing a melody or solo with a “drone” means playing over just one note or, in some instances, one chord. Besides playing without any harmonic accompaniment, it is about as simple a concept as one can image, which also means the possibilities are endless. We’ll look at ways to use drones in a variety of contexts, from ancient to contemporary, blues to metal, traditional to experimental.

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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