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


“My pedalboard changes as often as the attention of an 18-month golden retriever,” says Jason Davis. “I’m addicted to fuzz pedals, so much of the tweaking and adjustments concentrate in that area. An occasional swap of color (modulation, phaser, flanger) may come into play, but certainly not as often as those damn fuzz boxes! It really is a sickness, those blasted metal foot soldiers!”

Davis connects his Reverend RGII via a Retro Coil by Lava Cable, feeding a Z. Vex Wah Probe, Fuzz Probe, and Seek Wah, a Source Audio Multiwave Distortion, a Catalinbread Perseus, a Spaceman Sputnik, an Xotic Rob talk, a Blackstone Appliances Mosfet 2S, an Xotic EP Booster, a Z. Vex Sonar, an EHX Superego, a Korg Kaoss Pad and a 6-channel bypass strip (controlling an Ibanez Airplane Flanger, Voodoo Lab MicroVibe, Source Audio Orbital Modulator, Z. Vex Seek Trem, Red Witch Empress Chorus, and MXR Carbon Copy). A Boss tuner doubles as a signal mute. Last stop is TC Electronic Ditto.

All of this passes through a Clear Connect by Lava Cable to a Randall RM100 (all tube, “Plexi” module exclusively) with a 2x12 cab. A Pedaltrain Grande provides the platform. “It's not much, really,” Davis concludes.

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!

Made in Canada, this two-voice guitar features a chambered Mahogany body, carved Swamp Ash top, 25.5” scale Mahogany neck and Rosewood Fingerboard.

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Gain is fun in all its forms, from overdrive to fuzz, but let’s talk about a great clean tone.

We’re all here for one thing. It’s the singular sound and magic of the stringed instrument called the guitar—and its various offshoots, including the bass. Okay, so maybe it’s more than one thing, but the sentiment remains. Even as I write this, my thoughts fan out and recognize how many incarnations of “guitar” there must be. It’s almost incomprehensible. Gut-string, nylon-string, steel-string, 12-string, 8-string, 10-string, flatwound, brown sound, fuzztone…. It’s almost impossible to catalog completely, so I’ll stop here and let you add your favorites. Still, there’s one thing that I keep coming back to: clean tone.

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A supreme shredder’s signature 6-string dazzles with versatility.

This immaculately built guitar sounds great and can do it all.

The more affordable price is still out of reach for many guitarists


Charvel MJ San Dimas SD24 CM


Charvel’s first Guthrie Govan signature model was released in 2014, after an arduous two-year effort to get the design just right. Since then, the guitar—now in its second edition—has become one of Charvel’s most coveted models. Unfortunately, its $3,699 price keeps the U.S.-made axe out of reach for many.

This year, though, the company released the Made-in-Japan signature MJ San Dimas SD24 CM, which sells for a slightly more manageable $2,799. Needless to say, that’s not cheap. But depending on your priorities, it’s a fair price for a very high quality, pro-level instrument.

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