Another eye-popping gallery of pedalboards, submitted by PG readers.

Toronto-based David Barrett performs with the David Barrett Trio, an instrumental power trio produced by Alex Lifeson. “In the past,” says David, “I’ve used just about everything, including digital amps with programmed effects. But since I’ve connected with Pigtronix as an endorsing artist, I’ve gone back to analog stompboxes and making my own pedalboards.” David arranges the following effects on two boards: Electro-Harmonix Nano Holy Grail and Neo Mistress flanger, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, and Pigtronix’s Class A Boost, Echolution, Envelope Phaser, Fat Drive, Keymaster, Mothership, Philosopher King, Philosopher’s Rock, Quantum, and Tremvelope.

“Coincidentally among a few friends my nickname is BaKon, which explains the additional bacon/Pigtronix theme to the pedal board,” Barrett continues. “The results have been awesome, and it’s a lot of fun to switch it up!” Barrett uses three to four Mack amplifiers in his live rig, two of which are his signature models—an Atomsmasher DB-18 and an Atomsmasher DB-40.

Checking out the pedalboards of our fellow players never gets old—and there’s so much creativity on display in this latest batch.You’ll encounter classic effects deployed in imaginative ways … ambitious switching/effect loop schemes … and a vast menagerie of hip boutique boxes. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration, readers!

Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.



• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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