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

A Carl Martin Octa-Switch II directs the traffic on Ryan Cheung’s board. Preceded by a TC Electronic PolyTune, the Octa-Switch distributes Ryan’s signal to a Diamond Compressor, a JHS Sweet Tea overdrive, an Xotic RC Booster, a Diamond Tremolo, and an Eventide TimeFactor. There’s a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power under the board. “I label all my pedals with bright green pieces of tape to mark basic knob settings so when I show up to a gig, I’m able to be just plug in and play. Before I started using the Octa-Switch I sometimes had to hit three to four stompboxes to go from one tone to another. I can now access my tones with a single foot hit. It’s an absolute lifesaver!”

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.

Advanced

Beginner

• 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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