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

“I’m not a fan of using a ton of effects,” insists Brett Cosby, lead guitarist for the Glorious Unknown. “But over the years I’ve discovered the need to add to my board.” Brett’s signal chain: Dunlop Original Crybaby, MXR Zakk Wylde Overdrive, Noisemaker Soviet overdrive, MXR EVH Flanger, Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, TC Electronic Flashback delay, and a TC Electronic PolyTune, all powered by a Joyo Power Supply 2. “I am very picky about what goes into my board and mainly use amp distortion,” adds Brett. “I use the Wylde to boost my tone for solos, and the Soviet adds extra crunch for when I need just that little ‘chip’ on clean chords.”

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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