Another year means another chance to show off your pedal playground.

Jeff Theaker: Mojo Gringo
“I play blues and classic rock with my band, Mojo Gringo,” says Jeff out of Orange County, California. His signal starts with a Korg Pitchblack tuner into a Dunlop 535Q Cry Baby Multi-Wah, to an MXR Il Torino Overdrive set for a slightly dirty boost. This is followed by two more OD pedals for various drive colors: a VFE Blues King, followed by an Xotic Effects AC Plus. Next is a Strymon Lex Rotary. In his Fender Hot Rod Deville 2x12’s effects loop is an MXR Carbon Copy delay set to one short repeat, running into a TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb, then back to the amp. Everything resides on a Pedaltrain and is powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 4x4.

Pedals are universal. As you’ll see from these boards assembled by guitarists living across the globe, stomping transcends borders. From Connecticut to California, Canada to Mexico, Portugal to Slovakia, passionate players answered our call to share their prized collection with PG tone freaks.

This year’s submissions include an obsessive church guitarist, a 6-stringer with a penchant for gothic art, and a board with a sumo wrestler mascot. A few of you even showed us your effects overflow, including a dedicated room for pedals that don’t fit on the gig board … sounds about right!

Linda Manzer and Pat Metheny’s collaboration on the Pikasso guitar proves that a good creative chemistry between luthier and client can lead to extreme innovation!

Photo by Brian Pickell

The construction of your dream guitar can be a fun journey, but learning the language is essential.

You’ve visited countless websites, played as many guitars as you could lay your hands on, and zeroed in on the luthier that resonates most with you. You’re ready to take the plunge and your next step is to have a conversation with the builder. You’ll both have lots of questions. Be sure to listen and let them guide you through the process. This is when the fun begins.

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Megadeth founder teams up with Gibson for his first acoustic guitar in the Dave Mustaine Collection.

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Gibson 1960 Les Paul 0 8145 is from the final year of the model’s original-production era, and likely from one of the later runs.

The story of 1960 Gibson Les Paul 0 8145—a ’burst with a nameplate and, now, a reputation.

These days it’s difficult to imagine any vintage Gibson Les Paul being a tough sell, but there was a time when 1960 ’bursts were considered less desirable than the ’58s and ’59s of legend—even though Clapton played a ’60 cherry sunburst in his Bluesbreakers days. Such was the case in the mid 1990s, when the family of a local musician who was the original owner of one of these guitars walked into Rumble Seat Music’s original Ithaca, New York, store with this column’s featured instrument.

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