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

Josh Decker: Netherworld Noise
Josh lets his nuanced, all-encompassing stomp station speak for itself. The artfully decorated and visually interesting pedals on his board include a Boss OC-3 Super Octave, Catalinbread Zero Point, Ernie Ball VP Jr. Volume Pedal, EarthQuaker Devices Bit Commander and Hummingbird V3, Electro-Harmonix Freeze, Mid-Fi Electronics Psych Byke, Moog Minifooger MF Ring, Old Blood Noise Endeavors Dark Star Pad Reverb, Old Blood Procession Reverb, Old Blood Reflector Chorus, Pro Co RAT 1997, Strymon Dig and El Capistan, TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper and PolyTune 2, Walrus Audio Descent, Walrus Vanguard, Walrus Voyager, Xotic Effects EP Booster and SP Compressor. Everything is mounted on a Blackbird 1530 pedalboard with Lava Cables Tightrope wiring and powered by a Walrus Audio Phoenix and Aetos.

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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