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

Kevin Satre: Open Drawers
Here’s what Kevin’s got going on in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “I’ve built, fiberglassed, wired, and assembled everything,” he says. “Through the brains of the Voodoo Lab floor controller and a G Lab LMS-1 line switcher, I’m able to instantly switch between my Tele, Strat, Martin acoustic, and Dobro. Through the wizardry of the GCX switchers, I’m able to switch between amps and loop in all the stompboxes in the rack as well as a vintage Peavey Pro-Fex rack unit.”

The stompboxes on his actual board are as follows: a Wampler Hot Wired, Boss DD-20 Giga Delay, Boss RC-30 Loop Station, a Jimi Hendrix Wah (Thomas), a TC-Helicon Voicelive Play GTX (for vocal effects), and last, but not least, an Ernie Ball volume pedal. The whole system works thanks to some 37-pin Syntax connectors and a 40' snake. All of this is wired in between loops and can be accessed at anytime, and a Boss TU-1000 is inline at all times.

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!

The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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

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Jazz virtuoso Lionel Loueke joins us in contemplating who we’d put at the helm while making the album of a lifetime. Plus, musical obsessions!

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