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Tonal Tinker Toys: Reader Pedalboards 2018

When it comes to pedal puzzles and putting together your dream sound rig, there’s no right way—just your way. Check out these boards from your fellow readers, and be inspired!


Dan Dunlap: Bay Area Smorgasboard

Dunlap’s path starts with his guitar into a One Control Tail Loop. Here’s the rest of the journey:

  • Loop 1: Vox Big Bad Wah
  • Loop 3: Wampler Ego Compressor
  • Loop 4: Barber Electronics Direct Drive
  • Loop 5: MXR Micro Amp

From here it goes out to a Vein-Tap Murder One killswitch, and then to the front of the amp (at home he uses an Eleven Rack amp sim; live it’s a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier). The amp’s loop send goes to an MXR Ten Band EQ to the One Control.

  • Loop 8: Keeley 30 ms Double Tracker
  • Loop 9: Strymon Mobius

Then it’s the One Control out to a Strymon TimeLine Delay and the BigSky Reverberator, and then back to the amp’s loop return (in stereo with the Eleven Rack).

It’s that time of year, when Premier Guitar readers from such disparate places as Florianópolis, Brazil, to Katy, Texas, share with us their prized collection of sonic goodies. All kinds of players write in: Sunflower Bean’s frontman/guitarist Nick Kivlen goes down memory lane, describing how he acquired, through many years and sources, all the pedals he loves. Simon Gotthelf, who has his own YouTube channel dedicated solely to the world of guitar and demoing gear, shows us his fave pedal configuration. A few session guitarists give advice on grab-and-go stomp setups. And then there are dozens of players who call themselves “bedroom” guitarists, many of whom know more about how to wire up a board than some stars featured on Rig Rundowns. Now, let’s dig in!