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!

Daryl Robertson: Happy (For Now)

Daryl in Dundee, Scotland, gives us his board rundown: “This is a pedalboard I’ve put together over the last few years, and I can now say I’m happy with it… well, as happy as a guitarist can be with his pedalboard!

“We start with a good old Dunlop Cry Baby wah, then into a rather beat up but still as solid-as-a-rock Boss TU-2 tuner, then into a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, which only gets used if I’m using a single-coil guitar. Next up is my Visual Sound Liquid Chorus. I’ve had a few different chorus pedals and this is still my favorite; there’s just something about it that I love! That feeds into my EarthQuaker Devices Dunes overdrive (I’ve always preferred chorus pedals in front of drive pedals).  Next is an Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi that I use as a boost pedal for solos. I use the bass version because I prefer that you can blend the original signal with the fuzz sound. Next is a Keeley DynaTrem Dynamic Tremolo and, lastly, an MXR Carbon Copy Analog Delay.”

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!

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There's an overwhelming amount of activity in the guitar market these days, and the sheer amount of demand has left some manufacturers struggling to keep up. But rather than wait around for stores to re-stock, more and more customers are shopping for used and vintage guitars. You might wonder, where do all those used guitars come from?

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"'If I fall and somehow my career ends on that particular day, then so be it," Joe Bonamassa says of his new hobby, bicycling. "If it's over, it's over. You've got to enjoy your life."

Photo by Steve Trager

For his stylistically diverse new album, the fiery guitar hero steps back from his gear obsession and focuses on a deep pool of influences and styles.

Twenty years ago, Joe Bonamassa was a struggling musician living in New York City. He survived on a diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ramen noodles that he procured from the corner bodega at Columbus Avenue and 83rd Street. Like many dreamers waiting for their day in the sun, Joe also played "Win for Life" every week. It was, in his words, "literally my ticket out of this hideous business." While the lottery tickets never brought in the millions, Joe's smokin' guitar playing on a quartet of albums from 2002 to 2006—So, It's Like That, Blues Deluxe, Had to Cry Today, and You & Me—did get the win, transforming Joe into a guitar megastar.

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