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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!


David Phillips: Vintage Vibes

“This board was designed for my home studio with all my favorite pedals,” Phillips writes. “It was designed to go in front of a Blankenship 50-watt plexi into a Kerry Wright 4x12 with ’70s Celestion Blackbacks.” Here’s the signal chain: ’70s King Vox Wah, Dunlop Octavio fuzz, KR Musical Megavibe Uni-Vibe, 1974 MXR Phase 90, 1981 MXR Micro Flanger, 1968 Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Berkos Germanium Experience Fuzz, XTS Tejas Boost, 1981 Ibanez TS808, XTS Atomic Overdrive, Boss FV-300L volume pedal, Ibanez Echo Machine, Loop Box for Echoplex EP-3, EBS DynaVerb.

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!