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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!


Matthew Taylor: ’Bama Slamma

“I’m a 46-year old transit authority dispatcher from Fosters, Alabama, who likes to play guitar occasionally,” says Taylor. “My pedalboard chain starts with a JHS A/B Switch used between two wireless systems, leading to a Dunlop GCB80 High Gain Volume Pedal. From the volume, the remaining pedals are numbered 1 through 9. Pedal 1 is a Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer. Pedal 2 a Dunlop GCB95 “Cry Baby” Wah. Pedal 3 a Boss SD-2 Dual Overdrive connected to a JHS Remote Switch (“Q”). Pedal 4 is a Boss EQ-20 Equalizer, allowing me different settings between my lead, rhythm, and acoustic sounds. Pedal 5 a Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter. Pedal 6 a Boss BF-3 Flanger. Pedal 7 a Boss DD-6 Digital Delay. Pedal 8 a Boss CH-1 Super Chorus. Pedal 9 a Boss RV-5 Digital Reverb, which allows me to get all my sounds in stereo the way I want them. From the reverb, output A is connected to a 100-watt Tube Works RT-2100 Stack, and output B is connected to a 40-watt Crate G-20 amp. My pedals are attached to a Pedaltrain 2 and powered by two 1SPOT 5-output lines. One line powers pedals 1 through 4 and the A/B, and the other line powers pedals 5 through 9. The lines plug into a six-outlet power strip Velcroed to the inside of the board.”

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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