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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!


Chris Wentland: Heavy as Heck

This Texan guitarist uses his homemade pedalboard for acoustic gigs. The chain is as follows: L.R. Baggs DI, Electro-Harmonix POG2 (for organ sounds), Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy delay, Fishman AFX chorus, Keeley Aurora Reverb, Boss RC-50 (for looping), Mission Engineering volume pedal.

He uses the remaining two pedals for his microphones: a TC Helicon Mic Mechanic for some reverb, delay and compression, and a MicMute goes from a second mic to the looper for shaker/tambourine/percussion loops. 

Wentland has a cover that slips on for transport. “It works great, but it’s heavy as heck,” he says.

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!