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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!


Simon Gotthelf: Grab ’N’ Go

Simon Gotthelf in Denmark calls this his “grab ’n’ go” board. “I wanted a small board in a great flight case with room for cables and stuff, and made it happen for me,” he says.

Gotthelf’s signal chain is: Origin Cali76, TC Electronic PolyTune, Xotic Wah, Xotic RC-Booster SH (Scott Henderson), Xotic Soul Driven AH (Allen Hinds), JHS Pedals AT (Andy Timmons), Arion SCH-1 Stereo Chorus, G-Lab SD-1 Smooth Delay, Xotic EP Booster. The lacquered tweed board gets its power from a Yankee HS-M10 power supply.

Bonus: You can watch Gotthelf’s first test-drive of this pedalboard on his YouTube gear demo page. Just search his name and you’ll find it.

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!