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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!


Luis Hernandez: Barefoot Buttons

This board is used down in Miami, Florida, with Hernandez’s alt-rock band Polaroid. He outfits his pedals with Barefoot Buttons to make them easier to stomp. “I use my Suhr Bella amp as a clean-tone machine for my pedal palette, and rely on drives to provide gain,” he says. “The delays give me nice textures for different songs.” Hernandez’s guitar runs through these pedals in this order:

  • 1. TC Electronic PolyTune
  • 2. Keeley Compressor Plus
  • 3. MXR Script Phase 90
  • 4. J. Rockett Archer
  • 5. Friedman Dirty Shirley Overdrive
  • 6. Friedman BE-OD
  • 7. Boss Chorus CE-2
  • 8. Mooer Eleclady flanger
  • 9. Maxon AD10 Analog Delay
  • 10. Mad Professor Deep Blue Delay
  • 11. Strymon Flint reverb/tremolo

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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