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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!


Steve Campanella: It’s Personal

This board hails from Toronto, Canada. “My pedal journey was a long one,” says Steve Campanella. “At this point in my life, I’m a hobby guitar player. But back in the ’90s, I was in a local gigging band playing original hard alt-rock (think Alice in Chains and Tool). The extent of my playing now is personal, and a few times a year, I get together with old buddies and play our favorite covers.”

“I use the analog modulation before drive because I prefer the subtler flavor the effects offer when placed before dirt. But I still like the really “wet” sounding stuff, too, and that’s where the Eventide H9s come in handy, as they do basically anything. I feel like I finally accomplished what I’ve always wanted in my setup: I can get totally old-school raw tones to completely modern, wet, processed tones. I don’t discriminate, I appreciate them all.”

Steve’s board is a large Voodoo Lab Dingbat powered by a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus and a Voodoo Lab 4x4. He uses Evidence Audio SIS cables, and his signal chain is as follows: TC Electronic PolyTune Mini, DryBell Vibe Machine V1, Vemuram Shanks 4K Fuzz, Analogman Custom Dual Boost (Bad Bob Boost and Beano Boost), Origin Cali76 Compact Deluxe, Greenhouse Effects Sonic Orb, Hartman Analog Flanger, Klon Centaur, Vemuram Jan Ray, Analogman King of Tone, Dumkudo, Vemuram Rage e, Radial Tonebone Regency, and two Eventide H9s.

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!

Featuring FET instrument inputs, "Enhance" switch, and innovative input stage, this pedal is designed to solve challenges like poor feel, setting levels, and ease of use.

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Firebirds came stock with a solid G-logo tailpiece, although Bigsby vibratos were often added.

Photo by George Aslaender

The author’s PX-6131 model is an example of vintage-guitar evolution that offers nostalgic appeal in the modern world—and echoes of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young.

An old catchphrase among vintage dealers used to run: “All Gretsches are transition models.” While their near-constant evolution was considered confusing, today their development history is better understood. This guitar however is a true transition model, built just as the Jet line was undergoing major changes in late 1961.

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On her new record with her trio, Molly Miller executes a live-feeling work of structural harmony that mirrors her busy life.

Photo by Anna Azarov

The accomplished guitarist and teacher’s new record, like her lifestyle, is taut and exciting—no more, and certainly no less, than is needed.

Molly Miller, a self-described “high-energy person,” is fully charged by the crack of dawn. When Ischeduled our interview, she opted for the very first slot available—8:30 a.m.—just before her 10 a.m. tennis match!

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DØVYDAS & John Bohlinger Busk in Downtown Nashville
DØVYDAS & Bohlinger Busk in Downtown Nashville Before We Give Takamine Guitar & Fishman Amp to Local

Then we give a Takamine guitar & Fishman amp to an up-and-coming Nashville musician.

Music City is always swirling with top-notch musicians performing anywhere they can, so Takamine and Fishman challenged PG's John Bohlinger to take his talents downtown to—gig on the street—where he ran into YouTube sensation DØVYDAS and hands over his gear to rising star Tera Lynne Fister.

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