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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!


Bruno Portugal: RHCP Tribute Board

“This is my pedalboard that I use for Red Hot Chili Peppers World Tribute Band,” says Bruno Portugal. “I tried to get it all together in a small board, comparing it to Josh Klinghoffer’s board, making it easier to carry around, because we play so many gigs around the world but without the Chili’s huge crew.”

The signal chain starts with the Line 6 Relay G50 wireless system and the rest of the stomps include: Korg Pitchblack tuner, Boss CS-3 Compression Sustainer, Ibanez WH10 V1, Klon Centaur clone, ZVEX Box of Rock, Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion, Deep Trip Kryptone fuzz, Boss VB-2 Vibrato, MXR Micro Amp (two), Boss CE-2W Chorus, Boss CE-2 Chorus, Boss GE-7 Graphic Equalizer, MXR Phase 90, Line 6 DL4, Strymon Flint 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!