I Love Pedals Day #8: Valeton

Valeton is giving you the chance to WIN a GP-200 in today's I Love Pedals Giveaway! Ends Feb. 8 2022.

Valeton GP-200

Implementing the HD digital modeling technology accumulated throughout years of the Valeton team's diligent efforts, the GP-200 delivers hundreds of re-editions of tones from world-classic amplifiers and stompboxes with a comprehensive upgraded algorithm. Combining 140 legendary amplifiers and cabinets simulations and 100 renowned stompbox effect pedals, plus 20 factory cab IR slots, the GP-200 will guarantee your consistently great sound on stage.


● HD modeling technology carried by the new digital platform delivering more organic tones
● 24-bit 44.1kHz audio conversion
● Over 240 high-quality effects
● 140+ legendary guitar/bass/acoustic amps, cabinets
● 100+dynamic/distortion/frequency/modulation/delay/reverb effects
● Supporting 20 user IRs storage
● 256 patch slots (100 factory, 156user)
● Up to 11 freely movable modules in the effect chain able to work simultaneously
● 180-second looper
● 100 high-quality drum patterns
● Sensitive built-in chromatic tuner
● 4.3-inch TFT LCD presents an intuitive, user-friendly multi-language UI
● 8 customizable LED footswitches with 3 footswitches templates, applicable for various situations
● Built-in expression pedal controlling up to 3 effect parameters
● Numerous button and know shortcuts bringing efficiency home
● Diverse I/Os matching with diverse needs
● USB Type-C connection audio interface compatible with Win/Mac/iOS/Android systems
● Intuitive Win/Mac editor
● Rugged cast metal chassis
● DC 9V power supply


A few simple chords is all it takes.



  • Learn to play a 12-bar blues, in three different keys, using one shape.
  • Study an assortment of strumming and picking patterns.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the 12-bar blues form.
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As usual, there is more to this lesson than the title implies. We will be working with one chord shape at a time, but over the course of the lesson we’ll study three different shapes. The final example in this lesson incorporates all three shapes to demonstrate how a few basic ideas can provide us with infinite possibilities.

It is important to know that for every chord name in this lesson there are countless shapes—also known as fingerings or voicings—available. For this lesson, I chose what I consider to be the most practical and flexible shapes.

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

Submit your own artist pick collections to rebecca@premierguitar.com for inclusion in a future gallery.

My years-long search for the “right” Bigsby-outfitted box finally paid off. Now how do I make this sumbitch work in my band?

Considering the amount of time I’ve spent (here and elsewhere) talking about and lusting after Gretsch hollowbody guitars, it’s taken me a remarkably long time to end up with a big Bigsby-outfitted box I truly love. High-end Gretsches are pricey enough that, for a long time, I just couldn’t swing it. Years ago I had an Electromatic for a while, and it looked and played lovely, but didn’t have the open, blooming acoustic resonance I hoped for. A while later, I reviewed the stellar Players Edition Broadkaster semi-hollow, and it was so great in so many ways that I set my sights on it, eventually got one, and adore it to this day. Yet the full-hollowbody lust remained.

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