Pedalboards will never get old.
No matter how much we tinker, adjust, reset and agonize over them, they're never boring. They're also never quite right.
In every sense, a pedalboard is the stylistic and creative imprint of the electric guitarist who works it. Put together methodically over time, with attention given to every detail, pedalboards are one of the most rewarding aspects of guitar gear buying.
For the second time, we're illustrating some of what we consider to be the most intriguing and aptly put-together pedalboards from our readers and the social guitar playing community at large (email, Twitter and Instagram).
Our first pedalboard roundup can be found here: Pedalboard Setup Ideas and Inspiration
This is our second edition.
These are some of our favorite pedalboard setup ideas and templates, shared from around the country (and world - Italy, for example), and agnostic of style, skill or musical genre.
Enjoy the boards and the inspiration.
Notice a pedal we've missed? Point it out in the comments section.
Pedalboard #1: The Italian Job
A fella from Italy emailed us this board which houses some vocal effects and a sampling station (the black AKAI device).
The photo on the left is a little more up-to-date, with a vintage Ibanez FL9 flanger pedal (the yellow one).
He's the guitar player and co-singer from the band Gasparazzo.
Pedalboard #2: The Twin Towers
You're actually looking at two different pedalboards split into a dual mono signal routed to two different amps.
Charles Costa emailed this one to us and mentioned that he's using a VOX AC30 and Ampeq GVHT amplifier, with the effects loop on the AC30.
There's a Suhr buffer at the end of the chain that splits the signal.
There are plenty of recognizable (and pricey) effects pedals on both boards.
- Walrus Audio Descent Reverb
- Disaster Area PBA-4
- TC Electronic Ditto Looper
- AKAI Headrush Delay
- Strymon TimeLine
- Walrus Audio Aetos Clean Power Supply
- Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
- EHX Small Stone Phaser
- Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
- Radial Tonebone Trimode Tube Distortion
- Fulltone OCD Overdrive
- Guyatone MR2
- VOX VFS2A Dual Footswitch
Pedalboard #3: The Skateboard
A fella by the name of Liam Hathway sent this one to us.
It's an old skateboard with a few lines of Velcro and a slew of pedals, some of which hang off either side.
We're not sure what that little purple or silver box does (anyone?). Either way, we're giving plenty of style and creativity points for the board itself.
Thanks for sending, Liam.
Pedalboard #4: The Yamaha MagicStomp
Another email submission, this time from Stephan, details a fondness of the Yamaha MagicStomp (never heard of it).
It appears that this board contains three different variations of that pedal, all surrounding the Turbo OD-2, the MXR reverb and a black mystery pedal smack dab in the middle.
Though not pictured, Stephan runs all this on a Pedaltrain NOVO 18.
Pedalboard #5: The Before and After
This is an interesting before and after shot we spotted on Instagram, though there are quite a few boxes we don't recognize.
If you have any insight on what we've missed, hit the comments section below.
Both shots are on the same dual platform pedalboard. The top is the "before" design.
Pedalboard #6: The Voodoo Lab Tag Team
Small, clean and plenty of work put into the organization, makes for an awesome-looking pedalboard.
Per the Voodoo Lab HEX, we're assuming these pedals are controlled remotely and perhaps setup professionally.
It's just a great-looking board and an excellent example of how Voodoo Lab products can make a guitarist's life easier.
We're big fans.
Pedalboard #7: The Boss Pedals and Yellow Stripes
While we aren't totally certain, the yellow-striped pedalboard looks like a DIY job.
Otherwise, a slew of Boss pedals going into a Marshall amp (per the footswitch) is an affordable and effective method.
The white pedal to the right is probably a Cry Baby bass wah.
Courtesy of Twitter user @GuitarGutsUSA
Pedalboard #8: The Acoustic Guitar Pedalboard Setup
The wooden design is a great look for the acoustic pedalboard, which is complete with a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive and LR Baggs Session DI, both of which we routinely recommend in our acoustic guitar pedal roundups.
We're assuming the Session DI serves as a preamp that goes straight into a PA system of some sort.
The NUX Time Force, while a delay pedal, also fills the role of a multi-effects processor.
As far as acoustic effects go, this pedalboard is stacked.
Image courtesy of Twitter user @BeanBakerBand
Recognize something? Want to submit a board?
If you have a photo of your pedalboard you'd like to submit for the next roundup, feel free to email it to us and we'll take a look.
Also, for those of you who might recognize some of the gear that we didn't (and therefore omitted from the list) let us know via the comments section below. If you've got an ID on something we've highlighted, we'll edit the post and include its listing.
Other comments, thoughts and opinions are always welcome.
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