If you’re unhappy with your tone or simply want to try something different, your first instinct may be to reach for a different guitar or go amp shopping. If that’s the case, it’s totally understandable - those are the two most obvious components of your rig. However, next time you find yourself looking to make a change, consider adding some new pedals to your arsenal, or if you’ve already amassed a good number of pedals, try some new ones. There are a few reasons for this:
And let’s face it, most musicians are constantly buying and selling gear. In addition to local classifieds, online marketplaces are a great way to get rid of the gear you no longer need - though shipping is necessary. As such, it is often cheaper and easier to sell or trade a pedal online as it is much more compact than an amp or speaker cabinet. If you’re finicky about gear and tend to sell equipment often, pedals may be a better fit for you.
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Whether you are starting from scratch or re-working the order and layout, building pedalboards is a regular part of life for the gigging guitarist. Sometimes these building sessions can be filled with a lot of frustration. In this article, we’ll offer up our favorite tips to ensure that your next pedalboard building session goes off without a hitch. Most of these tips assume that you already have a pedalboard and several pedals…if you want some more tips on starting from scratch, let us know in the comments section. Here we go…