With the hundreds of choices—and millions of combinations—setting up a pedalboard can be daunting. That's why we've assembled and highlighted a handful of well-rounded setups that you can copy exactly, or take inspiration from to piece together your own board. With offerings from a bare-bones beginner-level setup to a fairly far-out, boutique arrangement, this should help get your pedalboard up and running in no time.
The BOSS DD-7 Digital Delay is a guitar effects pedal that takes the best features from its predecessors and expands their creative potential. You get Modulation Delay mode, classic modeled Analog Delay mode, External pedal control options, longer delay time, and more. Even with the best-selling delays in compact-pedal history, BOSS continues to push the envelope and innovate.
Your Price : $159.99
From screaming loud to whisper soft, the Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal can faithfully reproduce the dynamics of your playing style. Level and distortion controls give you complete command of the amount of signal processing. Tone knob lets you tailor EQ right on the unit. The Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal is a tough stompbox that can take whatever your boot can dish out. Includes 5-year warranty.
Your Price : $49.99
This entry-level setup features some hall-of-fame hits in the effects world. These top-selling Boss pedals include the DS-1, which is a benchmark in guitar distortion, CS-3 compression sustainer to improve overall tone and DD-7—the best-selling digital delay in compact-pedal history. The Boss BCB-30 board is self-contained, and includes power and patch cables. It's this easy to start rocking with these iconic Boss pedals.
The Jupiter is a true bypass fuzz pedal inspired by the desire for gritty, thick and loud fuzz. Fuzz pedals tend to emphasize specific frequency ranges, which is both a positive and negative attribute. The Jupiter's controls allow you the ability to dial in the right amount of fuzz with the right tonal quality to either stand out in the mix, or ride it out with the drums and rhythm. It includes a Mode switch that changes between three different clipping diode arrangements, providing more options and combinations of fuzz and tone and a Bass boost toggle switch for increased low end.
Your Price : $199.00
Harnessing the expertise we've developed through re-imagining and successfully manufacturing the 1960's Supro tube amplifier lineup, Supro USA has captured the legendary magic of a Supro tube amp by completely re-thinking our approach to stompbox design. Rather than approximating the sound of our amps using standard techniques, engineer Thomas Elliot created an all-new circuit which mimics every aspect of the Supro tube amp. This unique approach yields the most realistic-sounding overdrive pedal ever made, with greater range of gain, dynamics and natural compression than the Tube Screamer, Klon or any of their many derivatives. The Supro Drive is an original, landmark design that raises the bar for overdrive pedals.
Your Price : $219.99
Turn lead to gold with the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Micro. Famous for its noiseless clean sustain, the Philosopher's Tone stands out as a uniquely powerful guitar effect in the crowded world of compressor pedals. The Philosopher's Tone Micro packs all of the optical compression and unrivaled sustain of the original award winning Pigtronix pedal into a micro size chassis that runs on standard 9V external power.
Your Price : $119.00
This setup is loaded with an assortment of tonally vital pedals that add another level of versatility over the Beginner Board. The Aclam Smart Track boards include a soft carry case and have special fasteners that easily and quickly keep your pedals securely locked onto the board during your gig. These modular boards allow you to add more space for pedals as you grow your collection with additional extension kits and accessories. This setup requires power so it includes the popular MXR DC Brick power supply and Boss patch cables to connect our pedals. Some key items in this setup include the Supro Drive pedal; which re-creates the pillar of classic rock guitar tone that legendary Supro tube amps are known for; noiseless clean sustain from Pigtronix's Philosopher's Tone Micro, Walrus Audio's gritty, thick and loud Jupiter Fuzz v2; and legendary EP-3 tape echo tone in Dunlop's Echoplex Delay.
The Polara's flexible reverbs cover a full spectrum, from the intimate warmth of "Room," to the vast expansiveness of "Hall," through time with the cosmic power of "Reverse," and anchored by Lexicon's revered "Modulated," "Plate" and "Spring" reverbs. In addition to those classics, the Polara introduces the new "Halo" reverb. The "Halo" reverb with cascading octaves interspersed in the reverb decays will cast a heavenly glow over your tone.
Your Price : $149.95
Some guitarists like their chorus to be subtle and traditional. Others prefer bold and unique. The Catalina Dynamic Chorus is designed to do both, with analog character and an unprecedented level of interactivity. It has controls for Mix (from silent to unity to a +3dB boost for the wet signal), Rate, Depth and Delay, as well as a treble-attenuating Tone control for dialing in the clarity or warmth of the wet signal. And the Catalina also features a unique Dynamic switch which allows you to interact with the Depth control as you play: the Hard mode signals the chorus depth to increase as you play with more intensity, or flip it to Soft mode and you will receive more effect as you play lighter. There's also a Threshold control to dial in the sensitivity of the Dynamic feature. The Catalina has a mono input and stereo outputs, and the footswitch is True Bypass.
Your Price : $229.00
The D'Addario Chromatic Pedal Tuner is the perfect combination of innovation, simplicity and style. Housed in a rugged aluminum enclosure, the tuner features fast note detection, superb accuracy, wide calibration range and true-bypass wiring with an easily accessible foot switch. The tuner's full-color vertical display allows for quick intuitive tuning at home, in the studio or on stage.
Your Price : $69.99
The Shape Shifter was designed to be the ultimate tremolo pedal, with all the features players have been asking for. Building on Seymour Duncan's original Shape Shifter, it's now significantly smaller and features stereo inputs and outputs, Phase control between outputs and an expanded rate range, while a blinking LED knob (like the one found on the Vapor Trail analog delay) gives you a visual representation of the tempo, and stays engaged even when the unit is in bypass so you can alter the rate in between parts of your song. The Shape Shifter provides a natural, first-class sound that is rich, authentic and highly customizable. Wave, Shape, Depth, Speed and Tap Tempo controls allow you infinite ability to craft your own unique signature tremolo tones, while the Phase control lets you adjust between left and right output channels to find the ideal mix.
Your Price : $229.00
You love your amp, but when you jump on a lead, you just need a little more of it. There's more to tasty boosting than just brute force though. The TC Electronics Spark Mini Boost gives you a vicious 20 dB of boost and then some.
Tone To The Bone With a full 20 dB of boost, Spark Mini Booster is a great clean booster. But that's not all it does - keep turning that knob and it'll start working its magic driving gear into peak performance! No matter what your style or set-up is, this musical miracle will maximize your potential but let your core tone shine through unaltered.
Your Price : $49.99
The Fulltone OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Drive-overdrive pedal packs classic OD tones into a compact pedal with simple, no-fuss operation. From heavy crunch rich with overtones and feedback to spanky cleans, the OCD delivers the sounds of a great tube amp, as sell as the same sensitivity and response to your playing style.
Along with standard Volume, Drive, and Tone controls, the OCD's HP/LP (High Peak/Low Peak) switch takes the pedal from a clean boost to manic, sustain-laden distortion. True bypass switching
Your Price : $118.15
Don't let its small size fool you-the CBM95 Cry Baby Mini Wah doesn't skimp on tone or usability. It comes equipped with the legendary Fasel inductor, a full sweep range, and three internally adjustable voicings-Low, Vintage, and GCB95. At half the size of a standard Cry Baby pedal, the CMB95 is perfect wherever space comes at a premium, such as on a travel board. To top it off, this pedal features true-bypass switching and high-quality hardware so that it can take a beating on the road. Save precious space without sacrificing tone and put a Cry Baby Mini Wah on your pedal board.
Your Price : $99.99
This fairly robust setup spotlights the top-selling Pedaltrain Classic 2 pedalboard, which include a soft carry case and velcro strips for fastening pedals to your board. The Classic 2 features Pedaltrain's original four-rail design and traditional rail spacing, and has been updated with an open front design, which makes power supply mounting more convenient. This setup requires external power, so it includes the popular MXR DC Brick power supply and Boss patch cables to connect the pedals. Some key items in this setup include the space-saving Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah, iconic Fulltone OCD overdrive, Seymour Duncan's Catalina Chorus and Shapeshifter Stereo Tremolo, Digitech's Polara Reverb, the MXR Dyna Comp Mini compressor and D'Addario Planet Waves Chromatic Pedal Tuner.
The original Pink Panther was one of the early JHS pedals in their line and was the first JHS delay pedal dating back to 2007-2008. The new Pink Panther is now the continuation of the JHS delay line, and it embraces their goal to bring you a highly versatile, simple and unique line of delay pedals. The original 2007-2008 era rare/original units sell used for upwards of $500, so they thought it was time to go back to the drawing board to bring you what could be considered the ultimate JHS reissue nearly ten years later. While the Panther Delay (large box, silver) and Panther Cub V1.5 (smaller box, teal) offer up authentic and genuine bucket brigade analog goodness, the Pink Panther takes a different approach: unashamed digital processing. Some of JHS's favorite delay pedals ever made are early digital delays like the Boss DD-5, Ibanez DE7, DDL and the DOD DFX9. The Pink Panther tips its hat to those units that replicate, effect and mold your guitar tone into something that only digital delay can. With a small footprint, loads of features and a simplistic user experience, JHS believes the Pink Panther is the diamond heist you have been looking for!
Your Price : $249.00
MXR knows phasers. The Phase 90's compact size, superior construction, and refined sound put MXR on the map, and it set the standard by which all other phasers are judged. Two years later, MXR released the Phase 45—a mellower version of the effect favored for its ability to easily blend into the band mix.
Now, you can get both iconic circuits in a single pedal while tightening up your pedal board at the same time. The Phase 95 combines the Phase 45 and Phase 90 circuits in a mini housing with about half the footprint of a standard MXR pedal. The 45/90 switch toggles between the Phase 45 mode's subtle two-stage phasing and the Phase 90 mode's more pronounced four-stage phasing, while the "Script" switch toggles between two phasing styles. The Phase 95 is set to modern style phasing by default, which relies on feedback to create light harmonic distortion and gives the effect a more accentuated swoosh. Engaging the Script switch removes feedback for a lusher, more subdued sound with higher headroom and greater clarity. The familiar Speed control sets the rate of the effect.
Your Price : $99.99
Electro Harmonix's new four-knob analog compressor, squeezes your guitar tone in all the right ways! Mike Matthews says, "The Tone Corset is the funkiest analog compressor I ever heard on guitar!"
The 4-knob design provides excellent control and gives the user the ability to precisely shape their instrument's dynamics. The Sustain knob controls the amount of compression applied to the guitar signal. The Attack know adjusts how quickly the compressor recovers. As Attack is turned clockwise the pedal's response is slower and more initial pick attack comes thru. The Blend knob adjusts the mix of the dry and compressed signals. Volume controls the overall output level. The Pad switch pads down the input signal to prevent undesirable distortion if the Tone Coret is used with high output humbuckers, bass guitar, etc. True Bypass for maximum signal path integrity. Comes with a 9V battery.
Your Price : $89.50
The Erupter is the result of over two years' worth of tone-chasing, tweaking, and experimentation in search of what EarthQuaker president and product designer Jamie Stillman calls "the ultimate classic fuzz tone ... with a big low end, but not too mushy, a biting top end without being too harsh, and just enough output to politely send a tube amp over the top."
Your Price : $145.00
The Dunes is a condensed take on our highly popular Palisades808-style overdrive. Earthquaker has stripped away all the glitz and glamour of the original Palisades, leaving only the bare essentials required for a rippin' mid-boosting transparent overdrive. It has all the great tone of the grown-up Palisades but with a simplified interface and a smaller footprint!
The Dunes features the same Gain, Tone and Level controls as the Palisades, along with our favorite voice and bandwidth settings, as well as the Normal / Bright toggle. The selectable clipping Voices are: MOSFET for a tight crunchy sound (Palisades' Setting 3);Silicon for the classic 808 sound (Palisades' Setting 5), and None, which goes from clean boost to gritty, pure op-amp distortion with a massive volume boost (Palisades' Setting 1).The two Bandwidth settings are stock for the classic tone (Palisades' Setting 3) and full range for more low end (Palisades' Setting 5). Each and every Dunes is true-bypass, uses silent relay-based switching, and is built one-at-a-time in sandy Akron, Ohio, USA.
Your Price : $185.00
Control your volume and FX parameters without crowding your pedalboard. Saving space doesn't mean skimping on durability or functionality—the DVP4 Mini Volume (X) Pedal does everything that the larger DVP3 does at half the size, and it's just as solidly built with a lightweight aluminum chassis, aggressive non-slip tread, and our patented Low Friction Band-Drive for a smooth range of motion and consistent, reliable performance. For maximum comfort and precision, the DVP4's rocker tension is fully adjustable.
Your Price : $119.99
Voodoo Lab has made the top-selling professional pedal power supply for years and launched its Dingbat series of pedalboards in early 2017. As part of the range this model includes the medium-sized board (with room for roughly eight standard-size pedals), and a pre-mounted Pedal Power 2 Plus power supply with 8 isolated inputs, power cables, cable ties and tour-ready gig bag. For connecting the pedals, this setup features MXR patch cables. Key pedals in this setup include the Pink Panther Delay from JHS, outfitted with a Tape Delay setting, tap tempo, modulation and enough control to make it your go-to delay pedal on any gig; the massively versatile Erupter fuzz pedal and Dunes Overdrive from Earthquaker Devices, a heavily featured take on the classic 808 overdrive tone; MXR M290 Mini Phase 95, which combines the classic Phase 45 and Phase 90 circuits in a housing with about half the footprint of a standard MXR pedal; Dunlop DVP4 X Mini volume pedal and Tone Corset compressor from Electro-Harmonix.
Brian Wampler set out to make a delay that is as pure as you could want, with a time of up to 1 second, a reverb that is thick and then have the option to mix them all up and put them together in one glorious effect that will send you away—all while making it as easy to use and easy to find those perfect tones as possible.
Also, there isn't one delay lurking within the Wampler Ethereal—there are two! The first delay constantly sits there like a heartbeat, coming back at you at quarter notes, then Wampler layered another over the top, which can can be put into a triplet pattern, or a dotted 8th (so you can get that beautiful quarter, plus dotted 8th mix) and even a self-oscillating dotted eighth pattern that just takes you away and leads you over the edge and down the rabbit hole into perfect ambience.
Your Price : $199.97
The Julia is a fully analog, feature-rich chorus/vibrato packed with a wide array of tonal landscapes begging to be explored. She is able to produce mild smooth chorus, to seasick vibrato and everywhere in between. With controls like Lag, Dry-Chorus-Vibrato Blend, and selectable analog LFO wave shapes, you are able to dial in all types of classic and unique chorus/vibrato sounds; some settings giving a familiar feel while others are not found on traditional chorus pedals.
A special feature of the Julia is the Lag control. The Lag knob lets you set the center delay time that the LFO effect modulates from. From smooth and tight modulation at lower settings, to warbling detune at maximum, the Lag knob adds a new dimension to the traditional Chorus/Vibrato landscape.
Your Price : $199.00
The I.Q. Compressor from J. Rockett Audio Designs is an EQ/compressor with a pre-compression EQ. The EQ allows you to choose which frequencies you want to be compressed harder based on their respective gain setting. Each frequency slider has 18db of gain or cut. The compressor has a volume and mix control. The volume control increases or decreases the output level and the mix control simply blends the compressed signal with the dry signal. (There will be a slight bump in volume as the mix control blends dry with wet). It can be adjusted with the volume control.
Your Price : $229.00
When it was introduced in 2010, the original Polytune forever revolutionized the way musicians tune their instruments. Praised by professional and amateur players, guitar tuning instantly became as simple as strum, tune, rock!
So how do you make the best-selling polyphonic tuner even better? You take it to the next level byproviding multiple tuning modes, including polyphonic, chromatic, strobe and a variety of altered tunings; adding an onboard Bonafide Buffer to preserve your tone over long cable runs and pedal board signal paths; and upgrading the LED display for even higher tuning accuracy. Say hello to your next tuner – Polytune 3.
Your Price : $99.99
The Electro-Harmonix polyphonic SYNTH9 Synthesizer Machine transforms your guitar or bass with 9 presets that were precisely tuned to emulate the most sought after, vintage synthesizer sounds ever. From searing lead synths to spacey synth pads and deep, funky, synth bass grooves, it's all accessible.
The SYNTH9 is also super easy to use with Dry volume, Synth volume, Ctrl1 and Ctrl2 knobs that provide precise control over each preset's parameters.
Your Price : $221.30
The BE-OD overdrive pedal captures the tone of the now legendary Friedman BE-100 amplifier which has graced the stages of world class musicians the world over. The BE-OD delivers authentic tube amplifier sound from a compact pedal with the controls needed to shape your tone including volume, gain, tight, bass, treble and presence. These responsive knobs will take you from light, slightly broken up overdrives to straight up gain nirvana. Built in the USA and designed to withstands decades of abuse the BE-OD is a must have pedals for any tone enthusiast.
Your Price : $199.99
Xotic Effects Wah XW-1 is based on the Holy Grail wah, 1967-1968 Italian-built Clyde McCoy Wahs. With the Xotic XW-1 you don't get one or three sounds in one pedal, you get unlimited sounds with unique controls that shape and contour your sound the way you hear it. The adjustability and flexibility of the XW-1 makes this one of the most versatile wah pedals available today.
With the XW-1 you will enjoy some exciting and innovative features including:
- Self-lubricating nylon bushing pivot for quiet and smooth operation with fully-adjustable rocker pedal tension
- Gold contact relay true bypassing, which allows for transparent true bypass tone, while incorporating ultra reliable switching with minimum one million life cycle
- 20% smaller footprint than conventional wah pedals
- Fully adjustable Wah-Q and Bias controls and a two-band EQ with +/-15 dB center-detent potentiometers optimize the voicing for different playing styles and gear
- Fuzz-friendly buffering circuit assures a great sounding wah tone with your favorite fuzz pedals
Your Price : $236.00
The Ernie Ball VP JR. Passive Volume Pedal has a durable, compact design that allows more floor space. It features a potentiometer with 250kOhm resistance suitable for the audio path of passive instruments. A micro taper switch gives you 2 distinct swell rates. A tuner output provides silent tuning in the heel-down pedal position.
Your Price : $99.99
American brand Friedman, known for premium tube amplifiers, launched its Tour Pro pedalboards in 2017. This Tour Pro 1520 Platinum Pack includes a large (15 x 20 in.) Friedman board with riser and pro carrying bag, black Velcro for pedal attachment, wire ties and wire mounts. It also features the Power Grid 10 isolated power supply and Buffer Bay 6 buffer and patch bay. Also featured is the D'Addario Planet Waves Pedal Board Cable Kit to connect the pedals. Pedals featured include the amazing Synth9 from Eletro-Harmonix for searing lead synths to spacey synth pads, Friedman Brown Eye for skull-crushing overdrive, the Wampler Ethereal Delay/Reverb for heavenly ambient tones, J. Rockett's new IQ EQ/compressor, Xotic Effects XW-1 Wah, Ernie Ball VP Jr volume pedal, TC Electronic's Polytune 3 pedal tuner and Walrus Audio's fully analog Julia Chorus/Vibrato with feature-rich chorus/vibrato and special Lag knob control that lets you set the center delay time that the LFO effect modulates from smooth and tight modulation at lower settings, to warbling detune at max.