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This guy definitely paid the cost to be the "Boss" - get it?! Conservatively, looks like the the boss cost is a minimum $10 grand.
Prince's pedal setup is much like the man himself: trim, reserved, absurdly tiny for what you get out of it.
This board holds the world record for largest (in terms of individual pieces of gear) fully-functional pedal setup. As we all know: the more gear, the better the music!
Don't even think of trying to start a black metal band named after some Tolkien geography if you can't get a board like this going first.
Hopefully Noel Gallagher's pedals aren't as irritable as he is.
The Deftones' Stephen Carpenter has no problem going from crushing heaviness to ethereal beauty with this board. If I can just work 'achingly' into this one I can finish off my Pitchfork.com review bingo card.
The secret to John Frusciante's tone? a bunch of Moog Moogerfoogers, apparently. John Foogsuciante.
Another Fooger-picker is Omar Rodríguez-López from the At The Drive-In/The Mars Volta/a bunch of solo records no one listens to.
Adrian Belew's mastery of tone has been crucial to his work in King Crimson, Talking Heads, and solo. With pedalboards like the one one shown here he even achieved the impossible Holy Grail: making out of key notes sound good.
Sure, that rare 1950s custom Les Paul and vintage tube amp will get you started, but you’re still going to be pretty limited with what tones you can achieve if you don’t add some of those crucial sound spicers: guitar pedals!
The first commercially available effect unit meant for use outside the studio was the 1948 DeArmond Trem-Trol, which passed a guitar’s electrical signal through electrolytic fluid to achieve a tremolo effect. Gross! Don’t spill any of your fluid on me, Freddie! Today, there’s all manner of reverb, pitch shifters, compressors, sprongers, and sound funklers (okat, some of those are not real) to add to your arsenal and keep your guitar tone mutating more than a…uh…a Resident Evil villain (trust me, it makes sense). Here are 10 examples of amazing pedal boards, whether they belong to famous axe swingers or just weird enthusiasts with way too much money.