Gear / 31 January 2023

#monopfx: Best pedalboards of January 2023

New year, new gear!

Are you on the hunt for new effects? Or have you switched things up to pursue new musical inspirations? Whatever brings you here, join us as we showcase some of our top picks for pedalboards from January.

Pedalboard Classics

For the players that want the essentials and a little more. Here are our favorite Small and Medium builds of the month.

Edge of Breakup presents us with a sleek and sophisticated setup with an impeccable Pedalboard Medium configuration. This #monopfx houses a collection of top-notch pedals, including the Frank Brothers Arcade, JAM Pedals Rooster Ltd Edition and Ripply Fall, Greer Lightspeed, LPD Pedals Seventy4 Deluxe, Strymon Deco, Chasebliss Audio Habit, and the BOSS RE-202 Space Echo. Each pedal brings its own unique sound, making this setup a versatile and powerful tool for any guitarist.

This is probably one of the more vibrant-looking #monopfx we’ve seen in a while. A little color never hurt!

Spotted in the Philippines, Early Baylen’s pedalboard boasts a collection of essential pedals, including the following: 

  1. TC Electronic Polytune
  2. MXR Smart Gate
  3. JHS Pedals Charlie Brown V4
  4. Way Huge Green Rhino
  5. Robert Keeley Oxblood
  6. 1981 DRV
  7. BOSS CH-1
  8. Line 6 Echo Park
  9. ZOOM MS-50G

The Helix Floor needs no introduction – a complete powerhouse for any gigging musician.

Rafael Figueroa Jr. elevates the entire setup with the Pedalboard Medium. To take things up a notch, the Specular Tempus from GFI System is also added into the mix.

Rocking up to a gig has never been easier.

Fit for the stage and a desert photoshoot. Art Menezes spices things up by adding the JOYO PXL8 loop switcher on his #monopfx to eliminate pedal tap dancing.

The collection features notable pedals such as the Analogman Sun Face Fuzz, the DryBell Vibe Machine, the Cornerstone Gladio, the Pedal Pawn CV7003 Germanium Fuzz, the Earthquaker Devices Bit Commander, and finally the Bjpress Raw Break.

We love stumbling upon MIDI-centric pedalboard setups, and this build by David Figueiredo is a perfect example of just that.

This #monopfx is packed with industry-standard pedals that are sure to inspire any musician. The centerpiece of the setup is the classic Strymon duo – the BigSky and Timeline. These powerful pedals are controlled by the brains of the board – the Morningstar MC8 – which controls all of the MIDI information going in and out of the Strymons and the GFI System Synesthesia. Pedals on drive duties are the Browne Amplification Protein and the JHS Kilt V2 for that added grit.

Overall, this build is a sleek and highly functional setup that’s sure to inspire creativity and turn heads.

Dan Mayo, pedalboard enthusiast and renowned drummer, is known for his whacky live drum effects. This month, he made an interesting move with his #monopfx setup. Instead of going overboard with his build, he has decided to downsize to the Pedalboard Small. The result is a compact and streamlined pedalboard that is an extension of his full setup, while also being highly functional.

The pedals that Dan has included are some of the most sought-after effects in the market today. The Erica Synths Acid Box III and Fusion Box, the Chase Bliss Audio Blooper and Generation Loss MKII, the Mattoverse Electronics TremStortion, and the EHX POG 2 are all top-notch pedals that are widely acclaimed. These pedals offer a wide range of sounds and effects that can be used to create a unique and versatile tone, making Dan’s #monopfx a board to be reckoned with.

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