Gear / 30 July 2021

#monopfx: Best pedalboards of July 2021

MONO pedalboards

Time sure flies by cause we’re jetting past July.

As sure as the changing of seasons, we pedal nerds are slowly but surely swapping out effects for that next build. Interested to see what pedalboard beauties they are as we approach fall? Let’s go through some of the best pedalboards we’ve seen in July.

The Lite Heavyweights

Do you believe that less is more? Musicians that belong to this camp turn to boards like our Pedalboard Lite to keep things trim on their tone hunt. No extra baggage is allowed here — every effect unit counts.

Mark Johnston has a prolonged love affair with our Pedalboard Lite and we don’t blame him. His board is a real treat for those who are deep into the effects lore. Highlight pedals include Quiet Theory’s Prelude delay/reverb, Pettyjohn Electronic’s LIFT MKII boost/harmonic overdrive, and Chase Bliss’ Generation Loss tape-decay + Thermae delay/pitch-shifter.

Neat, portable, and über sleek – we definitely love the sheer utility of this very intentional pedalboard.

Matt has been setting up pedalboards in July and we’re really impressed with the mix of effects he has at foot’s reach. The signal chain starts with an old school Boss BF-2 Flanger that funnels into a Black Mass Electronics boost/fuzz and a smallsound/bigsound Mini overdrive. The ambient effects come into play by way of the Keeley Eccos delay/looper and QarthQuaker Devices’ Levitation reverb.

A mini-board with loads of gusto – we’re loving the increasingly minimalistic MONO pedalboards movement!

Pedalboard Classics

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

We’ve got a sighting of an absolute rarity – a drum pedalboard.

Dan Mayo has a previous appearance on our pedalboard features and July sees the remix of his original board from earlier in the year. What’s different? How about the introduction of Hologram Electronic’s Microcosm, Electro Harmonix’s Platform, and Chase Bliss’ Gravitas to his Medium board.

Want to see how you can use effects on your acoustic drum sets? Check out Dan’s IG page for inspiration.

The next board just screams brand loyalty for one of the most legendary names of the effects world. Joko Hanggono’s pedalboard is an all-Boss affair, with every one of their most iconic stompboxes in attendance. We’d normally go into further detail, but this time we believe that one glance at Joko’s snapshot says way more than we ever could.

If uniformity is something near and dear to your heart, we have a feeling you’ll love this board.

Go big or go home

Big isn’t always better, but big is always big — and sometimes very epic. That’s what the Pedalboard Large is for.

Kristoffer Les Paulsen has always been a staple of our features due to his great pedal selections and impeccable pictures.

While nothing has changed with his Pedalboard Large since we last had him on the blog, Kristoffer’s post has been a timely reminder for us. While swapping out pedals is great for experimenting, if you find a sound you’re happy with – you don’t have to rip out your board for that next effect. After all, with this great collection of pedals, we wouldn’t be in a rush for change too.

Want a chance to be featured? Tag us on Instagram at @monocreators and hashtag #monopfx to celebrate the best board builds with our community of gearheads. You can also shop on our MONO site for pedalboards and accessories.

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