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#monopfx: Best pedalboards of October 2021

#monopfx-Best pedalboards-of-October-2021

October has come and gone. Did you cop any new pedals over the month? Or maybe you’ve found a new hack to apply on your pedalboard?

Or perhaps you’re checking this blog out to find that missing spark of inspiration for your own tonal adventures.

Whatever your reasons are for dropping by, come join us as we take a look at some of our favorite pedalboards from the month of October.

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.

Ed Haponik’s Pedalboard Lite+ showcases a pretty nifty trick, especially if you’re trying to fit wider pedals on a smaller pedalboards. The solution? Just flip them to the side.

This bass board caught our interest because it serves a dual-purpose – functioning as the tone hub for both an electric and upright bass. His rig is also an all-MXR affair with the A/B Box, Bass Envelope Filter, Bass Chorus Deluxe, Bass D.I. +, and the Clone Looper all making an appearance.

Pedalboard Classics

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

Do Noise’s Pedalboard Carbon might be small but it certainly stands tall. All the pedals on this board are the stuff of dreams for pedal nerds and display some unconventional picks.

Here’s a complete breakdown of this stompbox congregation: a Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water, Alexander Pedals Syntax Error 2, Eventide Audio’s UltraTap, Red Panda Lab Tensor, and GFI System’s Orca + Skylar.

The end result? Possibly one of the coolest sound-creation pedalboards we’ve seen in a long while.

Here’s a really nice gram from Down Under and versatility is the name of the game for Adam James’ well-put-together Medium board.

A closer inspection will reveal a Line 6 HX Stomp lying at the heart of the board – a pedal-sized amp + effects modeler that most of our readers will be familiar with.

Adam has complemented this immense flexibility with a plethora of pedals. His choices include a Strymon Flint for reverb and tremolo, a VS Audio Royal Flush for overdrive, Boss OC-5 for octave duty, and a Hudson Electronics Broadcast-AP covering boost and fuzzy goodness.

Uni•Sound from Hong Kong is a name you would have heard if you’ve kept up with the blog. This time, they’re back in our roundup with another Medium board.

Some of the most popular effects lay upon this pedal pedestal — and very neatly too. You simply can’t go wrong with the Strymon Bigsky + Mobius + Timeline trio, Wampler Ego, Fulltone OCD, 1981 Inventions DRV, JHS Morning Glory, and the Vertex Steel String + Ultra-Phonix duo.

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.

As the legendary Yngwie Malmsteen once said: “How can less be more? More is more!” These are the very words of wisdom that Mr. Almazan has taken to heart with his pedalboard build.

A mighty colossus dedicated to the shrine of tone, this Pedalboard Large has the sheer variety to conjure up almost every possible tone you might need. Here are some pedals that caught our eyes – the Meris Ottobit, the Dr. Scientist BitQuest, the Origin Effects Cali76, the Disaster Area Designs micro.clock, and the GFI Systems Cabzeus. Extravagnce has surely never sounded so good!

Now with all of that done and dusted, please excuse us while we embark on some pedal indulgence of our own.

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