It’s the final month of our multiple pedalboard giveaway—the America’s Saddest Pedalboard Contest. If you think you have the jankiest, most ill-equipped pedalboard in America, then all you have to do to enter the contest is take a picture of it and share it on social media with the tags #JIMDUNLOP, #SADBOARD, and #ROCK. If your photo gets the most votes, you’ll win a brand new, fully stocked pedalboard. We’re giving away a different pedalboard each month.
Head over to the contest page for all the details.
Last month, we gave away the Modern Metal board. December’s prize is the Classic Rock Board, which gives you the same tones and textures used by the greatest guitar players in history to change rock ’n’ roll history and demonstrate the artistic power that effects pedals can have when crafting a piece of music. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
MXR® Carbon Copy® Deluxe Analog Delay
This pedal continues a theme by delivering warm, vintage-style analog delay with modern functionality—up to 1.2 seconds of delay time, a tap tempo function, a tap-division feature, plus a modulation circuit and a switch for brightening up the tone, and so on. Using the Carbon Copy Deluxe Analog Delay can be as simple or as intricate as your needs dictate, making this the perfect choice for your classic rock board.
MXR® Phase 95
This pedal brings you both of MXR’s classic phasers—the Phase 45’s subtle two-stage phasing and the Phase 90’s more pronounced four-stage phasing—with a Script switch that toggles between modern and vintage phasing styles. All in a mini MXR housing. Nice.
MXR® Booster Mini
This little boost pedal is all about slathering your tone with secret sauce and kicking it into the high heavens. The sauce comes from the Echoplex Preamp while the boosting power—up to +25dB—comes courtesy of the MXR Micro Amp circuit.
Cry Baby® Jimi Hendrix™ Wah
It doesn’t get more classic than Jimi Hendrix and a Cry Baby Wah. This pedal is based on the one he used to record his greatest wah licks, infusing your tone with the throaty expressiveness those songs are famous for.
MXR® Double-Double™ Overdrive
This pedal serves up two classic overdrives in a single housing—Low Gain mode for rich, fiery midrange tones and High Gain mode for high gain and a bump in the highs and lows. With Treble and Bass controls, you can season either sound to your taste.
MXR® Custom Badass™ ’78 Distortion
This pedal brings you huge amp stack tones and tube amp-like distortion straight out of the late ’70s. It has your standard three-knob setup for simple and easy use, but its CRUNCH button allows you to choose between silicon and LED clipping, which kicks up the harmonic content of the distortion. This pedal sounds great no matter how you use it—in front of a clean amp, a slightly dirty amp, or a full-on overdriven amp.
Fuzz Face® Mini Silicon Distortion
A regular sized Fuzz Face Distortion is an awesome thing to have, but when you’re building a board with upwards of ten pedals, it’s difficult to make space for something the size of a mic stand’s base. So we’ve included the Fuzz Face Mini Silicon Distortion, which sounds bright and aggressive and comes with a few modern upgrades such as a bright status LED, an AC power jack, and a battery door. Modern convenience, but the sound is all vintage.
MXR® Uni-Vibe® Chorus/Vibrato
This pedal captures the lush, chewy textures of Uni-Vibe pedals from back in the day, but it comes with a much more accommodating Phase 90-sized housing rather than the original’s hunk of metal.
MXR® Dyna Comp® Mini Compressor
With this pedal you get old school MXR compression and save on pedalboard space at the same time. Plus, you get an Attack switch to toggle between slow and fast attack times.
Sonic Research Stomp Box Mini Strobe Tuner
The Sonic Research Turbo Tuner ST-300 is a true stroboscope. Its LEDs are driven directly by the analog input signal and electronically strobed, providing instant response and high accuracy.
MXR® Iso-Brick™ Power Supply
You need a reliable power supply, so we tucked the lightweight and pedalboard-friendly Iso-Brick Power Supply underneath the pedalboard, where it has ten fully isolated outputs ranging from 9V to 18V, including two variable 6V-15V outputs. The two variable outputs can be used to emulate voltage sag, a drained battery effect sought by many vintage tonechasers—try it with the dirt pedals for some gnarly lo-fi sounds.
Pedaltrain Novo 24 Pedalboard
Thanks to our friends at Pedaltrain, all the goodies above come wired on a Novo 24 Pedalboard. It’s a five-rail design that’s open-faced and angled for easy stomping access, and it’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum, so it’ll take a beating without weighing you down. Rad.
We’re giving away one pedalboard each month from September to December. Head over to the America’s Saddest Pedalboard Contest page for details and rules.