Wrestling with noisy pedals? One simple trick made my pedalboard whisper-quiet – and it didn’t cost me a thing

Photo of a pedalboard
I vacuumed my pedalboard especially to take this photo. You're welcome. (Image credit: Michael Astley-Brown/Future)

Ever since I bought my first pedalboard over two decades ago, it’s been in constant flux. My very first rig was made up of 10 Boss stompboxes – as was the style at the time – and I went through various permutations of downsizing, upsizing, digital, analog, and everything in between.

Since focusing solely on one musical project, I’ve settled on a more consistent lineup – one that combines the ‘I could really do with this one effect for one song’ utility of Line 6’s HX Stomp with a handful of my favorite drive pedals and my constant companions, the DigTech Whammy (5th Gen, since you asked) and Boss DD-500.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.