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You can get an actual pedalboard in Animal Crossing - and guitarists are freaking out

Picture of an electric guitar and pedalboard in Animal Crossing
(Image credit: Will Thomas)

In a time where millions of us are unable to leave our homes, the timing of Nintendo Switch escapism masterpiece Animal Crossing: New Horizons is suspiciously perfect.

One of the way the life sim makes the experience individual to each player is the ability to customize your house with the thousands of items you find around the deserted island you call your home - which, as it turns out, include not only an electric guitar, but a pedalboard, as well.

The ‘Pedal board’, as it’s known in-game, boasts five pedals, which vary in color and appear to roughly approximate a Dunlop Cry Baby Mini, Boss MS-3 Multi-Effects/Switcher, Boss DM-2/BD-2/Tube Screamer, a mini pedal of some description, and a Strymon/Eventide-style digital processor. There’s even a patch bay on the top right, lending the game serious attention to detail.

Suffice to say, Animal Crossing-loving guitarists have been going absolutely bonkers with glee at the inclusion (especially those who already possess the Orange-style practice amp):

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Sadly, you can’t interact much with the ’board itself (after all, you can obtain it whether or not you own a guitar), but we’re hoping Nintendo might add that functionality in a future update.

The ability to get hold of guitars dates back to Animal Crossing’s earlier iterations, which offered a number of variations, from a Strat-a-like ‘Rock guitar’ seen above to a Flying V-type ‘Metal guitar’ and Martin-esque ‘Folk guitar’.

In addition, K.K. Slider, one of the series’ most iconic characters, is an acoustic-wielding dog who performs to the townspeople, and even records albums for you to purchase in-game.

All of which leads us to believe that someone on the Animal Crossing development team is really into guitar. Surely it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing virtual gigs in a town near you...

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Digital Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World, having spent nine storied years contributing to guitar journalism and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). He has written and edited for MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and makes prog-ish instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.