The experience of being onstage in front of a crowd of drunken revelers is unique and terrifying. There’s a reason drink tickets are standard currency for the legions of touring bands that pull up to one of the thousands of venues in America, lugging Marshall stacks and smelling like a stranger’s cat. But being onstage playing music has an undeniable thrill and that’s why we do it.

However, setting up your gear is another matter entirely. And if you’re in the unfortunate position of not having a road crew, you can feel the prying eyes of ten to twelve jealous local know-it-alls glaring your way as you carefully unpack your cables and guitar, as you hit the snare drum a few times just to make sure it is, in fact, still a snare drum, and  as you search for the house bass rig’s power switch.

You aren’t wrong to think those eyes are judging you, because they most likely are. It’s not based on your clothes or your hair or what shoes you’re wearing. It’s actually solely based on the size of your pedalboard. Unbeknownst to most, the size of one’s pedalboard speaks volumes. Let's look at some real world examples, shall we?


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