This year’s annual Pro Pedalboards issue features up-close-and-personal picks of the stomp stations used by Chris Robinson and Neal Casal, Prophets of Rage and RATM bassist Tim Commerford, Band of Skulls’ Emma Richardson and Russell Marsden, Teppei Teranishi and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, Modest Mouse’s Jim Fairchild, Brad Whitford, Bloc Party’s Russell Lissack and Justin Harris, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Josh Klinghoffer. (We also spotlight a handful of sweet-looking reader boards!) At the other end of the signal chain, we’ve got an insightful feature on the far-reaching history of the plectrum. Meanwhile, our artist interviews section this month includes chats with Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses and 50FootWave), Dean Ween, Harvey Mandel, Luke Temple, AZIZA’s Dave Holland and Lionel Loueke, and Oozing Wound’s Zack Weil and Kevin Cribbin. Our gear-review section includes in-depth looks at IK Multimedia’s Fender Collection 2, Rock Stock’s Skyline Reverb, the BAE Hot Fuzz, Amptweaker’s Bass TightMetal Jr., the Paul Reed Smith Sonzera 50 combo, Supro’s Westbury, G&L’s Kiloton 4-string, the DigiTech Whammy Ricochet, Bullhead Amplification’s Matador half-stack, Joe Gore’s Gross, the Epifani Piccolo 999, Daredevil Pedals’ Red Light District, and D’Angelico’s Premier SS.