El Diablo Pedal Swap (Sponsored by the Lakeside Guitar Festival)

Saturday, August 12th, 2023  11 am - 1 pm

The El Diablo Pedal Swap Event is BACK at the beautiful Como Lakeside Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 12th, sponsored by the Lakeside Guitar Festival.  It’s time to gather up your gently used guitar/bass effects pedals and trade with your fellow Twin Cities pedal enthusiasts!  Or trade pedals with El Diablo himself!  Hundreds of pedals will be on offer!

Here's how it works: Register for the event on our website (link in Bio), and bring at least ONE pedal to trade (minimum pedal value $50) to the Como Lakeside Pavilion on Saturday August 12th at 11 am.  All swap participants lay out their pedals for display on the tables provided for the event.  Trading begins promptly at 11:45 am and ends at 1 pm.

You'll be able to do straight trades, trades plus cash, or cash transactions with your fellow musicians.  

Tips and Tricks:

  1. TEST your pedal at home BEFORE coming to the swap.  Gear gremlins are real!  If the pedal has been sitting for a while, test it.  Even if it worked last week, TEST it again!! 
  2. Take a moment to CLEAN your pedals and find the original boxes if you have them.
  3. Price tags are handy and help speed up trades.  Check Reverb or eBay, get a sense for what your pedal is worth and write it down somewhere!
  4. We STRONGLY recommend the use of PayPal or VenMo (rather than actual cash) when purchasing as an added layer of protection and peace of mind.  
  5. If your pedal requires 12V/18V power, mark it clearly on the pedal and  bring the dedicated power supply.  We’ll have power supplies on hand as well.
  6. Tell all your friends!  The more the merrier!

If you haven’t been to an El Diablo Pedal Swap, you’re in for a treat!  It’s a super fun day to meet new friends and catch up with old pals, compare notes about the Mpls/St. Paul music scene, chat about gear, compare collections, and much more.  We hope to see you on the 12th! 


Marc Ribot Improv Workshop (Presented in conjunction with the Lakeside Guitar Festival)

We’re SO excited to announce that guitar legend Marc Ribot will lead an Improvisation Workshop at El Diablo Amps on Sunday, August 13th, from noon until 2 pm!  Marc will break down his unique approach to guitar improvisation and walk through many of his signature techniques.  During the workshop, willing participants will be invited to use the concepts presented and take turns improvising with the house rhythm section (Cody McKinney on bass and Lars Larson on drums).  If you are open to playing, feel free to bring your guitar along.  If you prefer to observe and work out the concepts on your own, no problem!  (If you change your mind at the last minute, there’ll will be guitars on hand for you to use).  

The workshop is $50 and tix are below.  Tickets are extremely limited, and will go fast.  Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to study under one of the modern masters of guitar!!

For more info on the Lakeside Guitar Festival, Aug, 11th - 13th, 2023, visit their website, or follow @lakesideguitarfestival  on IG.  See you at the festival!


A gifted guitarist with a legendary career, Marc Ribot has released 25 albums under his own name over a 40-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez.

Rolling Stone points out that "Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985s Rain Dogs, and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp." Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Elton John/Leon Russell's The Union, Solomon Burke, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso,  Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as "Walk The Line", "The Kids Are All Right," and "The Departed" (Scorcese).

"…he can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise." - PopMatters Picks



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