Pete Cornish

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Pete Cornish is a British designer of electric guitar effects and other electronic musical instruments. He is mainly noted for his elaborate fully custom guitar pedalboard systems. He has worked for Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour,[1] The Who's Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Tony Iommi, Brian May, Mark Knopfler (as well directing some Dire Straits and Rick Astley[2] videos), The Police's Andy Summers,[3] and many others.[4]

Cornish has been described as "the inventor of the pedalboard"[5] and a key figure in the transition from single effects to the development of multi-effects units.[6][7][8]


Pete's basic training was in workshop technology and here he learned to torture-test equipment to determine its suitability for field use.

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  1. ^ Tolinski, Brad (September 1994). "Welcome to the Machines". Guitar World. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. ^ Rick Astley - Take Me to Your Heart (Official Music Video), retrieved 23 February 2023
  3. ^ Andy Summers Equipments The Unofficial Andy Summers Website
  4. ^ A chronologically collated list of Cornish's clients is available at his official website
  5. ^ Barry Cleveland (1 May 2008). "Chairmen of the Boards". Guitar Player. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
  6. ^ Ross, Michael (1998). Getting great guitar sounds. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 59. ISBN 9780793591404.
  7. ^ The Boss Book: The Ultimate Guide To The World's Most Popular Compact Effects for Guitar. Hal Leonard Corporation. 2002. p. 101. ISBN 9780634044809.
  8. ^ Bruck, Matt (2005). Guitar World Presents Guitar Gear 411. Alfred Publishing. p. 71. ISBN 9781457405006.

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