Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by blueprint, Jan 3, 2006.
I'm plaining to build a pedalboard. Can you recommend me some usefull links?
here's what I did:
did a bunch of research on various makers boards, sizing, etc..
went through several quick and cheap ones with double backed tape
once I knew the size I wanted I did the folllowing:
Went to home depot and bought a 2x2 piece of precut 1/2 plywood (as I was out of stuff at my house)
I bougth a roll of 15ft x 2" wide heavy duty velco
7 strips of it 2 feet wide means I get a 24w x 14" high covered board
Had the guy cut the board to 14 on their big "table saw"
Then I started covering the board with the fuzzy stuff
Piece of cake
The velcro was steep, 26 bucks
Two small handles for like 2 bucks a pop
I used the other side of the velcro and cut to the right sizes to cover the bottom of all my pedals/power supply, etc..
I can move the pedals around to whereever I want them and it's always a matter of experimentation to see where I want them and how I want them wired
I have changed it numerous times
Piece of cake, less than 50 bucks and 30 mins of work tops
Thanks a lot for these infos... Pretty simple, actually!
Once you get a setup you like you might try what I do.
Here in Oklahoma it gets so hot the velcro doesn't last.
I get 11inch zip ties and staple them to the board in 2 places about the width of the particular pedal. Set the pedal on that and wrap and zip.
They stay in any weather! Just cut off the excess.
Not good for changing around stuff alot. But, once you have a setup you like it sure makes for good solid attachment.
BTW...Blueprint is my user name on some other boards. It happens to be the name of our geezer blues band!
Blueprint is also my moniker in the HC forum...
It comes from the guitar I use: a Kinman Blueprint series.
Before building pickups, Chris Kinman was building very good strats copies. I bought one, and it becomes my main strat.
My first pedalboard was a old modified breifcase. I cut a peice of plywood to fit inside the lid,covered it with automotive carpet, and modified the hinges so I could separate the bottom from the lid. (this was done by removing the hinge pins and using a peice of coathanger in their place) Cheap velcro held the pedals in place (along with foam inside the removable half) $20 pretty much covered the cost..
After that I bought one of the cheap boards they sell on ebay for $35
Plywood cut to size. Use tie straps to hold pedals on. Just drill holes where you like em. If youd like a pic of my last set up just email me. My rigs a bit different today but youll get the idea.
I bought one of those cheap tool cases (looks like aluminum, but isn't!), got some new hinges for the back and turned the whole thing upside down so the deep part was now the top. I kept the cheap plastic insert sheet and covered it in velcro. Then I bought a GodLyke power supply and a bunch of George Ls and plugs. The thing has lasted two years with no problems. I put a power bar, two oversized and three Boss pedals in there. The only problem is that I can't fit my Wah in there, so I stuff it in the back of my amp and hook it up separately. The major expenses were the cables and power supply. Cheap and crappy, but it does the job! Now, if I can just fugure out how to make a guitar stand out of the top....
Klotz La Grange w/Neutrik angled plugs
Some cable manufacturers:
The FET cable
Two Rock Crystal Clear
To clean up the cable mess:
Whatever type of board you choose, you'll probably want a unit like the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2. I have one on one of my boards, a $60 board from eBay. It's pretty decent, 29"x15", w/ latching lid, velcro,handles, black guitar case looks.
I just got a Furman SPB-8, this is a cool option. It's got a power conditioner with 3 AC jacks to save your gear from dirty power in dive bars, eight 9v DC jacks for your pedals, a 10-socket patch bay, and it's like 26" x 17.5", for a little under $200. That's a pretty good deal, easy one-step solution. I've heard people complain about them (bad patch bay jacks w/ PCB?) but Scott Peterson has had one for years, he told me, and a couple people here have taken out the guts for installation in one of their homemade pedalboard projects. I look forward to putting it through its paces, with or without using the patch bay.
great lookign board! If you every get that company up and running, let me know. I'd love to get a pedal board made to accomodate my needs!