Build your own rack.

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  1. Red Planet

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    Needed something small to hold my FX unit.

    Thought I'd roll my own.

    1" square steel tubing welded together. Nothing special just need something to do the job.

    Here it is with wet primer on it waiting to dry.



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    I dig it.. But looks super heavy. Maybe alum woulda been better? A little harder to weld but would be trick.
     
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    Its not heavy at all. I used 16 gauge steel. Its very light. Did I mention I hate welding aluminum? I can do it well but it's just a pain.

    Stainless might be cool.

    I think I'm gonna make some more stuff. A pedal board might be really cool. I'm thinking of adding a Midi Foot Controller to my rig for this new FX unit so I might could make a rack to include it and my pedals.
     
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    I made it to sit on top of my amps. I allready tried it before paint and it works well. I wanted something light that would do the trick and looks good. Going to put the paint on it now.
     
  6. Red Planet

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    With Paint.


    I opted for red. Though in the pics it looks fire engine red but it's actually kind of a grape burgandy.


    I should be able to mount my rack unit tonight or tomorrow and take some finished pics.

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    Do you guys think there is a market for custom built racks/pedal boards made out of this stuff? I could do it part time and make some extra gear money. :D

    I could make these things out of Steel, Stainless Steel, or Aluminum.


    Someone mentioned they thought it would be heavy then Rastaman told me that too.

    Its very light. Using 16 Gauge Steel makes for very sturdy but very light as well. I havent weighed it but it's maybe 3 or 4 pounds at the most. I can pick it up with one finger. I'll try to weigh it when I get a chance.

    Aluminum wouldnt be any lighter though. To make one out of Aluminum it would have to be much thicker than Steel to yield the same structural benefits which would bring the weight back up. Though I could build something out of 7075 Aluminum and it would be light but exspensive. Also over time Aluminum screw holes would strip out thus requiring King Certs which would greatly increase time and costs.

    This thing is built like a Sherman Tank.

    I could make them with sides and fronts/backs etc....... out of almost any material. The sky is the limit.
     
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    RP,

    Can you make something like this?
    Except instead of the front plate it would be open with shelves.
    I want to get my heads off of the cabs and in a stand like this so I can adjust the amps while standing in front of it.
    The top one would hold a 68 plexi and the slot under it would hold a Komet Concorde.

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  9. Red Planet

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    Sure that would be easy. Send me a PM
     
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    So here is how it turned out.

    I threw this thing together in a hurry. If I was doing it for someone else I would take my sweet time (getting it right).

    I so enjoy doing this kind of thing.


    I put stick on rubber feet in the bottom of the rack under the unit so it rests on them instead of tthe steel. I also put rubber feet under it so they support it from multiple places (8).

    I made it so the bottom would clear the handle on my amps and it would balance a top them but will still be at home setting on larger stuff.

    I think I'm gonna build one for my studio next.


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    Think of the options.

    Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminum etc.....

    Tig Welded for pristine looking Welds.

    Powder Coated, painted, chromed, polished etc..............


    I want to build some more of these.:drink
     
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    Build 'em, and they will come! Damn, it turned out VERY NICE!
     
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    I always liked the idea of a refrigerator amp holder (I'm not joking here). When I had my SVT cab, everyone would take one look at it and offer to help carry it. The head didn't look heavy and no one ever offered there. Unfortunately, it was the opposite of how it looked. The cab was easy--just tilt and roll. The head required careful concentration and a weight belt to keep from throwing your back out or getting a hernia.
     
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    I just got done rewiring a Lonestar Classic footpedal to run my Boogie and my rack. Now that kicked my butt. Anyway it works now.

    Switch on left is Art Multiverb III byapass and switch on right is Mesa Mark III Lead/ Clean footswitch.

    Had to make some crazy cables to make this work but it does. :BluesBros
     
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    What :eek: No pics?!?!?!? :worthless


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    Dat's what I'm talking about! :BEER
     
  18. Red Planet

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    Hey Rastafarian check yo Email.
     
  19. big mike

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    If you're going to start asking for customers, product ideas, etc, you need to start a new thread in the MFR section.

    It's an interesting concept.
     
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    What about a rack to go between a Marshall 4x12 and a head?

    I've got a half-stack with a 2 space SKB. I put the SKB on top of the cab, then put the amp on top of the SKB. Not very stable.

    I can't believe there aren't more people who have a similar setup, a 1/2 stack with a Furman, and an effect unit.
     

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