How often do you change your pedalboards?

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  1. Barnzy

    Barnzy Member

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    I look at the pedalboard threads and wonder if people still have the same setup or if they have changed things up. I'm always curious about others gear habits! I have too many pedals to use all at once, and I like to switch it up anyway...so my pedalboard is always rotating. I will configure it for each gig or practice/jam based on my mood I guess. Anyone else like this? Or do you "set it and forget it? Somewhere in the middle? How do you manage your pedals/pedalboard options?
     
  2. AudioWonderland

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    For a lot of years I don't have a pedal board. I mostly did home recording so I just assembled what I needed. As life happened and my available recording time shrank, I put together a board to minimize setup time/maximize recording time. Its pretty stable but I have made small changes to improve the transparency and I leave space between pedals so a swap doesn't require a complete redesign of the board. Its all about efficiency at this point
     
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    I think most of what we see was put together for the main purpose of photographing and posting on tgp.

    Sometimes boards won't even be wired bf being posted online.

    I change mine sometimes when I decide to play a different amp every now and then.


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    I've found that when I'm gigging regularly, I'm usually happier with what I have and focus on playing and getting things to work. When I'm mostly playing at home (like now), I want it all. I sell a lot of equipment, trade, etc... But I think that doesn't happen only to me.
    It's all about spending energy. If you are playing with another people, you have to focus a lot in your playing, what others are playing, keeping the beat, etc. In your bed, you have much more energy and attention to those small details that probably wouldn't make a difference in a live environment.
     
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    I'll often switch out a pedal or two, but I'll rarely make drastic changes.
     
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    I'll redo my entire board, like going from a PT Mini to a PT Jr, or a PT Jr to a PT-2, or something like that maybe once every couple of years. But I'd say that maybe once or twice a month I'll add or remove or switch out a pedal or two. Usually dirt pedals although right now I'm removing a Rogue Tremolo and a Mooer Funky Monkey and replacing both with a Mooer Mod Factory.

    And last week I removed a Mooer Hustle Drive and Catalinbread Fn5 and replaced them with an Xotic SL and a Biyang Mad Driver.

    And sometimes I'll go months without changing anything at all.
     
  8. tronus

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    I have a few boards going from small, medium, to medium-large. I've just sort of amassed them over the past six years. I basically just populate one as needed for whatever playing situation I'm headed off to. In the meantime I just practice through an amp and pull out a pedal or two if I need a lead tone or something like that.
     
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    I'm a huge pedalboard nerd. I rearrange my board to accommodate new acquisitions regularly. Worse yet, ever since I bought my first digital camera back around 2000 - 2001 I've recorded each change in a photograph. All those photos are stored in a powerpoint file sequentially just for fun. It's fun to scroll through them all really fast! I did mention I was a nerd, right?
     
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    I used to change mine monthly but I was never happy with my sound hence why I kept changing it.. Then I tried just keeping what I had and working with it to learn how everything interacts and works and now a few months later I could not be happier with my sound and get nervous about even adding anything new
     
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    Weekly. My wife laughs at the sound of Velcro separating.
     
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    Haha awesome! That's like those parents snapping a pic of their kid everyday for years. You should make one for your board! I'm a huge pedal board nerd too so that would be pretty fun to watch.

     
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    Hahah... I've become self conscious about that noise whenever I visit home and spend a few hours alone in a room making velcro sounds.

     
  14. ObsessedGuitarist

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    For me it is about every three years that I will make a change, but when I do, it is somewhat drastic. I joined TGP just recently because I'm in the midst of a major change. The order has not changed for 6 years and don't plan on changing the order. I've got a mini grab and run board, but it is minimal and someday I will probably just upgrade it in quality. I have found after being here for a short time, that there is a lot of pedal knowledge from everyone's experimentation. Good stuff.
     
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    Light changes every 5-6 months or so, like pedal placement/order.

    But I do a pretty big overhaul maybe once a year.
     
  16. Barnzy

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    That's hilarious! My wife is the same...she can't understand why I'm always swapping those little metal boxes around!
     
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    When I first started getting into gear, I would buy something new like every two weeks. It was pretty much just trial and error as I didn't really know what I was looking for and didn't know what was out there. After about a year I figured out which pedals I liked and what kind of sound I was looking for and pretty much solidified my pedal choices with a few changes here and there. I occasionally change my board but I never feel the need to overhaul the entire thing. I'm really satisfied with my drive section and compressor and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
     
  18. PurpleJesus

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    This pretty much describes me. Except for the photo part. :)
     
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    I quit trying to keep it clean or tie things down. It changes constantly.
     
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    Almost never. Find a rig I like that sounds good and fits in my band mixes. Then stick with it.
     

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