Pedal Board recommendations

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Husky, Aug 11, 2019.

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  1. Husky

    Husky Gold Supporting Member

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    so I’m about to put my pedalboard together and have done 0 research on mounting boards. What are your favorites? It won’t be small so space for power supply and probably a Gig Rig switcher.
     
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    With a switcher I love the Schmidt & Array layout style.
    They ain’t cheap but... damn they looks so nice.
    I will keep mine for life so it was maybe a good expense.

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    Your pedals deverse one for sure John ;)
     
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    +1 on SchmidtArray - Perfect craftsmanship, build to last, super functional.

     
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    You should go on That Pedal Show and have Dan build your board.
     
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    I just moved from a Pedaltrain to Temple Audio.

    No complaints. I had some flex but I moved my power supply to the middle and adding another support arm and it's good.
     
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    Agree with all the comments-

    Schmidt & Array, if all your pedals will fit
    Have Dan @GigRig come to Elsinore and put the board together
    Be sure to share the end product John
     
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    Seeing who you are in the industry, I definitely recommend GigRig. Heck, maybe you could be a guest on their show?
     
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    Schmidt Array is killing the custom board game these days. I would love one of those for myself. But my current “recording/session” board is set up to be , *ahem, larger than what they offer!



    I am assuming you are gonna wire the whole thing yourself?

    If not, why not just getting @RACKDOCTOR to build your board?

    EDIT: I know Burbank is a trek for you, but it beats shipping your pedals to someone and waiting around. You could just drop off your pedals and pick up your finished board a couple of weeks later.

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    You're going Gig Rig? What happened to your ES-8?
     
  10. Husky

    Husky Gold Supporting Member

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    I’m probably going to do two.
     
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    I use the Gig Rig and it's awesome! I love it because it is so simple (unless you're doing amp channel switching or MIDI, which I'm sure you could figure out if you weren't like me and had zero patience).

    I also recommend their power supply system. It's a bit more than most others but the light weight and modular design are useful, and it can power virtually anything as far as I know, although I'm unsure if it would power some of the more power-hungry things I've owned like a Quilter Interblock 45 or one of the tube preamp pedals like the ones Victory or Carvin make.

    As for the board, Rockboard is decent. There's always the trusty old PedalTrain brand which I use. The Schmidt Array boards look cool but the price makes me steer clear of them.

    I'd say with a Gig Rig switcher you'll probably want a board at least 24" wide if it's like the Rockboard or PedalTrain style. The Schmidt Array ones let you get away with a narrower board since G2 is around 17-18" wide if I remember correctly, and all your pedals can go behind it, although Wah and Whammy pedals don't work well in the back row and are usually recommended to be used next to the board instead. Schmidt Array would probably also make for a more complicated build, but sometimes a challenge is good!

    Also, get patch cables with small connectors. Lava TightRope or Evidence Audio SIS are my suggestion, but if you don't want solderless just make sure to go with something that has a similar connector footprint due to the close together 1/4" jacks on G2.
     
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    RJM Music Technology is based in the LA area. Ron Menelli has proven switchers and his customer service is top notch to go with his awesome units.
     
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    Hard to argue against Schmidt Array. But if you want to support a fellow California company and go custom, you might want to check out West Coast Custom Pedal Boards too.

    https://westcoastpedalboard.com/
     
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    I was going to suggest this. I love my RJM Mastermind PBC. I love that it has a screen, which is one of the reasons I picked it over the G2. And it allows me to add more loops with the Mini Effect Gizmo.

    The Mastermind has a couple of hookups for TRS style amp switchers. I use one of them to toggle the sides on my Suhr Eclipse!
     
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    Been using pedaltrain forever. Light, durable... easy maneuvering.
     
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    I've only used boards made by Pedaltrain and Rockboard. I like both, but the Rockboards are slanted on top, so they are more ankle friendly. Both come with either soft carry cases or metal tour/flight cases.

    EDIT: I checked their website - the larger Pedaltrains are slanted too. Sorry for the misinformation.
     
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    That thing is worth more than my house!
     
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    Why not let your son design a Suhr switching system, John? :D
     
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