Who invented the pedalboard?

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  1. S. F. Sorrow

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    Interesting from 1973(?)
    Tone is in the shoes.

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    Frank Marino would be my best educated guess.

    I’ve got an early 70’s GP mag somewhere wherein there’s a photo of him with a vast array of pedals at his feet.

    At the time we’d not seen anything like it and from memory, it seemed there weren’t even that many pedals on the market to use and abuse.

    I can’t recall if they were affixed to an actual “board” but it would have been a roadie’s nightmare if they weren’t.

    What’s more, in the accompanying article, Frank ironically recounted how he wasn’t into pedals which was hilarious.

    The first pedal board I ever intentionally sought out to “inspect” was Robin Trower’s in ‘74.

    My interest was only, like many, to investigate the source of his sound and not torment myself over brand or type.

    That element of one’s fate awaited another thirty-something years off.


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    This isn’t the GP photo (Frank had giant flares) but the array of pedals was similarly expansive. Do they look like they are on a board?
     
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    Close! It was P. E. Dalboard.
     
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    AWESOME!! :aok
     
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    We all know he was a time traveller, but this is simply cheating!
     
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    Imagine Hendrix with a GigRig...LOL.
     
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    What a beautiful setup & innovation. Only an Italian can make something like this. :)
     
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    I remember seeing and hearing of guys building custom enclosures to house the guts of several pedals to make a multi-effects box. Also remember seeing a switcher where all of the effects were routed in and out of a box with switches all in a row. My thought at the time was "why would anyone want to add all of that cable to the signal chain?"

    The first actual board I saw in person was in 1976 in a music store. Some guy was building custom boards that were nice. Pedals were screwed to it. I built my own in '77 that had a detachable lid and I gigged with it extensively and I LOVED it. Before that I struggled with cable failure and other various signal issues.
     
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    Interesting!

    "The 'King Crimson' boards were amongst the first ones that I made: two for Robert Fripp, two for David Cross and a tiny one for John Wetton. These were the first boards to be photographed - a practice I still carry on - and were the first to feature the 'doughnut rings' that have become something of a Cornish trademark."
    http://www.petecornish.co.uk/rockproblemsolver.html

    It always sounded to me like Fripp ran the wah after the fuzz - so perhaps the arrangement above is the matter of comfort, not signal flow.
     
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    This is really great, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Member number one at the Gear Page. :D :D :D
     
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    I remember. That was right around the same time he started using the digital clip-on tuner on the headstock.

    True story.
     
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    Close, but you forgot when Chuck Norris went back in time... haha
     
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    Tempted to say it came close on the heels of the guy who invented Velcro...
     
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    John Cipollina and Craig had them in the early '70's. I remember seeing a picture of Craig's in either Guitar Player or BAM Magazine back then. But I think David Gilmour was before Craig, at least.
     
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    Guys were making pedal boards just out of necessity. I remember doing it, not because I seen someone do it, I just did it for convenience. A flat piece of ply board with velcro, Not exactly a major engineering feat.
    You didn't need to see anyone using one, it was just second nature to solve the problem of transporting and connecting pedals up by mounting them to a board.
     
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    Francois Pedalboard in 1847. Well documented.
     
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    Randy had a big noisy one
     
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    Wow. Big fan of Banks. Had to look it up.....

    "What gear did you use in Yes and Flash?

    In Yes, I played a Rickenbacker model 1997 through a Marshall stack, and I had a Vox CryBaby, a Gem volume pedal, a Marshall fuzz, and a Binson echo unit. I also had the distinction of having the first pedalboard ever made, built by Michael Tate. While in Flash I played a Gibson ES-335 through Hiwatts, had more pedals, and used a WEM Copicat echo."
     
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