Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Pedal Board Project

For many years now I've been talking (mostly to myself... oh that's another post...) about building a pedal board.  I have a bunch of pedals on the floor next to my Hughes and Kettner amp.  When ever I'm off playing I normally just take those I really really need.  But that is a pain and unpluging, setting up, breaking down, resetting up at home etc. is a pain...  and they "wander" over the floor, under the hifi unit etc.

So finally I'm in the process of sorting out a pedal board.  Might take a while as I have a list of household chores to do as long as my arm but anyway I'm up and running.

First steps...   I drew out a plan on some old scrap wall paper to get the size I need and check layout etc.  I then thought I really need to finally get the compressor I've wanted.  So I left a space on plan - went onto the computer and one of those "weekly deal" emails from a company I'd previously bought for had landed in my inbox, I opened it half expecting to hit the usual "delete" straight away and there was... a used but good condition Boss CS3 - just what I wanted, about half price.  Before you can say "What is the password for my Paypal account" it was being dispatched :-)

I looked at some additional cables, needed due to the compressor being added and a layout change from how I've cabled up previously and I thought I'd try out the Planetwaves Solderless Pedal Board cable kit after looking about and seeing a couple of YouTube reviews of it.  It was marginally cheaper on price than getting some cables made up but I was more attracted to the ability to get a cable just the length I wanted not 2cm too short or 27cm too long.  I'll be reviewing this as part of this project too.  I also ordered an additional 9volt daisy chain power distribution cable.  The one I ordered (which arrived the next day!) is much better quality and design than the Boss ones I already have, the lengths are longer between plugs which'll be better for the non-Boss pedals I've got on the board.

So ... stay tuned as this takes shape.... 

4 comments:

  1. Don't forget to post some pictures (maybe the plans too?) so we can see the final result, been considering doing this too, what materials will you be using?

    Good Luck!

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  2. I will def stay tuned, want to see how this shapes up.

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  3. That sounds like a lot of fun. I have a multi pedal because I'm too rudimentary to really know how to use pedals well. I've admired pedal boards, though.

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  4. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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