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Double D

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Post DIY pedalboards.
on: September 17, 2012, 09:30
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Ok, I'm a bit of an anachronism round these parts, as I went eighteen years without using a distortion device, wah or mod pedal on stage, and I still only regularly use a tuner, OD and analog delay for gigging, and these live on top of my amp. But lately (partly from hanging out with all y'all) I've been thinking about bringing more options to the party. I'm also getting really sick of replacing wall-wart power-supplies and connectors due to all the wear and tear of setting up and tearing down several times a week. So, I'm considering building a pedalboard, 'cause I'm waaaay too cheap to buy a pre-fab one, and wondering if any of you good folks have some experience building such things, and any advice regarding materials, design, execution, unmitigated disasters and so forth.

Oinkus

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on: September 17, 2012, 09:47
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Just made mine out of plywood got the velcro at Lyte Pedalboards. Nothing to it really but thats if you dont mind a large heavy thing to tote around.Pics of it are in You show me yours ,I'll show you mine Topic in Guitars and Basses.Go look at some of the various premade ones and check out the Pedalsnake too , pretty nifty device to handle cables and power.

joe
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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 17, 2012, 14:21
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Thanks for bringing this up, 'cause I'm planning a post on pedalboards. I like the Chandler frames, and I just got this super-overkill model from SKB, but yeah, I've made many from plastic cutting boards and such. 🙂

bear

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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 17, 2012, 19:19
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A lot of people like working from Ikea's "Gorm" slatted shelf units, adding feet, Velcro, and maybe paint. Good move for the carpentry phobic.

BTW, this is the coolest concept I've seen in pedal boards lately, and I want to try to make it fly in DIY: https://www.bedroom-boards.com/ Shag carpet in a shallow box with lid with foam holding things down when attached. No need for Velcro or cable ties to keep stuff in place (and thus easier to move things in and around and out), though maybe not the most secure thing for heavy touring.

mwseniff

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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 18, 2012, 05:17
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The main thing is mounting the pedals. Velcro works well but leaves nasty residue on pedals and the velcro can slip off. I have used short pieces of plumbers strap and longer screws for the pedal case, then screw the other end of the plumbers strap to a board. Plumbers strap is a 1" wide metal strap with holes every 1/2" or so. This a great method for vintage pedals and wooden pedal boards.

These days I keep my pedal board on a heavy duty folding TV snack table. This way I can keep the pedals where I can reach them while standing or sitting. I had unsuccessful back surgery 6+ years ago it is impossible for me to bend over to adjust things (I can play longer if I don't try to bend down too much). I find if I am careful and manage my efforts I can play a set or two but if I don't I end up in bed for a week recupperating.

Oinkus

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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 18, 2012, 06:15
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Another way to attach pedals is to use the holes already in them , requires getting longer screws that match the threads and drilling holes. Not real hard but will take a good bit of planning and preparation.There are always zip ties too. Going to try and go over here and lift my board up and take a pic inside it for you. Oh yeah here is a VERY important thing to consider! You must measure the INSIDE of the vehicle(s)you plan to transport it in and make it small enough to fit.(Mine is too large to fit inside your average car backseat or trunk doh !)

Double D

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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 18, 2012, 09:03
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Good advice all around, lads! I've checked out the "Gorm" builds, and being a bit "gormless" myself (and critically short on power-tools), it's one the options I've considered, as is the cutting board (I'm a chef, also, so it would feel just like home!). Mwseniff, the plumbers strap idea is great, especially because some jerk fella' out there is trying to charge top dollar to sell you bits of bike chain that do the exact same job! And Oinkus, my extremely limited pedal collection (and even more limited live rig) pretty much saves me from the temptation to go BIG, although I recently had the joy of trying to fit my 335's case into a KIA Rio. Note to self: never buy a car that cannot accommodate a guitar case (not that I paid for my venerable Ford Taurus, God bless those who support the starving musicians).

Oinkus

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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 19, 2012, 03:32
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Yeah I hear that "limited" word but.... it all started with a little big muff somewhere in the 70s......Gorm looks like a decent option that is cheap.Think I paid 80 bucks for my core pedal case already built just add pedals.

joe
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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 20, 2012, 14:12
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Fun Gorm thread here: https://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2162433-Official-IKEA-GORM-Pedalboard-Appreciation-Thread

Double D

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Post Re: DIY pedalboards.
on: September 25, 2012, 02:34
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Oops, Craigslist won out. I found a Pedaltrain Nano for thirty bucks and figured I'd spend at least that making some awful ropey-basement-looking contraption (I'm really not a handy fellow). This wee little board is just big enough to deal with all my essential tone ingredients and will sit atop my amp quite comfortably, 'cause I don't like stuff on the floor. I still think it's a worthy topic, though, there being many ways to skin a cat, and so many crafty folk out there...

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