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Show your non-velcro using pedal boards

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by andrew, Dec 31, 2012.


  1. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    I'm interested in seeing how anyone who doesn't use velcro attaches their pedals to their pedal boards.

    Pros/cons to not using velcro?
     
  2. What's wrong with velcro? I've seen people use little metal tabs they screw the the backplate screws through on side of the tab and screw the other side to the board. Seems like a pretty good method but wouldn't be very convenient for rearranging stuff.
     
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  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    The only time I didn't use velcro was when I was hanging pedals vertically on my pedalboard/rack combo, and I had to use zip ties:
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    Velcro is always preferable for me, though.
     
  5. I drilled multiple holes in my cheapo board and use insulated wire to tie the pedals down. Makes them easy to move if I need, but I may switch to zip ties to hold them down tighter.
     
  6. Gadgetjunky

    Gadgetjunky

    Aug 9, 2011
    is Dual-Lock still velcro?
     
  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Not technically, but it's basically the same thing/concept. That stuff's crazy strong.
     
  8. Gadgetjunky

    Gadgetjunky

    Aug 9, 2011
    Dual-Lock is crazy-strong, but I think it's easier to pull apart than standard velcro. plus it's not as wobbly as velcro.

    Nice rig Bryan.
     
  9. Darknut

    Darknut Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2009
    One bad thing about bolted down pedals is if you have small board with lots of pedals that are real close together & you have a problem at a gig .... your frakked .... I've been there done that ... never again.

    You've got to be able to move the pedals if you gig a lot ...IMHO
     
  10. ccouch7

    ccouch7

    Feb 14, 2009
    Here's a few shots of my old board using bike chain links to bolt everything down including the power supply and D.I.
    I never liked using velcro and my signal chain was fairly figured out ahead of time.
    IME mounting pedals with the bike chain links is inexpensive and rock solid (I could pick up the whole board by one pedal if I wanted).
    I like the solid feel under my foot and honestly removing a pedal from the board is no harder than removing the bottom plate from a pedal.
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    Here's a few shots of my new board, everything on the bottom tier including the power supply and D.I. are bolted down
    with bike chain links.
    All five of the MXR pedals on the top tier are sitting in milled pockets and are bolted directly into
    the bottom of the pedals with longer bolts.
    Bolting down pedals may not be for everyone but I like it.:)
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    A couple of old shots of the bottom of pedals with links, these are the chrome ones I used at first. Later my nephew
    gave me some pieces of blue and purple BMX chain shown in the pics above.
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  11. tastychoice

    tastychoice

    Oct 22, 2012
    portland
    I used bungee cord for my first two builds as I was afraid to put Velcro on some of my pricey boxes. It worked well, I was able to keep things close together, just needed to stretch the bungee a little to plug in expression pedals. I've since put Velcro down on everything except my eh hog, the weight makes me nervous.
     
  12. I've used zip ties on small boards.
     
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    I wish more pedal designers would design their pedals to be velcro'ed easily without defacing the pedal. Always annoys the heck out of me. Boss pedals are the worst for that. I still velcro them, though. My experiments with alternative methods such as elastic and zip ties were not good nor as convenient as I needed. Don't like tearing up the fancy schmancy labels on the bottom of my Boss pedals but it's the only thing that works the way I need it to work.
     
  14. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    You can buy a PedaLock for one. It's a plastic casing that fits around a Boss pedal with a flat back- I have one for my OC-2. Looks like they're up to $11 now (I think mine was a few bucks cheaper):
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pedalock-BO...466?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item20cbf253ba
     
  15. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Regenerate Guitar Works
    Can you get pedalock for brands besides Boss?
     
  16. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    As far as I can see on their website, they only have ones for Boss compact pedals.
     
  17. Biggbass

    Biggbass Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    I use gaffer tape under a couple of my pedals, works okay, not as good as velcro but
    good for a gig or two.
     
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    That's nifty. If I ever get another Boss pedal, might consider it. But I already velcro'ed up my two Boss pedals ;)
     
  19. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    All the pedals on my board are situated in a big box. No Velcro or really anything to hold them down besides the inside is soft foam so it forms a soft seal around every pedal. Also he Wah the are so close to each other they are basically all interlinked.
     
  20. SteveC

    SteveC

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I like this. What a great idea.
     
  21. Bob C

    Bob C

    Mar 26, 2000
    Duluth, MN
    I'm putting together my first board and I'm kind of against Velcro too. The main reason is that I don't want to take the feet off of my pedals.

    But a couple of them have about 1" square rubber feet that are glued on. Will Velcro stick to those and hold?
     



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