Intricacies of a pedalboard

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Earthday, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Earthday

    Earthday Guest

    Sep 22, 2005
    New Hampshire
    I'm planning on building my own pedal board (The actual board). I'm working on some blueprints, and wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations for little intricacies that might be useful. Holes in certain places for wires, certain materials in certain places or whatnot. I just want to hear some ideas or small things you like about your pedal board.
  2. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Boise, ID, USA
    Some suggestions that I've really liked as pedalboard features:

    1) Build the board so it rests at an angle. It's more convenient for stage use if it isn't flat.

    2) Try a rail-style approach, a la Pedaltrain.

    3) The features I rarely see in pedalboards are input and output jacks built into the board... integrating those would greatly minimize the wear and tear of your pedals - not to mention, they'd make setup and wiring more convenient.
  3. there was a DIY pedalboard built a while back that had a really cool feature - he had a power strip for his wall warts and then spliced the male end of the power strip (the part that goes into the wall) into a female grounded outlet that you could plug an extension cable into.

    He also had the input/output jacks but it wasnt angled - personal preference I guess.

    I've searched for it but couldnt find it, sry
  4. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
  5. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    Pine is a light, sturdy wood, easy to cut and sand (if you are using wood).
  6. here ya go: I found this
    and this one, explains the dimensions I used if you're interested.

    Its my homebuilt pedalboard and I love the design of it. I'd add a 1/2 inch rectangle of wood along the bottom of the triangle sides to make it sturdier, and add another inch gap along the top so that I could've router power cables/patch cables to a small effect pedal on the top tier. Another small support in the middle would be good too - it wobbled a little when I used my wah.

    But other than that, I love it. I have a Pedal Train JR now and love it because it fits all the pedals I need rather than that huge one I made...but I still have this thing around...

    If you can make it out of metal, but thats only if you have cheap metal and the tools to work with. Wood chips fairly easily.
  7. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science!

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
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  8. pics dont work

    but I think this is the pedalboard I was thinking of earlier!

    edit yes it is! I love this board - the jacks and power thing are features I'd love to have. Carpeting isnt a half-bad idea either, especially with wood.
    and the pics work, I just have to open them up individually in a new window...
  9. Id pretty much steal the Pedaltrain design if I was going to build one. I use a pedaltrain at the moment and don't really have any issues with it. Its quite a simple design and could be made from wood as well as metal.

    The angle is great and the gaps are great for cables ! You could try and get the angle just right, so that you can stash your power supply under the board easily
  10. Not sure if you're talking about mine or not, I and my guitarist built this over the summer. The input/output jacks are built into one side, and the power into the other side

    side with the input/output jacks:

    side with power plug:

    power strip built on the interior of the board: The opening in this picture can be closed up with a separate piece that latches into place
  11. no thats not the one i was thinking of, but thats a very nice board.

    Where do you guys find those power jacks that are mounted in the sides of the board? I looked and looked but couldnt find any.
  12. Home depot I believe. Although I only did the wood work and design. My guitarist did the wiring
  13. Earthday

    Earthday Guest

    Sep 22, 2005
    New Hampshire
    Can someone explain to me the advantage of having input/output jacks? Where does the signal go from/into these jacks and how do I go about wiring that?

    Also, is the plug on the side just the plug from the power strip, set in place in the hole? I'm assuming you use an extension cable connected to that plug to plug your power strip in, and plug your power source/any pedals that need to be plugged in into the strip.

    Thanks for all the input
  14. Earthday

    Earthday Guest

    Sep 22, 2005
    New Hampshire
    Also, does anyone know a material (hopefully cheap) that sticks to velcro well? I was thinking of covering the board with a material and putting pieces of velcro on the back of my pedals. It seems more cost effective than covering the board with velcro to me.
  15. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Boise, ID, USA
    Well, if you buy convenience store packs of Velcro... yeah, it'll be pricey. :D

    But if you know where to look, it's cheap to buy good Velcro or Velcro-like material in bulk, including sheets of the loop-fabric side:

    And if you do need a stronger grip, then your next investment should be in industrial-strength Velcro strips (you'll need only the hook side). But start out with standard Velcro, and see how that goes - it's much cheaper, anyway.