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What's the best way to DIY label pedals?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by MuthaFunk, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. I've recently assembled my own amp and it has a lot of knobs and jacks to label. I'm curious what you guys use to get those pro looking pedals. Right now, I think I'm going to have to go with Black on Clear P-Touch labels.

    Is there any other options??? How are these boutique pedal guys doing single runs of pedals and making them look so good?
  2. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Spending money on silk screens, laser etching, CNC milling
  3. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    I've used decals, stickers, and modge podge under about 4 layers of clearcoat...cheapest, most flexible solution that I've found so far...
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    I use a p-touch labeler with the software program on 90% of my pedals. they are very durable and IMO, I think that they look good enough.
  5. K2000


    Nov 16, 2005
    You could send your faceplate to somebody and have it acid etched. That would look amazing, and might not be terribly expensive. Do a search on pedal etching in this forum for an idea…
  6. Thanks for the comments guys. I think I'll be looking for a new P-touch machine. Mine is about 12 years old and won't connect to a computer.

    Here's the amp I'm hoping to do:



    The backplate is removable but the front is all part of the chassis. It would be rather pricey to send out for etching although I'm sure that would look awesome! I have Dandubblewe doing a pedal for me right now.