World's Smallest Pedalboard!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Smallmouth_Bass, Jul 3, 2023.

  1. I joined a new (to me) project where I do not really need any effects. I actually do not use a lot normally otherwise and only on a select few songs with another band, so I can get it all done on a Pedaltrain Nano.

    This time, I was thinking I still might want a couple of utility items, so I did a quick search and it seems the Nano is about as small as they come. So, I had an idea...

    I did some quick measurements and thought that either 5" x 5" or 4" x 4" should do the trick. I typed it into Amazon and some of the hits I was getting back were coaster blanks. Hmmm... I have have an old coaster, let me check it out. Exact fit!

    So, I headed out to gifty-type shop and found a set of coasters. I only needed one, but I figure I can have a spare and the other could get used. I settled on a nice west coast indigenous art design.


    Even though the bottom is cork and is not too slippy, I wanted to make sure I had something that was not going to move at all, so I headed over to Home Depot and picked up some 1/2" x 1" vinyl pads.

    Next up for materials was a low profile pedal patch cables. There's not a lot of room, so I figured I'd have to go to the ultra thin EBS ones, but had an Ernie Ball 3" Flat Ribbon Patch Cable and it fit (pedal choices will be revealed at the end).

    All set for parts!

    Next up was to put the Velcro strips on the board. I toyed with the idea of painting over the top so it had a cleaner look, but decided the pedals will cover most of it anyway. Plus I like the design, so if it peeks out, I don't mind. Plus it's a lot of red and white - how Canadian!

    I figured four vinyl pads on the bottom should be enough, so I marked it up so I could place them relatively evenly. I don't think the self adhesive pads would attach to cork too well, so some glue would (hopefully) do the trick.

    Once the pads were in place, I clamped them down for a couple of hours to make sure they were on there nice and strong.

    The pedals already had Velcro on them, so I was all set. Insert the go between patch cord (lucky the input and output were somewhat offset, which allowed a good fit without interfering with each other). And voila!

    The finished product:







    Final size? 3.75" x 3.75" and even the edges of the coaster match the curve of the pedals.

    This is a total utility board and the pedals are not effects per se, but I do like to have a tuner. The high pass filter will serve for when I am using backline and to get rid of the boominess on certain stages or rooms, otherwise, my Genzler Magellan 800 already has a high pass filter built in. I could potentially change it out for a mini compressor. Maybe the JHS Tighty Whitey or something like that, but it seems okay as is. I don't really need any compression.

    It may go on the floor. It may go on top of the amp. I am not sure yet.

    And it will be powered with a daisy-changed 1 Spot.

    So what do you think? Do I have the world's smallest pedalboard? Surely it must be the smallest pedalboard on TalkBass.
  2. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    That's not a's a pico ;)
  3. mikesjam


    Sep 6, 2016
    You’ve got me beat!

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  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Looks like professionally applied Velcro.
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  6. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones? Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Excellent work! :thumbsup:
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  8. prndltech

    prndltech Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2022
    sweet! I dig it. a tuner and comp would be cool
  9. erdyland


    Jun 18, 2020
    Wow! Looks great.
  10. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Nice. I think there's even flatter plugs for that cord in between pedals. You could get away with using a 3.5" diskette.

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  11. Slade N

    Slade N Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    Jaco only needed one pedal :) …. Way to rock the minimalism!
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  12. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    My only concern is that cork is not exactly the hardest material in the world. You may need the spare soon.

    But nice.
  13. I've got a small cutting board of laminated maple that a section of the wood recently broke off of one side on a seam, making it more of a long rectangle--12" x 5-3/8". I keep eyeing it and thinking to myself, "maybe..."
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  14. JKos


    Oct 26, 2010
    Surprise, AZ
    Are the vinyl pads positioned such that it doesn’t tilt when you step on foot switches? I would have put the front ones closer to the front edge.
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  15. jimmydean


    Mar 14, 2009
    Nice try mate , but my board is 3x4.5 and made up of a single Caline Multimod CP-506 . It has Chorus-Flanger-Phaser-Doubler-Vibrato-Tremolo and Pitch, that's small .
  16. I was looking at a board similar to that. I like how the cable files through the hole in the top left corner.

    If only Empress made a compressor that size!

    There would be some pedal overhang though. I like how this size fits them perfectly.

    It feels solid. If I were to force it, I could probably snap it in half. You could always double them up for added rigidity, but I don't think it really needs it.

    I was thinking the same thing after I had placed the pads, but it seems to work fine with no tilting, although I haven't used it live yet. I could always add more pads if needed.

    I'd like to see pictures of that!
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  17. The flattest ones I have seen are the EBS ones, however the flat part looks longer so I don't know if one would have ended up fitting. The Ernie Ball was just right.
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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    You win!

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  19. ebo

    ebo Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Bay Area, Ca
    I have a pedaltrain nano which seems huge now!
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  20. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    In true TB fashion it needs an expensive isolated power brick.