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Homemade Pedalboards

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Brutus Maximus
Feb 01, 2009 3:53 PM GMT
I'm still prototyping my pedalboard setup on a piece of plywood that fits into a RoadReady turntable case. My setup is pretty simple: AKG FLEXX wireless receiver -> Ernie Ball Volume Pedal -> Rocktron MicroHush -> BBE Sonic Stomp. I'd love to get a PedalTrain2 with hard case, which by all accounts is THE setup to have. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen anytime soon. I've seen numerous homemade pedalboards on the net based on the IKEA 50058512 shelf unit.

Here's a clean example, including a BBE Supa Charger mounted underneath:


Anyone have experience with this sort of setup? Other ideas?


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Feb 01, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

My homemade pedal board is pretty simple. I got tired of spending time hooking things up and cords lying around in my basement where I like to practice and fool around with my amps and pedals. I also have a wireless Samson unit so there's even less cords to trip over when I'm walking around.

I also got tired of weak batteries or leaving things on accidentally, so I wanted to use a power-strip.

I have a Boss DM-2 (analog delay), Boss OC-2 (octave), Harp Commander I, and Samson wirelss AP-1 receiver.

There's a photo of it on my photos page here.

I had an old laptop computer case where the insides measured about 11" x 15", and I had some pieces of nice pegboard with 1/4" holes that I used when I built my workbenches and storage room in my basement. The computer case has extra pockets for cables, connectors, note pad, etc.

The power strip (a Belkin model) has rotating plugs, and I used Ouchless hair bands with 1/4 wood dowel pins to secure the Ouchless hair bands on the back side of the pegboard. I also installed some rubber feet on the back of the pegboard, so that I could remove it from the case and set in the floor.

Works great for my needs, and I could easily take it take it anywhere.


Feb 01, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
Todd G Replied:

I posted what i have done on my profile. Couldnt figure out how to post pics


Feb 02, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

That's a cool setup, Todd! I like the female jacks mounted right on the outside of the case.


Feb 02, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

I play guitar, too. I bought one cheap pedalboard and it hated me, so I went kind of expensive. Lava Cable (www.lavacable.com) had a new configurable board that you can expand and shape because it is kind of like a bunch of lego blocks a bit bigger than the average pedal size. I believe that there is a decent chance that this system might become one of the boards to have, especially for players whose number and types of pedals change over time. 

Also, for those who like the sound of a weak battery, but are tired of dealing with, well, weak batteries, Dano at Beavis (www.beavisaudio.com) has a "Devolt" that does that trick without batteries, and from what I understand, is a better impersonator of the real thing than the "sag" function in the Voodoo Pedal Power Plus. 
For those just tuning in, it is believed that some overdrive, fuzz and perhaps other analog pedals sound best with a dying carbon (non-alkaline) battery, and that Stevie Ray and other guitarists used old junky batteries for that sound. 
Here are some not-so-great photos of my board (I'm expanding it now), without and with some pedals. 
LavaTop
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Feb 09, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Well, I just bit the bullet and ordered a new Pedaltrain PT-2 with hard case off eBay. I got it for $170 with free shipping, which is $20 below what most sellers ask. I figure it's a lifetime investment, and I won't have to screw around with making my own imitation.

Now I need to order a power supply and I'm all set.

Feb 09, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Heres this one if you haven't seen it


Feb 09, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Thanks, Jason. I'm going to go with the BBE Supa Charger for my power supply. I'll still have plenty of space for future expansion with this board. I considered the smaller PT-Jr board, but I got the PT2 for the same price. Once I recover from this investment, I think my next purchase will be the BBE Two Timer or Lone Wolf delay.

It'd be cool to add a gear gallery where we can all show off our toys.


Feb 10, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

I would of course Go with the BBE two time over the lone wolf.


Feb 11, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

But of course! ;-)

I've got a 15 ft. length of George L's cable with straight plugs on both ends. I bought it several years ago, thinking it would be my main stage cord. Although it's a good sounding cord, the .155 gauge is way too light for on-stage use. Instead of laying flat, it coils up into snare loops. I've almost tripped over it on more than one occasion. I'm going to order some George L's right-angle connectors and cut it up to wire my new pedalboard. Sometime could you post some pics of the underside of your board so i can see how you tie it all up?


Feb 15, 2009 6:11 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Got my Pedaltrain pedalboard yesterday. So far I love it. It's a quality piece of work. Very strong and rigid, but lightweight. I probably could fit everything I'm currently using onto the Junior model. I got the larger Pedaltrain 2 model with hard case on sale for the same price as the Junior model, so I've got room to add a delay pedal and other toys as I expand my collection.

I spent all my discretionary music-gear money on the board, so I'll have to wait to get the BBE power supply. Stay tuned....


Feb 21, 2009 8:41 AM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

What kind of power supply Two Timer needs and how much is the current draw of pedal?


Feb 21, 2009 12:01 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

To the best of my knowledge, all the BBE pedals come with a 9v power supply. I think you can download the owner's manuals in PDF format for all the pedals they make at their website: http://www.bbesound.com/.

I've been working at setting up my new pedalboard. The nice thing about such a versatile system is that you can set it up any way you want. The bad part is that it takes a long time to find the right layout. Every time I think I have it the way I like, I think What would happen if I tried it this way? I ended up ordering the BBE SupaCharger power supply. I'll post pics once I get the whole thing assembled.


Feb 21, 2009 6:12 PM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

It is looking great. I'm using a BBE SupaCharger for my guitar pedalboard and like it a lot. I suppose my harmonicas are going to be asking for a board of their own after seeing this thread.