Building a Pedal Board
Most guitar players have a collection
of pedals, which when in live use need to setup on stage.
This can be time consuming, and have many issues, including
extra wear on the cables jacks, sockets, etc...
In this article we are going to look into the setting up of
a simple pedal board in the most inexpensive way possible.
For this there are two options; build your own or buy premade.
I initially started exploring the first option, the idea was
to use a sheet of MDF and then cut this to size so it would
fit in an aluminium toolbox. I actually bought the wood and
built a second tier for it, but to be honest my woodworking
skills are not that great and between the cost of the edges,
paint, rubber feet, case and time involved, would amount to
more than a premade one can be purchased for.
At this point I started looking at options and decided to go
for the Stagg UPC-688, which is very reasonably priced. To
power the pedals I already own a “One Spot”
adapter, this can be purchased on its own or as a kit with
the 8 way pedal connecting daisy chain.
You will also need
some good quality short interconnecting cables.
it is also important to use good quality Velcro to stick the
pedals onto the board. For this I decided to use the Velcro
felt already on the base plus a pack of Hi-Bond Velcro
for the pedal-side. This is high quality Velcro with a superb
adhesive that will stick forever but will not mark your pedals
if removed. It comes in convenient packs precut for most popular
pedals including large wah-wahs.
The first thing you need to do is decide what pedals are going
onto the board and in which order, this you will most likely
know if you already setup your effects on the floor as it
where, or if you don’t you will need to experiment to decide.
In my case we have a Korg Pitch Black Tuner, to a Boss FDR1
overdrive, to a, Boss DS1 distortion, then a Digitech Bad
Monkey overdrive and finally an MXR Carbon Copy delay. This
will give me both, overdrive and solo distortion plus a touch
of delay if needed.
Once this was decided I placed the pedals in order right to
left on the board and decided on the placement.
Next step is to attach the supplied Velcro to the pedals. For
this, be sure that the underside of the pedals is clean of
any dust or particles and I would also recommend you remove
Then simply cut the Velcro strips to size (if required) and
apply them carefully.
Once this is done you can simply place the pedals in order one
by one and connect the ¼” inch jacks between them and the
daisy chain power supply.
When finished test all the devices and then proceed to tidy
up the cabling with either wire stays or tie wraps, preferably
in black so they blend in with the felt.
I also decided to fit some Velcro to the One Spot to keep it
in place and also added a discarded mints tin to keep my picks
and other small items.
a week after the build I gigged at an open air function on
a a promenade next to the sea, the it all seemed to work very
In the future I intent either build another board or add another
row of pedals and a line selector so I can have row set for
my single-coil guitars, and the other for my humbuckers.
By Ernest H Slade
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