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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2004, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Building a pedalboard

I want to build a decent pedalboard at home and I need some suggestions. I have a wooden plank of the right size (see here: http://www.geocities.com/carlos_seo/...pedalboard.jpg -- copy and paste URL in a new window) and I'd like to know what's best to cover the surface fo the board. I've thought about velcrum or plain rubber carpet. Any other ideas?

What about power supply? I'm currently using those cheap AC adapters that can power up to 5 pedals. Anything better? And affordable, of course.

I must tell that this pedalboard is for home use only, so it doesn't need to be portable or very professional quality.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. - Oh, and some pics should be helpful too!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2004, 05:22 PM
 
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For power on my pedal board I use a VooDoo Lab Pedal Power 2...You can usually get them off of that auction site for about $150. Ive NEVER had a problem with mine, even in clubs that I know have extremely dirty power. As for covering, if you intend on screwing your pedals into the board (which I dont recommend...I like to experiment with new stuff) then keep it just carpet, but if you need something adhesive and moveable, go with a high grade Velcro.
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For power on my pedal board I use a VooDoo Lab Pedal Power 2...You can usually get them off of that auction site for about $150. Ive NEVER had a problem with mine, even in clubs that I know have extremely dirty power. As for covering, if you intend on screwing your pedals into the board (which I dont recommend...I like to experiment with new stuff) then keep it just carpet, but if you need something adhesive and moveable, go with a high grade Velcro.
Do you have some pics of your pedalboard? I'm collecting ideas
Thanks for the reply!
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 05:10 PM
 
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Currently, I dont have any pics of my new arrangement. Ill see if I can dig some up, though. Things to remember...keep your Wah as far away from the power source as possible. On my Bad Horsey I get a bit of hum when its engaged if its too close to the Pedal Power.
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I made mine awhile back:
http://members.aol.com/vaijem777/pedalboard.jpg

I just cut a proper-sized piece of 1/2" particle board and screwed a 2x2" piece along the back for a bit of rise. I covered it with what is very similar to the Ozite amp covering that some companies use. I went to Home Depot's floor covering department and got enough to do (2) boards with. I put a handle on each end, and it was done.

Total cost: $12 for the handles and covering. I had everything else laying around the garage.

I don't need too many things powered on mine- just the wah, the overdrive pedal, and a tuner. So, I've opted for the Dunlop "Juice" thingy. They're only about $90 new so I picked up 2- one for the board, one to go in the back of my rack to power some other pedals.
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Nice pedalboard!

I found a simple solution for mine and it's been working so far. I bought some rubber pads (one face is rubber and the other has an adhesive) and put some on the base of each pedal. This way I don't need a velcro surface and I really like the plain mahogany surface of mine. Total cost: $0,50 (only the rubber pads; I've already had the mahogany piece of wood).

Now I must think about a decent power supply for a least 7 pedals (I'm adding a chorus and a DS-1 as soon as possible). And it has to be able to power BOSS ACA pedals (pre-1997 12V unregulated power supply). The Pedal Power units are too pricey, so I'll look for other units.
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Here's one I made...after the fact I noticed that it resembles the Fulltone board...

http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/gkelm

Next time I may use some type of carpet covering for velcro.
Greg
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Here's one I made...after the fact I noticed that it resembles the Fulltone board...

http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/gkelm

Next time I may use some type of carpet covering for velcro.
Greg
Nice!

BTW, I`ve noticed you have a lot of Ibanez pedals. Do you have the CS-9?
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I've got a few Ibanez pedals too...there should be a CS-9 in there somewhere

http://members.aol.com/vaijem777/pedals.jpg
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Here's one I made...after the fact I noticed that it resembles the Fulltone board...

http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/gkelm

Next time I may use some type of carpet covering for velcro.
Greg
Nice!

BTW, I`ve noticed you have a lot of Ibanez pedals. Do you have the CS-9?
Hmmm, pedals...I've had a lot of pedals over the past couple of years. I've really been trying to thin them out to some nicer ones that I will actualy use. I did have a CS9--great chorus. I think I liked the BC9 and Cs-505 a bit better...now I'm down to a Boss CE-2 and an old Arion (my fav!).
Greg
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I've got a few Ibanez pedals too...there should be a CS-9 in there somewhere

http://members.aol.com/vaijem777/pedals.jpg


I think you have ALL Ibanez pedals...hehe! I'm really interested in a CS-9 if I can find a used one here in Brazil. Its sound is amazing!
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Hmmm, pedals...I've had a lot of pedals over the past couple of years. I've really been trying to thin them out to some nicer ones that I will actualy use. I did have a CS9--great chorus. I think I liked the BC9 and Cs-505 a bit better...now I'm down to a Boss CE-2 and an old Arion (my fav!).
Greg
Can you send me some sound samples from your CE-2? Is it modded?
Thanks!
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Mine is stock...not sure I'd ever have mine Modded. Keeley is a great guy, but I didn't like either of the pedals I had modded by him (DS-1 & Rat)...just my opinion.

I don't have any samples, but this might help.

http://www.tonefrenzy.com/boss_ce2.htm

http://guitargeek.com/gearview/41/
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