Building a pedal board is one of the many joys of being a guitar player. This is the process where you get to shape your effects loop and in turn, your signature tone. Think of the pedal board as being your palette and the pedals your colors that you can use to paint your sound. So now you can go out and buy a pedal board right? Wrong. We have put together five things to think of when building your board to ensure pedal board perfection!
Step one is to check the power supply for each pedal. If you have any pedals that run on batteries but you want to use a power brick, you will want to open them up to remove the battery and tape up the contacts. Additionally, you could spray some contact cleaner into the input jack and work in with a cable. This will ensure a good and solid connection with the cable and pedal.
Step two you are going to need to determine the order of the pedals. Though there is no real right or wrong, there is a typical order to follow. At the start of your effects chain, you want any filtering effects, and at the end, you want modulation, delay, and reverb. Again, there really is no right or wrong and you can experiment and have fun with it to see what tones you can come up with. This order is just recommended for the best flow of tone.
Next, you are going to need to figure out how you want to power your pedals. There are many options here, but the main thing to know is what the power requirements are for your pedals. What you use will be completely dependent on that. If you are running numerous different voltages and variable current options, the Walrus Audio Phoenix is a great option. If you are running all 9V the Friedman Power Grid 10 power supply is just right for your application.
Step four is choosing the best pedal board that works for you. They come in various shapes and sizes so it is really about personal preference. Pedaltrain offers basic flat boards, Waggi has a flat section which can accommodate wah or volume pedals as well as a riser section. Lastly, there are two-tier boards with a power supply mount built into the back like the Friedman 1520.
Patch Your Signal Chain
Last, but not least is patching your signal chain together. Companies like Planet Waves and Boss are making it easier than ever to make custom length cables with solderless options. However, if you are more of a plug and play person, EBS offers the space-saving flat patch cables that let you maximize pedal space. Again, there is no right or wrong when it comes to the patch cables it is just personal preference.
That’s all folks. Hopefully, our little guide helps you assemble your perfect pedal board. It is a fun experience and should be something that you enjoy. So follow these steps and thank me later. To check out all the supplies you will need to build your pedal board you can pop over to American Musical Supply!
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