Building my pedalboard

Discussion in 'Guitar Gear Talk Forum' started by ayu135, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    Well i have decided on most of the pedals that will go on my new pedalboard. The following is the list of the pedals:
    Bad monkey overdrive, MI audio crunchbox, Blackstar HT metal, Tech21 Flashback delay, ISP Decimator, Morley Bad Horsie 2, Hughes and Kettner Red Box Classic, a volume pedal. I plan to have all of these except the delay, wah and the volume pedal by mid january. And i plan to buy the rest of the stuff by june next year.

    I was looking at some pedal boards but they all seem really expensive. I liked the pedaltrain 2 but it is for around 10k on bajaao. Any other alternatives or is DIY the best route. Also can you guys offer suggestions on how to go about building one? And power supplies like the vodoo labs pedal power are also expensive, any cheaper alternatives to these?
     
  2. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    How expensive are those pedalboards? They shouldn't be that much. And why do you need so much pedals?
     
  3. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    I mentioned the pedaltrain 2 is for 10000, the boss bcb 60 is 8600, behringer one is for 10000 too although it accomodates a lot more pedals than the boss one. So they are indeed expensive. Also are the power supplies
    Why? it is not too many pedals, just the standard ones like one overdrive, one delay, one wah, one volume, one noisegate. The blackstar pedal is my tube pre-amp, the crunch box is for jcm 800 tones. Basically what i am intending to do is have the blackstar like my two channel amp, with one clean channel, and one for my metal rhythm tones, the crunch box will act like the third channel for lead and less heavier stuff like green day and guns n roses. The red box is my DI and cab simulator so that i can plug this setup directly into an audio interface or PA setup without needing an amp with cab. Later when my playing progresses and i buy a proper tube amp, i will still need some of most of these pedals.
     
  4. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    No one? People who have pedalboards like rikkkyrich, wylder could you guys shed some light?
     
  5. guitarplayer729

    guitarplayer729 New Member

    Thats a nice choice of pedals, must say.
    I think making a pedalboard must be quite easy, as most of the people here have taken that way.
     
  6. wylder

    wylder New Member

    DIY FTW!!!

    Go to nearest hardware shop, ask for a piece of plywood cut to required dimensions. Its super cheap...

    To attach pedals to board, you have several options... I took the easiest way out - Sticky Tape.
    Get the brown packing tape and make sticky rolls of it. Attach the base/rubber feet of the pedal to the board using these. Now get some 1.5" clear tape and stick it so that it attaches to the sides of the pedal and the board on all four sides. Rinse n repeat for all the pedals...
     
  7. wylder

    wylder New Member

    Btw, what you don't get in the ready-made pedal boards is a power supply. Most of them are daisy-chain cables. The problem with those is that if you chain up too many pedals, you are going to have noise issues...
    So save the cash that you'd spend on the Noise Gate and get a good power supply instead. Also check regularly for your guitar and cables to be noise free.
     
  8. tirtha2chester

    tirtha2chester New Member

    LOL! I see the Bad Monkey first and then the Blackstar and then H&K and go lol!
     
  9. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    Why? What is funny about that?

    @wylder so are there no cheaper power supplies like the vodoo labs pedal power? like in the 3-4k range. And also is that tape method durable? I was thinking of going the metal way, take a few steel/aluminum pipings with square cross section and weld them together myself. We do have a welding shop at our college and we are taught welding as a part of our curriculum. Would that be too cumbersome, i could use the exact dimensions from the pedaltrain 2 or 3.
     
  10. tirtha2chester

    tirtha2chester New Member

    These expensive pedals, then why not the ts9 or the ts9dx? Bad Monkey, though good, is extremely tone sucking... Those are awesome pedals you got out there...

    I took mine a week ago to test tube amps and my god, their cleans sounded horrible with the pedal in chain, even though it was turned off... Plus since you are facing an issue with noise, that isn't something you'd want....

    I saw that the ts9 and the ts7 eliminated the issue to a large extent but not my favorites since the sounded really middrange and loose...
     
  11. wylder

    wylder New Member

    You should try the Boss OD-3 if you are looking for a cheap OD that's not too honky in the mid-range
     
  12. tirtha2chester

    tirtha2chester New Member

    None available in the two shops I visited (that's Kolkata for you :p)... Tried the DN 2 though, sounded good but was a bit expensive (same range as the ts9)....
     
  13. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    I am buying the od just to tighten up the lower end for my metal rhythm tone, thats all it will be used for. I can achieve all the tones i want using the crunch box and the HT metal. I dont have any use for a good OD pedal now, the bad monkey will suffice for now.
     
  14. wylder

    wylder New Member

    I think you misunderstood the post... I said that pedal boards like the Boss one come with a daisy chain which can make your setup noisy. You are better off saving that money and getting a DIY one with a Power Supply unit like the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power, T-Rex Fuel Tank, BBE SupaCharger, Dunlop DC Brick (not sure about this having isolated outputs) etc. I'd much rather invest in a good power supply than a pricey noise gate like decimator - to eliminate the noise from the source itself.

    The tape thing is quite strong and the next best thing to having a velcro board so that you can reconfigure your board often... There is the cycle chain links method too. Check out this discussion for ideas: Velcro-less Pedalboard [Archive] - The Gear Page
     
  15. soumyaranjan

    soumyaranjan New Member

    I want to assemble a pedabord too, regarding this I have a couple of question, how reliable is guitarstore.in? i tried to call their number in the website but it doesnot seem to work... and also do any of you own a dunlop dc brick? what is the price now? in bajaao it is listed at 8300 rs, which seems way high !!!
     
  16. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    As suggested by wylder, i found it is better to buy a proper isolated power supply that buy the Dunlop brick because it is actually it a daisy chained power supply in a box. So it is similar to buying a adapter and daisy chaining it. But these are prone to noise so it is best to buy a proper isolated supply. I cannot afford a new power supply so i am saving up for one and using 9v batteries in the meantime, although i only plan to use my pedalboard for live playing as i have my vypyr for everything else, so i will use batteries worth 200 at the most.
     
  17. wylder

    wylder New Member

    @ayu135: I hope you aren't planning on running Delay or Reverb pedals on battery because they'll gobble up a Duracell in no time...

    Worse still, they may die out on you midway through your set.
     
  18. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    no, no delay or reverb only OD and distortion, the blackstar ht-metal needs its own power supply rated at 18 v and 1.5 Ampere current draw.
     
  19. soumyaranjan

    soumyaranjan New Member

    Sorry to intrude sir, I just got a dc brick power supply and it seems noiseless.
     
  20. ayu135

    ayu135 New Member

    It depends a lot on the type of pedals you run through it. As i said before dc brick is essentially an adapter daisy chained in a box, and people have used daisy chains without noise but it depends pedal to pedal and sometimes combination of pedals, and even the surroundings. So as always YMMV.
     

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