Pedalboards!

- Here are some pix of pedalboard assemblies we have built, wired or both. I will try to post as many pictures and/or video as I can as we build them - we have built many boards but these are the most memorable! Some pedalboard assemblies have pedals that have been custom designed and constructed for special applications, re-pedaled or modified. Can you guess which ones they are? Take a look!

NOTE: Out of respect for the owners, I am not including any names.

Mini but MIGHTY:

I like building smaller and tighter pedalboards like this one - nice and compact! It features a Strymon Timeline digital delay, JHS Alpine digital reverb, Vintage Arion Stereo Chorus, Xotic SL Drive, Suhr Dual Boost, Suhr Koji Comp(ressor), TC Electronics PolyTune2, JHS Buffer Modified / Futara Volume Taper Modified FV-30L Stereo Volume Pedal and lastly, a Futara Input/Output interface with an ISOLATED TRUE effect loop! This board uses Mogami Neglex wire which is perfect for the limited space. This is a "bare-bones" pedal board that is built to travel and sounds pretty fat and amazing - the Timeline mixed with a little reverb and chorus is out of sight! Also, it is small enough (inside it's case or backpack) to fit in an airplane upper storage compartment! Now, that is practical!

 

PEDALboard in TRAINing:

I have to say that for a pedal board that has FIVE gain-related devices, it sure is silent!. Paired with a Quilter amplifier, there is quite a bit of tonal satisfaction with this conglomeration - AND there is still room for more. Of course, there is an EP booster aboard and that little guy makes everything sound like it has punch! My favorite pedal of the lot is the FUZZ box purchased from a builder named T. Redman in NY. That Germanium transistor pseudo-fuzz-face clone with enhancements really sounds smooth - especially when you adjust the "bias" control - Nasty but goooood! Someday, I may purchase one for myself!

 

Daughter of "MEGA - Board"!

This pedalboard may appear small but has a HUGE sound! It's configuration is based off of the "MEGA-Board's" specs. Instead of using the G-LAB system, it uses a modified manual looper to not only passively switch effects pedals in and out of the signal chain but also allow for instrument input and amplifier output switching. This pedalboard offers acoustic/electric signal blending as well using Tom Anderson stringed instruments with a stereo (dual pickup) output jack.

We thought we would try out the TC Electronics Flashback and Hall of Fame pedals for this pedalboard and have found that they are actually pretty nice sounding with lots of features! The Rockbox Boiling Point and Barber DD work very well with the Strymon OB.1 compressor too!

Pictured above is our custom-engineered instrument input/amplifier output interface - with a built-in DSPEK signal buffers and "effects loop." This interface provides the acoustic/electric blending effect without ground hum or impedance issues. We strategically installed five calibrated buffers at the input and output. The "effects loop" essentially removes the delay and reverb pedals from the audio signal chain and become independent from the other pedals for use with an amplifiers built-in effects loop. When the loop is not in use, the pedalboard's signal chain is in it's original serial configuration.

All-in-all, the pedalboard has a unique and beautiful sound that is easily portable and hookup is quick! This is how it should always be done!

 

MEGA - Board!

This pedalboard is a dream come true! It uses the G-LAB GSC-3 system as well and features instrument input and amplifier output switching along with acoustic/electric signal blending (at the same time!) using Tom Anderson stringed instruments with a stereo (dual pickup) output jack.

In order to do this cleanly without ground hum or impedance issues, we had to strategically install seven calibrated buffers at the input and output --- yes, SEVEN! Included is an on-board "effect loop" - which essentially removes the delays and reverbs from the audio signal chain separating the other pedals for use with an amplifiers built-in effects loop. When the loop is not in use, the pedalboard's signal chain is in it's original serial configuration.

This pedalboard sounds AMAZINGLY CLEAN! Only high-quality interconnect wire, op-amps and semiconductors were used in the design and built into the final configuration. I really love the expression pedal feature that is used with the Strymon TimeLine. You can really get some great modulating delay blending effects!

Here is a clip of the acoustic portion of a Tom Anderson electric/acoustic guitar blended with a little of the electric portion using the Strymon OLA, Blue Sky, TimeLine, Boss Dimension C, Arion Stereo Chorus and a little compression. Sorry, no overdrive/distortion audio demo however, that as well, has an EPIC sound!

 

G-LAB GSC-3 Pedalboard Launch

Well, this one was a COMPLETE SUCCESS! There is so much about this pedalboard that I could not list everything so enjoy the vid!

 

Small but BEEFY!

This little guy really does the trick! It features a Strymon OB.1 optical compressor - which really sounds clean and QUICK!, a Rockbox Boilingpoint overdrive/distortion pedal, Moolan analog delay modeler and MY FAVORITE ---- the BB Preamp by XOTIC.

 

Small but BEEFY - Updated!

UPDATED! Yes, this pedal board returned for improvements and modifications! Now, it features a JHS Panther Cub Delay, Xotic EP Boost (used for tone color), Tone Freak Effects SEVERE distortion, Plutonium Chi-Wah-Wah and a Neunaber Technology WET Reverb - certainly, this additional pedal assortment adds to the palette of aural excellence.

 

Blending!

This board takes an acoustic guitar signal and "blends" it with the effected one for a more defined and articulated sound using the Fishman Powerblend --- nifty!

 

"Pink Floyd-like Warble..."

This board has many upon many modifications including instrument input and stereo output buffering. Many of the effect pedals have been re-pedaled for space. This is one of many compact boards we have ever worked on and wired up! Everything including the connector widths mattered. All pedals on this board have been modified for true bypass with the exception of the T.C. We used Mogami cable for this one as it was the only cable small enough to provide rich sound and fit through all the hole clearances - even as they crisscrossed throughout! There is one other mod on this board that is super special and it involves reversing the in/out jacks on the wah with some additional electronics to create a modified "Pink Floyd-like warble" that is so mind numbing that a listener will most likely lose their sanity (or supper) like those fortunate individuals during the "trees" portion of LIVE Ummagumma performances all the way up to The Wall. BTW, "is there anybody out there?" (listen for it in that recording...)

 

Life in the Fast Lane!

Here is a simple one. Short and to the point! This board features wireless operation, A Lee Jackson pedal and very clean operation. Just plug it in and rock!

 

SKB? EZ!

SKB makes this enclosure that really helps the budget minded! It features a built in 9V power supply, AC distribution and input and output jacks. BTW, the blue DOD analog delay is BAD-ASS!

 

 

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