- 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!
of respect for the owners, I am not including any names.
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!
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!
of "MEGA - Board"!
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 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!
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.
the pedalboard has a unique and beautiful sound that is easily portable and
hookup is quick! This is how it should always be done!
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.
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!
GSC-3 Pedalboard Launch
one was a COMPLETE SUCCESS! There is so much about this pedalboard that I could
not list everything so enjoy the vid!
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.
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.
takes an acoustic guitar signal and "blends" it with the effected
one for a more defined and articulated sound using the Fishman Powerblend ---
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
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!
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!