Pedal Board

Again, this one fits into the category of things that I’ve had for a while but should probably get a run on the blog…

I’ve been noodling about with guitar for a couple of years now.  I began because I had a stressful, life-encompassing job at the time and thought it might be a good idea to have a challenge to provide a bit of escapism.  I am by no means a great guitarist, and probably not even a good one – but I can’t help but think that it’s healthy to not always fill your life with things you’re instantly good at.  And as someone that never played as a child, I find it fascinating to be involved in producing music no matter how limited.

Now the sight of a well-stocked pedal board in the hands of a novice probably makes a whole bunch of armchair Hendrixes (Hendrices?) roll their eyes smugly, but I have to point out that this particular board is as much a product of the enjoyment of collecting and making, as much as it is mindless Gear Acquisition Syndrome.  All of these effects are second hand and I thoroughly enjoyed tracking them on ebay and only pouncing when one came up at a mind-bogglingly low price.  Every now and then something just fails to get noticed and limps in for the reserve price – and I lived for that moment (behind my desk in a shitty cubicle-farm…)

So a quick rundown of the effects platoon… Behringer TU300 Chromatic Tuner, Boss AC3 Acoustic Simulator, Boss AW2 Auto Wah, ElectroHarmonix Small Stone phaser, Behringer CS100 Compressor/Sustainer, Behringer TO800 Vintage Tube Overdrive, ProCo Turbo Rat distortion, Boss DS1 Distortion, Boss CH1 Super Chorus, Boss BF2 Flanger, ElectroHarmonix Stereo Pulsar tremolo, Behringer DD400 Digital Delay, Boss RC2 Loop Station.  A couple of these, apparently, are even collectible – many are no longer in production and the BF2, for example, has the correct colour screws to make it a suitably collectible Made In Japan model.

I made the pedal board itself out of MDF and built up laminations so that the pedals in the rear are accessible and at an appropriate height.  The pedals are held in place with individual sections of chain link (which are essentially a dog-bone shaped tab with a hole at either end).  I have a switchmode power supply to provide the 9V DC required by each pedal, and the loom distributes it taking careful note of the polarities required by each effect (which are not always consistent).

All in all, I’m pretty pleased to have such a thing.  It slides nicely out the way under my bed, only requires three things to be plugged in for a jam sesh (power, guitar in, signal out) and certainly provides a wide range of tones to suit most music styles.  Has it made me an instant guitar-hero?  No, but then that was hardly the point…

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