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Custom pedalboard EU

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:28 am

Hey
Does anyone here have any experience with having a custom pedalboard built? Here in the EU I mean. I mean one of those fancy board like from Gig Rig in the UK or something. Was it worth it? Any advice would be appreciated. I might be ready to take the plunge because I just can´t seem to get my act together and I might have the means... Thanks.

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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by Jaguar018 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:03 am

Quick answer is no, but have you had the same pedals for a while, or do you like to change them up every so often?

I definitely have a few regular pedals, but every two or three years I get the urge to switch out a few here or there.

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Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:05 am

Lately I have been switching a lot but I want to just settle down with some good stuff. I was thinking that a nice board would force me to do that.

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Post by s_mcsleazy » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:21 am

i always think the most important thing to do if you're "settling down" with a pedalboard is to make one the exact size you need. not bigger, not smaller. pedalboard planner is great for that. i dont think it's worth spending out for something like a gigrig made board. buy some good quality cables, find the dimentions of all the pedals you use on a regular basis and see how close that is to the size of a pedaltrain. also think about what fetures you need on the board. do you have a loop switcher? do you need one? what pedals do you turn on and off a lot, what pedals stay on for whole songs. do you need to access some pedals to change settings?

while i appreciate what daniel and the gigrig guys do, i dont think anyone knows what they need more than themselves.
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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by fuzzjunkie » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:21 am

s_mcsleazy wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:21 am
i always think the most important thing to do if you're "settling down" with a pedalboard is to make one the exact size you need. not bigger, not smaller. pedalboard planner is great for that. i dont think it's worth spending out for something like a gigrig made board. buy some good quality cables, find the dimentions of all the pedals you use on a regular basis and see how close that is to the size of a pedaltrain. also think about what fetures you need on the board. do you have a loop switcher? do you need one? what pedals do you turn on and off a lot, what pedals stay on for whole songs. do you need to access some pedals to change settings?

while i appreciate what daniel and the gigrig guys do, i dont think anyone knows what they need more than themselves.
what Sean said. The most important thing outside the pedals are the cables and power supply if you use one. Include that in figuring out the dimensions if it's not going on the underside of a Pedaltrain or similar.

For years I used a 3/4" plywood board in an old suitcase. Everyone did. The band and record store stickers were the only thing holding it together by the time I got a real flight case a few years ago. Everything is fancy, pedals, cables, power supply, except the board, that's still just a 3/4" plywood.

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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by s_mcsleazy » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:54 am

fuzzjunkie wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:21 am
s_mcsleazy wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:21 am
i always think the most important thing to do if you're "settling down" with a pedalboard is to make one the exact size you need. not bigger, not smaller. pedalboard planner is great for that. i dont think it's worth spending out for something like a gigrig made board. buy some good quality cables, find the dimentions of all the pedals you use on a regular basis and see how close that is to the size of a pedaltrain. also think about what fetures you need on the board. do you have a loop switcher? do you need one? what pedals do you turn on and off a lot, what pedals stay on for whole songs. do you need to access some pedals to change settings?

while i appreciate what daniel and the gigrig guys do, i dont think anyone knows what they need more than themselves.
what Sean said. The most important thing outside the pedals are the cables and power supply if you use one. Include that in figuring out the dimensions if it's not going on the underside of a Pedaltrain or similar.

For years I used a 3/4" plywood board in an old suitcase. Everyone did. The band and record store stickers were the only thing holding it together by the time I got a real flight case a few years ago. Everything is fancy, pedals, cables, power supply, except the board, that's still just a 3/4" plywood.
mine is build from an ikea shelf and the case is a old gym bag
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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:20 pm

Yeah I just like things to be neat and clean. My cables are mess, especially underneath, and I have a bunch of cables connecting the board to the outside word. 220V x 2 (one for the power supply and one for a mains powered multieffect), cables from the guitar and to the amp, and a MIDI cable coming in to the delay and looper. I bought some cheap adhesive-backed cable clips and I will start there. I realize I don´t want or need a complex switching system.

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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by timtam » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:10 pm

Gigrig seem to be at the forefront of the movement that see pedal boards as the most expensive part of one's total rig - potentially more than your guitar and more than your amp. If you go along with that, want a one-stop solution that 'just works', probably with some features that you will never use, and considerable funds, then by all means go for it. Gigrig will build a medium size board (not including pedals) for around 1400-1700 GBP ...
https://www.thegigrig.com/custom-boards

The basic functional elements of gigrig are a single control / bypass switching system that switches each pedal either in or out (so pedals not currently selected/'on' are completely out the circuit), and clean isolated power. If your needs are simple (fixed pedal order, no presets, no MIDI), you can achieve both far, far more cheaply. Get a reputable isolated power supply. Then you want to build a passive switching station, which is about as simple as soldering can get. You just need to duplicate a simple circuit in one big box, as many times as you have pedals. About $10 per channel plus the box ... eg
https://www.musikding.de/Bypass-Looper- ... sic-module ... get one of these, for one pedal in/out
https://www.musikding.de/Addon-Bypass-Module .. plus as many of these as additional pedals you want to switch in/out
https://www.musikding.de/long-enclosure-big-enclosure ... choose a box, pre-drilled if you want, daisy-chain more than one if you want

You can also go for custom-length, solderless connection cables (that gigrig seems to use) if you want, or just use the much cheaper standard length cables. Tidying things up is mostly a matter of layout and lots of cable ties (incl the ones with adhesive bases).

As for the board itself, mine is made of spare narrow fence palings I had lying around.

Other example resources ...
http://shanekirk.com/2014/07/diy-guitar ... io-looper/
https://www.loop-master.com/looper-wtun ... p-141.html
http://www.roadrageprogear.com/staggere ... opers.html
https://www.americanloopers.com/collect ... ix-6-loops

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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:08 am

Dude thanks!

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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by fortytwo » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:41 pm

Save your money, you can do it just as good yourself.

Find a board you want, find out what kind of power you really need, find the perfect order and placement of your pedals, and then put the thing together, because a year or two from now, you are likely to redo the board in one way or another.

Do you know how to solder?
If not, now's a great time to learn, as it will save you a lot of money.

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Re: Custom pedalboard EU

Post by JONFROMJERSEY » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:09 pm

Decided to go with a Rockboard. I like the patchbay thing. Good product, especially for the money. I don't need a loop switcher... I will post a picture soon. Thanks for all the advice!

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