DIY Pedalboard

DIY pedalboards (do it yourself pedalboards) are easy to build provided you have the right knowledge and tools. Besides which pedals to buy, you just need to know which rusty tools to dig out of the garage and which materials in the shed you might be able to repurpose. At its core, a pedalboard is nothing more than a platform, some pedals and some cables.
You probably already know that most pedalboards that you can buy at Guitar Center don’t have many usable features. Most are made out of plastic with a cheap nylon carrying bag. If they come with a power supply, it is flimsy at best. And all of them lock you into using Velcro to tie down your pedals. If you do find one that offers a good amount of protection, it often costs up in the 200 plus dollar range. What if you don’t like sticking Velcro to your nice pedals? Tough luck. Musicians usually modify the board (and all of their equipment for that matter) to fit their individual needs anyway, so we might as well just build the board the way we want it to begin with.
One alternative solution is having someone build the pedalboard for you. You take them all of your pedals drop them off for a week, and then bam! you have a pedalboard (as soon as you pay them several hundred dollars). This is great until your at a gig at 12am, and something on the board isn’t working. Is the guy who built the pedalboard going to be available to troubleshoot the problem with you over the phone? Probably not. But I’m sure he’ll accept your money to fix the problem during normal business hours. Want to make a change to the layout? You’ll pay for that too. If you can’t fix and troubleshoot your own pedalboard, it will end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. If you can afford that, your reading the wrong article. If you can’t afford to waste money, you have to learn the ins and outs of your own gear. What’s the easiest way to learn about how pedalboards work? Build one.
If you have no idea what a pedalboard is or why someone would want to build one, then this article probably doesn’t make much sense to you. If you’re down with all of this wicked musician jargon though, defiantly continue your pedalboard education. Doing some basic research should easily yield all the info you need to know. Did you know that using particle board for a pedalboard is a bad idea? Particle board just isn’t as strong as real wood, and it is a lot heavier!
This and all the basic stuff like what wood to use, what power supplies work well, whether or not to use Velcro, and even pedal layouts. You can find everything from what to buy, what to make, and what to avoid. Good luck and happy DIY pedalboard building! Enjoy your board. Enjoy your sound.

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