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@Walter and Shuggie....the "Knee Trembler" is the best name ever for a pedal!!

I don't have a board per se because frankly I wouldn't know what to do with 99% of the pedals I see other folks using. My stage set-up is Atomic Brain>Danelectro Reel Echo>Boss TR-2 Tremolo (For Link Wray's "Rumble").

Three pedals in a row under my mic stand. The Reel Echo is on permanently, as is the 'Abby' setting on the Atomic Brain. I stomp the 'Normal' button on the Atomic Brain as a boost for solos and I only turn on the TR-2 for "Rumble" or for any of our Duane Eddy type instrumentals.

...and they all fit snugly, along with my guitar cables, tuner etc.. into this cool little vintage vanity case

I'm most likely not using the Atomic Brain the way Tavo intended...but it works for me.

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I love this thread...

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I love looking at all of these pedal boards.

I've always had an on again/off again relationship with pedals. For the longest time, I used so few effects that it was hard to justify building a board.

Eventually, GAS got the better of me.

There's nothing fancy here, but I have fun with it. I really like how easy Pedaltrain and VooDoo Lab make it to experiment.

On a side note, my uncle gave me the Boss Flanger when I first started playing. I'm proud to have it on my board.

Dylan

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I’ve had a big role change in the past half year.

My basic sound for many years on open blues jams has been a tube screamer type distortion and a bit of reverb. My cover band from 2011-2016 was still very blues/rock based, so if I used anything else like tremolo or delay, it was sparingly. I had all the toys in my rig, but didn’t use it much.

My role in my new cover band has me covering synths or horn parts in addition to normal guitar parts. We do blues, rock, 90’s alternative, new country, classic country… really all over the place. Because of this, I’ve found myself using all sorts of combinations. I find myself recalling what I did on previous shows on the fly. So in between tunes, I’ll be feverously twisting nobs to dial in what is next on the setlist. Hell, just the country stuff is all over the place.

Some tunes I’ll do clean tone with tons of reverb and delay, others have distortion, back to clean with a little slap back. Sometimes everything is off.

I’m also performing with another guitar player for the first time in my career which has changed my approach slightly. I now have the liberty to pick my spots knowing he’s just fine strumming the basics of the tune. Of course, I’m sure I’d be fine with a basic overdrive and a bit of reverb, but what is the fun in that?

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Here's mine. It changes often, but it's been like this for a while.

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Latest: Pedaltrain Classic Jr with Voodoo Labs PP2+ power supply underneath. This is the signal chain before the amp, still experimenting with the pedal order.

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Hey Nitro, Is that my GrandMa's old "unmentionables" travel suitcase? Looks awfully suspicious

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Latest: Pedaltrain Classic Jr with Voodoo Labs PP2+ power supply underneath. This is the signal chain before the amp, still experimenting with the pedal order.

– audept

Very nice, clean pedalboard there! I've been contemplating an analog pedalboard for some time now, and have a few questions for you:

(1) I like the Pedaltrain pedal board frames, but I keep thinking that the wires hanging below the board would be a problem (becoming disconnected or damaged by accident). I suppose with lots of wire ties and clean wiring this problem can be avoided?

(2) Do you think having board input (from guitar) and output (to amp) jacks mounted on the pedal board iteself is better/cleaner, or just plug guitar/amp cables into the appropriate pedals themselves? I'm looking for reliability and avoiding accidentally disconnecting cables.

My goal is to have just one power cord (from the pedal board PS) and the input and output cables to connect the guitar and amp. Then I just need to plug in the amp itself and I'm done. Most of the venues I play have limited space, so simple and clean is good!

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Very nice, clean pedalboard there! I've been contemplating an analog pedalboard for some time now, and have a few questions for you:

(1) I like the Pedaltrain pedal board frames, but I keep thinking that the wires hanging below the board would be a problem (becoming disconnected or damaged by accident). I suppose with lots of wire ties and clean wiring this problem can be avoided?

(2) Do you think having board input (from guitar) and output (to amp) jacks mounted on the pedal board iteself is better/cleaner, or just plug guitar/amp cables into the appropriate pedals themselves? I'm looking for reliability and avoiding accidentally disconnecting cables.

My goal is to have just one power cord (from the pedal board PS) and the input and output cables to connect the guitar and amp. Then I just need to plug in the amp itself and I'm done. Most of the venues I play have limited space, so simple and clean is good!

– Frank_NH

Point (1) - A couple of ties keep it clean as a whistle.

Point (2) Just plug in the in to the first pedal and the out to the last pedal. Why add an extra few connections? Fewer plugs means less to go wrong.

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Point (1) - A couple of ties keep it clean as a whistle.

Point (2) Just plug in the in to the first pedal and the out to the last pedal. Why add an extra few connections? Fewer plugs means less to go wrong.

– Bob Howard

Thanks Bob.

Re: Point (2) My main concern was accidentally having a cable become unplugged from a pedal (versus a sturdy board-mounted jack), but after thinking about it, if there is some form of strain relief, that would be less likely, and I agree that fewer electric connections is better (i.e. less prone to noise or grounding issues).

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I'm pretty much in agreement with Bob, as you can see from my pics. I'm still experimenting with pedal order, so not ready to contemplate fixed sockets for in/out .

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Finally here is mine.

I showed it in another thread but might as well post it in the thread I started.

This is mine. No case but I could get something to fit as a case. Was $17 plus zip ties. Still need to add the Dano Tumamelt Trem. When I buy a tuner I'll put it in the chain. After that I'll need a flanger then I'm done.

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Here is mine as I had it a while back. Haven't used it for awhile so it may have been changed. It goes Boss Tuner>DynoBrain>Blues Driver>OD-3 (Used mostly as a semi-clean boost)>Route 66>H2O. I have the chorus set very mild to just give a hint of chorus and it and the DynoBrain are almost always on.

I really like the Pedal Pad, especially since I got it reasonably priced.

BTW, it may say Brain Seltzer but it was one of the first Dyno Brains. Right Tavo?

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Just "finished" mine :)

1) Sonic Research Tuner

2) Xotic SP Compressor

3) EH Pitchfork - Does quite a bit more than octaves. It has helped with last minute key changes and can turn a guitar into a fairly convincing bass or baritone.

4) de Lisle Eighty-Sixed Tube Preamp / Overdrive - EF86 Preceded by two 12AX7 stages running at high voltage. There's a power strip under the board for the 3 prong cord and the main pedal power supply.

5) Big Muff Nano - rarely used.

6) Dunlop Mini Volume / Expression pedal - I prefer to have the volume pedal between the ODs and delay. It's connected to the MXR loop to bypass the volume portion, which allows me to use it as an expression pedal to control the Pitchfork.

7) TC Nova delay - we play with a click track, so I like that I can program / store delays synced to BPM. I modified it so I can step on the little gold pedal to the right to scroll presets. Sometimes there's only a couple seconds between songs, and the factory setup never quite worked for me.

8) Boss TR-2 - now the last pedal. I had this between the Nova Delay and HOF mini to solve a ground loop. I've since switched the HOF mini to a shared DC supply instead of an isolated one and moved it in front of the TR-2

9) HOF Mini Reverb

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My board's been going through some changes lately (who's doesn't), but here is its current state.

-Germanium Rangemaster (w/ switchable full-range boost). This pedal was the first one I made and it's kind of a Swiss army knife for me. Right now I'm using for some "always-on" grit, but it makes an excellent solo boost and it does a decent "parked-wah" sound in treble-boost mode.

-Silicon Fuzz Face. Actually a DAM Meathead clone. It's got some pF-value negative feedback caps to round-off some of the harsher distortion. Very creamy, great with a slide, and cleans up nicely with the guitar knobs.

-Tubescreamer. This thing's like comfort food, macaroni-and-cheese. For my classic rock moments. With Filtertrons it puts me right in Malcolm Young/Pete Townshend territory.

-Strymon Flint. The spring reverb is on 90% of the time. Tremolo gets extra swampy. The Crybaby at the right is configured as an expression pedal to control tremolo speed.

Nothing groundbreaking here, but it does what I want. The board is just a poplar cut-off from the woodshop, sprayed with nitro and rubber feet added. At some point I'll make a slightly bigger one, as I'd like to add a compressor and some kind of novelty pedal (pitch shifter, envelope filter, looper, etc).

What are you guys using for power supplies on the smaller boards? I'd like to get away from my noisy one spot.

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Otter said: What are you guys using for power supplies on the smaller boards? I'd like to get away from my noisy one spot.

I use the T.Rex Fuel Tank junior. It's small and it has 5 isolated 9V outputs. Never had any problems with it.
See my board in post 37.

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FINALLY! I fixed my pedal board that had been misbehaving badly. I had decided that since I was sick of the velcro coming loose in transit and opening the case to a jumble of chaos, that I would glue everything down. Yeah...I do really stupid things sometimes...

Anyway, besides some "jack fatigue" (love that term), my El Capistan wasn't working reliably. I discovered because my BBE Supa-Charger put out a maximum of 200mv and the Strymon wanted to see 250mv minimum. Strangely, it worked for quite a while at the lower voltage...

Soooo.... a new Strymon Zuma power supply with a whopping 500mv per line, and everything is awesome.

I have my sound back, and I'm SO happy!

I attached everything with some little figure-8-shaped grommet doohickies that attach to the pedal case bottom screws and then get screwed into the wood top. Solid as a rock, easy to remove.

Signal chain: Fromel Shape EQ >Three Leaf compressor >stacked Zendrives>noise gate>Cry Baby wah>EB Volume pedal>El Capistan.

It may seem odd to have the noise gate where it is, but it's not really a noise gate. My signal gets boosted slightly by the Fromel on the front end and the Zendrives are set to give different levels of dirt but no boost (I get that with the volume pedal when I need it) The noise gate threshold is set high and with the compressor squishing the pick attack pretty hard, I get a diminished attack and a slight volume swell for single line melody notes when I pick a certain way -very different from regular volume swells. As horn player it gives me an expressiveness that feels familiar to me and I really like the non-guitar-like quality that gives to melody lines.

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This really is technically a stereo rig but I love complementary tone of the two amps together.

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I've gone from this...

...to this. All I need...for the minute...

...and this is my whole rig.

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Apart from my Princeton foot switch, this is about the only "pedal" I use.

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I made mine from an old pallet.

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My last pedal board.... Just recived my Ubangi...

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I don't use pedals all that much for guitar. I have a Korg ToneWorks AX1500G that I use sometimes for recording or practicing.

Aside from that, I have a few pedals that I mostly use individually, so don't have them on a board. They include:
Morley Distortion-Wah-Volume
MXR Commande Stereo Chorus
Mutron Phasor (I mostly use this for my Rhodes, but occasionally for guitar as well)
MXR UniVibe

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Put a few more toys on the floor this evening. All I normally use is my tube screamer for a boost when using my AC15. I've had the other pedals, just haven't used them in a while. Time to try some new stuff I guess.


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