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    Opaque John Beef's Avatar
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    Show your pedalboard!

    I admit it. 13 years ago I found a scrap piece of 3/4" plywood in the dumpster outside my apartment. I made a pedal board out of it. Many revisions later I'm still using it. It's not pretty, but it has worked for me for a very, very long time!



    From the backside you can see where I mounted the DC Brick power box and transformer so I just plug an extension cable into it to power the whole board.




    Recently I picked up a Line 6 M5 in order to get some modulation back on the board. It is also going to replace that old TR-2 from the 1990s. Hoever, as you can see, it's a little bit big for my board. Also, I'm having power issues. the 500mA it draws is too much for the DC brick. I can run either the DD20 or the M5 but not both.



    As such, it might be time for a ground up overhaul. Our drummer can build some amazing things and has access to all sorts of aircraft machining tools through his work. We might build something new.

    So, show me what you've got! Give me some ideas since I have the freedom to do whatever here!
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    I used to have several pedals which took up too much room. So I got a Digitech RP1000 for my Egnater stack and only use a EHX Metal Muff with my Mesa.


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    I'm in the process of building a pair of pedalboards. So far I've finished the board I'll use for my electric shows, and I'm currently working on the one I'll use for my acoustic shows. I'm also building accompanying ATA cases for each board. Here's the electric board:

    [IMG][/IMG]

    Here's the back...I used a little aluminum corner extrusion as a small backplate for the "upper deck", which basically holds all the stuff that's going through my amp's effects loop:

    [IMG][/IMG]

    I really like those Hardwire pedals, obviously. The Tube Overdrive is nice and crunchy without being muffled, and the Valve Distortion is by far the best overall distortion pedal I've ever used. The Metal Distortion is kinda crap, and will likely be replaced with a Micro Metal Muff in the near future. The delay and reverb pedals offer so many options within a tiny stompbox. All in all, I'm happy with the build. If folks are interested, I'll post pics of the boards in the ATA cases once they're done.
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    Glad to see somebody else who enjoys Hardwire pedals...I use the DL-8 and the RV-7 in my pedal board and they are really great sounding..The Decimator is in my pedalboard too
    Quote Originally Posted by boxstop7 View Post
    I'm in the process of building a pair of pedalboards. So far I've finished the board I'll use for my electric shows, and I'm currently working on the one I'll use for my acoustic shows. I'm also building accompanying ATA cases for each board. Here's the electric board:

    [IMG][/IMG]

    Here's the back...I used a little aluminum corner extrusion as a small backplate for the "upper deck", which basically holds all the stuff that's going through my amp's effects loop:

    [IMG][/IMG]

    I really like those Hardwire pedals, obviously. The Tube Overdrive is nice and crunchy without being muffled, and the Valve Distortion is by far the best overall distortion pedal I've ever used. The Metal Distortion is kinda crap, and will likely be replaced with a Micro Metal Muff in the near future. The delay and reverb pedals offer so many options within a tiny stompbox. All in all, I'm happy with the build. If folks are interested, I'll post pics of the boards in the ATA cases once they're done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDBRADSHAW View Post
    Glad to see somebody else who enjoys Hardwire pedals...I use the DL-8 and the RV-7 in my pedal board and they are really great sounding..The Decimator is in my pedalboard too
    I really do dig those Hardwire pedals. I can't rave enough about the Valve Distortion pedal - it's just awesome. I did end up replacing the Metal Distortion with a Micro Metal Muff, and I'm a LOT happier with it. Also, I find myself constantly tweaking the DL-8 to get the sound I'm looking for. Tricky little thing, that...

    The one pedal left that's been kinda disappointing is the Decimator. I went with the G-String (which is, by far, the most expensive pedal on my board) because it has the dual guitar/loop throughputs. People raved that it killed the hiss without sapping tone or sustain, and that you could just leave it on and forget about it. But I've not found that to be the case. Sure, it kills the hiss like a champ. But I've noticed that, especially when playing clean or at lower volumes, when the pedal is turned on it absolutely destroys any sustain. Chords or notes that would ring forever get abruptly cut off; it's quite disappointing. I've found myself barely using it any more, which is even more of a disappointment given how expensive it was. Major bummer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxstop7 View Post

    The one pedal left that's been kinda disappointing is the Decimator. I went with the G-String (which is, by far, the most expensive pedal on my board) because it has the dual guitar/loop throughputs. People raved that it killed the hiss without sapping tone or sustain, and that you could just leave it on and forget about it. But I've not found that to be the case. Sure, it kills the hiss like a champ. But I've noticed that, especially when playing clean or at lower volumes, when the pedal is turned on it absolutely destroys any sustain. Chords or notes that would ring forever get abruptly cut off; it's quite disappointing. I've found myself barely using it any more, which is even more of a disappointment given how expensive it was. Major bummer.
    Interesting. I thought I was the only one. For me, it seems like if I roll my volume down much below 1/2 way on the guitar, it does that abrupt cutting thing. This is mostly on my high gain channel, I roll it down quite a bit for a still crunchy but less distorted tone. Pisses me off actually. I might tear my rig apart soon and try to clean some stuff up, maybe I'll experiment with something else in place of the decimator.

    Do you have the original or the decimator II?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    Interesting. I thought I was the only one. For me, it seems like if I roll my volume down much below 1/2 way on the guitar, it does that abrupt cutting thing. This is mostly on my high gain channel, I roll it down quite a bit for a still crunchy but less distorted tone. Pisses me off actually. I might tear my rig apart soon and try to clean some stuff up, maybe I'll experiment with something else in place of the decimator.

    Do you have the original or the decimator II?
    I've gotten around that problem with my MXR Noise Clamp by running my volume pedal after the first trip through the gate. So it goes guitar --> MXR --> Volume pedal --> amp --> FX loop out to MXR and so on. That way you can leave the volume up on your guitar to overcome the gate, but still reduce the input signal with the VP to get those crunchy tones. So if you have a volume pedal in your rig, that might be worth a shot.

    The MXR has actually been a really nice gate, especially at a fraction of the cost of the ISP. I haven't tried the ISP, but from what I've heard, metal heads love it because it tracks REALLY closely, so they can kill the hiss on those staccato chugga riffs. The MXR is a little looser I think. Still kills the signal if you run the guitar volume at 0-2 or so, even at the low settings. But might be worth a try if you run across one at a shop or something.
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    As it sits today... Four "loops" going on - Front of amp, effects loop of amp, vocal effects loop to mixer and Piezo to mixer


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    I have 2 boards.

    the main one

    Pedal board 2013 &amp; Lolla por aduayer, no Flickr

    and the mini. this one I am always changing, depending what kind of sounds I am going to need/want

    Version 1

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    Version 2

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    Love the mini boards! I need to build one. For "Grab and go" with my Champ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rango View Post
    Love the mini boards! I need to build one. For "Grab and go" with my Champ!
    I am too lazy and/or too old to carry gear (amps, cabinets, more then 1 guitar and heavy pedal board) so the mini board is thr one I use the most. It;s the mini board with a guitar on a gig bag and I am ready to rock. if it's a special event/gig, then I bring the weapons of mass destruction...LOL

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    I originally made this board as part of a music stand that was attached to a keyboard stand I built that matched it. But as I moved from handwritten lead sheets to computer lead sheets and notation, it sat in my storage room for years. Over the winter I realized it'd made a nice pedalboard, so I attached feet to it.

    The interconnects are now all PRS. Plenty of room for future additions.

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    It would be nice to have a big board like that and spread things out, but I'm trying to keep it all transportable for gigs and stuff. Mine is cut to fit in a case that looks like this:



    This case and pedalboard have been all over North America with me and have served me very well, especially for the $25 I spent on it maybe 10 years ago. The case looks like hell but is still 100% functional. I'm hoping to find something that can fit into a similar but slightly larger case (if I can find one), or perhaps make something that uses the space slightly more efficiently so I can use the same case again.
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    Been through a few boards (all made more wood, glue and sticky-back,Velcro!) and layouts but this is what I'm running presently:

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    Yes, I have a pedal problem:

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