Homemade Pedal Board

I decided to make a pedal board this past weekend, so I went to the hardware store and found a flat, rugged surface that I thought would work well as the base. I think it’s a piece of material from a stove, or exhaust vent, or something, but I’m actually not sure what it was intended to originally be used for.

I also got some 2-inch wide strips of velcro, which I attached to the surface. Then I cut squares and added them to the bottom of each pedal. I already had the 9-volt power extender, and the whole thing came together pretty quickly. Seems perfect for sitting in front of the amp, or using on the desktop. It even has some spongy material on the bottom so it doesn’t slide around.

Not sure how easy it is to follow the signal path in these images, but do you think I have these in a good order?

It’s this:

tuner > compressor > preamp > fuzz > overdrive > phaser > delay/looper > amp

Pedal Power

I’ve been playing around with pedals and I really like it. I only have a few right now, but I can totally see how this could be a dangerous habit. It might be due to my humbucker envy, but I’ve been playing with the tone on my telecaster and using it at what would probably be a setting of 2. I just like the warmer, darker qualities.

Here’s a sound clip of the tele with the pickups in the middle position, the tone at two, volume all the way up, and using the pedal configuration in the image below. The guitar is in DADGAD tuning.



The pedals are the Electro Harmonix Small Stone phase shifter, the Xotic Effects BB preamp, and the Keeley Electronics compressor. I’m running this into Logic directly because it was too late to use an amp. Logic also has some reverb added.

Here’s a closer look at the details of each:

The preamp is cool because it has a gain setting which acts as an overdrive a low volumes. It also is an EQ, and lets me boost the bass a little more. To be honest, I don’t really know what I’m doing with the compressor, but I like the sounds that come out of it. I’m using the attack at a setting that it says is better for humbuckers, which I didn’t do on purpose. Not sure how that affects the single coil sound. The Small Stone is nice because it’s analog, and it has a darker sound than some of the others I explored, like the MXR phase 90. It has a “color” knob that makes it a little brighter, but I don’t like it as much.

Sean, you recently got a phaser pedal on tour, right? What is it?