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Old 08-03-2006, 10:02 AM   #1
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Pedalboard Build (lots of pics)

EDIT: Update 8/27/06

I decided to edit this thread due to the PMs I'm getting about the build.

The gear...

Boss GT-8
Morley Bad Horsie 2 Wah
Ibanez TS-9
VooDoo Labs Pedal Power 2
Danelectro Dan-Echo

Possible Future Additions

Digitech JamMan Looper
A.R.T. Tube Preamp/Limiter

The finished product...







Part List and Prices

1. Plywood - 1 4'x4' sheet of 1/2" baltic birch ply - $26
2. Tolex - 36" x 72" - $28.50
3. Hinges - 2 breakaway hinges - $4.95 for the pair
4. Amp Corners - 8 at $0.94 a piece
5. Draw Latches - $8.28 for the pair
6. Rubber Feet - $8 for a set of 8 feet
7. Amp Handle - $5.62
8. Various Screws - $7
9. 3M Hi-Strength Spray Adhesive - 2 cans at $7 a can
10. Tid-bits and shipping - about $15

Carpet - I had some leftover speaker cabinet carpet from a previous build. I got it off of ebay but I can't remember who I bought it from and how much it cost. I know it's pretty cheap though. I also had some industrial velcro (hook side) laying around too, so I didn't have to buy any more.

Total Price for build - around $140 to $150

Sources

1. Lowes Hardware (everything not listed below)
2. Stewmac.com (Tolex, amp corners and handle)
3. stores.ebay.com/DBLITTLEA-W (latches, hinges and feet)

The build...

Test Fit...Ignore the echo pedal and amp channel switch.


The tray section with the sides glued in. The supports for the riser have not been cut or glued yet in this picture, and the piece you see along the back behind the riser is actually part of the lid, I was just checking clearance with this piece.


The I/O panel in the back will be built later. Just after I finished building the pedalboard, my amp blew up. More pics to come.

I hope to also build a dedicated I/O panel to go in the back of the board. I hope to wire it up to be able to switch from the four cable method, dedicated in and effects loop routing. I might even try to build some lighting into the board.

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Old 08-03-2006, 10:05 AM   #2
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Looking sweet dude! Thats sick! There seems to be alot of pealboard building going on round here. Me included.
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:12 AM   #3
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I use a GT-8 too any was thinking of getting a tremomnti wah...!!great!!How do u setup ur effects with the wah n Gt-8?
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:17 AM   #4
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What kinda amp are you running all this into? the board looks great!
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:34 AM   #5
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1. I place the Wah and TS-9 in the GT-8 effects loop. Depending on the setup and amp I use, I either go Guitar-GT8-Wah-TS9-GT8-Amp....or Guitar-GT8-Wah-TS9-Amp-GT8-Amp...this way I can have my actual guitar preamp in the FX loop of the GT8 and I can use it as an effect in itself.

2. The amp I use depends on what's available and what setup I want. Mostly I use a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (it's the only amp I own). But I've used keyboard amps, power amps and other combos as well.

The board will look a lot better once I get the tolex on it. I forgot to mention I'm also using chrome amp corner covers as well.

Here's my old pedalboard...


The board is 40"x20". It's covered with black speaker cabinet carpet and has extruded aluminum channeling around the board. The board lifts out of the case by 2 handles. The case itself is an ATA flight case I bought from Island Cases. I got this because I was thinking about expanding the rig to include a looper (probably the boomarang or the new Boss looper) and maybe a Line6 POD XTL, but I was happy with the GT-8's abilities so decided to dump all of that other stuff. I'm putting this case and board up for sale soon somewhere in $150-$200 range.

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Old 08-04-2006, 10:30 AM   #6
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Sorry for the double post...

Update:

1. Just received latches, hinges and corner reinforcements in the mail. Still looking for tolex...will probably buy from Stew-Mac.

2. Completed glueing pieces together. This weekend I'll round the corners and glue up the riser. Will also begin laying out wiring for rear patch panel.

Inside dimensions are roughly 28" x 17.5" x 7.25". Riser is 28" x 6", with about 2.5" of space underneath. There will be 3 supports for the riser...two on both ends and one almost in the middle to separate the power routing from the signal routing.
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Old 08-05-2006, 02:25 PM   #7
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Updates...

A test fit after rounding the edges and finishing the riser supports.


Test fitting the lid - hardware is on top of the lid.


Just bought the amp corners, tolex and handle from stew mac...should be coming in the mail next week.
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Old 08-05-2006, 02:36 PM   #8
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im interested, its very similar5 to my plans, excet im just having like a slope, but similar idea, with a completely removeable lid.

where did you get your latches from?
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Old 08-05-2006, 03:35 PM   #9
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I got the latches and hinges on ebay from this guy...

http://stores.ebay.com/DBLITTLEA-W

He has lots of hardware for racks and cases.
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:39 PM   #10
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Here are the pics of the finished exterior...

The front


Next to my Hot Rod Deluxe


I begin work on the interior tomorrow. Still need to finish cutting the riser and covering that and the interior with carpet. More pictures to come later in the week.
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Old 08-13-2006, 10:46 PM   #11
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nice build, and im interested to see the final product too.
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:59 AM   #12
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Old 08-14-2006, 09:46 AM   #13
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that tolex exterior looks awesome, how hard was it to get it on?
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Old 08-14-2006, 10:36 AM   #14
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The tolex is easy to apply, but hard to get right. Every time I do Tolex I feel like I've had the crap kicked out of me the next day. And stretching it out by hand usually means I won't have any fingerprints for about a week. Today I start working on the interior...hope to have it finished soon.
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:07 PM   #15
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it looks amazing, ill get a gear like that once i get money... but for the mean time my set ups pretty simple
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:25 PM   #16
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that looks really awesome man, i love the tolex finish......looks professionally done
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i woulda put more latches on instead of thise hinges so you had a fully removable lid.
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what color is the carpet going to be? tell me red plush please.... hahaha looks really pro, and I actually think that latches+hinges are more useful than all latches, because you could lose the top lid and that could be ****ed up.... although, I would have left more free space in case i got more pedals.

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Old 08-14-2006, 06:57 PM   #19
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i woulda put more latches on instead of thise hinges so you had a fully removable lid.


The lid is removable - the hinges in the back are lift-off. Check them out here - http://cgi.ebay.com/2-P0626Z-Take-A...1QQcmdZViewItem

And I've had a smaller version of this case for about 5 years, although it's not as nice as this one. The other case was covered with cheap grey carpet that my uncle had to cover his studio monitors like 10 years ago. That case has a lift-off lid as well. I juse used it as a platform for my amp and I'll probably use this lid just like the lid from the smaller case when it's detached.

I have quite a bit of room along the riser at the rear of the case, although the GT-8 gives me pretty much everything I need. I'm an overdrive junkie and like the compression from using a distorted preamp and the internal overdrive sims along with the external TS-9. I was thinking about adding a Digitech JamMan to this setup as well. We'll see.

The carpet is just black speaker cabinet carpet...very good grip with velcro on the pedals. And there's a ton of foam in the lid to protect everything inside...I just tested everything out inside (the riser is not finished and it hasn't been bolted in yet) and everything stayed put with just the foam...I shouldn't have any worries about things sliding around inside. Here's hoping.

More pics to come soon...need more glue for the riser.
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Old 08-14-2006, 07:00 PM   #20
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Thats one nice case. What are you going to put in the interior( regular carpet, a carpet with a design or something on it?)
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