George Juggles
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#1
Hey UG

I am (slowly) building up a pedalboard and I have a few questions:

1. How should I attach the pedals to the board? Velcro, zip ties or bike chain? Once I get all my pedals I probably won't be changing pedlas around alot.

2. What cables should I be using? I have been thinking livewire, because they are cheap, and have a lifetime warranty. But, are the cables that come 3 in a pack for 7 bucks good? Or should I get the 3 in a pack $18 ones?

That is all for now, Thanks

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&baconstrips
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#2
1. I personally use zip ties because: a) I need the pedals to stay firmly in place because of the bag I put my board in to carry it around; b) I'm almost done my ideal pedalboard and therefore wont be changing much; c) one of my pedals has foam on the bottom that I don't want to fuck up with adhesive-backed velcro; and d) I don't use batteries.

Out of curiosity, where did the bike chain idea come from? I can only imagine it being rather cumbersome.

2. IMO it depends on budget and board size. My board is 6 true bypass pedals, so signal loss isn't much of an issue, and I'm cheap. Because of this, I opted for a pack of 6 yorkville cables for $20, and it sounds fine to me. If you have more pedals, or have a larger budget, go for more expensive cables.
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Quote by George Juggles
Hey UG

I am (slowly) building up a pedalboard and I have a few questions:

1. How should I attach the pedals to the board? Velcro, zip ties or bike chain? Once I get all my pedals I probably won't be changing pedlas around alot.


bike chain? damn, that is hardcore. i personally use velcro, i put the 'hooks' on the board and put the 'loops' on the pedals (so that way i can still use the pedals off the board without sticking to carpet).

if you are going to keep the pedals on the board and you aren't gonna change the setup then i'd probably go with zip ties (depending on board design).

Quote by George Juggles
2. What cables should I be using? I have been thinking livewire, because they are cheap, and have a lifetime warranty. But, are the cables that come 3 in a pack for 7 bucks good? Or should I get the 3 in a pack $18 ones?


i would get something pretty good. most of my small cords are monster or something with switchcraft jacks. i have used some cheap ones here and there and they always piss me off, i have troubleshooting crappy cords on a board.
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1. I use velcro and it works like a charm !

2. I got a 6 pack of 6 inch right angled coloured cables at my local long and McQuade for 20 bucks and they work just fine.
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#5
Mine has routed cavities for each pedal and a board across the front that screws on and locks them all into place.
Velcro is the most popular method. How was this bike chain idea going to work? I am intrigued.

Get decent patch cables, they're probably going to have a tough life.
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#6
Here's the bike chain method, someday i will try it...
http://xmidi.com/blog/bicycle-chain-links-as-velcro-alternative-for-guitar-pedal-board/

but in the meantime, i use velcro...but only the 'hooks' part of it, i made my custom designed pedalboard, with wood, then covered it with black speaker cab fabric, and they just stick there...sometimes more than they should, because the goddamed velcro stays there when i try to rearrange them or something....
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George Juggles
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Thanks for the replies, I will probably attach them using velcro or zip ties, but haven't completely ruled out the bike chain method. I'm not attaching them yet so I still have time to choose.

As for the cables, are these good quality?
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/monster-cable-standard-100-instrument-cable-3-pack--1-4-straight-plugs
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rubbert
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#10
I personally think any cable with a one-piece cord and plug is fine...maybe because it's less the movement and the pulling individually, as for the cord, or for the plug...

but on the other hand, i have found very useful, the ones where you can unscrew the plug, as it allows for reparations...

Those you asked there, they seem tough... i mean, Monster Cables are tough mother fukcers...
NakedInTheRain
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#11
get some dual lock instead of velcro. that shit is amazing. expensive but worth it. although stick some tape on the back of your pedals first, so you don't rip paint off if you want to remove the dual lock.
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#12
A ****ing bike chain? Really?

Use velcro and don't dropkick your pedals. Also, Livewire cables are fine.
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I built my pedal board and put sticky back velcro on the board. I also used 5/8" #6 screws to help hold down the velcro on the board every 6 inches. My pedals are now attached pretty good. they hold so good I ripped the foam off my tuner when I repositioned it.
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