#1
Hey guys, so I'm thinking of making a small pedalboard, now the thing is that parts are really hard to find here so I was thinking probably a simple wooden board, spray painted, pedals would be attached via velcro I think and also I'd probably install some LED lights to know which pedal is where in darker environments since I do some major pedal-dance thru out petty much every song. And it'd go into a bag not a case.

So far the questions are:
1. how much of a strong wood do I need? I'm not too much of a hard stomper but who knows what could happen? I guess a 1/2" (or less may be 2/5" ) plywood won't hold up if it has the frames from the outside only?

2. will this thing work as a velcro alternative? (does anybody have experience with it?) or should I get something else? (link please)
http://www.amazon.com/Power-Grip-Pedalboard-Velcro-Alternative-Mounting/dp/B004ZKIHVU/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1318498957&sr=1-2

so far this (i'll have more and more questions alter I guess)

oh and it's gonna hold only 4-5 boxes + 1 wah
#2
Wouldn't it be easier for you to buy a cheap pedalboard case and focus on arranging pedals on it? I mean it's not a fortune: a Kinsman case costs about 50 euros (that's maybe 70 USD). You get a board you can fix your pedals on, and a sturdy metal case for carrying them to the gig and back home. That's how I solved this problem.
#3
yeah dude just buy a cheap pedal board. Then get a power supply or 1 spot. It is going to keep your pedals safe and organised. Better than anything you can build (at least for the same price)
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#4
well I do have a 1spot already. the thing about pedalboard is that I'm trying to keep it as low on budget as possible since I also have to get my main instrument refretted which is expensive

and getting a pedalboard from USA or something is gonna be a tough call due to it's sizes and weight plus shipping is impossible and asking someone to bring that big of a thing is kind of not likely
#5
you could buy one, I personally use the Gator Pedal Tote with the G-Bus power supply (super clean power supply btw) which is probably going to cost you as much as it would to build a high end one.

However if you want to build one here are a few tips:

1/2" Ply is gonna be plenty solid enough, even if you just have a board and 2 wedges on the sides
the pedalboard tape is far superior to velcro
unless you have some high quality electronic components you're gonna get a cleaner power supply buying one than building one
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#6
Quote by GABarrie
you could buy one, I personally use the Gator Pedal Tote with the G-Bus power supply (super clean power supply btw) which is probably going to cost you as much as it would to build a high end one.

However if you want to build one here are a few tips:

1/2" Ply is gonna be plenty solid enough, even if you just have a board and 2 wedges on the sides
the pedalboard tape is far superior to velcro
unless you have some high quality electronic components you're gonna get a cleaner power supply buying one than building one


ok that makes sense, as I said I've got a 1spot and it does the job pretty well to me right now

as for the pedal tape, I think I'll just get that one!
#7
One alternative to velcro you might want to explore is bicycle chain links. They're metal figure-8s that you can use as mounting brackets, just attach one loop of each figure-8 to each of the screws holding the bottom plate of the pedal in place. You then attach the other loop to a wooden board (such as this DIY build: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/stomp-box/153763-my-do-yourself-ikea-pedalboard-build-thread.html) with another screw. Mounts the pedal to the board securely without damaging it or leaving glue, should you want to protect it's resale value.
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