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Vicious_Turtle
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hey guys, so im looking to start my own pedal board and was wondering where i should start, whats a good board with alot of room that isnt super expensive? i figured i would get the dunlop power brick and the planet waves cable kit to start as well. i dont need a hard case as i will probably get one later on from rondomusic.com. so, ideas?
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Don't get the Dunlop brick. It's a stupidly overpriced One Spot. Save a ton of cash and get a one spot, or get a real isolated PSU like a Fuel Tank.
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^ i think only the fuel tank jr is isolated.
but agreed on the principle.

also i'm not too fussed on planet waves cables (but they may have improved them since i got mine).
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This. I did it and it works just fine. about 10 bucks for a proper sized board, and literally $1.00 for a roll of velcro-compatible material. painted the board, nailed it to a another scrap piece, drilled a handle onto it, heavy glued the material down. done.
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ok ill be making my own then! but on the power bricks, how much does a good one cost?
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also there are no ikeas even close to me and they dont sell that on the site
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For around $150 you can get the T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon or the Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+. Really just depends on how many pedals you need to power.

I'm a big fan of the One Spot - $30 and you can power 8 pedals. If you have a noise gate in your chain, the One Spot should be fine. I never had any noise with it when I used to use it (I had an NS-2).
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im a little worried about the one spot i guess. it looks pretty cheap and almost like it would blow up. but i could be wrong
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im a little worried about the one spot i guess. it looks pretty cheap and almost like it would blow up. but i could be wrong

Yeah, I think they would be much less popular if they blew up. It really is just simple and inexpensive, not exactly cheap/poorly made. Honestly, if it doesn't work out for you for whatever reason, then you lost $30. Not a huge deal. I'd at least try it.
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Like I said, I owned one for a while without any issues, and I've never heard of any issues about it either. If you want to get something higher quality that's okay too, but the reason for doing that would be noise issues, not reliability issues.
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so i went to lowes and am going to get some mapleboard stips and velcro. i already have gorilla glue. do i need anything else?
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I recommend screwing stuff together. Gorilla glue is strong, but screws are just that extra bit of insurance that it won't break.

Also, what are mapleboard strips?
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ok, and they are these long strip about half as thick as a 2x4 that are maple. saw them at lowes and thought they would work perfectly
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Be sure to put some handles on your board or feet or something so you can pick it up easily.

A 2x4 piece of plywood will do just fine.

Also, as far as attaching velcro goes, I would put the rough side on the board itself and the soft side on your pedals. You may have to use the pedal on a different surface some day and the soft side is much less likely to scratch things up.
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pine board was wayyyy cheaper so i went with that. and thanks man ill do that im excitd to geT this thing going. after i get it built (which shouldnt take long) all i need is a one spot and them im ready to start my pedal collection
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i also remembered i need pedal cables. any thoughts on whats good? i thought about the planet waves set cause they seem to make good stuff. but im not sure
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At that length, I would say whatever is cheap. They won't take as much abuse as a regular cable because they will pretty just sit where ever you hook them up. Honestly, I just found the cheapest 3 inchers I could on guitar center's site and bought a mega F&%k ton of 'em. Bought that, a Furman power strip(Got it because it had a fuse in it), and then I got my daisy chain connectors. I am even cheaper than most people here, I don't even use a one spot, I use a Roland microcube adapter to power my board. It puts out enough milliamps that I don't get any audible noise, and I saved thirty bucks on the one spot.
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couldnt find the furman power stip. will a regular power strip not work? also could not find the roland adapter. and then im not sure what ill go with for the cables
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Oh dude I wasn't saying get what I get. I was just showing that powering pedals isn't as big a deal as people make it out to be. Get the one spot, some cheap cables. And as far as the power strip, try to find one with a protective so that if there is a power surge, your one spot and pedals are safe.
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^ i think only the fuel tank jr is isolated.

I think all Fuel Tanks (Jr., Chameleon, Juicy Lucy) are isolated, with the exception of the standard Fuel Tank (the blue one), that's isolated in groups.

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Onespot takes less room, and probably is less expensive than 15 power supplies and a surge protector (I assume that is what you mean). It's also easier to organize.
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can you just find those power strips at staples?

Yes, but if you just unplug your board when you're not using it its pointless. Technically speaking, everything in your house is at risk of a power surge. A bad one could even start a housefire in some cases... Its not like that's a common occurence.

Just buy the $30 Onespot kit and be done with it. I've used it for about 4 years now, with about 15 pedals, usually around 8 at a time, and never had a problem.
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ok will do, only place i found the one spot was sweetwater and it was 19.99$ so ill have to look around
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also, i have no clue if there is one. but do you guys know of a pedal that can bypass eveything at once? so say i was on the clean channel of my amp and had a dealy reverb chrous etc on. if i wanted to go to the lead channel without any effects would i have to click everything off manualy? or is there a pedal that bypasses everything?
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ok will do, only place i found the one spot was sweetwater and it was 19.99$ so ill have to look around


Make sure you get the combo pack, not just the adapter.
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I have an old big one i'll sell ya for cheaps. Its beat up from touring a lot but it would work
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a big pedal board?
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a big pedal board?


No, a big lampshade.

Seriously, that is the topic of conversation and the thread title, no?
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Its not the size of the board but how you use it ;P
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Yeah TS don't worry about the power strip if you don't need it. I shouldn't have assumed you need a thousand plug ins like myself No like Tubetime said, get yourself the onespot kit with the daisychain cables (the little cable that has multiple ends to plug into your pedals) and you will be good to go.
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Quote by Vicious_Turtle
also, i have no clue if there is one. but do you guys know of a pedal that can bypass eveything at once? so say i was on the clean channel of my amp and had a dealy reverb chrous etc on. if i wanted to go to the lead channel without any effects would i have to click everything off manualy? or is there a pedal that bypasses everything?


You can do this with complex midi switching and relay switches, or with a true bypass loop, but neither of those solutions are really cheap or easy to set up. You pretty much have to do some amount of tapdancing when you use pedal based effects. It's a different story when you get into rack effects, but that's even more money and setup.

TL;DR- It's possible, but not likely on a budget.

EDIT: Thought I'd clarify a little....

You can get on of these:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Keeley-True-Bypass-Looper-and-Switcher-Guitar-Effects-Pedal-H77034-i2057577.gc

You run everything you want on your clean channel through it, then when you switch to the dirt channel you only have to hit this one extra switch to shut it all off. I guess it's not quite as expensive or complex as I made it out to be, but it's nearly $90 for a pedal that just switches... I guess you can decide if it's important enough to spend the cash on it.
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thats actually very worth it for me :P espicially since i want to be gigging soon and im white so i cant dance