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Who hasn’t experienced the following: after a lot of work, you finally finished the composition of your pedalboard but when the pedalboard has to be transported, the question arises how to attach the small treasures to the board.
Here I would like to introduce diverse ways how to solve this problem.
To drill holes into the bottom of the pedal and bolt them to the pedalboard is a cheap way to attach a stompbox to the board.
But this method makes it pretty cumbersome to change the pedals and, furthermore, the pedal will be destroyed.
Everyone who ever found a popular vintage pedal with a bottom that looked like swiss cheese knows what I am talking about.
Another possibility to attach your pedals to the pedalboard is, to disassemble a bike chain and use the bottom cover screws to fix one part of a chain link to the pedal. The other side of the link can be bolt to the pedalboard.
This method is quite low-priced, space-saving and lasting.
But you will always need a screwdriver to change a pedal on the board.
And those, who are not willing to disassemble their bike, can also buy the small links which are offered by various manufacturers (f. e. Harley Benton Mounties).
If you use a pedalboard with holes you can also attach the pedals with cable ties to the pedalboard.
This solution is also offered by different manufacturers (Chemistry Design Werks).
But in my honest opinion, the visual appearance is somehow strange and you will always need a side cutter and new cable ties to change a pedal.
Velcro has become the standard for the attachment of pedals to a pedalboard.
For this technique you have to remove the rubber feet and fix one side of the Velcro to the bottom of your stompbox.
The counterpart of the Velcro has to be fixed to the pedalboard.
Velcro is quite inexpensive, easily obtainable and you will find different sizes.
Although the pedals can be removed/ changed pretty easily, this kind of attachment is relatively solid.
The great disadvantage is, that it is almost impossible to remove the Velcro residue-free and sometimes you also tear off labels or the coating of a pedal.
The second part of this series will be about special items which promise to keep every pedal in place.
Maybe an overdrive pedal is not the best choice for you. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Stacking Boost Pedals”
For sonwriting it is extremely important to have a good working pedalboard with inspiring sounds.
Today I would like to introduce some ideas that might worth it to be taken into consideration if you are willing to create such a songwriting pedalboard. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Songwriting Pedalboard”
Frequently, guitarists search for a better compressor because their actual ones produce too much hiss. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks : Compressor hiss”
It is so annoying: you have spent hours to find the perfect tuning for a pedal while the minutes of the transport to wherever or even the seconds of a single touch are enough to lead to a maladjustment of the pots. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: How to protect the pots from unintentional maladjustment”
Following the promise of the manufacturer the Deluxe Memory Man provides a maximum delay time of 550 ms.
But in spite of all promises made by advertisement the truth mostly is a different one. Continue reading “EHX Deluxe Memory Man – Time increase modification”
The majority of pedals run on 9V and many of them can be used with a 9V battery.
But insatiable digital effects suck out the batteries at top speed or it is impossible to run them on battery.
This is when the question arises, which power supply is the most suitable one. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: The best power supply”
Looking at the pedalboards of other guitarists, I frequently find the effect pedal pots at 12 o’clock position or even varying marginal from that standard position.
Although even overdrive pedals with only three knobs offer various options – if you are willing to use them. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Be brave – use the pots”
Many effect pedal manufacturers offer pedals with true bypass.
This kind of pedals prevail a lot of advantages but also the disadvantage of the switching noise.
But where does this “plop” or “click” come from and how can it be eliminated? Continue reading “Effect pedal switching noise”
Because of numerous requests, I would like to illuminate some aspects concerning the synchronization of the SDRUM and the DITTO X4. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: DigiTech SDRUM in sync with the TC Electronic DITTO X4 Part 2”
The first part of this continuous series was dedicated to general sources of error concerning effect pedals. In this part I would like to focus on some details. Continue reading “Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions part 2”
Sooner or later almost every pedal breaks down.
Sometimes it starts with a loos connection or it suddenly gets impossible to switch them on.
In this continuous series I would like to present some useful hints that may help you to revive your pedal. Continue reading “Tips& Tricks: What’s wrong with my pedal – first aid instructions”
Overdrive pedals mostly provide a tone control to adapt the frequencies of the distortion to the amp and the guitar.
Unfortunately, many delays lack this feature or you will at best get a low pass or low cut filter.
Although for delays in particular, it is important to fit into the mix quite well. Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: EQing Delay Pedals”
But what makes this tape echo sound and is it possible to get this sound without a tape echo emulation? Continue reading “Tips & Tricks: Tape delay sounds without a tape?”
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