Diy pedalboard plans. Once youve decided on the perfect layout for your pedals one which results in the least amount of cable distance between each pedal in the chain its time to start cutting the cables to length and attaching them to each pedal. 3 which materials do you choose to build your pedalboard woodscablewiring and why. If you want to build something youll use for years to come with your guitar rig check out our plans for a pedalboard.
Once you have all your pieces cut you are ready to start assembling the board. Some custom pedalboard builders such as trailer trash also offer unwired and partially wired boards for relatively low prices. But last spring a local singer songwriter jill cohn asked me to join her band and i decided to upgrade to a rig that would make it easier to get to rehearsals and gigs and frankly looked a little less ghetto.
How to build a pedalboard for most of my guitar playing career ive schlepped my stompboxes and cables in a paper bag like some digital age hobo. Once you have decided on your design take a diagram with all the dimensions to the diy shop. All of our flat andor custom boards are made of high grade plywood with laminate top and bottom.
I determined that a 7 degree cut on each of the pedalboards side pieces would provide the optimum surface incline. The best way to decide on the dimensions of the board itself is to place the pedals you intend using onto a large sheet of white paper and arrange them into an order youre happy with. Happily there are many excellent prefab possibilities open to the diy pedalboard enthusiast ranging from the diminutive to the massive and priced at between 30 and 500.
I have a growing pedal collection but after using some of the pre assembled products on the market for a while i decided they werent quite cutting it. If you are building your own pedalboard make a drawing first. To cut the sides flat and even so theyd make complete contact with the underside of the top i used a table saw and the blue taper angle attachment in the top portion of this photo.
A rear tier may be built or purchased separately. This is so you can easily plug your guitar into one side of the pedal board and plug your amp into the other. For this diy piece i wanted to solve the problem im facing.
This step is pretty straight forwarddrill your wood screws into the front panel from the top of the pedal board and do the same with the larger back panel.