The response to the last post was so enthusiastic, that I wanted to follow up with some more related pedalboard stuff and also post some detailed photos.
The first topic is the Trailer Trash Pedalboard Pro Series, that I mentioned briefly in my last post.
This is one I tricked out myself, using a Marinco inlet for AC leading to 2 T-Rex Fuel Tank Junior power supplies (5- 9v power outputs on each) provided power for 10- 9v pedals. These are velcro’d to the bottom of the board.
Of course, if you don’t know anything about electricity, please get a tech to wire it up for you… Don’t try this at home, kinda thing. But even for me, it was pretty easy to match green black and white wires to get what I needed for power. For a power chord from the wall, I just got an extension chord and attached the matching Marinco outlet that fits right into the inlet on the side of the board. In a pinch you can use any extension cord available since the housing is larger than most outlet plugs.
I also added some 1/4 inch input jacks on the right side of the board and soldered them to a couple of George L cables to feed through to the first and last pedal (just drill a hole through the bottom and attach a George L plug to the cable on the top side of the board). That way, you can just have the board wired up ready to go..all you have to do is plug a guitar in and a cable out to your amp.
This is a very practical approach to getting a board that would otherwise be quite expensive. And, of course, you have some options with the wiring and power supplies, depending on power requirements for your pedals.
This board is essentially the same as my other custom Trailer Trash Board (Though not as pretty! ahem!) Here are the photos.. you get the idea…
To follow up to some requests for more info on my other pedalboard, I am posting some photos of the latest incarnation of the Pedal Train Mini board.
My new recent addition is the Morley Mini Wah…Now!…finally a great sounding wah that does not take up most of the board. I am totally in love with the sound! It is just the right amount of traditional in most of the sweep, then at the end it gets really synth like and contemporary sounding. My favorite wah so far! Can’t beat the footprint for sure..!
Here are the photos:
The signal path is as follows:
1) Korg Pitch Black Tuner
2) Cusack Screamer
3) Morley Mini Wah
4) Love Pedal Magicboy Vibe
5) Dark Echo Delay
6) Fulltone Fatboost
This mini board has become my go-to board. Light, portable, sounds great, no noise! With this board, I can basically get pretty much what I get from my larger board (pictured in the previous post), but I only need a fraction of the floor space and no power chord/wall wart needed. I am very very happy with this board.
I also want to let you all know a little more about the power supply I built for this mini board. Here is one of the responses I wrote about the description of the power supply. I decided to put it in the body of a post so everyone can benefit:
The rechargeable power supply is really simple..with the help of my good friend who is an amp tech genius, we built a prototype with regular 9v batteries and tested it for a few weeks, measuring the voltage each day, while it powered a couple of pedals. I was amazed that it worked so well for so long (7 days continuously), and that it was impossible to find a product like this anywhere, even one that just allowed you to use non-recharge-ables in parallel.
So then I refined it in the next box that I built myself. I use 5 Li-Poly batteries in parallel and it works like a charm to power the whole board for a few gigs…I wired them into a aluminum project box the size of a phase 90. 5-9v Li-Poly batteries fit perfectly with a little organizing of the wires before you solder them together and then shrink wrap them.
The only part that is a little bit of a drag is that I take them out to use a special fast charger (about 45 min)…but I only do that, say once per week, and I play the board every night for the most part for a couple of hours. The good thing about Li-Poly is there is no memory problems….so I always charge them up to full right before an important gig regardless of when the last time was they were charged…..my next project would be to figure out how to fast-charge them while they are still housed in the box, which I am sure is easy, but I have not gotten around to it yet.
In my upcoming post, I will write about a pedal manufacturer who is making this Li-Poly recharge option available with his amazing pedal. His pedal actually charges with any regular 9v power supply. It is one of those ”How come someone has not thought of this yet?!!! ” kinda things.
Well there is a big company that is jumping on board with this concept, which is why I did not bother to try to go into manufacturing rechargeable power supplies after I refined and proved the concept.
I found out a few months after I made my power supply that SANYO is starting to make a product called an eneloop pedal power supply which is basically what I have made with a couple of extras. A company like SANYO can use their existing tech infrastructure to make what sounds like a great product at a great price (something like 160.00 or so). The 9v Li-Poly batteries are not cheap, at something like 20 each, so a small boutique manufacturer could not possible keep up and still make a profit.
But the SANYO product, from what I have seen, looks good and has battery strength indicator lights..I am waiting for it to hit the market. It was at the last Namm. I may even get one myself!
Here are pictures of my power supply: The stickers are just something I had lying around…my Independent Music Award Stickers! Putting them to good use!
I get a lot of questions about the power supply when I play live…