Introduction: Guitar Effect Pedal Board
I failed miserably at becoming a Rock Star when I was 21. So, I thought I would try again at 51! I bought some new guitar gear, including several effect pedals, to get back into playing just for fun...and If the Rock Star thing happens, so be it.
Check out my video of this Guitar Effect Pedal Board that I made to organize my pile of pedals. It is great for my office, but I'll probably have to make a more sturdy one with a case when I start flying in a private jet.
If you wanna be a Rock Star too and make one of these, follow this Instructable to make one yourself. I have a FREE template in the next step that you can download. Break a leg!
Supplies: 1x2 and 1x4 pine boards, wood glue, nails, spray adhesive, Velcro, non-skid pads, paint/finish
Tools: Saw, square, pencil, hammer
Step 1: Make a Plan
Lay out your effect pedals in a manner that will help you melt faces in the crowd. Don't forget to include space for the cables. Chances are when you get your first Spotify royalty check, you might have enough money to help buy one more pedal, so leave extra space to add more pedals.
Since the cash for your merch sales is not rollin' in yet, click here to get my FREE templates for the sides and center support on my website. A cut list for the rails is also in the PDF.
Step 2: Cut the Parts
I cut my 1x2's from a pine 1x12 to save a $1 so I could buy guitar picks. I cut four 28.5" long pieces for the main rails, and two 22" pieces to glue on top of the back rails to raise the height the back pedals.
I also cut two pieces of .75"x.75" pine to attach the rails to. Attach the templates to some pieces of 1x4 and cut those out. The last picture here shows all of the parts after they are cut.
Note: This is probably the hardest step. If you are a guitar player, you'll be able to do it. Don't count on your bass player, drummer, or singer to be able to help you.
Step 3: Assembly
Glue and nail the rails onto the .75"x.75" side pieces. Glue the two optional risers onto the back rails. This leaves some space on the right side for a wah pedal or talkbox so you can pretend to be Slash or Peter Frampton.
Then you can nail on the sides. Glue on the center support in the middle. At this point, you are done using tools so it's a good time to have a cold beverage.
Step 4: Apply a Finish
I painted the pedal board gloss black. Add six non-skid pads to the bottom of the sides and center support, especially if you are doing wedding gigs so you don't scratch the pretty hardwood floors.
Step 5: Attach the Pedals
I put this 1" Industrial Strength Velcro on top of the rails. Put the fuzzy side on the rails and the scratchy cat tongue side on the bottom of your pedals. Stick your pedals onto the board and you will be ready to impress 10's of fans at your next gig!
Power Tip! I was using batteries to power my pedals, but I bought a Power Supply Adapter that powers my 5 smaller pedals and it's awesome! The larger pedals have their own power adapters. Now I can take that money I save on batteries and buy food on the road.
Thanks for checking out my Instructable. If you make a pedal board, I would love to see a picture of it. When you are on tour and make a stop in Atlanta, send me a message and I'll buy the first ticket! Rock on, Steve...