After you''ve bought an armload of pedals, what to do?
If you''ve listened to the latest PG podcast, you''ll remember we talked about a variety of pedals you could add to your signal chain to spice things up. But after you''ve bought an armload of pedals, what to do? You certainly don''t want cables running all over - we need an actual pedalboard to attach and pre-wire our pedals. We''ll take a few moments and explore the possibilities. All of these are equally viable, and just depend on how much actual work you''d like to do.
The first option is to fashion your own pedalboard. If you have a woodshop down in the basement, you''re already half-way to the local home improvement store. Most do-it-yourself types go with marine-grade birch plywood because it holds up well, but other materials, such as aluminum and plexiglass, have also been used successfully. The biggest advantage to making your own is it will be just the right size for your pedals and set up exactly as you want it.
The next option is a commercially available pedalboard. A few of the pedalboard manufacturers in this category are Pedaltrain, Furman and SKB, and they offer solutions in various materials and sizes. They vary a bit in price, but if your seventh grade shop class project looked like a plant stand but was supposed to be a birdhouse, it might just be the most cost-effective way to go.
Try arranging the pedals on a large piece of cardboard or poster paper to get an idea of which size will work best, remembering to leave enough room for cables. If you find yourself in between sizes, go with the larger of the two - odds are you will be adding more pedals in the future, and a little extra space in the interim is preferable to not enough later on.
Once a size is settled on, power is needed. Some pedalboards are available with power supplies, or you can purchase one separately. If your needs are pretty straightforward, save a few bucks and pick up a 1 SPOT or a Godlyke Power-All. If you are mixing pedals with different power requirements, such as vintage or digital effects, a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 or T.Rex FuelTank will give you the flexibility needed to keep everything running smoothly.
Before you start slapping Velcro on everything, you''ll need to connect the pedals, and there are several options available. The easiest and cheapest is a bag or two of 6" colored cables. They are available almost everywhere, and if money is tight, by all means, go ahead and get them, but they will eventually need replacing. Your other wiring option is solderless cable, available from George L''s and Planet Waves. These are nice because they sound good, and are super-easy to make the perfect size with just wire cutters and a screwdriver. The last option involves purchasing your own choice of cable and ends and busting out the soldering iron. While the most time-consuming method, it ensures getting exactly what you want.
The last option, if money is little object, is a custom pedalboard manufacturer, who will be more than happy to build your dream pedalboard. Some companies, such as Trailer Trash, will even take care of wiring the pedals up for you. The only downside to purchasing a custom board from companies such as Trailer Trash, NYC Pedalboards or Stompin'' Ground is the expense, but that expense provides you with a professionally crafted pedalboard that will fit your needs perfectly.
Well, there you have it - the perfect platform from which to stomp all over. Enjoy!
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We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
- Make sure your shipping address is correct.
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- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
A: Sorry, US only.
Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
Q. When will it ship?
A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
A. Credit cards only. Sorry, no Paypal for this.
Q. Can I ship to a different location than my billing address?
Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.
The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.