Tales from the workbench : Pedalboard planning part 1

I think GAS-ing (Gear Acquirement Syndrome) is a natural part of growing old for men. It’s that particular stage in life where you are economically stable and itching to buy new toys. I’ve grown up surrounded by music and are naturally attracted to musical instruments. Some others like me, may prefer road bikes instead. I believe the term they used here are MAMILS (Middle Age Men In Lycra).

I only have the need for an overdrive and reverb as far as guitar pedals go. But I have recently been bitten by the bug after watching far too many YouTube review videos. And so begins the journey down the pedal rabbit hole.

In my quest to build the setup that I imagined, I realized that there are alot of connections that are not standardized. From the size of the DC connection to the voltage and current required. There’s been some effort from me, to dig deeper on the subject and this has led to the multiple purchases via the Aliexpress website for electronic parts.

One of the most important thing that I took away from this was realising that some of the equipment have a positive center as opposed to the center negative pole that are built into most DC power supply. This could seriously damage my pedals if I had unknowingly connected them to the power source. I have since made arrangements to build my own connecting cables with opposing polarities at each end.

Deliveries have been slow due to the shutdown of various services during this pandemic period. I would have to wait for another 2 weeks before most of my parcels arrive.

Laying out the tools
Understanding the various DC connectors
Initial pedalboard setup didn’t allow for tetris-type of planning
Using the pedalboard planner from the Temple Audio site
Schematics for reference
Checking connector polarity

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