DV Wright Music

Pedaltrain Pedalboard

So it started with one pedal you really liked, maybe a chorus, or your amp didn’t have a reverb unit or something, so you have this one pedal. At first it’s fine running off a 9Volt, then you realize that those drain really quickly, so you started bringing a 9Volt adaptor along and just plug it in, all is good.

Then it happens, there is this other cool pedal, you really need, now you have two pedals and two adaptors, not ideal but still manageable. (You see where this is going right?) Yes, very soon you have more than two pedals and an unmanageable live set up! Enter the pedalboard.

Pedalboards are really handy for organizing, planning and ordering and keeping your pedals in a quick and easy gig-able state. Often they have a dedicated power source, which means just one electrical cord to plug in.

If the pedalboard you look at does not have a onboard power supply, there are many available. I recommend the ‘One Spot’ for affordability, convenience, ease of use and small size. This will work for most pedals (9VAC) like the Boss pedals, Dan Electro, etc. There is even a male style adaptor available for 9VDC for powering a Proco Rat for instance. (I don’t think it powers the 18V pedals, such as MXR Stereo Chorus however,…)

A pedalboard I use and can recommend is the Pedaltrain. The have a variety of sizes, the smallest being a Nano, which is perfect for several pedals. There is also the Mini and the Jr, which are also light and ideal for small/fast gig set ups. (You’ll also need some small length 6″ pedal patch cable to run your pedals together. I’m too cheap to spring for the George L’s, which seem to be ideal in jack size and variable lengths. Things to look for are very narrow/small jack size, the pedals are generally very close together)

I have a Pedaltrain Mini and Jr but I am really trying to just use the Mini, so far so good, although, as you can see, I am abusing it slightly! (here is my overloaded mini, with 9 pedals! even if 3 are Dan Electro)

pedaltrain-mini-loaded

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