I started putting the components together on the pedal board the other day and it was quite an, ummmmm, interesting experience. A little more complicated than I had originally thought, so here’s what happened and how you can avoid these potential pitfalls.
FIRST OF ALL: Get a couple of good, hardened steel tipped Phillips head screw drivers. I used size #1 and size #0.
I can not emphasize this enough. You will need some elbow grease getting these components in, and the screws are very small and very soft. If you aren’t careful, you will strip the threads on the screws and strip the heads out as well. Don’t use a cheapy set of tools. I warned you!
The first thing you have to do is unscrew all the panels from the slots you intend to use on the board. I started with the right side of the Board and everything went super smoothly.
Then came the left side. First I’ll show the pics of the finished assembly, and then I’ll explain what went wrong, and how to avoid the errors I made.
If you can see from the underside view, the power cord unit sits very tightly in the corner. The only real way to access that deep screw against the rail of the board is to unscrew the bracket from the plate and do it that way.
You basically have to remove the screws that hold the feet in place, and the screws that hold the handle in place, to remove the side bracket. I then screwed in the power cable unit, first. You really have to take your time and use some firm, steady pressure on the screws to get the unit to seat properly and firmly. Play with it a bit, as you DO NOT want it wobbling around AT ALL. It’ll eventually run to your power box, so you don’t want that coming loose!
Once I got that on, I figured “Hey! I can just attach the 4 way plug unit, and then put it all back together!” That’s where the trouble started, LOL. First, I was trying to put the 4 way on upside down, and it won’t fit that way, so I eventually figured that out. Once I attached it properly, I wanted to put the side bracket back on the board. Well, you can’t really do that with the 4 way in place, because one of the screw holes to the handle is virtually impossible to get in that way. Hmmph.
Took the thing apart again, only to realize that I had put the on/off switch to the power cord on on the under side of the cable connection, so not very accessible with the board on the ground and the power cable connected. I should have checked that before screwing everything in. Ugh, the Old Guy’s brain strikes again!
Unscrewed everything, put the power cable unit on the correct way, screwed the panel back on the board AND THEN attached the 4 way. Phew! I sure did make that harder than it needed to be. Done with that!
The next thing that I needed to figure out was the power supply. I had read a bunch of reviews online and eventually purchased the Truetone 1 SPOT CS7. I should have done just a little more research, as this thing was HUGE. So big, in fact, that you don’t really have much choice as to where to put it under your board. Also, no matter what orientation you try, the box will protrude out under the board farther than the bottom of the board. That isn’t really so much of a problem if you want to deal with only putting it in one place. That being said, you then might have to add more height to the feet of the board. This will jack the board up to get it to fit and not have the power supply hit the floor when you use it. My OCD was not having anything to do with that. Sorry, Truetone.
I eventually bought a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus as Temple Audio makes brackets for that unit, and it is just enough smaller than the Truetone so it can placed a little more strategically. The brackets allow you to attach the box on the underside of the plate without thumbscrews sticking up, and taking up room on the pedal board. You CAN use their regular pedal plates to attach the power supply on the underside of your board, but that means thumbscrews will stick UP through the board plate and take up precious space you can use for more pedals! Here’s a pic of the power box with the brackets attached.
The last thing I decided on was what type of patch cables to use. Seems like a minute detail, but if you think so, do a YouTube search for “best patch cables” and you will see that it can make a big difference. The amount of information just on this topic is quite staggering
At first, I was going to use the Lava Cables Tightrope DIY kit. I then deciced I wanted something pre-made and good quality, as I was concerned that the ones I put together myself would fail at the worst possible time. Also, putting together my own cables wasn’t something I felt I wanted to spend the time doing. I think it’s important in life to know what you’re good at and what you’re not good at. I’m pretty sure putting together patch cables is not only something I don’t think I would terrible good at, but also wasn’t a skill I felt I needed to invest time in to learn. So my search continued. I eventually settled on the EBS PCF Deluxe Flat Patch Cables and got various lengths to try out. Great reviews, lots of people use them, and they weren’t going to bankrupt me either.
Wanted to give a another shout out to Geartree.com and Temple Audio for being awesome. Links can be found in Part 1 of the Pedal Board entries. No, they didn’t pay me or give me free stuff to tell you how great they are. They are just great. And that’s rare in companies these days.
Thanks for reading and see you next time!!