Welcome back, and thanks for joining me on my Pedal Board journey!
Time to attach those mounting plates to the pedals themselves. There are a few tricks involved, which I’ll go over to make your pedal board more functional. You’ll see what I mean as I go along.
Other than your pedals, the mounting plates and the pedal board, you’ll need these:
You’d be amazed at how dirty the back of your pedals are, especially if you got them used, like I did. Cleaning the back of the pedal of all the grime, oil and muck, will help the sticky part of the mounting plate adhere better. You have to have flowers around you, too. It makes the work more pleasant. JUST KIDDING!
Before sticking the mounting plate to the pedal itself, put it on the board to give yourself an idea of where you want it.
Then put the pedal on top of the plate, just to check on the placement before actually sticking the pedal to the plate. You don’t have to do either of these first two steps, but my OCD kicked in, so why not?
You’ll notice I have other stuff placed on the board, just so I can get an idea of the location I wanted the pedal itself. Once you do this, take the pedal off the mounting plate, and peel off the paper to expose the sticky pad underneath.
Here’s where if you’re anything like me, your OCD will kick into overdrive and your left eye will start twitching. It’s REALLY important to use the holes you see on the board to align your pedal with. This way, the holes will be in the right place, even if the plate isn’t centered on the pedal itself. Take a look:
Yes, the plate is off center. Yes, it drive me nuts. If you try to center the plate on the pedal, stick it on the pedal AND THEN mount the pedal on the board, you’re results will be iffy. It just doesn’t line up right and the holes to feed your patch and electrical cables through won’t be in line. You can try it out, but you’ve been warned!!
Just as an FYI, this is a Medium plate, and above, it is on the back of an Ibanez Tube Screamer. It fits like that on the MXR and Boss pedals, as well.
Once the plate is stuck on to the pedal, take the pedal off the board, and press the plate to the pedal a few times with your hands, just to make sure it’s good and stuck in place. You can do this on the board as well, but the board does flex a little bit, so just be aware.
Here is a Large plate, and how it looks on the board. And also what it looks like stuck to the back of a larger pedal, like the Suhr Eclipse.
Just to show you my thought process, after each pedal was attached to a plate, and placed on the board, I went on to the next pedal, just like I described above. Each pedal in turn.
One thing that’s really cool about this system is that’s it’s modular. This way, you can shift things around easily. Especially if things don’t fit like you expect them to. I was running into some issues with the power plug and the input/output jacks of the Suhr Eclipse where I initially intended to put it, so I moved things around a bit.
A couple of things to note as well.
I contacted Temple Audio for some advice on how to attach the Wah pedal to the board. The awesome guys I spoke with recommended that I use a Large plate at the foot and a Medium plate at the heel. They suggested, however, that I try to attach the Wah to the board with the screws already on it from the rubber feet first. They ACTUALLY told me not to buy anything before trying this FIRST! Imagine that! Don’t spend money. Try it this way first. Amazing stuff. Good people.
The other thing is that Blackstar foot pedal module you see on the bottom left on the board. I used two medium plates to attach it to the pedal board. You absolutely HAVE TO put the plates on the board first, peel the paper off, and THEN stick the module to them. If you don’t, you will NEVER get the spacing right.
Lastly, I use a Large plate for the TC Electronics Ditto X2 as well.
Here’s a picture of my mock up “finished” pedal board. I’m sure I’ll have to shift things around a bit when I figure out where the power supply will go, and when I have to wire it all up.
That’s upcoming in part 4! Once I get it all wired up and functional, YouTube vid incoming!
Thanks again for reading!
DISCLAIMER: I am not employed by, nor do Temple Audio or Gear Tree pay me to talk about their products or services. I paid for all this stuff with my hard earned buckaroos. They are just awesome people who care about their customers and deserve to be applauded for it.