Are you ready for a guitar effects pedal board? If you play an electric guitar and own a few stompboxes or pedals, the answer should be yes. Pedal boards for guitar effects , after initial configuration, eliminate the need to connect and tear down equipment at every session. There are no tangled or lost cables, and pedals won’t slide on a slick floor. Simply remove the board from the carrying case, plug it in, crank up the amp, and have fun. They look cool, too!
A guitar effects board is a Velcro carpeted, rectangular piece of plywood with a power supply. Affordable at $110, a medium sized guitar effects pedalboard, such as the Gator GPT, measures 17” x 12” and will accommodate placement of eight pedals and stompboxes; all of which are powered by the included 9v and 18v power supply. The slightly tilted frame allows easy access to your custom pedal configuration. For larger, heavier duty pedal boards for guitar effects (which are advisable for gigging guitarists) prices range up to $300. Remember to check the power supply requirements for your devices! Of course, if you feel like getting creative, you can design your own guitar effects board and wind up with custom guitar pedal boards that will be really cool! And don’t forget to check out guitar distortion pedals and guitar effects pedal kits!
Although there are no rules regarding how to sequence the guitar effects pedals on the guitar effects board, a conventional guitar pedal board setup will optimize your gear. Keep in mind that an input signal triggers operation of certain devices; so, if any devices are misplaced, they can fight each other, thereby compromising the sound. Maybe a few of the following effects are still on the wish list, but connect the effect pedals you have in this order: a chromatic tuner, wah pedal, compressor, distortion/overdrive, and a modulation effect such as a chorus, flanger or phaser. At the end of the chain, there will be a seven or ten band EQ, a timing effect and a volume pedal. You’ll also need an input and output patch cable for each device. Use high quality, well-shielded cables – don’t let unnecessary interference or signal degradation impact your carefully sculpted sound.
Wow! That’s a lot of gear and it’s expensive! So, another viable alternative for pedal boards for guitar effects worth considering is a multi-effects guitar processor . Ranging in price from $150 to $400, a processor provides all of the pedal and stompbox sounds, as well as amp and cabinet modeling in a single unit. A lot of bang for the buck, especially if you’re on a budget!
As you edit and customize all of the factory presets, your creativity may result in developing a signature sound. As fun as that might be, you are likely to experience some disappointment, too. The mathematical algorithm for each program dictates which effects are used in combination with each other. Sometimes the program won’t let you construct the sound you’re seeking. And, although pretty good, some of the digitally emulated sounds just don’t match the “real thing.” Overall, Digitech, Korg, Boss, and Line 6 products are well worth the expenditure.
When playing live or recording guitar tracks, pedal boards for guitar effects have a decided advantage over the processor. Changing sound shape in real time is much easier since the effects are set to your liking. Simply tap the footswitch and keep playing. The processor settings are ready to go, but locating them takes a few extra steps. If you need to make a quick flanger or chorus adjustment, a twist of a pedal’s knob does the trick. The same adjustment in the processor requires getting out the manual . . . if you can find it!
The longer you play, the more gear you’ll add to your arsenal. Tough choices. Pedal boards for guitar effects? A processor? Or both? What fun, huh?