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Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:56 am

Finally bit the bullet and after 16 years of playing (badly) the guitar, I finally bought a pedalboard to mount my pedals. It was getting frustrating for both myself and my wife that all my pedals are scattered around the bedroom floor in the studio corner which looks messy and is a lot of faff to arrange when I play.

Now my pedals can be tucked away in one motion, and taken to gigs and rehearsals securely instead of dumped in a rucksack.

If anyone is interested in what it is, it's a GOKKO AUDIO GKB-52 from Amazon, but I haven't set it up yet (only arrived yesterday and I didn't get home til 11pm!). I'll post my thoughts on it once set up!

Next is to get a dedicated power supply so I can leave the cables plugged in without burning out the batteries :headbang:

Hopefully my pedals will fit as per the measurements I took before purchasing...
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby The Elf » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:19 am

This is a good move. Use decent cables (the flat angled jack connectors are a wise investment), fasten everything down twice and have a chunky power cables hanging off this thing. Job done!
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:22 am

Thanks for the encouragement! I'll need to plug in the cables each time I use it as I'm running off batteries but I think ASAP I'll get a power supply, so I don't wear out the velcro
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby Luke W » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:28 am

garrettendi wrote:Hopefully my pedals will fit as per the measurements I took before purchasing...

You did make sure it's big enough for at least 50% more pedals, right??? :D
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:29 am

Luke W wrote:You did make sure it's big enough for at least 50% more pedals, right??? :D

Ah kerrap! I knew I'd done something wrong! :lol:
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby CS70 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:41 am

if you aren't used to pedalboard, remember that a little oxidation can occur over time in the jack sockets/plugs. The result is increased noise, crackling or otherwise sonic nasties. Once every couple months, simply unplug and re-plug the jacks a few times to remove it.
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:45 am

CS70 wrote:if you aren't used to pedalboard, remember that a little oxidation can occur over time in the jack sockets/plugs. The result is increased noise, crackling or otherwise sonic nasties. Once every couple months, simply unplug and re-plug the jacks a few times to remove it.

I did not know this and it's such a simple task to do, so thank you kindly :thumbup:
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:51 am

garrettendi wrote:...I think ASAP I'll get a power supply, so I don't wear out the velcro

Don't skimp on the PSU. Get a decent one with individual isolated outputs to avoid ground-loops and nasty noises.
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:52 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:Don't skimp on the PSU. Get a decent one with individual isolated outputs to avoid ground-loops and nasty noises.

I was going to budget about £50. Is that enough?
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:15 pm

:lol: :lolno:

I'm no expert as to what's available in this area, and it will depend on how many outputs you require and whether you need multiple voltages etc... but I'd budget for four or five times that!

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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:17 pm

garrettendi wrote:If anyone is interested in what it is, it's a GOKKO AUDIO GKB-52 from Amazon, but I haven't set it up yet (only arrived yesterday and I didn't get home til 11pm!). I'll post my thoughts on it once set up!

And to save anyone else having to search for this product to find out more, I tracked down the Amazon link ;)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/GOKKO-GKB-52-C ... nts&sr=1-2

...and a pic

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All part of the wonderful SOS service! ;)


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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:19 pm

Hugh Robjohns wrote:but I'd budget for four or five times that!

Unfortunately that's way out of my available funds :(
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:19 pm

Thanks Martin! :thumbup:
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby The Elf » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:23 pm

garrettendi wrote:I'll need to plug in the cables each time I use it as I'm running off batteries...
:wtf:

If you're going to do this, do it properly! :!:
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:24 pm

The Elf wrote::wtf:

If you're going to do this, do it properly! :!:

I will do! I just need to do it in stages. Baby comes in just over a month.
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby garrettendi » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:28 pm

Guys, I apologise if it sounds I'm not taking on board what everyone says but my first baby is coming very soon, and we'll be down to one income with three people to feed... I have to stick to a really tight budget and not do too much too soon.

I know I need a power supply and I'll get one ASAP, and unfortunately £200 is just impossible....

So apologies if it sounds like I'm rejecting what is sound advice, but my family's expenses have to be top priority. I'm sure you guys will understand.
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby GrandHotelAbyss » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:29 pm

I'd budget more than that for a PSU. best thing I ever did was buy a big PSU with isolated outputs and mount it under a pedaltrain - had a tour to do with minimal time for setups/takedowns - and its made everything so much more fun because I dont have to think about the pedals. Mines an Aetos from Walrus audio but theres lots out there. I think you need to be careful about isolated outputs - some are advertised as such but dont have them.

I know its dull to spend money on things that dont make sounds but the ergonomics more than make up for it!

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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:32 pm

Of course we understand... :thumbup:

Just beware of the old adage 'buy cheap, buy twice...' Better to wait a while till the piggy bank is healthier than rush out and buy something that either won't do the job properly from the outset or that you'll need to replace very soon.

And a decent PSU will last a lifetime, of course...

Good advice about checking the 'isolated outputs' too -- some really aren't isolated. They may come from separate regulators but they often share a common ground. Not helpful!

And of course, isolated outputs may not actually be necessary -- it will depend on the specific collections of pedals you're planning to use. So a cheaper supply may appear to work fine initially... until you add another pedal and it suddenly all goes to cock... :D
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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:33 pm

Hugh is right of course but, just to balance the debate, I've had a cheap Thomann one for six years. It's not isolated but it works fine with my small collection of pedals, and you can always send to back if it causes hums or buzzes (I did so with another one I bought first).

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Re: Pedalboard Day!

Postby Kwackman » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:36 pm

That 500mA max load will soon get used up depending on what pedals are used.

Garrettendi- what pedals are you going to use?
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