Hi you all,

pedalboard planning & building is fun! it never stops. I truly believe that there is no such thing as an ultimate pedalboard which fits ALL of your needs. I stopped counting how many pedalboards I assembled and rebuilt etc. for many years I was on the quest to find and build my perfect pedalboard. Almost needless to say, it would have been and was way too big, or be honest, gigantic and heavy and therefore totally unpractical. So three years ago I had an idea: a modular pedalboard (system). What if I have a “basic” board with the option to integrate rarely used effects? This concept turned out to be a real game changer in my pedalboard world.

Especially as a bass player most of the time the only effect I use live, if any, is an octaver or light distortion. But if the setting is right and there is an open spirit, I feel the desire  and love to get pretty crazy with delays, synthbass and modulation pedals like phaser, tremolo or chorus. But if I have a improvisational gig, where a sub-ringmodulator (like the FreqencyAnalyzer of EHX) is not a gig cancel pedal at all? how do I integrate e.g. this pedal in my “everyday” board? I found patchboxes for pedalboards, which have a so called “SMART” function.

looperwerk insertbox with smart function

When two connectors aren’t connected, there are short wired. Ideally for an insert. I got two boxes of them with a total of three inserts. I used that system extensively over the last year and it turned out to be the perfect solution. The basic board (relatively) small and for certain projects or circumstances I could easily “expand” the pedal game. Back in the day three years ago, I knew that there will be a board after this at some point which will be my “last” board. so I foresaw already that it will be more of a practicability test phase. That being said I would say that phase is completed. Within the scope of my masterstudies in Maastricht and some other factors combined, the time had come to build my ultimate board. Properly.

While studying endless youtube tutorials, blogs and so on regarding pedalboard building, I thought it would be a good thing to document the process and the progress of getting this rig together. Last sunday I met up with a carpenter and we are going to build the chassis together each Sunday. E voilà, I will try to publish every sunday an article and or update, video documentary or whatsoever regarding pedalboard building. Starting with my own and we will see where this goes.

Have a great week!