Jim’s Effects Pedal Board

distortion effects- MXR Classic Overdrive M-66
distortion effects- MXR Classic Overdrive M-66

There are several things about a guitarist that helps define who he is in the field of guitar-ism. Besides the guitarists skill and the guitar he plays and the amplifier he uses there are those less obvious devices that one usually can’t see from the perspective of being in front of a stage and that is the guitarist effects pedals.

In this site there is a rundown of the effects I use. There are several of them. Each one is very important and each one has high demand put upon it based on the song set they are expected to perform through. Many guitarist use a centralized system of keeping their pedals in one place and tidy and that is by using an effects board. These boards range in size, style and cost and some guitarist may even have several that he has pre-configured for certain types of playing.

I have custom built my own board for my particular needs. and I would like to show it to you.

Jim's Custom Pedal Board. Design by Wanda Stine
Jim’s Custom Pedal Board. Design by Wanda Stine

As you can see in the pictures one of the features that immediately stands out is the speaker in the corner. You will most likely never see a board like this anywhere else in the world. But, mine is set up for my purposes. Because of the types of playing I do I am not afforded having a monitor specifically for me. In fact most of the time the monitor signal is sent to me via ear buds or headphones. Well, for my style this causes problems. The most significant problem is that I can no longer use controlled feedback. Now I can. The monitor feed is split from my earpiece and is also feed into the amplifier for the monitor speaker and that will allow me to have controlled feedback when I am standing directly over the speaker. This works beautifully.

The speaker is a 10” and I am actually using an amp system that I pulled out of a set of fairly high powered computer speakers. The amp supplies about 15 watts which is perfect for what it is used for. The controls for the amp allow for tone and volume. Very straightforward, very simple. all of the amp guts are tucked under to board near the speaker. There is a 120 volt supply going directly to the amp.

All of the pedals are powered by 3 separate ac/dc adapters. This is for good reason. If ever one of the supplies goes out, and they will, there will still be an uninterrupted voltage going to the pedals so, you guessed it, no down time and no batteries needed. I use high quality supplies so there is virtually no ac hum being heard. If you have a guitar plugged in and the volume turned all the way down and the pedals are in the off position- no hum. The only time I get any hum is when my chorus pedal is on and the is only because that pedal has been physically damaged at one time.

The finish of the board was done by my wife. She was looking at decorating the kitchen to get a unique almost concrete appearance and I suggested she test on my bare board. As you can see it turned out quite beautifully. The technique involved torn pieces of brown paper bags, Elmers glue, wood stain and several coatings of urethane coating. She was planning on putting even more urethane on it but due to time constraints she had to cut several applications.