A multi-effect guitar pedal is a device enjoyed by both novice and professional guitarists. They are designed to alter the sound of a source, typically from electronic instruments such as guitars or basses. It may seem incredible that you make a pedalboard for your guitar, but it is not. In this article, we will explain step by step and in detail how to make a homemade guitar pedalboard. To better see what you should do at each step, you can enlarge the images by clicking on them. I hope you like it.
You will need to:
The first thing you should do is buy a briefcase like the one you see in the image. It is important that it is large enough, 20 centimeters high and 60 centimeters long, approximate measurements.
Then you have to leave the briefcase clean inside. You must remove the cloth that covers it and any elements that are. To do this with your hands and a little patience will suffice.
The next step is to cover the briefcase with carpeting. One square meter will suffice. To do this step, we must measure all the internal sides of the briefcase and then paint them on the inside of the carpet.
With patience and a lot of pulses we will cut the pieces of the carpet, it is recommended to use a cutter and not scissors, and the carpet is cut much better.
We already have all the pieces of carpet cut. Now we will glue them to the inside of the briefcase. We will apply a little glue and put something that presses the carpet against what will be our pedalboard. Let it dry for a few hours in a dry place.
But a good homemade pedalboard must have a little inclination so that we can use it well, for this we will take some boards, some tips, and a hammer and I made a sloping structure on which the pedals would go and reinforced it inside with board pallets and a clapboard. The process is very similar to what we have done in the briefcase, we take the board, we cover it with carpet, only on one side, and we glue it. Then we put some woods at an angle at the base of the briefcase and nail them to the board.
This would be the end result of the table where the distortion pedals will go. There is very little left, just put the pedals on the pedalboard.
We will line the backside of the velcro splint and on the pedals, we will put the other side of the velcro. This will make the pedals remain attached to the pedalboard, but when we want to remove them at some point, we can do it.
You already have the pedalboard, and it only lacks a couple of little details. You can put foam on the lid so that when you close the briefcase, the pedals are more protected and a little decoration. This already to your liking.
Guitar pedals are a must for those who want to experiment with different sounds. If you are one of them and you have bought one of these devices, you must learn to use it. You must know that each model is different, so you must read the instruction manual well so that you understand how it is used.
However, we can tell you that basically, you have to turn the knobs to choose the effect and rhythm you want it to sound. You will also need to manipulate the different parameters such as tone, gain and volume to start using the pedal. If you have purchased a recording guitar pedal, you will be able to capture your performances. So you can evaluate the chords you like and determine what modifications you want to make.
As you use it, you will better understand its operation, so it is essential to choose an intuitive model.