In a perfect world I would use my dream rig for every gig.  In this world, I need a good pedal board that allows me to run into a PA.  With that in mind, and only a few dollars in my wallet, I decide to build a pedalboard that fits the bill for those low volume gigs.

 

Unfortunately, my initial research turned up very little in terms of what others had done to fit this niche.  I saw everything from the minimalist to the ridiculous.  But I was not raddled, but rather determined.

 

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One side of the spectrum…

 

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…and the other.

 

Since the idea was to build within a budget, most online approaches cost too much.  I’m not cheap (okay, maybe I am), but for this singular purpose I didn’t want to spend a lot of cash…particuarlly since I wasn’t sure the end result was going to accomplish what it was suppose to do:  satisfying bass sounds at low volumes though a PA and accompaning monitors that would inspire me to play.  (That isn’t asking too much is it?)

 

So, with budget firmly in mind, I scoured craigslist, eBay, Musicians friend, American Music Supply, Hello Music, and Zsounds for my components.

 

The first thing I got was the board itself.

 

It’s a LYT Pedal board (http://lytpedalboards.com/)

 

I got the LYT 32 model, however,  I did not get from the company itself, but rather bought it from craigslist.  The boards sell new for around $230.00 dollars, but I lucked into mine for a mere $60.00 dollars.

 

Okay, I’ll admit right now, I had been compiling parts for this project for the last little bit of time.  Some of the must have pieces I previously secured were a really good power strip and a Boss tuner.  And, since this was a specialized project with my own personal needs held in mind, I mounted my Shure PSM 600 ear monitor system in there so I had the option of using my futuresonic in ears monitors when the opportunity allowed.

 

Also in my possession was the Aphex Xciter Pedal which I positioned in the pedalboard as well: so needless to say I was ahead of the game a little because I already had a few pieces to start.

 

Knowing that I’d want some kind of DI and maybe one with some kind of tone control built into it, I sought out a Radial Bass Bone.  For the purposes of this article, and my own desire to keep this costing less that a used Ford Fiesta, I saved myself a cool hundred bucks by buying one used off of c-list for $150.

 

To round out the rig I wanted a couple effects.  Being a pedalboard (which is modular by nature), I could always change things up later as need requires; however, for now, chorus and distortion would suit my current needs perfectly.

 

For the record, at this point through grace, fortune, good luck and ingenuity, I’m only $210 intro this project.

 

After fruitless searching and bidding, I finally I saw a Behringer BUC400 Ultra Bass Chorus pedal.  It was for sale at American Music Supply.  The list price was$49.99, but it was on sale for $24.99.  They also had the Behringer BOD400 Bass Overdrive Pedal for the same price, but I was able to find one on eBay for $15.00 dollars.

 

AMS also had the Hosa Cable Effects Pedal Cable – 6 Pack for $11.95 so I bought the chorus and the cables from them.

 

Now I needed a power supply to make all of these things work, so back to eBay I went. I finally decided on this little gem. A friend told me about this and said it was a very inexpensive way to power all of your pedals.

 

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I already had the 9volt adapter so I didn’t need to buy that. The cord was $5.99.

 

So just to re-cap, I’m into this pedal board project now for $268.00 dollars (not including the things I already had).

 

So when it was all said and done this is what I came up with:

 

 

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Case Closed!

 

For under $300.00 dollars, I put together – in my opinion a kick ass pedal board / direct system I could use just about anywhere.

 

As always if you have any questions on any of this gear or need some advice just email me and I will get back to you.

 

– Scott Woodward