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.
One side of the spectrum…
…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.
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:
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
Originally posted 2013-04-19 16:11:27.