Guitarists are an interesting breed. No matter how perfect our tone is, we’re always looking, or rather listening for the next piece of gear to make our tone even perfecter. To this day, whenever I buy a new guitar my Dad loves to remind me of a statement I made when I came home with my first Les Paul.  Upon entering the house I proclaimed, “I’ll never need another guitar again!”   That was 18 years ago and throughout the years I’ve probably gone through about that many guitars. The same could be said for amps, and of course, stompboxes.  Unlike guitars and amps, I rarely sell my stompboxes when I get bored of them.  Instead they pile up on shelves and in drawers, and overtime have become an unorganized mess.  “I’d nail that tone if only I could find (insert pedal here)…”   In efforts to organize my life and tonal possibilities, I started looking for a pedal board.  Unfortunately, most of the commercially available options either left a lot to be desired, or were perfect but incredibly overpriced. Ultimately I settled on a scrap of plywood and some velcro.  While it worked, it wasn’t anything to write home about.  Over the years I have built several different pedal board options, and for this months DIY column, I’m going to share my two favorite designs.     Briefcase/Hardcase pedal board:

DIY Hard Shell Pedal Case


Pros: It’s nearly indestructible, meaning your pedals are safe no matter where you go.

Cons:  It’s limited on space and it’s not real easy to access the back of the board to switch up your wiring.


Click here to read my build thread.

Ikea Shelf pedal board:


DIY Ikea Pedal Board


Pros: It’s HUGE, easy to build, and cheap.

Cons: While ideal for the home studio, it’s not nearly as versatile for travelling or gigging.


Click here to read my build thread.


Have you built your own pedal board, or are you planning on building one?  If so, share your pictures and tips below.  Until next time, enjoy your DIYing!


-”GuitarGuy” Tim


(massive pedal board banner image borrowed courtsey of