After a week of intense troubleshooting and various soldering injuries I have finally finished my new pedalboard. And it is AWESOME. See for yourself:
So that fine looking board that all of my pedals are sitting on is made by an awesome Canadian company called Temple Audio, and I am incredibly proud to be their first UK endorsee. I got involved with Temple through a guy named Vincent Rice, who is the head of their UK distribution company Robothead Industries. Vince kind of became my pedalboard guru and I wouldn’t have been able to put this board together without his help so am incredibly grateful to him for that.
Temple boards are just killer. Their whole take on pedalboard design and functionality is really refreshing and it just works incredibly well. It’s the perfect alternative to the slatted-style boards which, personally I was getting kind of frustrated with. Plus it looks BADASS.
I’ll leave you to go check out their website to find out more about them and will now go through the different elements of my board, because if you made it this far then chances are you’re as big a nerd as me and are actually interested in that.
Firstly, as you can see on the right-hand side of the board I’ve got 4 standard jack inputs and 2 Neutrik locking jack inputs on the top and bottom respectively. The top 3 standard inputs are for switching between guitars (currently labelled for the upcoming Take That support tour where I’ll be using my Duesenberg and my Nash) using the Boss LS2 Line Selector (the 4th one is currently not being used, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I incorporate that one in), and the Neutriks are for my Mission SP-1 expression pedal.
Out of the line selector my signal goes to the Digitech Whammy V and then into the RJM Mastermind PBC, which is my ridiculously cool new MIDI loop switcher. Again I could go on about the PBC for a long time but I’ll let you check it out yourself so I don’t get distracted, SO…
Loop 1: Barber Tone Press
Loop 2: Strymon Mobius (pre)
Loop 3: Roger Mayer Voodoo TC Octavia & SM Fuzz
Loop 4: Barber Gain Changer
Loop 5: Free the Tone Gigs Boson
Loop 6: Suhr Riot
Loop 7: Strymon Mobius (post)
Loop 8: Xotic RC Booster
Loop 9: Strymon Timeline
Loop 10: Strymon Big Sky
The PBC’s A & B outputs then go to the other 2 Neutrik locking jacks on the left-hand side and from there will either go to my amp’s channels or to two different amps, depending on whether I want to run Mono or Stereo. Because with the PBC I can choose with the push of a switch. Because it’s awesome. Above those Neutriks is an IEC input with an on/off switch, which is connected to a CIOKS Ciokolate power supply, which powers everything (including those awesome underside LEDs) AND has switchable voltage for when I’m in the states.
The PBC is insanely customisable thanks to the editor software so i’ve got all my songs and setlists ready to go at the push of a button.
Really happy with this board and am going to do my best to leave it alone for as long as possible! (Obviously by that I mean until Strymon bring out a new pedal.)
Once again I must say huge thank you’s to the guys at Temple Audio and Vince at Robothead – as well as Chris Goodie at Musicpysch and Ron and Sheri at RJM. Can’t wait to take this thing on tour!