How To Build And Set Up A Pedalboard

Picture of pedalboard on stage

Building and setting up your own pedal board doesn’t have to be difficult. Luckily, I found an excellent video on Youtube from Guitar World that takes you through the entire process using a Pedaltrain product which also happens to be one of my top pedal board choices. I took some time to break down the video and put it in a step by step form.

Step 1 – Choose Your Board

The first thing that you are going to want to do is figure out how much room you are going to need based on the number and types of pedals you have. I always recommend you choose a bit bigger than you need just to give a bit of room for expansion when GAS hits you and you buy more pedals. Visit here for our pedalboard recommendations.

Step 2 – Layout

You are going to want everything to be neat and tidy with the cables so the best way to do this would be to invest in a cable kit like the D’Addario DIY Solderless Custom Cable Kit. It comes with everything you need to do the job including tools, cable, connectors, etc and it requires no awkward soldering which I am terrible at. The video recommends the Planet Waves Cable Station, but at the time of this writing, I have found that they are hard to find.

cable kit

Roughly lay out all your pedals on the board and decide where everything needs to go – keep in mind which ones you use more frequently and make sure that they are the most accessible while playing guitar. From there, build all the cables you need to the right sizes in order to connect them all together. Alternatively, you could use short pedal patch cables but this will leave you with a slightly less polished looking set up.

Step 3 – Power.


Since you are going to be running a lot of pedals at once, you definitely don’t want to be running all of those on batteries! This video recommends using a combination of the Truetone 1 Spot Combo Pack and the T-Rex Fuel Tank, and I agree as well. These will keep you fully equipped to get your pedals lit up.

Step 4 – Get out the velcro.


Remember when you did that rough layout? Well, let’s get it a bit more permanent and get things stuck down so they don’t move during a gig. Place the loop part of the velcro in the rails of the pedal. Now, I like to just cover the entire pedalboard rails with the velcro so I can put a stomp box just about anywhere. Luckily, velcro for this purpose is cheap so it isn’t too much of an investment.

Step 5 – Putting It All Together


This is where you can get into some fun work. Wire everything up the way you like it (watch the video below for some pedal order suggestions) and start playing!

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How To Build And Set Up A Pedalboard
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How To Build And Set Up A Pedalboard
Describes how to setup a pedalboard. Provides the basic steps: get a pedalboard, figure out layout, get connectors, get power, and apply velcro. From a YouTube video by Guitar World
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