If you're an avid electric guitar player, you'll likely spend time tweaking not only your instrument, but also the pedal board that holds all your effects pedals. Whether you have just a few pedals in your signal chain or you're the type of person who loves running a wide range of pedals together when you play, there are a handful of simple things that you can do to make your pedal board even more user-friendly for you. Here are some ideas to consider.
Mount Your Power Supply Underneath
It's customary to mount your power supply on the top of your pedal board, but doing so takes up valuable space that you could otherwise use for an effects pedal. While you might be tempted to upgrade to a bigger board, the simple solution is to mount the power supply underneath the board. Provided that the angle on your board is enough that there is a void under the top end, you should have no trouble mounting the power supply in this area, and then simply running the wires through the gaps in the board and to your pedal on the top.
Add A Couple Light Strips
If you've ever played in a dark room and had trouble checking the settings on your pedals, you'll know that it's too time consuming to use the flashlight setting on your smartphone to check the pedal board in the middle of a set. A simpler solution is to buy a couple strips of LED lighting and install them in strategic areas around the board, with the battery pack taped underneath the board. The presence of the lights will allow you to clearly see the pedals, especially when they're turned off and their "On" light isn't activated. You don't need to go with white lights, either; LED light strips are available in several colors, which can also give a nice vibe to your board.
Cover The Entire Surface With Hook-And-Loop Tape
Many guitar players simply place hook-and-loop tape strips where they want their pedals to individually sit, but this can prove problematic when you decide to switch around your pedal order, add new pedals, or make other alterations. Instead of solely placing tape strips in certain areas, cover the entire surface of the pedal board with one side of the hook and loop tape. This way, you'll always be able to secure any pedals that you add, without having to get out your tape and some scissors to alter the board.
If you're looking for additional pedals to add to your board, contact companies like Mike's Brass & Woodwind to see what is available.