Huge pedalboards that can host a wealth of cool guitar effects are amazing. In fact, they’re a dream for some guitar players! A large pedal setup can keep you entertained for hours on end; offering up various sonic flavours not only for recording, but for inspiring new ideas too. I know this — as I have a big, ostentatious guitar pedalboard myself (you can click here if you want to see it).
However, as a musician who has recently joined a covers band and is regularly rehearsing and gigging again, I’ve realised that owning a gargantuan pedalboard is just a logistical nightmare. I mean, mine weighs over 20kg for goodness sake! Not only that, but the signal chain is incredibly complicated. So if one cable conks out and kills my tone, then it would probably take hours to figure out which one is the culprit.
To therefore save both my back and my sanity, I endeavored to put together a far more practical and easy-to-use performance pedalboard. One that boasts all of the essential stompboxes I need to achieve my favourite sounds, but on a much smaller scale. And so far, it’s working brilliantly! In this blog, I’ll share my experience to help you create your perfect plug-in-and-play, live pedalboard — regardless of style. You could also think of this as a “desert island” or “greatest hits” board, if you will.