Guitar Pedal Boards
A guitar pedal board is comprised of a flat surface that typically houses effects pedals and a power supply. They are essential for any guitarist who regularly performs on stage because they keep pedals together, in a stationery location. This is most commonly achieved via the use of Velcro which covers the board’s entire surface as well as the backs of the pedals. Generally, the design of any given pedal board follows the same idea. Oftentimes they possess small rubber feet that keeps them from sliding around; the back feet are always slightly higher which angles the unit toward the guitarist, allowing for easier play.
Available Power Supplies found on Guitar Pedal Boards
Higher end pedal boards have a greater electrical capacity as they are outfitted with a number of power cables and even their own transformers. Therefore, they are able to support a myriad of various pedals. Pedal boards, depending on make and model are powered by differing degrees of DC voltage. Possible options include boards that are able to produce 9V, 12V, 15V, 18V, 24V, and 40V of power. DC voltage is produced either by disposable batteries, rechargeable batteries, or an AC/DC power supply. Each method offers its own pros and cons. Disposable batteries are ideal for casual guitar players as they typically worry less about the cost associated with regularly replacing batteries which only last approximately two hours on a 9V pedal board. Rechargeable batteries are more widely used by guitarists who play more frequently. Regardless which battery option is utilized, they both tend to alter the sound as they run low on power. Professional guitarists often opt for the more expensive method of using an AC/DC power supply. However, the major caveat attributed to them is the potential problem of ground loops. A ground loop is when a guitar pedal board produces sounds originating from different ground potentials resulting in an unwanted electrical current. Pedal boards powered via rechargeable batteries best avoid this problem because all pedals on such a setup are grounded to the amplifier. High end rechargeable batteries can power up to 20 effects pedals for eight hours on just one charge.
Pedal Board Cases
Guitar pedal boards almost always possess a cover which offers protection to the unit while in transport. Many varieties of cases exist. Casual guitarists have been known to build their own cases to fit their homemade pedal boards. Cases that fit store bought pedal boards are easy to find as they are sold to match common industrial sizes and standards. Professional guitarists who use custom pedal boards normally order a custom case designed specifically for their needs. Click here for the G Bone Pedal Board pictured Click this link for a review on the popular Boss ME25 Multi Effect Pedal
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