Pedal Boards – Maximising SpaceVicki
If you own a lot of pedals, your pedal board is probably full and the rest of your pedals spend their lives in a drawer somewhere, never to see the light of day again. Regardless of pedal board size, it’s probably at least one pedal space short of utopia. So is there a way to claw back wasted space or should you give in and buy a bigger board?
Option 1: Slim patch cables
There are a few low profile patch cables available from manufacturers such as Lava Cable, Hosa Technology and EBS. The slim line jacks allow pedals to be placed closer together and depending on your budget, you should be able to find something suitable.
Option 2: Jack connectors
If you have several pedals from the same manufacturer, jack connectors might be the answer. Just make sure they don’t put any pressure on your pedal inputs/outputs – some pedals can arc away from the floor if you use connectors to chain them together. If the pedals don’t sit flat unassisted or the jacks are mounted to the PCB (not the enclosure), use a cable instead.
Option 3: Mini pedals
The range of mini pedals these days is pretty extensive. Potentially light on features compared to their bigger brothers, but if you have a pedal that is ‘set and forget’, perhaps replacing it with a mini version would also give you an extra space for yet another mini pedal.
Option 4: Pedal boards
What if you’re already using a combination of the above or they’re simply not for you? You can always revisit your choice of pedal board or add another one. Perhaps consider separating ‘Effects Loop’ pedals from ‘Front of Amp’ pedals and have 2 pedal boards. Or have a big board for home/studio use and a more travel friendly board for gigging.
Option 5: Custom pedal boards
Custom pedal board builders will be able to build your dream pedal board so you don’t have to worry about how you can get all your favorite pedals onto a single board. If you can recommend a company in your country, please leave a comment below.
The more you can optimize pedal board real estate, the more pedals you can have. And more is always more.