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    Quote Originally Posted by dasuol View Post
    That looks great! Elegantly simple design. I love the padauk accents. I had a couple pedals that quickly multiplied into about 8 a few years ago. I never got around to building a pedal board though. Those little Donner pedals are a lot of fun to play around with and an easy way to experiment with different effects.
    Thank you. I've been a woodworking hobbyist a lot longer than I've been an ukulele hobbyist
    I view the Donner pedals as "appetizers" at $25 to $30 each. One of the main reasons I wanted to build a pedalboard was to tidy-up the power cord situation. It got messy having loose pedals all about and the cheaper pedals often don't include power cords so I was switching them out.


    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    While I do not own any stomp boxes, I would recommend the website of Aron Nelson, a Hawaiian who has played with Chris Kamaka. In addition to his music skills, he also is a programmer having written the unrealBook app (PDF music reader—very good app).
    http://www.diystompboxes.com/wpress/
    Looks like a great resource, thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    If I turn the volume up to "2" I am shaking the walls with my A blues progressions. It actually sounds like I know what I am doing. Those pedals really hide all my faults and if I do make a mistake, I just repeat the mistake and--presto--it is a motif! I have grown very fond of chucking strings to give a percussive rhythm which wasn't possible when playing acoustically. .....
    Thanks for the chuckle. I think we're in the same place. It's purely fun for me, almost a guilty pleasure. I love the purity of an acoustic stringed instrument but it's a lot of fun to be able to plug in and experiment on another level with an entirely different palette of sounds.

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    Micheal brother -

    I must say I very impressed with your timber skills.

    I went the lazy and cheap route a while back. I have a bunch of pedals that I zip-tied to a Stanley 2 ft plastic pegboard square ($8) [that is meant for hanging tools on the wall] because I refuse to pay $100 for a Pedaltrain board or one of the nicer pre-made ones.

    It looks something like one of these panels:



    It works fine for home use since I rarely need to move it.

    However, since I got the Zoom MS-100 BT, which is a multi-effect pedal the size of a single pedal, I do not use the other effects much.

    You've got some nice effects there, and they have a very nice home. I like that you can route the cables via the slots on the board, and when all finished you will likely not have a spaghetti mess of power & patch cords to contend with.

    When you get around to fixing them with velcro, might I suggest to use less than you think you need on each pedal. Like only 1" squares at the corners.

    I made the mistake of initially using a 2.5" wide x 4" long adhesive velcro strip on the back of each pedal, and once fixed down, trying to remove to reposition them required the use of a screwdriver as a lever to pry them off the board. Not fun.

    I am happy to see you applying your timber skills to your music interest. This project in addition to your Cajon build looks very professional and I am looking forward to what you create in the next projects.

    Thanks for sharing
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    Good morning Booli my brother and thanks for your never-ending encouragement. Combining hobbies has been the ultimate therapy for me. I actually have several ukuleles on the workbench in various stages of completion but since they require a lot more care and attention than these other projects they patiently wait their turn. Since I'm not a gigging musician (and depending on your definition I may not be a musician at all ) the pedalboard was mostly for convenience. Having everything set up at the ready with only one cable for power makes it a lot more fun to play and experiment. Velcro is the devil's tool There's no arguing it's usefulness but I have always found it annoying...maybe it's the sound? In any case I decided to try 3M Dual Lock Fastener for this project. It's sort of a "plastic velcro". I have a strip of it holding the power supply on the underside of the pedalboard and it seems to work wonderfully.
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    Great job with the craftsmanship on the petalboard. While surfing the internet yesterday, I stumbled across a 'Deal" at Sweetwater for a Digitech Trio for $49.95. Although dumb as a post on most things involving electronic tech, I punched the "order" button. I've always wanted the sound of bass and percussion background to my tenor and baritone strumming. I hope this thing works with simple ukulele stuff as well as guitars. Not to hijack your thread but I certainly would appreciate any comments re your experience this device. Thanks.

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    Please share some more photos when you've got it all wired up and ready to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bariukish View Post
    While surfing the internet yesterday, I stumbled across a 'Deal" at Sweetwater for a Digitech Trio for $49.95. Although dumb as a post on most things involving electronic tech, I punched the "order" button. I've always wanted the sound of bass and percussion background to my tenor and baritone strumming. I hope this thing works with simple ukulele stuff as well as guitars. Not to hijack your thread but I certainly would appreciate any comments re your experience this device. Thanks.

    Not a hijack at all, in fact I would welcome more conversation on the topic since I have lots to learn.
    I think $49 for the Trio is a no-brainer. The one I have is the Trio+ which adds looping functionality. I've had it for less than a month and although I didn't put it through any exhaustive testing I did get several opportunities to play with it. I must say it's exactly what I had hoped it would be. You "teach" it a chord progression and it comes up with accompaniment. You have the ability to fine tune the genre (rock, blues etc) as well as the tempo. As I get more familiar with it I'd be happy to post more observations. I would also love it if any forum members who use a Trio would chime in with their thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dasuol View Post
    Please share some more photos when you've got it all wired up and ready to go.

    Absolutely!

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    I’ve seen folks use pedals before but they’ve never looked as good as yours does. I doubt I could ever figure it out but your box would sure make me look good. LOL

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    That looks really nice. Good job.

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    Thanks to both of you. I’m not that great an ukulele player so maybe the pedalboard will draw attention away from me

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