What size pedalboard should I get?
Without intending to sound overly simplistic, I suggest laying out your effects pedals exactly how you want them on the pedalboard (spaced out for your patch cables) and then measuring the total length and width- ideally allowing for 1/2" on each side and the top/bottom to account for the rails. I've seen some customers use just about every square inch of their pedalboard, while others prefer having a little bit more breathing room for each pedal.
How do you attach effects pedals to a wood surface pedalboard?
There are several options out there (like bolting your pedals to the wood), but our favorite way is with industrial velcro, which we sell as an optional add-on. Simply attach the hook-sided velcro to the bottom of your pedals and then lay the loop side (fuzzy side) on the pedalboard.
- Our personal recommendation is to only place smaller squares of the velcro directly on the board where your pedals will be placed. Not only will it use less velcro but it'll still let you show off that pretty wood deck. But if you prefer to lay down long strips of velcro across the deck, that's cool too.
- Also, from personal experience, I've had no trouble removing velcro from the deck when deciding to rearrange my pedalboard. Most of the time it leaves little to no residue (nothing a small amount of goo-gone can't fix).
Why don't you cover the entire pedalboard surface/ deck with velcro?
It would actually be easier, faster, and cheaper for us to simply cover the entire pedalboard deck with velcro like most pedalboard builders (we wouldn't need to sand, route, stain, finish, and buff the deck like we currently do for all our pedalboards). There are two main reasons why we don't cover the entire pedalboard deck with velcro:
- Over time pedalboards with all velcro decks tend to look worn-out and "fuzzy." Unless you never rearrange your pedals, decks completely covered with velcro often pull apart and look fuzzy when the pedals are moved around over time. After seeing many artists post pictures of their worn pedalboard decks we decided to take another route that improved the longevity and quality of our pedalboards by giving them a wood surface deck (see question #1 for reasons why we like to use industrial velcro strips instead).
- Secondly, in our opinion a wood pedalboard deck simply looks better. Our goal at GroundSwell Pedalboards is to make your next pedalboard a work of art, and one way we do that is by crafting our boards with beautiful wood surface decks. We even offer various stain/color options for no extra charge.
Do your pedalboards come with cases?
No, but if you need a case we have several recommendations for you. You can buy either Mono or Tkach cases directly from us. We've tailored the height and size of our boards to fit those cases (as well as many other cases on the market). Learn more about our cases by clicking here.
What's the wait time to have a pedalboard built?
Currently our build time is about four weeks. As a small company, I'm currently building all of these boards from start to finish. Feel free to send me a message to ask about our current wait time before ordering.
Do your pedalboards come with a power supply?
No, our pedalboards do not come with power supplies (or pedals). We leave it up to you to provide a DC pedal power unit. Personally I use a PedalPower2 Plus and love it! There are other popular ones out there that work great too.
Can I make changes to my pedalboard order?
If you contact me within an hour of submitting your payment then most likely I can make a change if I haven't already begun making cuts. Outside of that I cannot make changes once the building process has started.
Why do you charge so much? It's only wood, right?
Truth be told, there's nothing easy about building these pedalboards. Not only do I spend several hours handcrafting each pedalboard, I use the best wood and materials I can find (which aren't cheap!). When I first started doing this a few years ago, I decided I'd rather take the extra time to build something beautiful rather than throw together something cheap- even if it means I make less overall profit.
What's your return policy?
As a small family based operation building highly customized products for each customer, we cannot accept returns- with exception to obvious product defects or shipping damage (which is very rare for us). We make every effort to describe our products clearly in the listings to make sure you're getting exactly what you want. We wish we could take returns with no questions asked, but being so small it would put us under.
- All dimensions of pedalboards and the cable slots are listed here on our website. Please be sure to read the pedalboard dimensions and measure your pedals and cables prior to ordering! (We are not held responsible if you realize after the fact that your pedals and cables don't fit).
- Also, grain patterns vary with each pedalboard. Photos in the "made-to-order" listings/gallery are from a previous pedalboard and are not pictures of the actual board for sale.
Will you send me blueprints so I can just make it myself?
What's the purpose of 1/4" jacks and a power inlet?
It's pretty common for customers to order a 1/4" jack on each side of their pedalboard (one for direct instrument input & one for output). At the same time, many customers prefer to not use them and simply plug their instrument directly into the first pedal on their board, etc. It's a personal preference. Power inlets are more common for most of our customers. (We now include power inlets for no extra charge!) They provide a convenient way to attach a power cable to the outside of the pedalboard (with an attached power cable inside the board to connect directly to your DC power supply). The major benefit is that when you want to power up your pedals you don't have to reach inside of the pedalboard every time to re-attach a power cable to the power supply. It also makes for a clean/professional look to your pedalboard setup.
Are your pedalboards tall enough to mount a power supply under the deck?
Yes, our pedalboards are built with enough clearance to accommodate mounting a PP2+ power supply under the deck of the pedalboard. The dimensions of a PP2+ are 6" L x 3.4" W x 1.8" H. If you are unsure about your power supply feel free to contact us.
Should I get an IEC power inlet or circular AC power inlet? What's the difference?
It's extremely common to mount a power supply under the pedalboard to provide easy power access to your pedals (for example, the "Pedal Power2 Plus" would be the most common I see customers using). When a power supply is mounted under the pedalboard it obviously needs to be connected to a power cord. It's possible to simply run a power cord under your pedalboard directly to the power supply (bypassing any need for a power inlet built into the side of the pedalboard). But for some people they prefer the convenience and cleaner look of having a power inlet on the side of the pedalboard. This allows you to connect the main power cable to an exterior power inlet installed on the side of the pedalboard (instead of having to feed a cable under the pedalboard every time you power it up). We offer two different types of power inlets:
- Circular AC inlet- by far the most popular. It takes a common three pronged extension cord for power. Inside it provides a solderless connection which allows you to easily swap out the small interior cable that connects to your power supply (if you add the on/off rocker switch the cable cannot be switched out). Also, if you decide to no longer use the circular power inlet- you can easily remove it with a screw driver and in its place is a smooth.rounded out hole for your cable.
- IEC inlet- very popular for those who play internationally. On the outside it takes an IEC cable for power (i.e. a computer cable). I personally solder all connections on the inside of the inlet (much stronger than spade connectors) and attach a short female ended cable to connect directly to your power supply.
Should I choose "IEC cable" or "regular extension cable" for the interior cable?
- If you're using a power supply such as the Pedal Power 2 Plus, (or any power supply that requires a female ended IEC cable for power), be sure to select "with IEC cable." Regardless of whether you select an outside IEC inlet or Circular AC inlet for the exterior power inlet, you will still want to choose a female ended IEC interior cable with a PP2+ or similar power supply that requires a female ended IEC cable. Click here to see an example of a power supply that requires an IEC cable.
- If you're using a "1Spot" power supply, AGPtek 10, or equivalent it will require a female ended regular extension cable on the interior. (Again, a female ended interior IEC cable will not fit for the 1Spot, AGPtek 10, or similar power supply). Click here to see an example of a power supply that requires a female ended regular extension cable.
- What's an "IEC" cable exactly? It's also the same type of cable traditionally used to power computers). Click here to see an example of an IEC cable.
What kind of brackets do you recommend for mounting a power supply?
A majority of the power supplies (such as the PedalPower2+) we've come across can be mounted to our pedalboards using simple 3/4" corner brackets (available at most hardware stores like Lowes/Home Depot). We can also include them with your order for $5.