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 with enough room 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 the most popular 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.
Do your pedalboards come with cases?
No, but if you need a case we have several recommendations for you. 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?
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. I spend hours and hours handcrafting each pedalboard. The amount of detail I put into every pedalboard takes quite a bit of time and precision. On top of that, 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 fast that's 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+, Strymon Zuma, or similar power supplies 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.
What's an IEC power inlet?
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 the IEC power inlet:
- Recessed IEC inlet- a great choice for those who are either inside or outside the USA. 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." Click here to see an example of a power supply that requires an IEC cable.
- If you're using a daisy chained "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.
Will you install my power supply if I mail it to you?
Absolutely. Just be sure to message me first, letting me know what power supply you have. I'll need to double check that I have the correct brackets/hardware to mount it under the pedalboard.
How do I mount a power supply?
Most of my customers mount their power supply under the pedalboard deck. Power supplies differ but many of them (such as the Pedal Power 2+) can be easily mounted by using simple 3/4" corner brackets (available at most hardware stores).
Step one: attach the corner brackets to the power supply
Locate the small black screws on the side of your power supply. You will remove these screws with a Phillips head screw driver, thread them through the corner brackets, and then re-fasten the screws back in their original holes. As seen in the picture, this will slightly raise the power supply off the deck. Don't worry, the pedalboard will still have enough clearance to fit the power supply.
Step two: attach the power supply to the pedalboard deck
I want to purchase a pedalboard as a gift for a friend/family member. What do you recommend?
Here are the most popular orders I receive:
- Pedalboard Size:
- 24x12.5- The most common pedalboard size purchased by electric guitarists or bassists who have around 5-9 pedals. This is a common size and fits many cases very well.
- or 18x7- For players who only use 3-4 smaller pedals.
- Wood Type-
- Walnut- The most popular wood I sell. It has a beautiful natural dark color and also isn't too heavy.
- Ash- Also very popular because of it's strength and unique grain patterns.
- 1/4" Jacks and power inlet
- Most customers order a 1/4" jack on each side (one input and one output).
- IEC inlet with rocker switch on either left or right