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  • Anyone else using the Pedal Jeanie?

    I usually stick to HCEG but I figured this might be interesting to some of you.

    For about a year now I've been using the HD500 as my primary effects unit. But lately I've decided it would be nice to have a proper pedal board which I can use in combination with my HD500, my Mesa, or straight into the audio interface. One of the things I wanted was easy portability since I'm constantly moving back and forth between the living room and my "studio".

    I've had a Korg Pitchblack Tuner and a Soundblox Multiwave Distortion pedal for quite some time but without a true board I almost never used them. My wife picked me up a VFE Fiery Red Horse so with that in hand and some extra cash in my gear-fund from selling off some unused gear I knew it was time to put something together.

    For awhile I was considering using the Sanyo Pedal Juice in conjunction with either a PedalTrain or a DIY board. But with the TC Nova Delay and some Strymon pedals on my wish list I knew that wouldn't be up to the task. I had read about the Grid1 Pedal Jeanie before and decided to look into that. It looked up to the task, and the price really wasn't any more than a good power supply and board so I took the plunge and ordered a Pedal Jeanie Jr and the PGS exclusive ibModified TC Nova Delay.




    Housed underneath are 2 rechargeable batteries which power 10 individual barrel connectors. 8 of them being 9V capable of putting out 750mAmp each and 2 of them being 12V@1.5 amp. Yes, that's 750mAmps per pedal, much more than any power brick I'm aware of.


    A single 12V adapter charges up the unit while a single button turns the whole thing on and off. There's a built in carrying handle making for easy transport and fitted soft and hard cases are available as well.


    It ships with plenty of power chords and zip ties to easily fill up the board. And in no time I had my current small pedal collection mounted and ready to go. Well, everything but the power hungry (2 Amp) Damage Control Liquid Blues. The astute will notice that the Delay pedal is on but there is no AC chord attached to the unit.


    The whole rig can easily be carried in 1 hand


    I'm still in the early stages of testing the battery life. Manufacturer claims, which are supported by the few reviews I've found, state 50+ hours of runtime with a board full of analog pedals. With higher draw digital pedals that is obviously going to decrease but even with the addition of a Strymon or 2 on the board I still expect to get 10+ hours out of a single charge.
    I ran my current setup for about 3.5 hours last night and the light is still green (it cycles through Green, Orange, and Red as the power level goes down). I'll refrain from recharging it for the next few days to see how long it takes to drain the batteries but with such a small setup I'm guessing it will easily last me through next week without a charge.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share.

    -Kit

  • #2
    That looks pretty cool.
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    • #3
      good idea, but a rechargeable battery for power? seems screwy - why wouldn't they just throw a power unit on there? seems like you're gonna be around power all the time if you're using an amp, right?
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      • #4
        for alllll that power... it's a pretty small board.... seems like it's waste to me... great idea though!
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        • #5
          good idea, but a rechargeable battery for power? seems screwy - why wouldn't they just throw a power unit on there? seems like you're gonna be around power all the time if you're using an amp, right?


          3 reasons come to mind.
          1: It completely eliminates any possibility of AC noise.
          2: Just because your amp is close to an outlet doesn't mean your pedal board is. Even in my living room my pedal board will often end up a good 15-20' from any outlet, not to mention that most of the outlets in the room are kind of a PITA the get to.
          3: They also make a battery powered 40watt tube amp.

          For me, I wanted to be able to move from room to room with out always having to find an outlet to plug into.
          And considering that it doesn't cos any more (actually less) than a decent pedal board and a high end power brick whats the downside? And since you can still use it while charging you have the best of both worlds.

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          • #6
            for alllll that power... it's a pretty small board.... seems like it's waste to me... great idea though!


            It's the jr. The larger one is a good 8" deeper.

            The Pedal Jeanie is 23"x19", the Jr is 23"x11".
            For me the Jr is a better fit because most of the time it will sit on a 14" console table next to my HD500. Combined with the fact that i don't want a massive pedal board it's just about the perfect size for my needs. Ultimately the Multiwave Distortion will probably come off to be replaced by a couple of more pedal-board friendly units.

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            • #7
              Hmm.. this topic generated much less interest than I would have thought. Oh well, I'll crawl back to the Electric Guitar forums now.
              Carry on.

              -Kit

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              • #8
                seems liek a cool idea, i hate any extra cords on stage. how much are these?

                put some velcro on that thing please.

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                • #9
                  Out of curiosity how long does the charge last on the 40 watter they make?

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                  • #10
                    Hmm.. this topic generated much less interest than I would have thought. Oh well, I'll crawl back to the Electric Guitar forums now.
                    Carry on.

                    -Kit


                    i made a parody thread about it
                    MAN for that kind of thing U got to go Back to the Old boxes from back when!! In those days we would bring are AMPS to the lake and wnen U tilt the Cab down by the water U can see the ****************in DENT it made! With the waves coming off it and Everything ****************!!!!! NOwadays they all play in there Dens and home bars or watever kind of **************** they get up to

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                    • #11
                      seems liek a cool idea, i hate any extra cords on stage. how much are these?

                      put some velcro on that thing please.


                      $250/$300 depending on the model.

                      And why would I want to ruin it with velcro. I much prefer the provided zip-ties.

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                      • #12
                        Out of curiosity how long does the charge last on the 40 watter they make?


                        My bad, it's a 60 water, not 40 and according to their info will run well over 4 hours between charges.

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                        • #13
                          $250/$300 depending on the model.

                          And why would I want to ruin it with velcro. I much prefer the provided zip-ties.


                          ruin it!? because it looks stupid with zip ties.

                          i was hoping it was $50 or less.

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                          • #14
                            I came in here hoping to see some sort of contraption that allows me to plug my pedals into it in order to unlock its secrets and get me invincibility and all weapons.
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                            • #15
                              ruin it!? because it looks stupid with zip ties.

                              i was hoping it was $50 or less.

                              $50 or less. that seems pretty damn unreasonable, A Voodoo Labs P2+ and Pedaltrain Jr will costs more, doesn't provide as much power, and can't run unplugged so I fail to see why $250 isn't a reasonable price for something that provides the same functionality plus lets you play wherever you need to without worrying about running an extension cord across the room.

                              nice to see that the FX crowd is filled with luddites just like the guitar forums

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