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Modding a Pedal Pad XL - Suggestions/thoughts/advice thread


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Hey dudes/dudettes--

 

This is my current pedal board - http://www.pedalpad.com/Pedal-Pad-Pedal-Boards-Standard.htm#mpsxl

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It's big. It's powered. It's sturdy. This is what I like.

 

It looks like it belongs in a 70s porn with the weird carpet covering. Plus, my adorable pup sheds white hair all of the time, which makes it look that much trashier. It doesn't allow for tidy cable management. This is what I do not like.

 

Therefore, I'm considering stripping the cloth covering off and then treating/staining the wood. It's Baltic Birch -- will it stain well? If not, would it be easier/more effective to just apply some sort of veneer? I LOVE the look of natural wood (insert Beavis laugh) ala Emperor heads/cabs/general work.

 

Also, any suggestions for what to put on the areas where the pieces of plywood meet? I guess I could just put something like this (http://www.starcase.com/aluminum_corner_extrusion.htm), but that would look pretty meh if I'm going to stain/veneer the sucker.

 

I'm also not super crazy about the aluminum pads the board has in there, as they don't allow for particularly tidy cable management. Anyone tried to retrofit horizontal slats to provide for a Pedaltrain-style mounting setup? I know it would be easier to just sell this and get another board, but I like the sturdiness of the Pedal Pad. I don't want a removable case either, as it's just something else to stash at a show.

 

Cheers!

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I'm also not super crazy about the aluminum pads the board has in there, as they don't allow for particularly tidy cable management.

 

 

What?

 

The best thing about the board, is the ability to wire up and conceal your cables in a few different ways.

 

Pics of your actual board?

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Yeah, I had one of those for a while. Heavy, but handy.

 

I found the cable routing very good on it, actually, but I cut and solder my own cables. If you take your time with it you can usually tuck the cables away very close to the pedal it's plugged in to, and run it under. Good pedal planning is tricky no matter what the board is. You can definitely make these look really nice and clean, and it's HUGE so you can fit a ton on it. Looking at your pic, it just looks like you're making bad choices with cable routing and don't have long enough cables in some choices. Position of the various pedals will matter too.

 

I now use a Pedaltrain Pro hard case for my big board. In the hard case it's probably actually heavier than the PedalPadXL was. Eventually I'll get the soft case for that...

 

Here's a pic of one of my iterations using the PedalPad.

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It would probably look pretty good if you stripped the carpet. Just do yourself a favor and use some REALLY hardcore lacquer/varnish so you don't damage the wood. And while you're at it, put some wheels on a corner and a side handle on there to make it easier to deal with.

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