I just got an email from Mike at NYC Pedalboards saying that my new board is finished and shipped earlier today. It’s really going to be nice once it’s all hooked up. I’ll have room on the right side for a volume and a wah, and there will be a 2nd level riser on the back row (that’s where the Rocktron MIDI Mate will go). All of my other pedals should fit on the front row and my Pedal Power 2 will go under the riser.

It’ll probably look something like this, except that my board will be an inch deeper than this one and I don’t actually have any of these pedals. The Timeline is a little narrower and a little deeper than the DL4. The MIDI Mate is almost 20″ across, so I’ll have about 5″ left on the top row to squeeze in a pedal or two.

I just bought a new volume pedal on ebay. I used to have an Ernie Ball VP Jr, but it was a real tone sucker. I was amazed when I took it off the board. I decided on a Boss FV-500H, and I just picked one up for $75 on eBay. From what I understand, you’re supposed to use a high impedance volume pedal if you place it at the front of the effects chain. I don’t understand the reasoning for that, but I guess I don’t really need to.

I think that I’m going to run my effects in this order:

FV-500H -> Teese RMC3 Wah -> Tuner -> Rangemaster clone -> RHFX io -> Timmy -> Timeline -> RHFX PURE Boost -> Amp

I’ll probably try to get my Bluesbreaker/COT50 on there too, but I’m not really sure how much room I’m going to have left.

4 thoughts on “shipped!”

  1. your chain looks interesting. i’ve seen a few people now put a booster at the end of the chain, there must be a good reason for it :)

    btw, what kind VPjr did you have? 25k or 250k? i had the 25k and i forgot that it has to have a buffer in front of it. as soon as i put something in front of it, doesn’t suck *as much* anymore, but it could just be me.

  2. I’ve experimented with the placement of the booster, but it’s landed at the end. Here’s my reasoning: 1) for me, the boost is an always-on pedal. I’m using it to cook my tubes rather than slamming the front end. I keep the gain fairly low – around 9:30 – 10:00. 2) My amp is usually in another room, so there’s about 100 ft of cable that the signal has to travel. The boost helps to alleviate some of the high end attenuation.

    I had a 25k VP Jr, and I had it right after a Teese Picture wah (which has a buffer). I could probably go with the 250k version, but I want to try something different this time.

  3. Uber pedal envy over here! The band I play in outside church is starting to take off and so my best bud whom I use his pedal board and I had the talk of: “this is a bit more than playing at church, you should get your own stuff!” talk! Haha. Which is true b/c I hate being “that guy.” So, I’m in the process of buying a few of his pedals and making my own board! But $$$ is tight so it’s a slow process. This however wants me to get my stuff together NOW!
    How far are you from the Dallas/Ft. Worth/Austin/College Station areas? We’re doing 4 shows in a row at each of those cities in April!

  4. It has taken me a long time to get my board together, and I’m sure that it still isn’t “finished.” I think I’m done for a while, but I’ll be swapping pedals for a long time to come.

    I live in Lake Jackson, which is about an hour south of Houston, and about ~5 hours away from any of those cities that you mentioned.

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