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7 Add-Ons to Consider
is a self-contained DC power supply that
feeds power to the Power Splitter, which then
distributes the power to your pedals.
Existing pedals and amps can be modified
to run the P3 Phantom Power without the
external kit by Fuchs, AnalogMan and Barber
Electronics. Currently the P3 system runs only
9V power, but the company says they are
working on 12V, 18V and 24V compatibility.
Plush Power Station MSRP $189
Plush Power Splitter $149
Full Kit MSRP $295
One of the best, easiest and least expensive
ways to make your pedalboard clean and
organized is with custom cabling. George L’s
was an early pioneer in the realm of customizable cables. You can purchase George L’s
cable by the foot in red, black, blue, purple
or white, and with either brass and nickel-or gold-plated 1/4" right angle or straight
plugs. No stripping or soldering is required
for the George L’s cables, and they offer a
lifetime warranty on the plugs.
George L’s offers seven different colors of
jackets, meaning you can mix and match
colored cable and jackets to color code your
pedalboard for convenience. They also have
cable clippers and testers available.
Planet Waves also offers a Pedal Board Kit with
10' of cable, 10 right-angle plugs and a mini
cable cutter. This is a simple plug-and-play
solution with solderless 24K gold-plated plugs.
The Planet Waves kit is as easy as cutting the
desired length (cables are pre-marked in foot
increments), loosening a screw on the plug,
inserting and twisting the cable and tightening
the screw. The company has a very simple and
clear instructional video on their website.
In addition to the kits, Planet Waves offers a
Cable Cutter/Tester ($30) and bulk cable ( 25',
50' and 250' increments) and plugs.
Plugs $31 – $33 for four
Pedal Board Kit $96
Bulk Cable $32 – $304
Plugs $10 – $15 each
We love pedalboard lights both for making
your board stand out on stage and making
it easier to see. For the latter, Mighty Bright
makes the aptly named Pedal Board Light,
which features two flexible arms, one with
red LEDs and one with white LEDs. The red
LEDs light the pedalboard discretely, while
the white LEDs provide brighter light. The
light is powered by either AAA batteries or
an AC adapter sold separately.
If you’re looking for something a little flashier, a
colored LED bar may be the way to go. You can
buy LED rope lighting from Wal-Mart or Target
(particularly around the holidays), but a compa-
ny called Monkey Dream is making instrument-
specific LED bars. Also ideal for amps or cabs,
the bars will also more than do the trick for a
pedalboard. The bars run on 12V power and
are attached by Velcro. They are offered in 10",
13" or 16" increments in either blue or green,
and custom lengths are available.
Mighty Bright MSRP $34.99
Monkey Dream MSRP $20 – $30
Neutrik TRS Locking Connector
When you’re ready to get serious about your
pedalboard, Neutrik locking jacks are a great
addition. Used by many of the custom pedalboard companies, the Neutrik jacks protect
you (or your bandmates) from accidentally
unplugging your cables.
Available with either black or nickel metal
housing and silver or gold contacts, the jacks
lock automatically when the plug is inserted.
Unlocking is as simple as pressing the red
tab on the jack. Installation takes a little more
effort than the other ideas presented here,
but the peace of mind is worth it.
The Flip-Flopper from Pedal-Racks
The Flip-Flopper is a brand-new, potentially
must-have product from Pedal-Racks. There
are a number of DIY projects out there to create a box that swaps the order of your pedals
in your signal chain. The Flip-Flopper puts that
idea in a one-button box with six input/output
jacks. At press time, a Flip-Flopper was on its
way to us—we’ll have more information on its
functionality at premierguitar.com.
BY REBECCA DIRKS