In the vast landscape of the internet, often
the sites that command the most time and
interest are those that are the very least
useful in real life ( icanhascheezburger.com,
and Farmville on Facebook come immediately to mind). Occasionally you find a nice mix
of fun and function; the Pedalboard Planner
is almost one of these.
The Pedalboard Planner was originally developed to experiment with a new type of HTML
code (HTML 5’s Canvas element). It now has 48
pedal companies on board (at press time) with
over 500 pedals to plan your dream board.
This is the image you can export when your pedalboard is
finished. We call this the Review Board—we threw caution
(and rationale) to the wind and packed it with pedals we’ve
reviewed in the magazine
To start, you choose the size of pedalboard
you want to use. The Pedalboard Planner
makes no bones about being sponsored by
Pedaltrain, so your pedalboard options are five
of Pedaltrain’s models. Then, you add pedals
one by one, configuring where you want them
to be, and their order on the board. You can
even rotate the pedals. When you are finished,
you can download a photo of your board (see
our example above) or export it as a text signal chain that looks something like this:
real-life boards. Electro-Harmonix and Ibanez
were both M.I.A., and offerings from large
companies like Dunlop and Visual Sound
were slim. There are a lot of boutique companies represented, though with 2000+ of them
out there we felt a lot were missing—Barber
and Lovepedal being two notable omissions.
We’d also love to see a section of vintage
classics, if for no other reason than to dream.
that they’re listening and reacting to users’
requests through the site’s blog, Facebook
and Twitter pages. If you want something,
they’re going to go out and try to get it.
We’ll be watching the progression of the
site—it could go from fun diversion to rig-planning standby right before our eyes.
The site is still in progress and new companies are being added every day. This doesn’t
take away from the fun of the site, but it
does eat into the usefulness a bit. The great
thing about this stage of the site, however, is
Guitar --> TU- 2 Tuner --> Cry Baby --> Amp
The site is really fun to play around with, and
you can use it to create your “if money were
no issue” board, or to seriously plan a new or
reorganized setup. Also on the site are tips
for pedal order and using multi-effects, along
with a couple of pedal reviews.
Sounds great, right? Here’s where the almost
comes in. Though 48 pedal companies is a
lot, there are some major names missing that
kept us from being able to truly plan our
New to Twitter in October was the Twitter list. In short, Twitter lists allow Twitter users to
create and/or follow lists of people, allowing them to organize the feeds they’re seeing.
We’ve created a “Guitar Industry” list that you can follow to see updates from gear manufacturers on Twitter. Manufacturers often post early photos of prototypes, ask for feedback
and give advanced looks into who’s using their gear. Our list will cover every manufacturer
we know of on Twitter, and we’ll be constantly updating it when new gear companies join.
Follow PG at twitter.com/premierguitar and check our new guitar industry list: