My first pedalboard. Any advice welcome

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  1. Dmac73

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    CigBurn You should see the other guy. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nice, I'm assuming you have a snark type tuner or something. Other than that my only advice would be try it on the floor maybe. :)
     
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    That’s my looper. I mean, not my actual one, the same model.
     
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    I don’t recognize any of those pedals. What’s your chain look like without the brand names (i.e.-looper, OD, Fuzz, Chorus, Distortion, Reverb, ect.
    And what effects/channels are built into your amp?
     
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    I’m in the process of building a VoodDoo Dingbat Powerplus2 Board. Had to get a Boss TU-3S to start.
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Looks like a good cross section of effects. Yes, a couple are unknown to me.
     
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    I built my board outta duct tape and bubble gum. But the signal chain is the most important thing.
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    Pedal Power 2 is under the riser.
     
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    working from right to left, looks like your signal chain is:

    Guitar >> OD >> OD >> Flanger >> Chorus >> Delay >> Looper >> Amp

    (not bad as far as signal chain goes... you can experiment to see if either of the overdrives sound better first or second... same with the flanger/chorus/delay... and the looper is last, good job)

    The only thing you might consider is a simple clean boost before the looper. That way if you play/record a rhythm guitar part and hit the playback mode, the clean boost pedal will allow you to get the volume of your lead solo(s) louder than the loop. A good cheap and small no frills boost might be something like the TC Electronic Spark Boost Mini... one knob, simple dimple... 50 bucks new, and around 30 bucks if used on Reverb
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SparkMini--tc-electronic-spark-mini-boost-pedal

    Looks to be fairly low for power consumption/milliamps (mA) so you could probably run everything you got off of a single Truetone1Spot power supply and a daisy chain cable. Something like their 1Spot Combo pack that comes with everything:
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/1SpotComboPk--truetone-1-spot-combo-pack

    If you want to add up the milliamps, the 1Spot can give you a total of 1700mA of power. Overdrive pedals don't require much, and the pedals you have aren't big for demanding power. You could Velcro a straight 6-way outlet strip to the front of your Pedaltrain Metro 24 and away you go.

    There's literally thousands of pedals on the market today. I'd recommend going to a mom and pop shop who has more than the typical 40 Guitar Centers carry (Motor City Guitar in Waterford, Michigan for example keep around 1,500 - 2,000 pedals in the glass case on the sales floor... Guitar Center only stocks what they can sell fast... or they shovel you over to their web site...), and plugging in to as many as possible to see what the different effect types do... you've pretty much got all the bases covered for the regular stuff. As far as modulation, maybe a phase shifter. In the realm of amplitude and tone, maybe a volume pedal and a wah wah.

    MCG has a "Virtual Tour" of their store online, walk through until you come to the pedal counter in the back... Marty loves pedals...
    https://motorcityguitar.com/pages/virtual-tour

    And don't be surprised if you out-grow the Metro board real fast... A really good size for toting around and placing pedals is their Pedaltrain Classic 2... its tall enough to Velcro mount a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2, or a Strymon Zuma power supply underneath (Velcro on the power supply and you'll need a pry bar to get it off, no fancy cage thing needed. However... the Strymon units don't match up with the Pedaltrain frame, so you'll need a 1/2" piece of plywood cut to the size of the Zuma's foot print to make the IEC connection right through the Pedaltrain frame. I have the Zuma and it has 9 x 500mA outputs on it... overkill for what you have, and I can run a couple daisy chain cables out of one output, then power to spare for effects that demand mucho power...
     
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    If you have an FX loop run your chorus, delay, any modulation through that. Everything else can go in the front. Change your pedal order until you find out what you like best. I'd also suggest a power brick with isolated jacks and some different power ratings. Some effects like different power levels than others

    I use Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2. Google that and it will explain what I'm talking about
     
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    Yeah I use a snark. It’s handy. Lol
     
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    You nailed it. Lol. Thanks for all the suggestions. I will keep all this in mind as I get use to these few.
     
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    From left to right. Looper. Delay- chorus-flange-fuzz-OD
     
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    You need a bigger board:D
     
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    I'll be honest I'm more interested in your Dundie award
     
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    From my daughter for best dad. Lol
     
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    Haha that's awesome :thumb:
     
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    Who else hates blue LEDs with a passion?

    Reds are fine.

    Blues? Burn your retinas out!

    The worst offender is the bogner blue, full size.

    Turn it on? One little bulb of satan.

    Press the boost? You get a jump in volume (which adds compression), adj gain, aaaaaaannnnnnndddddd......

    THREE MORE OF THE LITTLE DEMONS!

    The one and only benefit is righteous shadow puppet shows on your ceiling!

    OP - love the lighted knobs on the fender pedal. That light trail from the jewel light is intense.

    I use a pedal power 2 for my board of drives (and tuner. Lol). Works great.
     
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    I like Guitar—>Fuzz—>OD—>(ect...)—> Amp. But whatever works for you.