A Small Pedalboard Build - Mick’s Vlog - That Pedal Show

  • Published on May 21, 2019
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    Mick here - hello! I was putting a little board together for a few songs with some mates at a party. So I thought I would film it and share the process and results. Please enjoy - I hope some of the tips here are useful to you.
    Pedals in this video:
    • King Tone Guitar Mini Fuzz
    • Fulltone Mini Deja Vibe CS-MDV2 MKII
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    Australia: bit.ly/2A3ZtGA
    • Analog Man / Maxon OD9/808 Mods Classic, With Bad Bob Booster
    • Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe CB-3
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    Australia: bit.ly/2Ovelqa
    • TheGigRig QMX4

    Key timings:
    - Intro, what I’m doing today: 0:00
    - Happy birthday Joby! 1:48
    - The front rail mod: 3:00
    - What pedals do I want on this board? 3:36
    - Soft Velcro on the board, pedalboard tape (3M Dual Lock) on the pedalboard: 4:47
    - Initial layout - will it fit? 6:30
    - A loop switcher on a tiny board: really? 7:08
    - What power supply do I need? 7:53
    - White tea: 9:54
    - Attaching the power supply components, at 8x speed: 10:49
    - Power supply and routing recap: 11:44
    - More on spacing, cabling and jacks:13:43
    - Making an Evidence SIS patch cable: 16:20
    - Final stages of cabling before testing: 21:05
    - Let’s hear it then! 24:59
    Guitars and amps in this video:
    • Fender American Vintage ’62 Stratocaster - Mick’s video at bit.ly/2cQv3yT
    • Victory V40 The Duchess and V212VC cab/Celestion G12M-65 Creamback speakers
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Comments • 706

  • guitar guru yep
    guitar guru yep 6 days ago +1

    Great sounding little board!

  • tunaXonXtoast
    tunaXonXtoast Month ago

    This board is so comfy and cozy.

  • George Law
    George Law Month ago

    with the fuzz that has the polarity adapter, why not just swap two wires on the isolator? board looks great :)

  • Josh Muz
    Josh Muz Month ago +1

    Wow just a ts and delay and you got a tone better than some guys with 5k worth of pedals, well done

  • Sean Spiteri
    Sean Spiteri 2 months ago +1

    Top tip: heat up the back of your pedal and Velcro with a hair dryer and then cool it for better adhesion.

  • Emre Emre
    Emre Emre 2 months ago

    Mick, you ever use the BED in the fx loop? How do you think about it in that position, as a delay, and also a tone enhancer preamp I suppose.

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  2 months ago +1

      Hello! I don’t. We used it in the loop of the PT15 at Thomann and it sounded great. But I don’t use loops in my amps. Cheers!

    DAVID GREGORY KERR 2 months ago

    It would be a lot easier if a whole pedal board was build around a Texas Instruments Black-Fin DSP processor and enabling which effects are in use by using a 8bit word so each of the 8 bits is associated with a separate effect.

  • Robbie Valentine
    Robbie Valentine 2 months ago

    Holy shit worst board ever

  • Andrew Cotterill
    Andrew Cotterill 2 months ago

    why not take the back off the Fuzz and resolder the power socket to 'correct' power polarity?

  • Mike Denkinger
    Mike Denkinger 2 months ago +1

    I'm in the process of putting together a mini board myself. However, my approach it's going to be to copy a Chemistry Works holey board design albeit much smaller and out of wood. I'm a bigger fan of using zip ties than Velcro. I'm probably going to go with all mini pedals including a Peterson tuner, Tube Screamer Mini, a first-generation tumnus, an mxr carbon copy Mini and a small power supply. I'm hoping this will work well and a very small stage environment.
    It's for that situation where you literally get a corner of the pub and your drummer just had to bring the double bass kit or 15 cymbals and the singer thinks he Freddie friggin' Mercury or Axl Rose and needs room to jump around. Also a smaller board is a smaller target for the drunk that just has to tell you how great you sound as he spills on the floor.

  • andy mcnab
    andy mcnab 3 months ago

    White Tea. The new JD!

  • carl
    carl 3 months ago


  • Brent Nel
    Brent Nel 3 months ago +1

    LOL.. PSU and Quartermaster worth more than the pedals on it..... meh

    • Brent Nel
      Brent Nel 3 months ago

      That Pedal Show for sure! Love the psu but heavy $ for a small board... I’ll be converting my entire board to a gig rig solution with a QM soon 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 Thanks for the awesome videos as always

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago +1

      Exactly as it should be! Power is more important than the pedals!

  • jack317
    jack317 3 months ago

    British- I apologize!

  • matt _ess
    matt _ess 3 months ago +1

    The BellEpoch could be turned so that the 1/4 in inputs are facing to the right and the bypass switches to the left. This would add a little space for the Maxon. Nice board!

  • Schwurbel
    Schwurbel 3 months ago

    Generator + Distributor + Isolator + Highcurrent Adapter + Doubler to power 4 pedals... Where a single Cioks DC 5 would have sufficed.
    This just shows again that the Gigrig stuff is absolutely useless for compact boards.
    (Had to edit twice because more and more Gigrig modules kept showing up.)

  • Mourning star Lyle Songwriter

    hey guys like build pedal board for practice recording live not should do pedals or go with something like head rush with in a budget

  • jmc
    jmc 3 months ago +1

    nah you cant have the connectors overhanging. swap out the belle epoch for a bondi art van

  • jasfiona
    jasfiona 3 months ago +1

    It would be great if you could do a AB of a pedal board such as thus, but without any switches, gizmos and the like and then one with the full TPS arsenal.

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago

      You might not hear a colossal difference over TheXvid. Check the Matt Schofield Kirk Fletcher and Greg Howe board builds if you want some pro reactions. They basically can’t believe what they’re hearing. Cheers!

  • im annonymous
    im annonymous 3 months ago +1

    I like the idea of mini pedals but they all seem to have less features.....and the biggest problem i have is the wah pedal is too small to step on so....why bother, its hard enough to step on em when i can see em
    Lol notice he put glasses on anyone?
    Dont take offense pedal show....u guys r cool

  • im annonymous
    im annonymous 3 months ago +1

    How come so many brit guitar players are named mick

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago

      Michael used to be a common name here in the UK. It is sometimes shortened to Mick, which also has Irish roots/connotations. Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton aren’t called Mick though, so there are at least two who aren’t. Oh, and David Gilmour.

  • JRPowell3_Music
    JRPowell3_Music 3 months ago +1

    I just put together my Pedaltrain Classic Jr. I put a Vitoos DC 8 isolated power supply underneath the board. It has A & B ports that are 9/12/18V 1000mA each then 6 more 9 V 300mA. I have one reverse power for my Eventide Pitch Factor. One BD-2 and Xotic SP in front of the amp. BiYang Stereo Reverb, TC Transition Delay, and Nu-X Modcore. I use another board by the mic stand, That has DigiTech Drop, remote for Eventide Pitch Factor. After the Drop signal goes to the wah. Then it is sent to the BD-2&Xotic SP on the other board, I just built. Also, on the mic stand board has a TC Body Rez, Parametric EQ for a piezo signal to a D.I. Box.

  • Inventor
    Inventor 3 months ago

    go minimalist, just use a towel rather than a pedalboard, you don't really need that stuff internet says you must have, it's same as the kitchen tool your mum never really used. if you are not maniatic with cable management nor territoriality then just use a towel. keep things simple. it is lightweight. more clean than a carpet. you don't have to carry that metal and wood weird furniture through airports. it is not a need and creates problem.

  • lapk78
    lapk78 3 months ago +1

    Why would it be preferable (or different at all, for that matter) to run a fuzz off a battery as opposed to a power supply?

    • hoboroadie
      hoboroadie 3 months ago +1

      I think if you're not isolated the reverse polarity could be a problem. Batteries do settle the isolation question, and an analog fuzz should have a very low drain. Some folks think certain pedals need battery mojo, and it is quiet power so I wouldn't dispute that, but idk. ✌

  • Yates Webb
    Yates Webb 3 months ago +1

    Do people watch all 36min? I'd watch more of your vids if they weren't so long. Watching you cut the velcro? Really, I think that bit could be edited out.... but hey to each their own.

    • Yates Webb
      Yates Webb 3 months ago

      Ha, hope you’re not implying that I’m ADD and/or entitled because I appreciate sharp editing and organization. Either way, solid content

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago

      I fast forwarded that bit! And yes, many many people watch the whole thing. Depends how ADD, modern entitled, ‘the whole world revolves around me’ you are about it I guess. Sometimes time spent is worth it. It’s the backbone of our philosophy that there are no answers only better questions, and the journey is always more interesting than the destination. Nevertheless, much of the world is still all about the quick fix and instant answers. Not us. As you say, each to their own!

  • Joe Nugent
    Joe Nugent 3 months ago

    Potentially stupid question here, is the quartermaster powered off of an isolator or does it come straight off of the distributor?

    • yesman
      yesman 14 days ago

      @That Pedal Show Looking for the answer to this question for an hour. Please have Dan put that on his website. I'm going to pull the trigger. I have to have a quartermaster. AND I bought an OD-9/Bad Bob because of this video!!! Awesome, Mick. Thanks!

    • Joe Nugent
      Joe Nugent 3 months ago

      @That Pedal Show thanks D&/orM! Love the show you two, keep up the good work!

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago +1

      Not stupid, straight from the Distributor :)

  • FlaxeMusic
    FlaxeMusic 3 months ago +1

    Bleh, not having a power supply with a few 18/12v's on it really screwed you on the bottom. Not a fan of the many power doodad workarounds.

  • Rich Little
    Rich Little 3 months ago +1

    Please go away mick your a foolish little boy

  • Alek Sup
    Alek Sup 3 months ago

    Great sound 🔥

  • Ralph Franco
    Ralph Franco 3 months ago +1

    you should record the gig!

  • Kiryk Drewinski
    Kiryk Drewinski 3 months ago

    No tuner but a big ass loop switcher which is only used to switch the pedals on and off 🤣 This makes no sense at all.

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago

      My ears do the tuning. What were your impressions of the loop switchers you've tried, tonally speaking?

  • pg123ab
    pg123ab 3 months ago

    On my small pedalboard (nano +) I have: boss tuner, KTR, sola sound tone bender (kit made) boss re-20 space echo. Now I got a slightly bigger board and added a chorus.

  • Stef Penfield
    Stef Penfield 3 months ago +2

    The captioning at the beginning said "Hello friends, Mikia".

  • Leo
    Leo 3 months ago +1


  • everybodylovesgav
    everybodylovesgav 3 months ago

    what was the stuff you used to attach the power supply ?

  • Tone Seeker
    Tone Seeker 3 months ago

    Ahh! Thank you so much for the response. Very much appreciated...

  • Mark Dempsey
    Mark Dempsey 3 months ago +5

    Classical music at the edge of audibility throughout the entire video making me question my sanity there

  • Tone Seeker
    Tone Seeker 3 months ago +1

    Beautiful job on the board and your chops. Only one question, which fuzz did you choose, the silicon or germanium? Sounds sweet...

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago

      This the GE, but I would choose the Si I think. Cheers!

  • mathew riley
    mathew riley 3 months ago +1

    maxon: is that the classic mod to go with the bad bob? such a nice OD

  • mathew riley
    mathew riley 3 months ago +1

    I spy a Dope Priest. That's my all time fav muff. So killer

  • Mickey Settlemire
    Mickey Settlemire 3 months ago +1

    Almost forgot about the white tea, yum...

  • Nolan G
    Nolan G 3 months ago +1

    Question regarding the polarity reversing cable attached to the fuzz pedal. Couldn't the pedal designer simply reverse the positive and negative connections to the power jack inside the pedal, eliminating the need for external polarity switching cables, or is it more complicated than that?

  • Greenie 4199
    Greenie 4199 3 months ago

    I recently watched one of Dan's build videos and saw him stripping insulation from cables using a pair of scissors, which I thought was brilliant! I've tried it, and found that it works much better for me than using one of those multi-gauge strippery tool thingies, and not as scary as wielding a pen-knife near my fingertips.

  • Hot Rats
    Hot Rats 3 months ago

    Mick, are you using the Germanium och Silicon version of the King Tone Mini Fuzz?

  • Bernhard Rohrer
    Bernhard Rohrer 3 months ago

    Really appreciate the music choice in the beginning

  • Joby Sessions
    Joby Sessions 3 months ago

    Only just seen this! Thanks for playing buddy. Sounded awesome as always! Hope you had as good a night as I did!

  • Yellow Truck Productions

    Of course, using the loop switcher, you have to use patch cables, but what do you think about pedal couplers? They are much tidier - do they have lower impedance than cables?

  • Peter Richardson
    Peter Richardson 3 months ago +1

    More Pearl Jam references on TPS please. Nice little vid. I'm desperate to get some gigrig stuff on my board, but new pedals keep coming along and stealing all my money.

  • Ian Wilson
    Ian Wilson 3 months ago +1

    Quick tip for anyone with a Metro pedalboard who wants to raise it further off the ground. Whilst Mick's wood solution is totally functional, I bought some rubber feet from B&Q made by Diall which are designed for the bottom of chair legs. The ones with a 18mm diameter hole in them (warmed under a hot tap) push firmly on to the feet of the Metro and lift the rear of the board by about 2cm. Pack of four costs £1.12. www.diy.com/departments/diall-black-plastic-leg-tip-dia-18mm-pack-of-4/1725478_BQ.prd

  • K Griff
    K Griff 3 months ago

    The previous version of the CS-MDV1 had a current draw of 80ma, the new CS-MDV mkII uses only 35ma

  • The Torrents of Spring
    The Torrents of Spring 3 months ago +1

    Hi Mick, I know it's That PEDAL Show but after seeing several of your boardbuilds, vlogs and all regular shows (thanx so much, I learn a little something every time I tune into this channel and get inspired to play) I have to ask: Could you do a show on cables? What cables can you use from your guitar to your board, what cables work well as patch cables, is there a "better" cable to use from your board to your amp than the in you use form your guitar to your board, how do contraction, impedance and length affect the cable, and so on... Quite frankly I can't get my head around all the info that's out there, so if you could break it down (preferably with diagrams and sock puppets ) that would be great!

  • Steve Fairhurst
    Steve Fairhurst 3 months ago +1

    25:00 - "I'll check the guitar's in tune - oh wait...."

    • Steve Fairhurst
      Steve Fairhurst 3 months ago

      @That Pedal Show I'm so waxy that I don't need ear defenders. The practice nurse said "I've used a tank and a half of water and I'm not getting near it"

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago

      Ears man, ears!

  • crush537
    crush537 3 months ago

    Cringy wiring, but worth it for mini vibe. That thing sounds great.

  • PopVultureATX
    PopVultureATX 3 months ago

    You into Cass McCombs? I keep hearing you play this riff that sounds so much like a song of his that I love (Bum Bum Bum), and the Belle E nails it!

    • PopVultureATX
      PopVultureATX 3 months ago

      Right on! You’d probably dig it. Late 70s rock vibes. Cheers!

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago +1

      Interesting! Never heard of him/her. Will check it out for sure!

  • Brian Goode
    Brian Goode 3 months ago

    Screw another piece of wood that no the side if you want to protect that side from bumping the overhanging cable connectors.

  • Skwirl719
    Skwirl719 3 months ago

    I agree. White tea: good stuff. Perhaps some organic D&M white tea on That Pedal Store?

  • Michael Caz
    Michael Caz 3 months ago

    If they put a Tap Tempo on that Belle Epoch Deluxe = O.M.G. - the Board Sounds Fantastic.

  • Bryan Gray
    Bryan Gray 3 months ago

    The real secret of great tone...White Tea

  • puesahiquedaeso
    puesahiquedaeso 3 months ago

    I think is totally pointless to use a switcher for such small pedalboard...
    But thanks for the video!

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago +1

      Dan has built boards for many people who would argue otherwise. Stronger signal, increased headroom, more clarity, less noise. Like any system though it depends what you're listening through and how you play. For sure the touch/dynamics players who use revealing amps and guitars will hear and feel it the most. It's not for everyone but it absolutely is for me. :0)

    • puesahiquedaeso
      puesahiquedaeso 3 months ago

      ​@That Pedal Show I think they are useful in some cases, but for the purpose you want to use it now and for the size of the pedal board it is just too much for such an small benefit
      No acritude! Just giving my opinion :)

    • That Pedal Show
      That Pedal Show  3 months ago

      How did you find your switcher? Which one did you go for?

  • Meyster
    Meyster 3 months ago +1

    Try out the new range of laney pedals. A demo from you woukd be out of this world. #hailtheriff