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(@xplorervoodoo)
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Hey guys,

First off, I'm guessing this is the correct forum to post in - if not I'll be glad to move it.

So yeah, I've been playing around with the idea of building my own pedalboard. Nothing fancy, really, basically just some scrap wood and velcro to get my pedals into some semblance of order.

But there was one idea I had - that honestly probably isn't even worth it. I was thinking of creating an input jack and output jack on the pedalboard itself, rather than using the leading/trailing pedals for the same function, thereby "self-sustaining" the board, so-to-speak.

So the questions I have are as follows:

1. Will mono instrument cables work properly in a stereo jack? I found some stereo couplers that would make it very easy to apply to this project, but I wasn't sure if mono patch cables were compatible...

2. Should I expect significant tone loss/difference by attempting this? I assume it would likely be even worse if I physically wired a couple of mono jacks, rather than used couplers.

I know I should probably just say "screw it" and not bother with the whole thing, but I just thought it would be a nice addition. Would like to hear your guys' input on the matter.

Thanks!

Tone is subjective.


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(@deeaa)
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Actually sounds like a nice idea to me, if you have room and a way to attach them well. My pedalboards usually were always so crowded the biggest problem was always positioning the first and last pedal so the jacks are easily accessible :-)

I can't see why a well done extra jack there would do anything detrimental to the sound, much less anyway than any pedal the signal goes thru. (I had GREAT results btw using a CM Octaswitch which removes the 'sound goes thru ten pedals and is dead then' problem). However, an extra connection is always something more that CAN oxidize or cause problems later.

Use quality connectors and it should work fine.

Stereo jacks should work just fine if they're standard stuff.

One thing I also thought of sometime, a bit similar, is why not make the pedalboard balanced while at it and run the sound off it via XLR. Decided it'd be WAY too much trouble, but I know a guy who actually puts XLRs and balanced leads to all his instruments. Claims especially on bass it makes a big difference.

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(@xplorervoodoo)
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Thanks for the reply dude :) I'm not sure what XLR is, as I am basically a self-taught, bedroom guitar player lol. I figured the stereo jacks would work fine, and honestly the connectors I found would make things a LOT easier to assemble (i.e. no soldering required...)

Anyway, thanks again. I'll show it off whenever I get the time to start building it :)

Tone is subjective.


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(@deeaa)
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Xlr=balanced mic etc. Cable connector, 3 prong, used to be called also cannon.

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Vocalist/guitarist/producer-engineer.

A couple of my own bands:
http://www.mikseri.net/spookbox - garage/grunge rock
http://www.mikseri.net/whobody - pop rock
http://www.project-43.com - classic heavy rock


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