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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pedal Board Bracket Mods

Ever since I bought my Furman SPB-8C pedal board I was having trouble keeping my pedals on it. The velcro strips supplied with the unit, as well as the velcro bottom of the board itself, are woefully incapable of keeping heavy pedals securely anchored to the board. So, I decided to drill some holes in it. :)

I got this idea from a website that sells random guitar paraphernalia, but instead of buying them I decided to make my own… with a twist. My method uses wing nuts for tool-less installation and removal of the pedals. Here's how I did it:

I went to Lowes and bought a couple of packs of 2"-34 mending plates, #8-32 wing nuts and #8-32 x 1-1/2 machine screws. I then attached the brackets to my pedals using the screws already there underneath the pedal housing (most pedals have four of them). You only need two brackets for most pedals, and only one will suffice for the smaller, lighter ones.

Once I had the brackets attached I placed the pedals back on the board, lined them up exactly how I wanted them and then marked the holes for drilling. I used my DeWalt drill and a 1/8 inch drill bit, which is a smaller diameter than the machine screw itself. This helps give the screw some bite and keeps things nice and tight. Warning: Be sure to use something underneath the board lest you drill a hole in your floor! I used a small length of 2x4 that I moved around under the board when drilling the holes. Then I just inserted the screws from the bottom with a screwdriver and the board was ready.

The last thing left to do was to put the pedals back on and install the wing nuts. Viola! Now your pedals are secure and ready for gigging.

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