Guitar pedal case

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Project by AaronK posted 08-13-2010 01:53 AM 4880 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one’s strictly for utility. measures about 40” across, 16” deep and 5 tall. I needed something better than the old suitcase i was using, even though I don’t play so much anymore. Still, i needed a place to keep them, so I built this to fit.

Built from Borg 5-ply doweled and glued together. Handle is solid cherry with oak dowel, and the “feet” are mahogany scraps. Finish is about a million coats of poly + cherry stain (you can see my super sloppy job!). The most important part of the whole thing is actually the hardware: I used window locks that spin into place and use an internal cam to tighten up. They make this absolutely the easiest guitar pedal case to open and close. There are 2 along the top and bottom edges, and they’re totally enough to keep it closed. I did add a little lip to the inside of the top cover in order to keep out dust. pedals are held in with pipe strapping screwed into the bottom panel. Foam is recycled and spot hot glued into place. That’s pretty much all there is to say about this. oh yeah – the altoids tin is hot glued on and holds pics and ear plugs :-)

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 02:10 AM

wah wah wah,wah,wah wah,wah. Nice box man.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 05:02 AM

Very nice and functional. Clean setup too.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 04:48 PM

Awesome case, I’ve been thinking of building something like this, and a free standing one to leave in my music room. I don’t recoginze a few of those pedals, mine listed what all you’ve got there?

-- David

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 05:16 PM

not surprising, most of them are homemade! top left is a “spyder” 8-transformer isolated 9VDC power supply. below it are a digitech reverb and EH memory man. Then there’s a modded crybaby wah. the junction box houses a “tremulus lune” tremolo. to the right of that in black is an EA Trem, the gold is a modded Rat clone, to the right of that is a compressor/expander (forget who wrote the circuit), and finally a Sabine Tuner.

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 07:28 PM

Awesome pedal case! Looks like a great rig.
Jimmy Page would be proud! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 05:44 AM

Great job on your pedal board! I’m continually dreaming about how to make one and just need to do it. Did you debate about making the back row of pedals taller? (I love the Altoids tin, by the way!)

It’s interesting how many of us seem to be into guitar. Must be the detail-oriented personality type.

Do you use some of the pedals before and some after the input stage of your amp? I’m always curious if/how people use their effects loops.

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 01:11 PM

will – i DID debate whether to make the back level higher. I didn’t because I wanted to keep as slim a profile as possible (it’s still too fat, i think), and I dont have enough pedals – especially small ones – to make it matter that much. It would be cool, especially if the riser was a hollow box for storage, but it’s not really such a big deal.

My main amp is a fender tweed deluxe clone… i could add an effects loop, but it wouldn’t really matter all that much, since it’s the thick power-amp stage distortion that makes it this amp sound rich. j find effects loops to be more useful on modern amps that have multiple pre-amp stages – and that’s also where you’ll tend to find them more frequently.

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#8 posted 04-20-2011 02:57 AM

I’ve been wanting to build one of these for my son but he’s got so many pedals it would take 2 sheets of plywood. Nice touch with the Altoids box.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#9 posted 04-20-2011 04:33 PM

thanks :-)

the best thing is just to build two of these – this one is about as large as a bass guitar case (shorter, but much thicker) and is nearly too big to handle comfortably.

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