Building A Pedalboard For Paul Davids [The Most Complex I've Ever Done?]

Published 12 Nov 2021

Loads of pedals, a top-flight switcher and seven MIDI pedals on one board?! You bet…

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

Welcome to the video, Dan here, hello!
We were lucky enough to meet and hang out with the awesomely talented and charismatic Paul Davids at Thomann Gear University in 2019. If you're not familiar with Paul's work, please a visit here and get learned!

Anyhoo, back there in Germany we began a conversation that culminated in this monster of a pedalboard build. Regular viewers will know that working with artists' rigs and pedalboards is central to everything I do in my main job at TheGigRig, and this was an opportunity to put all that experience to work.

Paul will follow up with a video on his own channel in due course, walking you through some of the sounds and his experiences so far. Please watch that space for more.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• Mythos Golden Fleece
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• Cornerstone Gladio
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• Klon Centaur
No longer available new

• Strymon Volante
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• Chase Bliss Audio Automatone Preamp MKII
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• Hologram Microcosm

• Chase Bliss Audio Mood
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• Analogman King Of Tone

• Source Audio Collider
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• Chase Bliss Audio Automatone CXM 1978
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• Chase Bliss Audio Blooper
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• Strymon Mobius
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• Schimdt Array 750XDM

• TheGigRig G3

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
0:00 Intro
0:30 Paul's currentboard… oh dear
1:00 Meeting Paul
2:10 TheGigRig G3
2:35 Planning makes perfect
3:10 Paul’s list of pedals
3:40 What’s the purpose of the board?
4:50 Paul decides on his pedalboard
5:28 Paul’s pedals
5:38 Planning the signal path
6:50 Time for the layout
9:15 Getting the power connected
10:00 Standoffs and cable ties
10:30 Testing is everything
10:55 Connecting the patch leads
12:00 MIDI hooked up
13:20 Nearly there, let’s hear it!
18:20 Time to rip the board apart
19:00 Shipping the board to Paul
19:30 Paul receives the board
22:20 Part 2 on the way…

Guitars in this episode:
• Fender 1965 Telecaster

Amps in this episode
• Marshall 1987x with 1960AX cab / Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
• Fender 1965 Deluxe Reverb reissue with standard speaker

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