Photo by Jesse Sterling Harrison; used with permission
Maybe you’re an old-school guitarist, and the only things you need are a guitar and an amplifier. All your tone comes from your fingers, just like your first guitar teacher said. That’s great; you’ve got a simple traveling rig. But for the rest of us, those who have discovered two or three (or six or seven) stompbox pedals that have become integral to our sound, packing is a pain. We’re carrying duffel bags that feel like they’re full of small rocks, or else we’re stuffing the open backs of combo amps with pedals and short cords, hoping they don’t stick to our speaker magnets (and that we won’t touch a hot capacitor and fry our hair while reaching for them).
These pedals need to be kept together, they need to always have power, and they need to be protected from the rigors of the road. We also wouldn’t mind if our setup time were cut in half. Well, here’s a quick hack that solves all those issues in one swoop. As with most DIY projects, you’ll need a drill driver with a couple of drill bits and a screwdriver bit, some sandpaper, and some sort of saw – electric or hand-powered.