December 06, 2016

Pedalboard Pedigree

You may be wondering why an amp company designed a DC Solderless connector for pedals and pedalboards? The easy answer is we saw a need for such a connector from our experience in building and wiring pedalboards (we're pedal guys). So how much experience do I personally have in building and wiring pedalboards? Quite a lot actually, here’s some history.

FXperts Custom Pedalboards

FXperts Custom Pedalboards (tolexed/carpeted in the living room of my apartment)

When I played in a semi-popular regional touring band in the late 80’s, I designed a carpeted pedalboard with a lift-off lid as there was no available version to buy. A few bands we played with saw my board and inquired about getting their own, so for a few years I made an sold boards to friends in other bands. A few years later in 1994 I started selling these boards online as a company called Fxperts Pedalboards (first pedalboard company online as far as I remember). I sold quite a few in the next 5 years or so, including ones to Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam), Sean Lennon, Greg Liesz, and Reeves Gabrels. When I started touring full-time as a guitar tech (which I've done now for 20+ years), I just couldn’t keep up with the demand and unfortunately let the company die on the vine. As a side note, another company took my design and started making pedalboards and I believe they are still in business.

pedalboard.com Flat Board 

pedalboard.com Flat Pedalboard (built and wired for Audley Freed)

Brad Whitford Modular Pedalboard

pedalboard.com Modular Pedalboard (built and wired for Brad Whitford)

A few years later in the early 2000’s a friend had me build prototypes for a aluminum edged flat board that he wanted to start selling along with his Juicebox power supply. I would take over the company (pedalboard.com) for him as it grew and I wanted to slow down on touring. He and another friend also designed a Modular pedalboard that’s main body was made of powder coated aluminum and had wooden end panels and space on the back for rack effects, a footswitchable effects loop box, power supply, patch bay, etc. I continued to sell these flat boards and Modular pedalboards for a few years until touring again took over my life.

Brad Whitford Pedalboard

3 Monkeys Amps Pedalboard for Brad Whitford (Aerosmith)

Wanting to retire from the road (at least part-time) I started 3 Monkeys Amps in late 2007 with Ossie Ahsen and Brad Whitford. I didn’t stop making or wiring pedalboards however and have done work for all the bands I’ve worked for such as Aerosmith, Green Day, Black Crowes, Linkin Park, etc. Most recently making a 3 Monkeys themed pedalboard for the last few Aerosmith tours.

To sum up, pedals and pedalboards are in our blood. Have any questions? Hit us up here.

---> Greg


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