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17. Final testing and finishing touches

Play your instrument while going through all your effects one by one. Make sure each pedal works as it should, just as they did during the first test. This step is mainly formal, but it allows you to listen that nothing has changed while you have attached and dressed the patch cables.

In some cases, the final installation of the patch cables can affect how a certain effect reacts to another, but this is very rare if you’ve been careful during the first testing phase.

We recommend marking your favourite effect settings on each effect using a fluorescent Stagetrix Settings Saver.

Your settings will glow in the dark, and the markings are easy to rub off of gloss finished pedals.

You can also mark some critical jacks in your signal chain with fluorescent Pro Gaff tape, which you can also use to mark your settings.

Marking your settings is important, especially if you’re forced to go on in a hurry or on a dark stage. You only have to take a few looks to be sure your pedalboard’s effects are adjusted correctly.

On some pedals control knobs are prone to move out of position far too easily, for example if you hit them with your foot. In these cases Custom Boards’ Pot Stopper rings will prove a godsend.


Stoppers helps to keep your pedal settings intact but still usable. Rings also hide nicely under the potentiometer.

Should you need to adjust control settings by foot often, we also offer Rubber Knob Covers to make things easier for you.

If you have trouble hitting the right switches or if you play without shoes, you can try Barefoot Buttons to smoothen your touch to the pedals.

  • Now is the time you should programme your MIDI effects looper, if you have one on your board.
  • Weighing your pedalboard – packed inside its case – on suitable scales will give you an exact figure for flying to gigs. You can use same fluorescent Pro Gaff tape to mark the weight clearly on the side of your case (or gig bag).

IF THIS WERE A Custom Boards pedalboard, we would put our quality seal on the board, and then take a few pictures for our gallery. 

You would then get an e-mail informing you that your board was now finished, and ready for pickup at our headquarters.

We would also tell you about our pedalboards’ lifetime warranty. Along with your new board, we would hand you our Custom Boards technicians’ business cards, so you’d know who to contact in case of questions or emergencies.

To make your ride as smooth as possible, I’d strongly suggest reading our User’s Guide, which has been written mainly with our Custom Boards pedalboards in mind. Still, the guides contents are also relevant for the DIY-pedalboard making musician.

Now your pedalboard is ready to inspire you, and ready to face the rigours of regular gigging.

Enjoy.

August 2017

Kimmo Aroluoma & Eetu Lehtinen

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