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10. Connecting outboard cables to your board

Adding a separate interface panel to the underside of your pedalboard can be a handy solution, especially if your board is so full that it’s hard to plug outboard cables in.

You can use such an interface panel for plugging your guitar in, for connecting effects to your amp’s FX loop, or to send the pedal’s output signal to the amp.

You can plug any guitar cable into the panel, and unplug it at will.

– If you’ve determined during the planning phase that you need additional connectors, it’s best to install them right after you’ve added the power supply.

Best-Tronics D-Panel frames are attached to the pedalboard in the same way as a power supply unit. Self-drilling screws are provided with the panel frames, meaning no machine drilling is required. Screws for D-panel connectors are also included in the package. All you need is Philips screwdriver.

  • Find the best spot for the Best-Tronics frame.

  • Mark the required holes with a felt pen or a sharp tool.

  • Again, we’d recommend making small dimples in the centre of each mark, which will keep the screws from sliding across the frame’s surface.

    A Best-Tronics frame lets you install all Neutrik D-Panel-type connectors, such as:

    A plug-to-plug connector, with the output being a phone jack, too.


    A plug connector, with soldering lugs.



    An XLR connectors, with feed-through connectors or soldering lugs.

    A MIDI connectors, with soldering lugs. These ports are a little more difficult to solder, but doable.

    A Powercon connector, which is connected with screw-on terminals, like the AC-power connectors in our loom.

    A Ethernet feed-through connector.

    When you’re finished, turn the board right side up. Place all effects on top of the frame according to your plan, and connect all power and signal cables for the first test.

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