These are some of the questions I get asked the most often:
Briefly, why is this better than Velcro?
It's stronger, it's thinner, it's cleaner looking, it doesn't leave residue (great for resale), the adhesive is ideal for pedals and boards, and it's often reusable. Plus it's a nice feeling to stomp on a pedal and not have it move around. At all.
What model of Dual Lock do you use?
The model number is SJ4575; it's the black low-profile stuff.
Why did you choose that model?
For one, it's the cleanest looking. It also is some of the thinnest, so the pedals are closer to the board. The adhesive on this model is ideal for powder-coated metal (like many pedals are) and it comes off really cleanly. Honestly I tested some of the stronger stuff, and it was kind of like wrestling a bear to get the pedals off the board, which wasn't at all the point -- at least for me. :)
Do you do any boards aside from Pedaltrains?
Yep! Just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
with specs or questions and we'll get you sorted out!
How much Dual Lock do I get?
You get pre-cut strips that will cover your board from end to end. Then you get one continuous strip that will be more than enough to cover all of your existing pedals and you'll have some extra for future pedal purchases. You do not get an actual pedalboard
-- that part is up to you. :)
How much should I put on my pedals?
If you're dealing with a standard size pedal (think tuner, superbolt, stuff like that), just a strip on the top and bottom is more than enough. For bigger stuff, I recommend just cutting rectangles and putting them on the 4 corners. The first time I put a whole strip across the top and bottom of a POG or a Timeline I almost had to get my feet involved to get them off the board -- not what I wanted. :) 4 corners has worked really well for me so far. This also maximizes the use you get out of the included Duallock!
Don't they make 2" wide Dual Lock? Why don't you use that?
They do. However, it's more expensive, a little tougher to find, and even though covering the rails would be easier that way, you definitely don't want to deal with 2" strips on your pedals. :) For me, I like to mount things underneath my boards as well, and 1" is better for that too.
Speaking of under your board, is Dual Lock strong enough to hold stuff under there?
Yep! Who needs brackets or screws or mounting systems? I have a Walrus Audio Phoenix
under my board now (15 input power supply that's fairly large) and it's having no problems holding it under there upside down. You'll probably want to put on more than the typical '4 corner' rule for power supplies, though.
I have a Boss / Ibanez / Whatever Pedal that had rubber on the bottom and I may or may not have taken it off. Will the Dual Lock still work?
If you didn't take off the rubber, the Dual Lock should still work directly on the rubber - give it a go. If you took it off and the bottom of the pedal is recessed a little bit from the edges, you have a couple options. 1. You can take 2 small pieces of Dual Lock (same length as what's on your pedal) and stick the sticky sides together to make kind of a 'bridge' piece -- then stick that piece in between the Dual Lock on your pedal and the Dual Lock on your board -- that should give you enough height to clear the pedal. 2. attach something more permanent on the pedal to make it flush and attach the Dual Lock to that instead.
If you have a Wah, one of my customers also found this little solution
that may help you immensely.