Burn, Baby, Burn

March 5, 2013

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23 custom length cables. 46 right angle jacks. And a lot of soldering.

After playing with a minimalist pedalboard for almost a year, I decided to move back to my big board. That board is populated with the following pedals:

  • Korg Pitchblack Tuner
  • Timmy Overdrive
  • American Falcon II Overdrive
  • Hotcake Overdrive
  • Fulltone OCD Overdrive
  • EP Booster Overdrive
  • Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
  • Strymon El Cap Tape Delay
  • Strymon Timeline Delay
  • Strymon Mobius Modulations and Filters
  • Neunaber Wet Reverb
  • Disaster Area Midi Controller for Timeline/Mobius

And yes, I know. I carry a lot of overdrives on the pedalboard.

With so many pedals, I find that it is much better to control them with a True Bypass Effects Pedal. Better tone and much easier to switch between pedals. And, if one link is down, I can still play. RoadRage Pro Gear provided me with the latest True Bypass Effects Loop. It looks a bit like this one:

My version has one tuning/mute loop and the main in/out jacks are located on the sidewalls.

For whatever reason, I decided to take on the re-wiring work on Sunday evening. I am playing Saturday so I need to get the board up and running. However, it takes about 20 minutes per cable to solder. Roughly 8 hours to get the job done.

Unfortunately, with work and business travel as well as my training program, there is little time left this week to solder. Making good progress though as I have 9 cables left to build. Have to find three hours somewhere between now and Friday.

The training and nutrition program is going really well. Here are the results from yesterday.

Breakfast
Calories: 140, Carbs: 14 grams, Protein: 20 grams, Fat: 0 grams

Lunch
Calories: 391, Carbs 52 grams, Protein: 24 grams, Fat: 11 grams

Dinner
Calories: 733, Carbs: 104 grams, Protein: 45 grams, Fat: 16 grams

Total intake
Calories: 1,265, Carbs: 170, Protein: 88 grams, Fat: 27 grams
Sodium intake of 1,859 mg and total fibre intake of 16 grams.

Exercise

Session with personal trainer. Hard core conditioning effort. Estimate of 295 calories burned. Net calories of 970 for the day — too low. I should have had some additional food in the evening but I was too busy soldering.

Stretching

Light stretching session.

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