When you have an open space on your pedalboard are you tempted to fill it even if you don't need to?

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  1. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I know this was the case with me when rack effects were the thing - an open rack space meant something had to go there. And now I find myself with an open space on my pedalboard because I purchased a combination overdrive and boost, thereby replacing two pedals, leaving room for a new pedal.

    First world problem.
     
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    Nah, I usually have the opposite problem. I get a new pedal then I can't decide which currently used pedal to remove to make room for it. What is this "open space on my pedalboard" you speak of? :)
     
  3. Theslack5

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    I had an open space on mine which first I tried to fill with another delay ( boss dd3) didn’t use it. Then I filled the gap with an mxr micro flanger ( didn’t use it). A couple of weeks ago I bought an oceans 11 by ehx to go there, 3rd time lucky.
     
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    It's a problem that i'm having right now, if you see my new thread there is a picture of my pedalboard, there is an empty space that i filled with a cigarette case. :lol::lol::lol: in the meantime i'll think about something that i need....
    Nothing really.;);)
     
  5. fatcat

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    To answer original question..

    Yes, sometimes.

    Then a while later I have exactly the opposite reaction and minimize..
     
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    No. I decided what pedals I wanted and, as a bedroom player / learner) I'm buying no more than that unless I discover that I want / need something else or swap one of my pedals for another.

    The mistake I made was to buy a very compact board. What I might do is buy a new / slightly larger board so the connectors / wiring is less cramped.
     
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    I suffer from this ailment, as well. I currently have an open space on my Pedaltrain Jr. that is taunting me. Wanna know what's worse, though? I recently started collecting Boss pedals and putting them in roto-molded BCB-30 cases. Try having an open space in one of those!

    Also, I have a tendency to feel like I should be using all the taps on my power supplies, too.
     
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    How many empty spaces do I have?
    None.
    How many pedals do I need on my board?
    Just one more. :lol:
     
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    Nah, I just spread the other ones out so it doesn't look like an empty space...
     
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    Im happily tapped out for space. I've got 9 pedals squeezed onto my PT Jr, and had to sacrifice my fuzz slot to accommodate my Alter Ego v2, so that I can have an echoplex, dm2 and echorec algos, in addition to my Replica. But if I were to move up to a bigger board, I'd be inclined to mount pedals I'd seldom use, or worse, start buying pedals again. So....must....be....strong.
     
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    I've got my core pedals that I need to play our songs, but I leave space for one pedal that I am experimenting with or to annoy the band (like a Gonkulator).
     
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    Yeah, that Boss pedal board idea was a great idea - for Boss!
     
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    The idea that selling a pedal would somehow create a space on my board hasn't been true since I was in high school, probably around 1980.

    If I have a thousand bucks disposable income, I'm not going to carry it all around with me.

    Right now I have two wallets... One for everyday and a slimmer one for formal occasions. I used to own a chain wallet for working outside.

    I also have a few different pedal boards. Which one I use depends on the situation.

    I've been collecting pedals since the 70s. At this stage, whether I buy or sell a pedal has no bearing on the number of open spaces on my board.

    I have far more pedals than I could ever fit on a board all at the same time...

    That said, if I only need 3 pedals, I take my tiny board. If I need 6, I'll take a Boss BCB 60.

    If I need more than that, I have a pedal train that holds around 10.

    If I need even more, I can combine them.

    But if I'm using a Boss 6 space pedal case, I have a tendency to put pedals in all 6 slots, whether I need them or not.

    Am I just being a grumpy curmudgeon who totally misunderstood the question?!

    Wouldn't be the first time... Lol
     
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    I don't use a board so I can always add more.
     
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    Open space on my pedalboard? What’s that?
     
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    No, I save two or three spaces. It makes me feel like I've got room if there's an emergency, and in my head, I know that people can hear the improvement in sound quality from the signal not going through a couple of extra pedals.

    (of course, nobody cares that I'm even using pedals - they're only half listening to what's being played, anyway).
     
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    Absolutely. There's always another pedal that needs a home.
     
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    yes, immediately...excuses to search...but i haven't used a pedal live or in studio for years..so why is my pedal collection growing and why do i for no reason build a board out of wood from scratch every winter...note to self...self..the Boss MS switcher you got a few months ago can basically eliminate all of them...self to self..shut up
     
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    My empty space is the floor in front of me. Since I play at home, 6 or 7 OD pedals - why not? Add one more when UPS comes 'round the corner...
     
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    It's awesome what we guitarists consider an "emergency"!!
     
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