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Carry-On Luggage Pedalboard Challenge – Dan vs Mick

November 29, 2019

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We assemble two pedalboards that would be allowed as cabin/hand luggage on a typical budget airline. A wide, versatile range of sounds and fast setup is essential – who wins?

Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.

After receiving lots of feedback that our normal, big pedalboards are too big and cumbersome for MPMOTT (most people most of the time), we decided to address the issue with a challenge! Let’s assume we’re flying on a budget airline and have only carry-on/hand luggage… not knowing what amp may be at the other end. What can we come up with?
Let’s find out – enjoy the episode!

Judge’s note: We never got to see Mick’s change of clothes and ablutive accoutrements. The judge hereby confirms he did have a laptop bag containing said items as per the Easy Jet Speedy Boarding allowance ready and packed. But with all the pedalboard fun, we forgot to film it. Doh!

Pedals & stuff in this episode…

• Dan’s Board
TC Electronic Polytune 3
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• RYRA The Klone
UK & Europe:

• MXR Custom Shop Il Diavolo Overdrive
UK & Europe:

• Jam Pedals Ripply Fall
UK & Europe:

• TheGigRig Humdinger

• Strymon DIG Digital Delay
UK & Europe:

• Wampler Euphoria Drive Pedal
UK & Europe:

• LovePedal Hall Mod Reverb Pedal - No longer made

• The Gig Rig Wetter Box
UK & Europe:

• The Gig Rig QuarterMaster QMX-6 Pedal Switcher
UK & Europe:

• TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Mini
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Mick’s Board
• Keeley D&M Drive
UK & Europe:

• Kingsley Maiden Tube Preamp

• TheGigRig Humdinger

• Jam Pedals Ripply Fall
UK & Europe:

• Boss DD-200
UK & Europe:

• Catalinbread Topanga Reverb
UK & Europe:

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Welcome!: 0:00
- Hand Luggage Pedalboard Challenge rules!: 0:26
- Easy Jet’s carry-on measurements, 2019: 2:23
- Bare your board! 2:27
- Dan’s board: 4:20
- Circular saw: 4:55
- Dan’s pedal choices: 5:00
- Dan builds a board from scratch: 6:28
- Dan: power and audio.. : 8:24
- Dan: signal path: 8:50
- Dan plugs in at Gig Rig HQ: 10:32
- Mick: board choice: 11:30
- Mick: pedal choices and signal diagrams: 13:27
- Preamp? 15:45
- Mick: layout and assembly: 16:45
- Mick final signal diagram: 18:13
- A quick test: 18:45
- Dan’s big reveal!: 20:50
- Mick’s big reveal!: 24:48
- What amps did we end up with?: 28:28
- Dan’s 3-minute set up: 28:50
- Orange Pedal Baby?: 30:22
- Dan’s clean sound: 31:20
- On to more gainy sounds.: 34:58
- Orange Pedal Baby EQ: 36:49
- Dan wet/dry and modulation: 38:43
- Dan delay: 41:20
- Mick’s 3-minute set up: 44:35
- Always happy with a Hot Rod Deluxe: 45:50
- Dan insists we talk about Mick’s guitar: 46:02
- Mick sets up the Kingsley Maiden D: 47:22
- Keeley D&M Drive: 50:28
- Modulation and delay time: 54:05
- Mick swaps amps to the Pedal Baby: 58:51
- Mick goes wet-dry with both amps : 1:02:01
- Dan swaps amps to the Hot Rod: 1:05:33
- Dan much prefers the Hot Rod Deluxe: 1:07:28
- Dan goes wet dry: 1:09:25
- Thoughts on the two amps: 1:12:05
- The results! 1:13:30

Guitars in this episode:
1961 Fender Stratocaster - no video yet
• Gibson Memphis 1958 ES-335 - Mick’s video at
• Fender Custom Shop 1963 Telecaster – Dan’s video at

Amps in this episode
• Orange Pedal Baby 100 and Two-Rock 112 cab / WGS12L speaker
• Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III with standard 112 speaker

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