Consider your design; consider your components. Years of experience have reinforced the idea that good planning and quality component choices build the foundation required for quality products. As All-Pedal guides you through the process of choosing PCB (printed circuit board) layouts, we also look to improve quality and reduce manufacturing costs during the fundamental stage of designing your product. We’ve already done the research and know where to suggest cost savings and where to invest more resources.
Surface Mount vs. Plated Through Hole, enclosure size and color, NOS parts vs. new production… The choices can be staggering. All-Pedal’s value-added service consists of advising you, the designer, of the pros and cons of many choice options like this. We take the time with our clients to navigate and avoid the pitfalls commonly encountered when building boutique guitar effects. Whether you are a veteran builder or the hobbyist starting your own business, All-Pedal is your complete resource.
You can easily be overwhelmed with the choices and options available when choosing components. While we do stock a large selection of inventory, we only stock the right items. We keep a large selection of metal film and carbon comp resistors, Stacked Metallized Plastic Film Capacitors, Electrolytic Caps, etc. We also have a full range of toggle switches, stomp switches, 1/4″ jacks, and knobs.
PCBs (printed circuit boards) are typically made overseas in the interest of cost-effectiveness. These boards are 100% electrically tested by us prior to use. We can also have PCBs produced stateside at a premium cost to meet your project needs.
One of the older methods of circuit production is the use of Plated Through Hole boards and components. This technology still has a firm grip in aerospace and life-safety equipment. In applications in which atmospheric conditions can change so suddenly and drastically, this more mechanical attachment method is superior. But, we all have smartphones, computers, and other devices which last years or even decades. In fact, SMT components and construction are quite durable. Normally, if SMT experiences a failure, it’s through a power surge, being dropped, or simply mistreated. Most boutique guitar pedals are initially breadboarded with PTH components in someone’s garage. Then as they gain popularity, the design is converted to surface mount.
Today, SMT produced boutique guitar pedals are commonplace. All-Pedal is unique in the fact that we produce both technology types in-house. Production never moves out of the United States. This is one reason that our quality control is unmatched in the music industry.
As technology evolves rapidly, so do the methods to build efficiently. All-Pedal is owned and operated by Warehouse Guitar Speakers, a company with decades of manufacturing experience in the music industry. We have stepped through the pages of time with the plated through-hole tools and equipment to now operate state-of-the-art surface mount machines. Our SMT line, built specifically for making guitar effects in the United States, can produce over 1 million circuits per year. We have in-line AOI (automated optical inspection) equipment to assist with quality control.
At All-Pedal, we believe that a finely designed guitar effect should look and feel like everything just fits together perfectly. We use a Haas 3-axis CNC mill to ensure that your pedal enclosures perfectly align to the controls of the circuit. Our milling center also enables us to build custom tooling and fixtures. Rapid prototyping is at your fingertips.
Our Powder Coating is done in-house using a custom built electric infrared oven with inline conveyor. Reducing part handling makes for the highest quality finish. Prismatic Powders is one of our favorite powder vendors. Their product line boasts some of the most brilliant colors and choices available.
In 2010, All-Pedal brought a new technology, DTS (Direct To Substrate printing), to the boutique guitar pedal market. This technology allows us to print custom designs directly onto the enclosures. The process puts CMYK, White, Clear coat, and Primer in one step. DTS reduces lead times for prototyping and makes smaller runs more viable. Using DTS, we are able to print high-definition designs with a resolution of up to 1400 dpi.