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RockBoard by Warwick

From more than 70 years of experience in the manufacturing of musical equipment, we know quite a bit about the needs of modern musicians. That is why, with our brand RockBoard, we are constantly developing innovative ideas for building, wiring, and powering pedalboards as well as other effects setups. Be it space-saving flat cables, well-engineered board designs with practical extra functions, or convenient transport solutions – W-Music Distribution offers a comprehensive range to meet the needs of hobby musicians as well as professional performers.
From more than 70 years of experience in the manufacturing of musical equipment, we know quite a bit about the needs of modern musicians. That is...
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RockBoard Frame 4 XL - Mounting Brace for Large Multi-Power Supplies (RockBoard Quad Pedalboard Series)
RockBoard Frame 4 XL - Mounting Brace for Large Multi-Power Supplies (RockBoard Quad Pedalboard Series) Product nr.: RBO B FRAME 4 XL
Delivery time: 3 days ** 0,50 kg
€34.90
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RockBoard Frame XL - Mounting Brace for Large Multi-Power Supplies (RockBoard Cinque Pedalboard Series)
RockBoard Frame XL - Mounting Brace for Large Multi-Power Supplies (RockBoard Cinque Pedalboard Series) Product nr.: RBO B FRAME XL
Delivery time: 3 days ** 0,50 kg
€29.90
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Almost as old as the electric guitar itself - effects devices

Almost as old as the history of the electric guitar, is that of the effect devices. With the advent of electrically amplified guitars, the associated amplifiers developed quickly. These were immediately misused by the experimental guitarists, and by turning them up to their limit, distorted, completely new sounds were elicited from them. Effect pedals that additionally changed the tone, initially intended for wind instruments, have been around for almost as long. But again, it was the guitarists who discovered this new technology for themselves, and created a new sound universe with Wah Wah pedals and Co. Also, their colleagues on bass or organ quickly gained pleasure in the new equipment, and so the pedals, which were switched off and on while playing by foot and were simply connected between guitar and amplifier with an instrument cable, quickly became a success. Especially the distortion pedals, which made it possible to overdrive the early tube amps (still without separate gain control) and thus distort them even more intensely, soon became a must-have.

Dawn of a new age

From the stars of the early electric guitar scene in the 60s, such as Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton, to the innovative 70s, with Hard, Glam, Space, Kraut or Prog Rock; the innovative power of the inventors, and the adventurous spirit of the musicians hardly knew any limits: Distortion, Univibe, Tremolo, Echo and Reverb. Octaver, Filter, Chorus, Flanger and Compressor. More and more technology, which often found its way directly from the studio to the stage, made the tone of the performances wider and more interesting. 15-minute-long guitar solos often became excursions over effect-charged soundscapes. The echo quickly became a favourite of many guitarists. With its help, arpeggios and solos could be turned into wonderfully deep sound experiences. For a long time, there were the so-called tape echoes, which were nothing else than tape machines with endless tape and adjustable speed. Large, heavy and susceptible to failure, they were as fascinating as they were impractical. But that was about to change!

Increasingly smaller, increasingly digital

As technology progressed, the elaborate circuits housed in large enclosures, were packed into small handy pedals. In the 1980s, the spread of digital technology continued to drive the development and popularity of effect pedals. Put between the guitar and the amp, one could now take highly resolved and long reverb, or complex and clean echo onto any stage. Ease of use and transportability was the name of the game. And again, the effect devices made a huge leap in popularity. The selection became bigger and bigger, while the prices became more and more attractive. Most of these devices drew their power from 9V block batteries, housed in the pedal. And these batteries could also abruptly interrupt the performance during a solo. Murphy's Law states, that this is exactly when the electricity suppliers breathe out their lives. On top of that, the wiring, building and dismantling before and after the gigs, increased the number of possible error causes. And so, it could become slightly confusing, especially in front of the feet of the guitarists, while their amps turned unintentionally quiet…

A tidy house, a tidy mind…

Not exactly a saying taken from the rock ́n ́roll handbook, but in the case listed above the solution of the misery. Especially in the 1990s, a new idea spread faster and faster. Often still improvised, it was the guitar technicians of big acts who, together with inventors of the technology scene, devised roadworthy solutions, which were eliminating long assembly and dismantling times, and providing maximum reliability. Put shortly, they put all the different effect pedals on so-called pedal boards. Once wired and provided with a central power supply, the failure-prone cables and weakening batteries were a thing of the past. Of course, it didn't take too long for guitarists all over the world to make use of this professional solution.

The world at your feet - colourful and versatile

At first, everything was still very individual, and therefore expensive. In addition, the central power supply and the close spacing of the pedals bring new problems. Noise gets introduced! Different pedals have different demands on the quality and stability of the power supply. And somehow, the pedals have to be attached securely to the board. The popular Velcro not only holds pedals on the board, it also magically attracts dirt and grime. More and more manufacturers offered and offer sophisticated solutions, the selection became gigantic! So, putting together an effects board, can quickly become a confusing planning and research work. Also, not exactly things from the handbook of rock...

Rockboard by Warwick - everything from a single source

But imagine, that everything you need to build an effects board can be found in one place. That place is here! No matter what pedal setup you have or plan to buy, RockBoard (RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution) by Warwick has it all. From the board itself, to the ingenious attachment of the effect pedals, to the necessary power supply, the cabling, and the right solution for safe transport. RockBoard is a sophisticated, modular system that delivers practical solutions down to the smallest detail.

It starts with the simple pedal mounting on the board. Due to the slot design of the RockBoard pedalboard sets, this is as easy as it is gentle on your pedals. For this purpose, the QuickMount (QuickMount | RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution) plates are used, which are either screwed to the effect pedal (there are the QuickMount plates in more and more different sizes, for almost all common manufacturers), or glued to the RockBoard with a silicone pad. Should something change, this connection can also be dissolved at any time without any residue. There are also useful accessories for the slot design of the RockBoard, such as a storage for picks (RockBoard QuickMount Pick Box | W-Music Distribution (warwick.de), or the CableFix (RockBoard QuickMount Cable Fix - Cable Clips (5 pcs.) | W-Music Distribution (warwick.de) for organizing the cabling on and under the board. Speaking of cables: of course, these are also offered to match the system. The patch cords (Flat Patch Cable | RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution) have flat angle connectors, ideal for use on the RockBoard. The RockBoard Power Cables (Power Supply | RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution) also offer optimized cables for connecting the pedals to the important. Again, RockBoard has a lot to offer! Depending on how complex your setup is, the RockBoard PowerBlocks (Power Supply | RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution) are available with different outputs that offer either fixed 9V outputs, or even variable voltage up to 18V (required by different preamps). The RockBoard Patchbay series "MOD" (MODs and Electronics | RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution) can be easily mounted in the RockBoard at the designated location. Here, too, the system is tailored to your needs. The input and output for the effect devices, as well as the power connection are thus always conveniently ensured. Do you need a wireless receiver directly on the pedalboard, or do you need a high-quality DI output? No problem! The All-In-One Patchbays (MODs and Electronics | RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution) also offer TRS, Midi and USB ports, as individual as your setup! The safe transport is of course a point of honour, with the sometimes very expensive pedals. And so, the Warwick RockBoard sets alternatively offer you a light gig bag against dust, dirt and rain, or the indestructible flightcase, for tough use on the road (Cases & Bags for Pedalboards | RockBoard by Warwick | W-Music Distribution).