Apr 27, 2012
Save Your Settings With Pedal Labels
So, have you ever had one of those moments where you saw a product and had thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” ? Well, that was the case when I took a trip over to Effectsbay one day and saw Hank’s new pedal labels…… WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT?!?!?!?
As you can see above, Hank has pretty much covered all of your bases from toggle and single knob settings to multiple knob configurations. You can also mix and match stickers, like I have done with my Manifold drive further down on this page. A lot of time and thought went into making sure that whether you have big name pedals, like Boss or Ibanez, or if you are more of a boutique pedal person, there is a sticker set for almost every kind of pedal you can think of.
Hank offers a 2 rack card style pack for $2.95 plus shipping and a 6 rack card style pack for $7.95 plus shipping. The 6 rack card style pack includes:
- 3 Ibanez 4 knob labels
- 3 Ibanez 3 knob labels
- 3 MXR Wide 2 knob labels
- 3 MXR 1 knob labels
- 9 MXR 2 knob labels
- 12 MXR 3 knob labels
- 9 Boss 4 knob labels
- 9 Boss 3 knob labels
- 6 Toggle labels
- 54 single knob labels
It’s kind of a no brainer at the $7.95 price tag.
For quite a number of years, I have been doing everything from making hash marks on my pedals to making marks on tape for my vintage pedals. When taking off the tape, I usually left some sort of residue or would actually pull up chips of paint or metal on my particularly old pedals. If you leave the tape on too long, it will most likely harden and just fall off, which is quite aggravating if you are touring and the labels fall off in transit.
I have also always hated the way my pedals looked when I would peer down and see a bunch of white-out hash marks on my pedal or different colored painter’s tape with Sharpee marks. I like things to look nice and organized…. clutter kind of gives me anxiety This is also not to mention the fact that in dark bars and clubs, it would become pretty hard sometimes to check my settings against the hash marks. I tried glow-in-the-dark puffy paint at one point, which only works for a bit and leaves a mess on the pedal. At some point later, I tried some of that glowtape that stage hands love to use…. again, that only works for a little bit and that really left a hell of a lot of residue on my pedals.
The things I found very appealing about Hank’s labels were that they were:
1. Easy to see
2. Very uniform and organized looking on the pedals
3. Made with a low tack adhesive that sticks well yet removes cleanly
Another thing that is particularly useful is that you can put multiple settings on the pedal labels by using different colored markers when making your hash marks.
Now, I didn’t have a ruler handy when I made my hash marks and if you honestly want the marks to be dead on, then you will probably want to use some sort of a straight edge.
It’s like the best thing to happen for our pedals since….. sliced bread? Check them out and start cleaning up those pedals!
Also, please be sure to visit Hank’s Pedal Labels Facebook page and show some FBG family love!