As we all sit in quarantine and get increasingly excited for the new film coming out next year, I have decided to refurbish/rebuild some of my gear that has become beaten up over years of use at conventions. There is a builders group I belong to on Facebook and some individuals have recently provided some new insights to the GB1 trap pedal. I do not want to steal their thunder, so I won't really go into what they have postulated. But what I will do is share some publicly available reference and my build. I plan to build 2 new pedals, but since they will be the same, I will probably just show the one here.
First, let's get some reference out of the way.
First up is the best screen cap I have of the pedal in GB1.
This pedal also went up for auction with a trap a while ago, and we have a shot from that auction:
And now it is on display in Seattle:
And that's pretty much all the reference I have to go off of. There are some traits of the GB2 trap pedals that I will also be using; specifically the metal work around the wooden base plate and the same faucet washers for "feet" on the bottom of my pedal. The following photos will be of a GB2 pedal.
So what can we gleam from all of these photos!? Welp, there are some things that are the same and other things that are different between pedals.
Both pedal bases are made from wood with a metal base and both appear to have 1/2" strip of metal wrapped around the front half of the pedal. This can be seen better on the GB2 pedal. They both appear to use the same style Hammond boxes, but the GB1 pedal has a blue version of the larger box. They both have the bullet latch in the back of the pedal, behind the hinge for the vector plate.
The GB1 pedal appears to be wider, and we can see that the larger Hammond project box was originally blue. The Relay appears to have been glued directly to the blue hammond box. The GB1 pedal has different furniture, including a knurled Legris straight fitting; a 26 pin header with 26 pin ribbon cable leading to a black d-sub connector, instead of the black header with ribbon cable connecting to a grey d-sub connector on the GB2 pedal. On the GB1 pedal, there is a resistor under the vector plate where the yellow and red hosing connect to as well. The shape of the base appears to be different, specifically on the "wings" of the base, as the right side extends beyond the large box, while on the GB1 pedal, it sits flush. Lastly, the GB1 pedal appears to have a neoprene bellow while the GB2 has a more rubber bellow.
Now with that quick discussion regarding the reference I am using, now I will get into my build in the next post.