Developed through years of experience building and setting up pedalboards, the Helweg Design screw-mounting bracket and riser system safely locks down your effect pedals, control units, and power supplies through the heaviest touring grind.
A key component of our OpenWing pedalboard system, Helweg mounting brackets and risers are a substantial utility upgrade recommended for all touring boards and anyone seeking a professional, no-compromise setup.
Our Type-L bracket is constructed of robust 14-gauge steel with a durable, textured powder-coat finish.
The L shape makes it possible to mount effect pedals (and power supplies, etc.) that have screws on the sides of the enclosure. The mounting slot accommodates a wide range of enclosure screw heights. The open end slot facilitates quick pedalboard removal without completely removing all screws.
For added versatility and easy set up, we've assembled hardware packs specific to different types of enclosures.
This two-bracket package mounts average-size stomp-boxes, including Fulltone and Jetter Gear. The pack includes longer replacement machine screws (#6).
We recommend using four brackets (two packs) to mount larger units.
We put this package together specifically for the Strymon Zuma power supply. It includes four brackets, long replacement screws (#4-40), and additional hardware.
Many pedals, power supplies, and large control units have side-mounted screws. Notable units include Morley wah and volume pedals, Cioks power supplies, and the new Boss DD 500 Delay.
We could use your help gathering info to determine the replacement screws and spacers needed to secure our Type-L brackets to different enclosures. If you have any such effects you would like screw-mounted and want to collaborate with us to determine the needed hardware, please contact us HERE.
A: Units about the size and weight of a basic Boss pedal can be mounted safely with two brackets in opposite corners. Each package includes two brackets and hardware for one such regular-size pedal. We recommend using four brackets (two sets) for larger or heavier units.
Some enclosures have bottom screws in the front and side screws in the back (or vice versa). One example is the new Boss DD 500 Delay. The Type-L brackets may be combined with other bracket models to safely mount these non-typical units.
The Type-L bracket is also required to mount some extra-large switchers and control units, some exceeding 8-10 pounds. Safe mounting may require four, six, or more brackets. We recommend utilizing all the enclosure screws available for these weighty units.
A: Pre-drill the mounting holes in the pedalboard deck for best results. A basic hand drill is adequate. A 3/32" drill bit is ideal for the included #6 wood screws. Pre-driving the screws once (without pedals) is also helpful. After that, pedals can be quickly mounted and removed with a standard Phillips screwdriver.
Enclosures most commonly use basic Phillips-head screws. However, mounting some pedals will require alternate sized Phillips bits, flat head bits, or even specialty bits (TC Electronics).
Always install enclosure screws by hand to avoid damaging the pedal. A drill gun should only be used for mounting wood screws in the pedalboard deck.
A: Most pedals require longer-than-stock side screws to accommodate the added thickness of the Type-L bracket and nylon spacers. We are currently gathering info to determine the replacement screws and spacers needed to attach brackets quickly and securely to different models. New hardware packs will be added to accommodate as many units as possible.
A: Be sure to browse all of our bracket models and hardware packs for the best match for your enclosure.
If you have a tricky enclosure that requires alternate screws or spacers, we'd like to know about it and can hopefully help you find a solution.
It's sometimes possible to find the proper screw or spacer at your local hardware store. However, source screws with caution since the wrong threads can greatly damage the enclosure. Carefully installing replacement enclosure screws by hand will protect against this risk.
A: Our hardware packs include mounting screws for wood pedalboard decks. Mounting to a Pedaltrain or similar aluminum board may be possible using machine screws backed with a washer and nut, but this would be a slightly more technical procedure best attempted with some similar experience. We do not currently offer hardware or support for this type of mounting.
A: Yes, in many cases we are glad to offer set-up services. Please contact us with inquiries.