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.
As part of the Helweg Design mounting-bracket system, the Type-S covers new ground with many unique features packed into a simple steel package. This bracket is designed to accommodate a variety of expression, volume, and wah pedals, as well as large switching and control units (shown right with Fractal MFC-101).
The open end slot allows quick pedal removal without completely removing screws. The closed inner slot accommodates a variety of pedal enclosures with screws inset up to 1" from the edge. The ability to shift the brackets once mounted allows a range of pedal sizes to be swapped without drilling additional holes.
Constructed of thick 14-gauge steel with a black textured powder-coat finish, the Type-S brackets are built to last and to securely mount even the heaviest control units. The package includes mounting screws and the spacers and washers needed for easy setup.
A: We recommend using four brackets for expression pedals and similarly sized units. Smaller units can be mounted safely with two brackets in opposite corners. Each package includes four brackets and includes hardware for one large pedal, or you can split the pack between two regular-sized pedals if desired.
The Type-S bracket can also mount many extra-large switchers and control units. These units sometimes have six or more bottom screws, which can be used to mount additional brackets for extra support.
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: We've assembled hardware packs to facilitate quick and easy installation with thousands of common enclosures right out of the box. Still, with the huge variety of enclosures on the market, many of us will find a tricky-to-mount pedal in our collection. Some pedals require longer-than-stock screws to accommodate the added thickness of the brackets. Conversely, replacing screw-on expression pedal feet with brackets may require shorter screws or taller spacers.
A: Be sure to browse all of our bracket models and hardware packs for the best match for your enclosure.
We are continuing to work out new hardware packs for special enclosures. If you have a tricky one that requires an alternate screw or spacer, 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.