Are you thinking about buying a new pedalboard and still hesatating on which size of pedalboard do you need? If your answer is yes, keep reading: We will give you some tips to help you choose the best pedalboard for you.
Ask yourself some questions before buying the best pedalboard for you
When buying accessories for your guitar, we know that nothing is enough, and we also know that choosing 4 pedals from all your vast collection may be a hassle. That is why, once you decide to keep your effects pedals organized in a pedalboard, choosing the size that fits your set the best can become quite challenging...
“So, I own some pedals and need a pedalboard; but, which one will suit my needs? What if I keep buying pedals compulsively, will I have to buy a new pedalboard? I can barely hold a pick in my hands, will it be too heavy to move around?”
We are going to summarize some important things that should be considered before buying a pedalboard and deciding for the right dimensions concerning your needs. Answer yourself some questions before making any decision:
1. How many guitar & bass effects pedals do I own right now?
This will guide you through the process of defining the pedalboard’s capacity for your current configuration. Knowing how many effects pedals do you have and how many pedals would you like to attach on a same pedalboard is important. But remember, you are a greedy creature, so new acquisitions will probably affect the space requirements taking us to the important dilemma...
Important note: You must answer the next question too. If you're just considering the effects you have now, you will not choose the right pedalboard size for you.
2. How many effects pedals should I have?
Many of us think that too many pedals are never enough. Let’s face it, a mysterious force drives us to never stop trying out pedals and wanting them all! (well, most of them!). So, it’s always better to buy a larger pedalboard to have some free space for future must-have releases.
Important note: This is not really important if you are planning to buy an Aclam pedalboard. Why? Because thanks to its modular design you will be able to increase your pedalboard dimensions and capacity if this happens with no need to buy a new pedalboard.
3. Where do I usually play? Home, recording studio or touring?
Sedentary playing at home or in the studio will allow you to use larger and heavier configurations due to the lack of transportation needs. If you are constantly moving around, think about how you do so. If it’s going to be beaten up in a regular basis you might as well go for a pedalboard's hard case; but if you need something portable and weightless because of your wandering about, a pedalboard's soft case will be the right option to carry your pedalboard.
There is an important connection between capacity and transportation comfort; the smaller the pedalboard is, the fewer pedals but easier mobility you will get; whereas the larger the board gets, more number of pedals you will fit, which will be proportional to the strength needed to carry the pedalboard around. Some exercise is always welcome however!
Basic note: Small pedalboard = less pedals = less weight vs large pedalboard = more pedals = more weigth
4. Ok, now I know what I need. How do I get the aproximate dimensions for my pedalboard?
Grab your effects pedals and place them on a table (or floor) with the desired layout. Think about some space between them for cables and patches, as they are going to need space between effects. Don’t put them very close, as the live excitement can make you activate the wrong push button! Additionally, add extra space for the pedals you still don’t own (but will).
Important note: If you take care of your pedals and want to keep them clean and free of adhesives, keep some space for placing the fasteners of the Smart Track pedalboard (A reliable velcro and adhesives alternative).
When you have all your pedals placed in a plain surface (and the space for the ones you still don't have), with the help of measuring tape have a look at the space taken. You should have an approximate idea of the pedalboard dimensions you need.
If you don’t wish to buy a larger than necessary pedalboard yet, you might be interested to know that Aclam pedalboards are modular. Meaning that you will have the chance to double the size of some pedalboards if needed (or smaller!).
5. Ok! I know my ideal pedalboard dimensions. What do I do now?
Once you have all the answers in mind and you have an idea of what you need, just look for the best pedalboard for you.
Or take a closer look at all the pedalboard dimensions you can get.
Important note: Pedalboards marked in green are the most common pedalboard sizes (These are the Aclam standard pedalboards and we sell them pre-mounted). Pedalboards marked in grey, can be constructed by yourself buying the spare parts: here.
Take a closer look into Aclam's standard pedalboards
The capacity shown is just for reference as it will depend on the order of your pedals and distribution.
For the cautious & begginers
The most portable & lightweight pedalboards, with low capacity & maximum comfort.
This are the best option for bassists or guitar players that only use a few pedals & like to have them perfectly lined-up.
➡️ XS1 Pedalboards Dimensions & capacity: 42 x 15 cm for 3 to 4 pedals
➡️ S1 Pedalboards Dimensions & capacity: 59 x 15 cm for 4 to 5 pedals
⭐️best-seller pedalboard for bassists⭐️
For professional musicians
The perfect balance between effects capacity and mobility.
With this compact and solid pedalboards you will be able to build a complex yet portable setup for your effects pedals!
➡️ XS2 pedalboards Dimensions & capacity: 42 x 30 cm for 5 to 7 pedals
➡️ S2 pedalboards Dimensions & capacity: 59 x 30 cm for 8 to 10 pedals
⭐️best-seller pedalboard for guitarists⭐️
For effects pedal addicts
The largest pedalboard you can find in our online shop catalogue. But not the largest one you can buy at Aclam.
If the bigger standard pedalboard is still not big enough to attach all your pedals, you can make your custom pedalboard even bigger!
➡️ L2 Pedalboards Dimensions & capacity: 82 x 15 cm for 10 to 14 pedals
Can't find your pedalboard dimension?
If you are looking for a custom length size please send an e-mail to email@example.com and let us know your pedalboard length needs and we will work to give you a special quotation for your custom pedalboard.
If you know which pedalboard dimension do you need, you're almost done!
Decide how to attach your effects pedals to your pedalboard!
Read why would you use an alternative to adhesives to attach your effects pedals here.
➡️ Smart Track®
An innovative patented method developed by Aclam to attach your effect pedals without using Velcro or any other adhesives that will damage your effects pedals.
➡️ Evo Track®
The classic hook and loop method, we offer super-strong VELCRO® brand straps.
Combine both methods in the same pedalboard.
Decide how to manage your cables and wires!
➡️ Top routing
Work on the cable management at the top of your pedalboard.
➡️ Free routing
The distance between slats let you work on cable management freely through the top and the bottom part of the pedalboard. This option is not available at US market.