I need a new pedalboard; 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?
I don't know which pedalboard size should I buy!
If you are thinking on buying a new pedalboard and still hesitating on which size of pedalboard do you need, keep reading. We will give you some tips to help you choose the best pedalboard for you!
There are many important things that should be considered before buying a pedalboard concerning your needs. You should ask yourself some important questions.
✋ 5 QUESTIONS THAT WILL HELP YOU CHOOSE THE BEST PEDALBOARD SIZE
1. How many guitar & bass effects pedals do I own right now?
Knowing how many effects pedals do you have now seems important, but it is not the most important thing you have to know. If you are a greedy creature, so you know new acquisitions will probably affect the space requirements, you may have to answer the next question, and look for a modular pedalboard.
2. How many effects pedals will I have in a near future?
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!).
3. Where will I play?
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!
Sedentary playing at home or in the studio will allow you to use larger and heavier pedalboard configuration due to the lack of transportation needs.
Touring (hopefully really soon!)
If you are constantly moving around, think about how you do so. You will need a smaller and lighter pedalboard configuration in order to travel more comfortable. 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.
4. How do I get the aproximate dimensions?
Grab your effects and place them on a table (or floor) with the desired layout. There are some things you may have to consider. We recommend you don’t put them very close, as the live excitement can make you activate the wrong push button!
- Think about some space for cables and patches between effects.
- Add some extra space for the pedals you still don’t own (but you will).
- If you would like to take care of your pedals and keep them clean and free of adhesives, so you can sell them in a future for more money... Keep some space for the fasteners that will keep your effects pedals in the Smart Track pedalboard.
When you have your layout ready, use a measuring tape to measure the total rectangular dimensions taken. You should have now an approximate idea of the pedalboard dimensions you need and start looking on all the pedalboards in the market.
5. I know what I need. Where do I get my pedalboard?
Once you have all these answers in mind and you have an idea of what you need, just look for the best pedalboard size for you.
Take a 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 as a custom pedalboard here.
ACLAM'S STANDARD PEDALBOARD SIZES
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
Aclam's custom pedalboards
Standard sized pedalboards does not suit your needs?
If you are looking for a custom length size you should read our dedicated blog entry that explains step by step how to build your custom pedalboard.
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 now available in the US market.