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 guitar 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 deciding the pedalboard’s dimension concerning your needs.
Aclam Guitars pedalboards are organized by sizes and either Smart, Evo Track & Hybrid Track, offer the same space for your pedals. The only difference is the fastening system that keeps your effects pedals safely attached and if you prefer a top routing cable management or a totally free routing cable management.
You will have to answer yourself some important dilemmas before making any decision:
- How many pedals do I own right now?
This will guide you through the process of defining the pedalboard’s size for your current configuration. But remember, you are a greedy creature, so new acquisitions will probably affect the space requirements taking us to the important dilemma…
- How many pedals could I manage to amass?
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 space for future must-have releases.
- Where do I usually play?
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 hard case; but if you need something portable and weightless because of your wandering about, a softcase will be the right option.
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!
- How do I get an aprox dimensions for my pedalboard?
Grab your pedals, place them on a table (or floor) with the desired layout, think about 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). With the help of measuring tape have a look at the space taken, and now you should have an approximate idea of the dimensions you need.
If you don’t wish to buy a larger than necessary pedalboard yet, you might be interested to know that our pedalboards are modular. Meaning that you will have the chance to double the size of some pedalboards if needed; or you can buy a larger pedalboard and turn it into two smaller ones.
Once you have all the answers in mind, take a look at the Aclam’s pedalboard system. It has the ideal size for you:
- For the cautious - XS pedalboard sizes: its width measures 42cm (16.2”) and it can hold from 3 to 4 standard effects pedals. If you are thinking about doubling capacity because you purchased more equipment, you can convert it into an XS2 by adding another additional Track with the Extension accessory, it is suitable for both Evo and Smart Track pedalboards.
- A perfect balance - S pedalboard sizes: its 59cm (23.2”) width fits from 4 to 5 standard guitar pedals. If, in future time, you wish to broaden capacity, there is also a pedalboard Extension available for it; then you’d have an S2 with room for 10-14 pedals.
- Pedal effects addict - L pedalboard sizes with 83cm (32.7”) width, it is the largest pedalboard you can find in our online shop catalogue. And it is no wonder, L1 size has room for 5-7 effects pedals. Imagine if you add to it an L2 Extension: from 10 to 14 pedals neatly installed in your pedalboard!