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Guide to the Highest Rated Guitar Pedal Boards

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In addition to keeping your stompboxes organized, pedalboards address clutter, storage, gear protection and transport needs - which in turn makes your workflow more efficient.

Here we take a look at the current top rated and highly recommended boards, divided into two main sections, traditional (without built-in power supply) and powered.

For this December 2019 update, we further divided the list into pedal board sizes: Small and Large - where small is defined as under 20 inches and large is 20 inches or wider.

The Best Guitar Pedalboards

The Best Unpowered Small Pedalboards

These boards are less than 20 inches wide and don't come with any type of power supply.

On-Stage GPB2000 Pedalboard with Bag (18.75" x 6")

97
GEARANK

97 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$39
On-Stage GPB2000 Pedalboard

At time of publication this was the highest rated unpowered small guitar pedalboard.

The On-Stage GPB2000 is an affordable and compact pedalboard ideal for small rigs. It lets you horizontally position up to 5 regular sized pedals on a slight incline for easier access.

The board itself is crafted from lightweight aluminum, with strategically placed cutouts to give room for cables. And it comes with adhesive hook & loop strips for securing your pedals to the aluminum board.

Finally, it comes bundled with a gig bag, with reinforced top and bottom and a removable shoulder strap.

Features:

  • Frame: Aluminum Rail
  • Inclination: Inclined
  • Board Dimensions: 18.75" x 6"
  • Weight: 2.75 lbs
  • Pedal Fastener: Adhesive Hook & Loop Strips
  • Accessories: Gig bag included.

Pros

Owners are impressed with the thickness of the aluminum used, and most are confident that this is a solid pedalboard. There are also many who find the size to be just right for their pedals, even for odd shaped ones. There is also plenty of good feedback regarding the included gig bag, praising it for its quality padding.

Cons

There are a few who caution that the incline is not enough to fit a regular power supply. They caution that you'll either have to modify the rubber padding to elevate the incline, or place the power supply on the board, or on the floor.

Overall

For the price, the On-Stage GPB2000 is a great deal for those who prefer to only bring a few essential pedals to their gigs.

Pedaltrain Nano+ Pedalboard with Soft Case (18" x 5")

93
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93 out of 100. Incorporating 300+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$70
Pedaltrain Nano+ Pedalboard with Soft Case (18" x 5")

The Pedaltrain Nano+ is a compact pedalboard that has a little more usable space to work with. This allows for up to 6 standard size pedals side by side, while reducing the space between the two rails slightly.

Instead of a traditional wooden board, it features two rails crafted from lightweight aircraft grade aluminum. This streamlined design reduces weight drastically and gives it improved durability.

It comes bundled with a 36" adhesive Hook-and-Loop strip that is used to fasten pedals on the board, so you can set up your gear right out of the box. It also comes with a number of zip ties, which work together with the open rail design in keeping your board clutter free.

Finally, it ships with a basic soft case for convenient storage and transport of the aluminum frame, pedals and cables.

Features:

  • Frame: Lightweight Aircraft Grade Aluminum 2-rail Setup
  • Inclination: Flat
  • Board Dimensions: 18" x 5" x 1.4"
  • Softcase Dimensions: 18.25" x 6.5" x 3.25”
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs
  • Pedal Fastener: 36" Adhesive backed Hook-and-Loop
  • Accessories: Assorted Zip Ties.

Pros

Reliability and ease of use are two main reasons why most users give the Pedaltrain Nano+ high ratings. Many find it to be ideal for use with standard and mini-size pedals, with some reporting that it allows for a bit more room while keeping bulk and weight acceptable.

Cons

While the board itself was not the cause of complaints, there are a few owners who are not too happy with the storage bag's lack of pocket for storing cables. Lack of proper space and mounting for a power supply also came up a number of times.

Overall

If you're looking to play with up to six regular sized pedals while still keeping your rig reasonably light and compact, then check out the Pedaltrain Nano+.

Pedaltrain Novo 18 SC Pedalboard with Soft Case (18" x 14.5")

95
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95 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$130
Pedaltrain Novo 18 SC Pedalboard with Soft Case (18"x14.5")

Pedaltrain are known for their use of light and sturdy aircraft grade aluminum metal, joined together in an open rail design.

The Novo 18 in particular has a taller 5-rail configuration that easily accommodates around 18 standard size pedals, and can easily handle a mixed bunch with wider and taller stompboxes.

The board is angled for easy foot placements, and to make space for a power supply and cables underneath. This sloped design together with the use of hook-and-loop velcro allows for flexible pedal positioning and a clutter-free setup.

The Novo 18 SC comes with a basic soft case that many find satisfactory. However, if you're going touring or need more protection then for a higher price instead of a soft case you can get one bundled with a hard case for improved protection - see it at Amazon or Sweetwater. Also note that the Pedaltrain Novo series is available in other sizes, which include 24" and 32" wide models.

Features:

  • Frame: Lightweight Aircraft Grade Aluminum 5-rail Setup
  • Inclination: Angled
  • Board Dimensions: 18" x 14.5" x 3.5"
  • Softcase Dimensions: 20" x 17" x 5”
  • Weight: 4.0 lbs
  • Pedal Fastener: 90" Adhesive backed Hook-and-Loop
  • Accessories: Assorted Zip Ties.

Pros

Many users describe the Pedaltrain Novo 18 SC as having the perfect combination of size, reliability, and functionality for their needs. A good number are happy with the strength of the frame especially when considering its weight, while others commend its solid velcro connections.

Cons

Some users rate the Novo 18 SC a bit lower because the soft case does not have a zipped pocket for storing cables and other tools. There are also a few who had issues with some of the velcro getting loose while inside the soft case and traveling. I can imagine this happening when the storage is positioned improperly (vertically as opposed to horizontally on the floor).

Overall

The Pedaltrain Novo 18 SC has consistently generated high marks from users for several years and has remained on our recommended list ever since we first published guide back in 2017.

The Best Unpowered Large Pedalboards

If you want to setup more pedals, or utilize a few large size stompboxes, then this is the section for you. These boards are more than 20 inches wide but they don't have a power supply - if you need power you can jump ahead to Powered Large Pedalboards.

Pedaltrain Metro 24 SC Pedalboard with Soft Case (24" x 8")

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$100
Pedaltrain Metro 24 SC Pedalboard

The Metro 24 SC has three rails that give it more depth for supporting bigger stompboxes, including some multi-effects processor. Each rail can also support small or micro size pedals, making this ideal for those who like to mix pedals with different sizes.

The Metro 24 SC's open frame design allow for easier access to each pedal, and makes room for setting up cables.

Speaking of cables and pedals, this pedalboard is packed with the materials you need to secure your pedals in place and comes with a carrying case.

Features:

  • Frame: 3 x Aluminum Rail
  • Inclination: Flat
  • Dimensions: 24" x 8" x 1.4"
  • Softcase Dimensions: 25.5" x 9.75" x 4.5”
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Pedal Fastener: 60" of Professional-Grade Hook-and-Loop
  • Accessories: Assorted Zip Ties.

Pros

Response to the Pedaltrain Metro 24 SC is very positive, having impressed many users with its compact yet roomy design. It is described as having just the right size for most minimalist setups. Most users are also pleased with its relatively light weight design.

Cons

There were no consistently reported cons to write about, other than a few shipping related issues.

Overall

If you're looking for a pedalboard that has ample space without being too bulky, then do check out the Pedaltrain Metro 24 SC.

Temple Audio DUO 24 Pedalboard

91
GEARANK

91 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$109
Temple Audio DUO 24 Pedalboard

Instead of using velcro strips, Temple Audio opted for locking screw-in plates that secure the pedals to the board's perforated aluminum top.

In addition to improved attachment, this modular design allows for flexibility in positioning at the cost of a slightly longer setup time, since you have to plan the position of the plates and screw them in place every time you change your setup.

This particular model allows for up to two rows of pedals, and can easily handle big volume/expression pedals.

There are routing holes on the board for cabling, while the side rails and handles round up its features.

Cases are sold separately and you can get the soft case from Sweetwater and the hard case is available from Sweetwater and Amazon.

Features:

  • Frame: Aluminum Rail
  • Inclination: Inclined
  • Dimensions:24.5" x 12.5" x 2.5"
  • Softcase Dimensions: Not Included
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs
  • Pedal Fastener: Screw-in Pedal Plates Sold Separately: all sizes at Sweetwater - at Amazon: Large - Medium - Small.
  • Accessories: Assorted Zip Ties.

Pros

This board has been well received for its solid pedal attachment, which for many users beats the convenience of velcro. Its clean look is also commended, while many appreciate how clutter free their setup looks after switching to the Temple Audio DUO 24.

Cons

It is important to note that the pedal plates are sold separately, so you should add it to the overall cost of this board. Here's a link to the pedal plates at Sweetwater and here are links to the 3 sizes at Amazon: Large - Medium - Small.

Overall

The Temple Audio DUO 24 easily stands out with its distinct design and secure pedal attachment, while not as cheap as the others once you add in extra for pedal plates and a case, it definitely is worth the investment.

Pedaltrain Novo 24 TC Pedalboard with Tour Case (24" x 14.5")

95
GEARANK

95 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$270
Pedaltrain Novo 24 TC Pedalboard

At time of publication this was the highest rated unpowered large guitar pedalboard.

The Novo line is meant to be Pedaltrain's more portable take on their popular aluminum rail pedalboard. But for something portable, this particular model offers quite a lot of space at 24" x 14.5". With 5 rails it has plenty of room for seven, maybe 8 regular sized pedals (when squeezed together), and can easily handle the depth of volume and expression pedals with enough space for another smaller pedal.

Like other Pedaltrain boards, the aluminum railing design gives plenty of room for cabling, while providing more than adequate support for attaching your pedals. It also comes with 120" of hook and loop fasteners that you use to setup your pedals.

Finally, the Novo 24 TC comes with a tour case, which makes for easy storage and mobility, while also protecting your pedals and setup.

Features:

  • Frame: Aluminum Rail
  • Inclination: Inclined
  • Board Dimensions: 24" x 14.5" x 3.5"
  • Tour Case Dimensions: 26" x 17" x 9”
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs
  • Pedal Fastener: Adhesive
  • Accessories: Assorted Hook and Loop fasteners.

Pros

The Pedaltrain Novo 24 TC is well loved for its good balance of portability and reliability. Most users are impressed at how lightweight this solid feeling board is, and many are happy with how easy it is to setup.

Cons

The case is too bulky for some users, but this is a necessary trade-off for the extra protection it provides when compared to soft cases.

Overall

The Pedaltrain Novo 24 TC is a good buy for whose who want a road worthy pedalboard package for their growing number of pedals.

The Best Powered Small Pedalboards

Here we look at the best powered pedalboards, most of them come with built-in power supply for powering multiple pedals, while a few others come with at least the wiring for powering up multiple pedals. This can be a more convenient option than the DIY approach of purchasing and fitting your power supply separately but there are some things to watch out for. Since pedals can have different power requirements (Voltage, Current Draw, Connector), you should check to make sure of the compatibility of the bundled power supplies. Some of the powered pedalboards below offer 18V power options, but if you're using pedals that are powered by standard 9V adapters then these complications shouldn't apply. Note that many of these pedalboards are tailored to the manufacturer's standard pedal size, which means that fitting bigger or even smaller than regular pedals may require some careful planning.

Outlaw Effects Nomad M128 Rechargeable Pedalboard (19.25" x 11")

91
GEARANK

91 out of 100. Incorporating 5+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$199
Outlaw Effects Nomad M128

The Nomad M128 is a pedalboard with built-in rechargeable power supply.

Outlaw Effects equipped this board with a 12800mAh lithium ion battery, for up to 10 hours of playing time on a 3-hour charge time (based on five 9V pedals running). The built-in power supply has seven 9V DC outputs, and even has two outputs dedicated to 12V DC pedals, and it has one output that can be switched to 18V or 24V DC. This means that it can power up various types of pedals, and this is done using the board's internal battery.

It also comes with a plethora of cables so you can start setting up your pedals right out of the box.

Having a battery powered pedalboard / power supply allows you to play where you normally couldn't, just pair it with a battery powered amp.

It can also be used to isolate your pedals in venues where electrical issues cause unwanted humming.

It is also very convenient to setup, and can work while plugged in to a power outlet.

Finally, the Nomad M128 comes with a gig bag with padded shoulder strap.

Features:

  • Frame: Metal Rail
  • Inclination: Flat
  • Board Dimensions: 19.25" x 11"
  • Softcase Dimensions: Not Specified
  • Weight: 8.5 lbs
  • Pedal Fastener: Hook & Loop Adhesive
  • Accessories: Power Cables, Zip Ties, and Soft Case with Should Strap.

Pros

This pedalboard is rated highly for the convenience it provides. You no longer need to have to get a separate power supply, and it even goes beyond the usual power supply by incorporating a built-in battery into the unit. Many appreciate this feature, especially when playing in venues where the wiring is just noisy.

Cons

Some users wish that the pedalboard itself was wider, to make better use of its many power output options.

Overall

With its built-in power supply and battery, this is one convenient and portable pedalboard that anyone can benefit from, regardless of experience.

Voodoo Lab Dingbat Small Powered Pedalboard Package with Pedal Power ISO-5 (18" x 7.75")

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$250
Voodoo Lab Dingbat Small Powered Pedalboard Package with Pedal Power ISO-5

At time of publication this was the highest rated powered small guitar pedalboard.

Known for the quality of their power supplies, it isn't much of a stretch for Voodoo Lab to do well in the pedalboard market. And they do so by utilizing conventional and effective aluminum pedalboard designs with their popular power supplies built-in.

This particular model houses the Pedal Power ISO-5, a top rated power supply with five isolated outputs that can work with 9V, 12V and 18V pedals.

More importantly, this power supply is sought after for its quiet operation, so it's only natural that people also love this version of the Dingbat pedalboard since it is conveniently packaged with a market favorite power supply.

Features:

  • Frame: Aluminum (Slotted)
  • Inclination: Inclined
  • Board Dimensions: 18" x 7.75"
  • Softcase Dimensions: Not Specified
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs (3.84 lbs with power supply)
  • Pedal Fastener: Hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Accessories: Heavy duty gigbag

Pros

Users report that the Dingbat's aluminum board feels solid, and easy to work with in terms of positioning pedals. Those who prioritize portability and only use a few pedals feel that it has just the right size. The ISO-5's quiet operation and convenience also gets a lot of thumbs up, along with its reliability.

Cons

While there aren't any noteworthy complaints about its design and operation, there are a few who gave it lower ratings due to unfortunate shipping issues. The price can also be a bit over the budget for some, considering its compact size, but this is justified by the quality of its included bag and power supply.

Overall

This is ideal for those who use five or less pedals and want a good pedalboard with reliable power supply.

Voodoo Lab Dingbat Small Powered Pedalboard Package with Pedal Power 2 Plus (18" x 7.75")

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$280
 Voodoo Lab Dingbat Small Powered Pedalboard Package with Pedal Power 2 Plus

With the popularity of compact "micro" pedals, even compact pedalboards can now house more than five pedals. This is where this package comes in, with its Pedal Power 2 Plus power supply, which can power up to 8 pedals. And it does so while maintaining the reliability and quiet operation expected from Voodoo Lab power supplies.

At the core of this package is the Dingbat aluminum board, which is crafted from lightweight but durable aluminum. Instead of the popular rail design that other pedalboard makers use, Voodoo Lab just added slots for cable management, which can be a bit limiting but makes more room for pedal to board attachment.

Features:

  • Frame: Aluminum (Slotted)
  • Inclination: Inclined
  • Dimensions:18" x 7.75"
  • Softcase Dimensions: Not Specified
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs (3.84 lbs with power supply)
  • Pedal Fastener: Hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Accessories: Heavy duty gigbag

Pros

Simple and effective nicely sums up how most owners feel about the Dingbat Small with Pedal Power 2 Plus. And these satisfied owners range from singer songwriters who use acoustic guitar to lead guitarists, to bassists. There are also some who commend the board's inclined angel, which does not feel awkward when compared to their previous board.

Cons

There aren't any complaints about the quality of the board or the power supply included, but it should be noted that with the space of the board, 8 power outputs is a bit too much if your using regular sized pedals.

Overall

If you're into the micro pedal setup, or if you have pedals with high current and voltage requirements, then do check out the Voodoo Lab Dingbat Small with Pedal Power 2 Plus.

The Best Powered Large Pedalboards

These are over 20 inches wide and come with a power supply.

Boss BCB-60 Powered Pedalboard (24.8" x 8.66")

91
GEARANK

91 out of 100. Incorporating 850+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$180
Boss BCB-60 Powered Pedalboard

The Boss BCB-60 pedalboard is essentially a plastic box that can carry multiple stompboxes and morph into a pedalboard complete with power supply.

It is wide enough for carrying around six Boss size pedals, and has the capability to power up to seven of them.

Note that you can fit a wah pedal, or other taller pedals inside the right side of the board by removing the wire holder bar up top.

Staying true to Boss' reputation for durability, both the exterior and inner-frame of the BCB-60 are crafted from impact resistant molded plastic resin, strong enough to handle the usual road trip bumps. And since it's made of plastic, it is relatively lighter and also affordable.

Features:

  • Inner-Frame: Molded Plastic with Padded Interior
  • Exterior: Molded Plastic Resin
  • Inner Dimensions: 24.8" x 8.66" (with removal bar to make room for taller 10" wah pedals)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 26.44" x 14.63" x 3.93"
  • Weight: 8.44 lbs.
  • Power Supply: 1,000mA AC adapter 9V power for up to 7 pedals.
  • Accessories: Pre-cut insert x 3, Spare insert x 1, 8-pin parallel DC cord, L-L cable (short) x 5, L-L cable (long) x 3, Owner's Manual

Pros

Those who have favorable opinions of the Boss BCB-60 describe it as a very practical board. Many guitarists and bassists are happy with how it proves to be an all-in-one pedalboard and power supply solution for their needs. A lot of users are impressed with how it helped them reduce cable clutter and simplify their rig. Many guitarists and bassists also appreciate its portability and how easy it is to open and close for every gig.

Cons

There are a few who are concerned that lid latches are frail. They recommend carefully securing the latches and handling the unit with care, because they experienced having some of them break or open while in transport.

Overall

If you've got 6 or fewer pedals, and you're looking for a compact powered pedalboard that doubles as a hardcase, then get the Boss BCB-60.

Voodoo Lab Dingbat Medium with Pedal Power 4x4 (22" x 13.5")

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$330
Voodoo Lab Dingbat Medium Powered Pedalboard Package with Pedal Power 4x4

The Voodoo Lab Dingbat makes another appearance in this list, this time with the medium sized version equipped with a more powerful power supply.

At 22" x 13.5" it has enough space for more pedals (up to 10) and different placements, while the included Pedal Power 4x4 compliments it nicely with output for handling up to 8 pedals, including ones that require high current.

Like its smaller counterpart, the Dingbat Medium is crated from lightweight aluminum, with slots for wiring and cable placement with the Pedal Power 4x4 supply pre-installed on the underside of the board.

Features:

  • Frame: Aluminum (Slotted)
  • Inclination: Inclined
  • Dimensions: 22" x 13.5"
  • Softcase Dimensions: Not Specified
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs (6.4 lbs with power supply)
  • Pedal Fastener: Hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Accessories: Heavy duty gigbag

Pros

The Voodoo Lab Dingbat Medium with Pedal Power 4x4 gets high ratings from users for the quality of its power supply, and for its solid and clean board design. Many report that the included fasteners do a good job at securing the pedals, and the power supply operates quietly without any issue. Being easy to setup is another common remark from users.

Cons

It may be a bit pricey for some, but those who bought this pedalboard say that it is a worthy investment.

Overall

If you're using digital processors and other high ampere requirements, and you're looking for a reliable pedalbaord with power supply for medium size rigs, then this is for you.

Voodoo Lab Dingbat Medium with Pedal Power 2 Plus (22" x 13.5")

94
GEARANK

94 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$330
Voodoo Lab Dingbat Medium Powered Pedalboard Package with Pedal Power 2 Plus

At time of publication this was the highest rated powered large guitar pedalboard.

This package partners the Voodoo Lab Dingbat Medium with the company's popular Pedal Power 2 Plus.

The board itself stays true to the Dingbat series' simple yet effective use of aluminum with strategically positioned slots for cable management.

The power supply is where the magic happens with its plethora of power output options, from standard 9V to high current 9V, and it even has a 9V output with battery sag control, for those who want their pedal to operate much like how it would with an older battery. More importantly, this power supply has inputs that can work for pedals that require 12V, 18V and 24V.

Features:

  • Frame: Aluminum (Slotted)
  • Inclination: Inclined
  • Dimensions: 22" x 13.5"
  • Softcase Dimensions: Not Specified
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs (6.4 lbs with power supply)
  • Pedal Fastener: Hook-and-loop fasteners
  • Accessories: Heavy duty gigbag

Pros

This versatile medium sized board is known for its solid feel, and this is reflected in reviews. But the star in this package is the Pedal Power 2 Plus, and it's versatile output options, making this board a favorite among those who mix and match pedals from different makers - including Boss, Line 6, Strymon, TC Electronic and many more.

Cons

There are a few who feel that the use of slots instead of rails limit pedal positioning. But on the flip-side, the pedals are better attached to board this way, which is why many describe the Dingbat as more secure than other pre-made boards.

Overall

If you're into pedals with different power requirements, and you're rig can no longer fit the Dingbat Small board, then this should be high in your priorities.

Things To Consider When Buying a Pedalboard

  • Pedalboard Real Estate

    Knowing the space you need should be simple if you have standard size pedals, but it becomes more complex if you own pedals with different shapes and sizes. To give you a better idea of the size differences, we have listed the dimensions (W x D x H) of popular pedals below:

    Pedal Dimensions

    Pedal Dimensions
    Boss Pedals (Standard Size) 2.875" x 5.125" x 2.375"
    MXR Pedals (Standard Size) 2.375" x 4.375" x 1.25"
    DigiTech Pedals (Standard Size) 3.125" x 4.9375" x 2.125"
    Behringer Pedals (Standard Size) 2.75" x 4.8" x 2.125"
    Electro-Harmonix Nano Pedals 2.2" x 4.3" x 2"
    Strymon BigSky (Big Wide) 6.75" x 5.1"
    Fuzz Face (Big Circular) 7.75" x 10.75" x 3.5"
    Cry Baby Wah (Big Tall) 4" x 10" x 2.5"
    Vox Volume Pedal (Big Tall) 3.54" x 10.55" x 2.44"

    You'll notice that standard size pedals require around 3" x 5" of space, which is a good number to work with. While the Cry Baby Wah's dimensions should be the standard for most tall expression type pedals. Wide pedals will have very different dimensions so you'll have to consider each one and plan for them individually. In addition to the size of your pedals, patch cables and/or pedal couplers also take space and must be considered. Note that while weight difference of small and big boards can be minimal, the actual weight difference will be bigger when you factor in the weights of the extra pedals that are added. To help you decide on the size we have provided the actual dimensions of each one we have recommended.

  • Power Supply

    For convenience, some manufacturers build power supplies directly into their pedalboards, while others are bundled with dedicated power supplies that are mounted on the board. You can also get a stand alone power supply, but the goal is the same for all of them - to have enough power and cables for the pedals that you're using. The bad news is that pedal manufacturers don't always follow the follow the standard 9V power supply, which means that you should check your pedals to be on the safe side. The most common examples are pedals that require 12V or 18V. Note that using the wrong power supply may damage your pedal, so it is best to check the specifications. Another issue is that some pedals can be too power hungry, tipping the required current over the power supply's capacity. So if you have one or more of these power hogs then take this into account.

  • Plywood vs Aluminum vs Plastic

    Plywood was, for a long time, the material of choice for many guitarists because of its simplicity and practicality. Since it is made of wood, it can be easily customized, by drilling holes, making cuts or adding wood bits. On the other hand, Aluminum is growing in demand because it's lighter and more rigid, ideal for people who are always on the move. Plastic boards sit somewhat in between, they are sturdy, a little heavier than aluminum, and are usually more affordable.

  • Flat vs Angled Profile

    Angled or sloped pedalboards are becoming popular because of the space they provide underneath for power supplies and cables. The slanted profile also make reaching rear/top pedals easier. Flat pedalboards are more straightforward and store more easily, it is the default configuration for many compact pedalboards.

  • Carrying Case

    One of the reasons why custom pedalboards can be a pain is that you'll also have to customize a fitting carrying case. Thankfully, most ready-made pedalboards come with soft or hard carrying cases. Soft cases are lighter and easier to carry, while hard cases are heavier but offer more protection. Some of these carrying cases have pockets for carrying accessories, which helps simplify transport and setup.

  • Velcro, Cables and Accessories

    Most pedalboards utilize Hook-and-Loop Velcro as pedal fastener, and some manufacturers provide them along with the board. There are also those that come bundled with zip ties for better cable positioning. Some even provide 1/4" patch cables for connecting your pedals, so setting up will be easy out of the box. While having these accessories can be a good bonus, many users cautioned that their quality maybe sub-par, compared to those that can be bought separately. To give you a better idea of how modern pedalboards are setup, checkout the Pedaltrain Setup video below:

Best Pedalboard Selection Methodology

This guide was first published on April 7, 2017 and the latest major update was published on December 11, 2019.

Top of Page Image: Original photograph by Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock and modified by Gearank.com.

First we looked at all popular and top rated pedalboards being sold by major retailers in the USA. This expanded our not-so-short-list to 77 pedalboards for closer analysis. We then collated and analyzed over 9,100 related reviews, ratings and discussion forum comments before feeding them into the Gearank algorithm. The result of this process was the rating scores out of 100 that represent market sentiment for each pedalboard which we then used to filter our short-list down to the highest rated options to recommend in each category of Powered and Unpowered which were further divided into Small (under 20" wide) and Large (20"+ wide). We also used that research to report the pros and cons of each recommended pedalboard. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

If you haven't found what you're looking for in this guide then you might like to consider an alternative point of view in Guitar Chalk's Pedalboard Guide.

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