The 10 best pedalboards: our pick of the best pedalboards for guitarists

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As soon as you have more than a couple of pedals, it's probably time to start thinking about getting a pedalboard.

In the first case, like us, you'll probably cobble something together from an old suitcase or some wood offcuts, but stumping for a quality board can be well worth your while.  

Factory-produced pedalboards can not only help to neaten your setup, but also make it more portable. Some of the 'boards featured here come with an over-the-shoulder carry bag, and most of the common big-name brands will have an option for a hard flightcase, for if you're going on longer tours or overseas.

Even if it's just a studio 'board, having everything logically laid out and accessible is better than a mass of pedals skidding about on the floor.  

As with most things guitar-related, there's a range of different options, from budget to high-end custom - the Schmidt Array custom boards featured here are not only achingly beautiful, but expensive to boot.

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1. Pedaltrain Classic/Nano

The best pedalboard in terms of flexibility

Launch price: $139/£108 (Classic 1) | Dimensions: 55.9x31.7cm | Weight: N/A | Construction: Aluminium | Case: Soft | Power supply mounting: No

Spacious yet small enough to carry on public transport
Won't break the bank
Comes with zipties and heavy-duty velcro
Space for power supplies and cable runs on the underside
Power supplies are hard to fit under the Nano series

The de-facto standard for pedalboards, the Pedaltrain series has more different options and models than you can shake a stick at. The Classic series has a number of different sizes, with risers available if you need to improve the ergonomics of pedals on higher rails. The JR is a decent size for a grab-and-go board, or something that you need to take on public transport, fitting up to about 10 pedals. Regular Pedaltrains have options for their own brand of power-supply, but most brands will fit comfortably underneath, as will cable-runs and I/O connectors. The Nano range, on the other hand, is a compact, soft-cased board that accommodates only a single row of pedals. Because of the tight space under the board, you'll have to raise the rear feet by DIY means, or buy a specific compact power supply. Luckily Pedaltrain, Strymon and other brands offer super-slim supplies that will fit - for a price.

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2. Boss BCB-60

A no-nonsense solution from the pedal legend

Launch price: $215/£120 | Dimensions: 67x37cm | Weight: 3.8kg | Construction: Moulded Resin | Case: Integrated | Power supply mounting: N/A

Tough as nails
Integrated power supply
Included patch cables
Inserts to hold pedals
Power supply isn't isolated
Inserts are Boss form factor

A fine first board, the BOSS BCB also has a number of useful features like included patch cables, I/O connectors, send and return jacks, a power supply and space at the top for miscellaneous odds and ends. It's a decent feature set in a highly portable and robust package, but the main drawback is that the foam inserts to brace the pedals are modelled on the Boss form factor, meaning that if you want to have a different set of pedals than 4-6 Boss products, they might not fit so well.

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3. Aclam Smart Track S2

A clever, Velcro-free pedalboard solution

Launch price: $199/£168 | Dimensions: 59x15cm | Weight: 3kg | Construction: Aluminium | Case: Softcase | Power supply mounting: Yes

Highly modular
Non-destructive mounting system
Affordable starter kit
Cable runs have to go along top side of the 'board

Part of the latest trend toward modular, extensible pedalboard solutions, the Aclam boards have a number of interesting features. First is that you don't need to fix your pedals using velcro. Instead, the Smart Track fasteners allow you to firmly fix pedals to the board without any adhesive. Another innovation is the ability to switch out the main bed of the 'board, which means you can substitute a smaller set of rails for a larger one if your collection grows. Like the Pedaltrain line, the Aclam comes with a softcase as standard for maximum portability. Finally, in addition to the expected kits for attaching power supplies to the underside, there's the option of an extender kit for the 'board feet to increase the pitch of the 'board.  

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4. Holeyboard New Standard

An unconventional but wholly practical option

Launch price: $179/£129 | Dimensions: 64.77x45.72cm | Weight: 2.5kg | Construction: Aluminium | Case: Not included | Power supply mounting: Zip ties included

Surprisingly spacious
Eye-catching
Ergonomic
Doesn't come with a case

With a wide range of different sizes, shapes and models, the Holeyboard has come a long way from its original wooden incarnation. Now made of lightweight aluminium, there's a variety of options for stylish-looking and robust carrying cases, and bags with more than a touch of hipster flair to them. The reason the 'boards themselves have proved so popular is the highly ergonomic form-factor, with the original having space for a wah or Whammy on the right, and then two layers of stacked pedals to the left, with space for a power supply under the shelf. The whole 'board is curved, offering the user maximum access to the pedals, which can be routed more efficiently. The holes serve a practical purpose too, both lowering the overall weight and offering a way of affixing pedals using zip ties.

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5. Temple Audio Duo 17

Custom options at consumer prices

Launch price: $89/£69 | Model: Duo 17 | Dimensions: 43.2x31.8cm | Weight: 1.1kg | Construction: Aluminium | Case: Not included | Power supply mounting: Not included

Perforated top panel makes board incredibly light
1 micro module and 2 mini module slots per end
Fits two rows of pedals
Super-affordable
No case

Another 'board that doesn't force you to use velcro is the Temple Board. With gaps above pedals for cable runs and power supplies, pedals are fixed via zip tie or the company's proprietary Quick Release Pedal Mounts. The 'boards themselves are modular, with a number of different end-panel options that range from plain to complex, with integrated I/O and power connectors. They're stylish, but the layout of larger holes might be an issue on 'boards containing a large number of pedals with side-mount, rather than top-mount, jacks.

6. Diago Showman

An old-school pedalboard with integrated hardcase

Launch price: $179/£189 | Dimensions: 75x35cm | Weight: 7kg | Construction: Plywood | Case: Hardcase | Power supply mounting: N/A

Solid wood construction
3M of velcro included 
Holds a surprising number of pedals
Very heavy
Expensive compared to other options

Diago's line, which includes the venerable Gigman, Showman and Tourman, are decent options if you want an integrated hardcase for your pedals. They also offer accessories like risers that you can use to rearrange the order or ergonomics of your pedals within the case. However, cable runs and power supplies can't be stowed away, and space is lost as a result. They're also not cheap, at least compared with the non-custom options on offer.

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7. Warwick RockBoard TRES 3.1

One of the most customisable pedalboards on the market

Launch price: $99/£88 | Dimensions: 51x23.6cm | Weight: 1.2kg | Construction: Aluminium | Case: Soft case | Power supply mounting: Not included

Modular optional patch bays and power supplies
Light
Affordable
Some Tetris required to organise side-mount vs top-mount pedals

The Warwick Rockboard is another modular option that offers custom-level specs at non-custom prices. While it's still not cheap, you can easily put together something robust and tailored for your specific needs. 'Boards come as standard with a softcase, and then you can pick a patchbay to slot into the rear for I/O, power supply and buffer options that work for you. There's also a variety of mounting accessories available for you to customise to your heart's content.

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8. Schmidt Array

The ultimate in boutique pedalboards

Launch price: $613/£471 | Model: SA450 | Dimensions: 45x14.4cm | Weight: 4.7kg | Construction: Wood | Case: Integrated | Power supply mounting: N/A

Stunning space-age looks
Modular replaceable pedal decks
Integrated I/O including connectors and IEC power
Heavy
All this cool doesn't come cheap

These stunning pedalboards are made to measure, and can be built with multiple different options, finishes, I/O connectors, shelves and sizes. As they're built as integrated hardcases, they're not the lightest, but they're absolutely guaranteed to perfectly fit your needs and turn heads wherever you go.

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9. Gator G-Tour Large

Looking for something more unusual? Gator can cater

Launch price: $219/£189 | Dimensions: 60x27.94cm | Weight: 15kg | Construction: Wood and Aluminium | Case: Flightcase | Power supply mounting: Not included

Retractable handle and wheels for touring and air travelExtremely rugged construction with carry handles on main board
Heavy
Might not fit as a carry on (although a smaller version is available)

Gator offers an overwhelming array of pedalboards, from Pedaltrain-style 'boards, which will take power and cable runs on the underside, to heavy-duty options where everything sits topside between large carry handles. As well as softcases, there are flightcase options for most of the range. There are some particularly wild 'board and case combinations at the more esoteric end of the range, too. For example, there's the Gigbox, which has integrated power and a case that can be used as a guitar stand for three guitars, and the Mega Bone, a single-row board with space for two wah-sized pedals at either end that curves around the user like the Holeyboard.

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10. Harley Benton SpaceShip 40

A solid and affordable 'board from Thomann

Launch price: $60/£45 | Dimensions: 45x30.5cm | Weight: 1.2kg | Construction: Aluminium | Case: Softcase included | Power supply mounting: Yes

Cheap but strong
Adjustable height feet
Frame has carpet-like covering
Softcase included
Rubber bands included for strapping in power supply probably won't last

Proving that not all options need break the bank, Thomann's own-brand Harley Benton line has some decent Pedaltrain alternatives, with a variety of sizes under the SpaceShip moniker. They're competitively priced, come with a soft case as standard, and as a neat feature boast adjustable feet at the rear so that the pitch of the board can be easily adjusted.

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