Pedalboards: Angled Or Flat?

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  1. MG90

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    Have you gigged with either? Both?

    What is your take on the advantages and disadvantages of flat and angled?

    The board I will be making in the next week or two will be approximately 16"-18" x 32"-36".

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Those dimensions are roughly like what I have right now.

    It's a Trailer Trash (angled). As long as the angle isn't too steep for wahs/volume pedals, I much prefer angled boards. Apart from the added space underneath, I think I have an easier time reaching the knobs and switches of pedals. I used to have two "flat" boards prior to this.

    I do use a true bypass looper now to facilitate the tap dancing a bit. It makes quick changes in the middle of a song less of a hassle.
     
  3. MG90

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    Thanks. What size is your board?
    I have a small 5 switch Loopmaster... how many switches do you have on yours?
    How many pedals on your board?
     
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    Angled - easy to hit the back row(s)... And easier not to hit the knobs on pedals too.
     
  8. FuzzGazer

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    With looping system? Flat.

    Without looping system? Angled.
     
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    My board is flat, but it has a riser in the back for a second row of pedals.

    So flat for me, I guess...
     
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    Flat with second row riser for me-it's either that or angled for me (haven't owned an angled one) unless it's a singe row small board of course. I did have a large flat one and it can be tricky getting to the switches on the second row.
     
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    I think that angled (or flat with a second tier riser) is better ergonomically because you don't need to contort your foot at odd, awkward angles to reach pedals in the back and because there's less chance that you'll accidentally hit the knobs of the pedals in front.

    That being said, if you're looking for a hard case to protect your board, you are likely going to have to spend more money on the case because you'll have to accommodate the larger height. If it's in your budget...
     
  12. Floyd Eye

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    Or just build one.

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    I've been considering doing something similar to this^ recently. What was the general cost for the wood?
     
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    I am a contractor and I used scrap I had laying around. In general, you will need a half sheet of 1/2" plywood, a few 2x4s and some screws, paint, and velcro. I have less than $20 in it.
     
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    Yeah, flat with steps. That's how mine is.
     
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    Flat with steps for me. I need the back switches to be higher than the knobs of the other pedals.
     
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    I think it's 32x18 (can't remember for sure). My looper's got 7 switches, but it's only about 13" long. I have a 3 button aux switch and a dmc3 on the same row (they're the typical mxr-like size but sideways). Then the Turbo Tuner also sits at the front row.

    Pedals are on my sig (can't post pic now since I'm just browsing on the phone). I have a fair amount of big pedals (volume ped/eventides/timeline) and I still have some space. I don't like crowded boards. So there's at least 2" between each of them.
     
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    if (num_pedals > 3 or more_than_one_row_of_pedals is true) then angled = true otherwise angled = false.
     
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    Angled for my PT-2
    Flat for my PT-Mini
     
  20. MG90

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    What about angled with steps as well?
     

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