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Seems most Pros use flat pedalboards

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by MikeVB, May 30, 2020.

  1. MikeVB

    MikeVB Supporting Member

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    Most don't appear to use the consumer type boards (plain rail type or fancy furniture type) that most of us bedroom and weekend warriors are sold. Are most pros just buying Gator G-Tour flat boards?

    None of the rig rundowns ever seem to mention the board manufacturer, just what pedals, what order, and maybe who "made" it for them by mounting pedals.
     
  2. JDandCoke

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    I've seen quite a few using pedaltrains, especially with guitarists that seem more involved with pedals, flat boards do seem more popular over all though
     
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    I think the flat boards are easier to get in a size efficient case and pack/travel with. That could definitely play a role for touring musicians
     
  4. Produktsumme

    Produktsumme Funkensprühender Feuerregen Gold Supporting Member

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    I think most pros do not over-obsess about their pedal boards simply because they focus on available sounds and playing. It is us amateurs that have a field day configuring, buying and filling a Schmidt Array. Although I don't own a pedalboard at all (I am a two pedals in front of amp guy, one of which is always a real spring reverb), whenever I see a Schmidt Array I get GAS.
     
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    Wow I have never heard of Schmidt array so just looked it up.

    They are beautiful, but at those prices looks like one of the stupidest gear purchases you could make!
     
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    You know, of all the shows I've been to, I can't ever remember going up and looking at someones pedal board, and if I had, the board wouldn't have made an impression anyway.

    I've used a piece of plywood, spray painted black. More than once. Now I'm using a black colored shelf I bought at home depot. Size and weight make a dif when you move it a lot.
     
  7. Riffa

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    Pedaltrains, baby. I ain’t no pro, but I know what’s good :cool:
     
  8. ChipOnly

    ChipOnly Supporting Member

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    The plural of anecdote is not data
     
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    Why is it a stupid purchase? If you’ve got the money and want to spend it on a pedalboard, that makes it stupid?
     
  10. scook

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    It's merely my opinion. Not interested in arguing with you about this.

    If you're rich, more power to you. I am talking about people with budgets who buy these instead of a new guitar.
     
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    When I used to tech for a few bands, I switched them from pedaltrain style boards to flat, flightcases boards.

    I wanted everything to be accessible from the top side should a problem arise. If you’re having to diagnose a problem at the foot of the guitarist the last thing you want to be doing is flipping the board and having to search underneath for a duff connection or power supply.

    pedaltrains and all that are fine for home and studio rehearsals, but for me, they aren’t a gigging board.
     
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    List of pro players with flat boards verses list of non flat board pro players?
     
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    That's why all my cables and power supply are on top of my pedal train..
     
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    You can fit more onto a flatboard. And if you need to troubleshoot anything with a flatboard, you don't have to flip the board upside down to get at the cables.
     
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    Remember: Just because a pro uses it, doesn't make it a professional solution. However, flat boards are simply way easier to maintain and troubleshoot when something goes wrong. I see those Schmidt-Array/Gigrig boards everywhere and I simply don't get why anyone would use them. Yes, they look pretty, but I've never seen anyone do proper cable dressing that is needed to make the board reliable. Ever seen how they look under the hood? Good luck finding a bad cable in there.
     
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    Yeah flat boards rule. Nicer looking and more rugged. Most pro builders won’t touch a pedaltrain from what I’ve seen.
     
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    Tons of pros use Pedaltrain. I always check out the guitarist's gear, whether live or on tv. Pedaltrains are very common, across all genres.
     
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    Quote of the year.
     
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    Every guitarist I personally know, who makes decent money from music, uses a Pedaltrain.

    Not sure I’ve even seen a flat pedalboard in the wild.
     
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