Flat boards vs. Angled boards - Which is better?
The age-old debate… In reality, it’s all based on personal preference. But what are the pros and cons of each? ⠀
Flat boards are the industry standard. Most professional pedalboards you see on stage are flat boards. They allow for every square inch of the pedal surface to be used, and allow for risers/tiers to raise pedals in the 2nd or 3rd row. With this setup, every pedal is flat and leveled out. Cable management also tends to be much easier on flat boards. Power supplies, however, must be mounted topside, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but some don’t like the aesthetic.
Angled boards have become the alternative choice with the introduction of Pedaltrain. Slotted pedalboards take away surface space and make fitting pedals on the board much more difficult - cable management is a lot harder, too. Most of the wiring needs to be managed on the underside of the board. Plus, it’s harder to set up risers due to the lack of available surface area. However, these allow for power supplies to be mounted underneath, hiding them from view. ⠀
There are a variety of angled pedalboards that allow for maximum surface area to be used, like West Coast Pedalboards. They still allow for power supplies to still be underneath, cable management is much cleaner, and you still maintain the angled benefits.⠀
We prefer to use flat boards. We can maximize the space available, hide power supplies underneath raised tiers (hinged or static), and cables are easier to manage. It’s also much easier to mount pedal risers, if necessary, and allows for different wiring configurations.
Pedalboard surfaces we recommend:
🔹Creation Music Company Flat, Aero & Elevation Series⠀
🔹Get Off My Case flat & angled boards⠀
🔹West Coast Pedalboards custom angled boards⠀
🔹Custom District Pedalboards flat boards