Pedaltrain 3 Pedalboard, emptyWe’ve been huge fans of Pedaltrain pedalboards for years. In fact, we regard them as the benchmark against which we judge all others (see our review of the original Pedaltrain Pro here). In the new Pedaltrain 3, we’ve found more cause for celebration.
The Pedaltrain 3 is sized in between the Pedaltrain 2 and the Pedaltrain Pro, making it “just right” for players who thought the Pro was just way too big, but for whom the Pedaltrain 2 was just a bit too cramped. With dimensions of 24” x 16” x 3.75”, the Pedaltrain 3 is perfect for mid-sized pedalboards that include a variety of pedals, a floor-based looper, and perhaps an amp footswitch. It is made from the same rugged and lightweight aluminum as other Pedaltrain pedalboards, and the Pedaltrain 3 weighs a mere 4.5 lbs.
The opening underneath the Pedaltrain 3 is sized to perfectly accommodate mounting a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus underneath anywhere you prefer (left, right, near middle, etc.), and a set of brackets for mounting your power supply is included with the pedalboard.
Velcro is provided as always, and we had no trouble applying it to the entire surface of the pedalboard. Once you’ve applied the Velcro to the Pedaltrain, you can easily place your pedals anywhere on the surface as needed… and that’s where the fun really begins. Thankfully, these pedalboards are both rugged and extremely lightweight, because once you load them up with pedals and a power supply, they can definitely start to tip the scale.
The Pedaltrain Booster accessories are three different sized platforms that literally give your pedals a lift off the surface of your pedalboard. The idea is to make it easier to step on pedals on different rows of your pedalboard, and they work great!
Be sure to apply the included Velco in the same orientation as you’ve done on your pedalboard. We recommend putting the loop (soft) side of the Velcro on the surface of the Pedaltrain pedalboard as well as on top of the Booster, and use the hook (hard) side of the Velcro on the bottom of your pedals and the bottom of the Boosters. This arrangement made it a breeze for us to reconfigure the layout of our pedals.
With three different size Boosters, you can lift standard-sized pedals individually, double-wide pedals, or a combination of pedals, and depending on the direction in which you place the Booster, your pedals can be raised at an angle or without any pitch.
The PT-PB1 measures 3.5” x 5.5” x 1””, the PT-PB2 measures 7” x 5.5” x 1”, and the PT-PB3 measures 10” x 5.5” x 1”, but we recommend purchasing PT-PBK, a combination pack that includes one of each sized Booster.
Getting to the Gig
The Pedaltrain PT-3 HC includes a hard case (26 lbs.) with built-in wheels and a pull handle, whie the PT-3 SC comes in a padded gig bag (8 lbs.). We recommend the hard case for larger Pedaltrain configurations like the 3 or Pro, because once these pedalboards get loaded up, the gig bag gets very heavy! At least you can wheel the hard case around.
Pricing and Contact Information
Pedaltrain PT-3 HC (MSRP $459.95) sells for approximately $270 street.
Pedaltrain PT-3 SC (MSRP $239.95) sells for approximately $140 street.
PT-PB1 (MSRP $19.95) sells for approximately $13 street.
PT-PB2 (MSRP $24.95) sells for approximately $17 street.
PT-PB3 (MSRP $29.95) sells for approximately $20 street.
PT-PBK (MSRP $59.95) sells for approximately $40 street.