Review - Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

Review – Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

I think most of us have a love/hate relationship with our pedalboards. Setting them up in the first place is a pain. Having to cut strips of velcro, finding they don’t want to stick to the base of certain pedals, finding a pedal needs to be moved and then the velcro comes unstuck when you try to prise the pedal away from the board, then having to tidy up all of the cables. Finally, you get it completed and you’re happy, until a month later when you buy a new pedal and need to redo everything!

Aclam Guitars thought there must be a better way of doing things so they designed a much better solution.

Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

Aclam Guitars make a range of different sized pedalboard. The one I’m looking at today is the S2, one of the big boys. But if you only need a board for a small number of pedals they have plenty of options available on their website. The S2 comes in at 59x30cm and can comfortably hold 8-10 pedals depending on their size and shape. The Advanced Kit also includes most of the extras many guitarists would add to an order, such as the rather handy power supply mount, bag and cable tidy pack.

Review - Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

The anodized aluminium pedalboard features Aclam’s Smart Track system. This is the main selling point of these pedalboards and is a very clever solution to the usual pedalboard issues. Pedal mounting is very simply a case of laying out your pedals onto the board and then screwing the little fasteners into place to hold the pedals tightly to the board. The fasteners drop straight into the tracks and when you turn the screw they clamp themselves in tightly. If you need to move a pedal, all you have to do is unscrew the fasteners. It really couldn’t be any cleaner or easier. The fasteners can also be rotated so you can use them with round pedals for example. The rubber coating on the clamping section grips onto your pedals tightly without scratching them so it’s the perfect system to use if you have vintage or expensive pedals.

Review - Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

The Smart Track system also has another trick up it’s sleeve. The tracks offer a fantastic way to tidy your cables. You can either push your cables into the grooves or you can also use the cable tidy pack Aclam offer to clip them in place. I don’t have a neat selection of pedals so my wiring is always a mess. With the grooves and clips I’ve managed to make my wiring pretty tidy, and most importantly, the cables are all secured well. The PSU mounting kit attaches underneath the pedalboard into another groove and takes seconds to fit. My powerbank clamped firmly in place with ease, and once again, all of the power cables could be secured with additional clips.

The pedalboards also came with a couple of adjustable feet. Uneven floors are no longer a problem and your pedalboard can be angled just right no matter what it’s resting upon.

Review - Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

Once everything was in place I tried turning the board upside down, and to my relief, nothing moved. All pedals stayed in place and none of the cables moved. The pedalboard fits nicely into the provided softcase which feels pretty strong. It might not be as good as a flight case but it does offer some protection and is ideal for carrying the pedalboard in when you’re heading out to a gig. The large front pocket is a welcome addition for storing cables or any other accessories you need.

Review - Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

Conclusion

It’s hard to fault the Aclam S2 at all. It’s not cheap but it’s very well made and well thought out. The mounting blocks are a far better solution than velcro and if you own any expensive pedals you’ll be much happier using this mounting method than sticking velcro to your beloved pedals. The cable management system works very well and creates a tidy and secure way to tidy up your cables. All of the accessories I needed were included in the Advanced Kit but they’re also available separately along with others from Acalm’s website. Why has it taken so long for someone to come along and create the perfect pedalboard system? I don’t have the answer but I’m glad Aclam have done it.

Rating 10/10

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The Aclam S2 Advanced kit is available from Aclam Guitar for €214 – Please visit them at https://www.aclamguitars.com

Aclam Guitars S2 Advanced Pedalboard Kit

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