(This text originally appeared in the February 2015 issues of Premier Guitar Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine.)
We’ve taken the best from our past and created something new: eleven new models, four new product lines, all-new modified rail system, vastly improved soft cases, new strength/weight optimized tour cases and new light duty case options. All of this will be available for purchase in-store and online this Spring. If you’d prefer to cut to the chase, visit pedaltrain.com or pedalboardplanner.com to experience the reinvented Pedaltrain for yourself.
Before we tell you where we are going, we’d like to share a little about where we’ve been. The first Pedaltrain was invented almost 20 years ago. Back then, most players spread their pedals out on the floor and used two-sided tape to keep them in place. Thinking there had to be a better way, our founder, a professional guitar tech, borrowed a friend's welding tools and handcrafted the first Pedaltrain prototypes in his garage. Word spread quickly in Nashville, and the response was overwhelming: "where have you been all my life?!" And just like that, Pedaltrain was born. At the time, nobody could have foreseen that this invention would not only earn him a patent, but also effectively establish the pedal board category and make his designs the industry standard.
The modern pedal board owes a lot to our founder’s original, patented, design. The things we take for granted today simply did not exist then: substituting lightweight aircraft grade aluminum for wood, crafting a rail system for convenient audio and power cable management, inclined pedal mounting surfaces, universal power supply compatibility, integrated power portholes and under-side power supply mounting, mainstreaming of hook-and-loop pedal mounting, pedal boosters and affordable flight cases (formerly an expensive luxury). Never mind the various Pedaltrain sizes and configurations we’ve introduced over the years.
As 2015 begins, we are reinventing ourselves and pushing forward with the best Pedaltrains ever.
First, our cases have been reinvented. You told us you want simpler, sturdier soft cases. We heard you loud and clear. All of our new soft cases feature a simpler, cleaner design with heavy-duty metal zippers and beefy pull-tabs. You will know them by the new sewn-in blue Pedaltrain logo.
Regarding our tour cases, you said two things: love the protection, hate the weight. Again, we listened and made changes. We’ve been able to lighten our cases by up to 35% without compromising toughness. Thanks to our new strength/weight optimized design, you’ll feel the difference as soon as you (or your tech) pick one up.
Let’s talk about our new Pedaltrain models.
We’ve replaced the Nano with the new Nano+. Nano+ features the same great two-rail design you’ve come to love, but with four more inches of awesomeness. Just enough for another pedal or two (or three, depending on pedal size). Our new modified rail system provides more hook and loop exposure to ensure an even-stronger bond with your pedals. And, as you might expect, Nano+ is fully compatible with Volto, our award-winning rechargeable power supply.
We are also introducing an expanded three-rail series to replace the PT-MINI. The Metro 16, Metro 20 and Metro 24 are designed for players who need grab-and-go solutions. The Metro series offers maximum pedal mounting in a small, portable, package. Our new modified rail system is included for enhanced pedal adhesion and stability. The Metro series is available with either our new soft case design or our new light-duty hard case. The Metro series is also Volto-compatible.
Next up, the Classic series. The Classic line represents our “classic” four-rail design and the Pedaltrain sizes you’ve come to love. The Classic Jr, Classic 2 and Classic Pro now have an open-front design (the portholes are history), resulting in flexible power supply placement and room for various after-market add-ons. The Classic series is available with our new soft case or new strength/weight optimized tour case. The Classic series is compatible with most third party power supplies and our own Powertrain 1250 and Volto units.
The Novo series is our all-new, five-rail, design. Featuring our new modified rail system and open front design, Novo is perfect for players who use true-bypass switchers or need an extra rail to accommodate a variety of pedal configurations. Models include Novo 18, Novo 24 and Novo 32. Like the Classic series, Novo is available with our new soft case or new strength/weight optimized tour case and is compatible with most third party power supplies and our own Powertrain 1250 and Volto units.
Terra 42 is our new large-format Pedaltrain. Terra 42 has the new open front design and our new modified rail system. It is the perfect size for true pedal junkies and permanent studio installations. Like the Classic and Novo lines, Terra 42 is available in either our new soft case or strength/weight optimized tour case and fully compatible with a variety of power supplies, including our own. By the way, this is the first time our large-format Pedaltrain has been offered with a soft case.
Okay, so we’ve thrown a lot of change at you. But rest assured one thing will never change at Pedaltrain: our desire to delight you. We pride ourselves in delivering a great value and providing the best customer care in the business. Thank you for allowing us to support, enable and protect your gear wherever the music takes you.