Do you suffer from GAS? Are you forever buying new effects pedals and now having trouble fitting them onto your pedalboard? D’Addario says it has the answer: a new range of expandable XPND pedalboards that could be the solution you’re looking for.
D’Addario XPND pedalboards
GAS, or Gear Acquisition Syndrome, is a problem for many musicians. Especially guitarists. Accommodating that latest spending spree on your pedalboard may be tricky, though, without buying a new board and… Wait. D’Addario has a new offering that is just for you: the expandable XPND pedalboard. It’s a nifty idea that gives us pedal addicts a great way to deal with your ever growing stompbox collection.
The idea is super simple: two telescopic pedalboard options, available in a basic one row version – XPND 1 – or a dual row version, XPND 2. these could be great for players that need a pedalboard setup that’s very flexible. Both XPDNs are built using aircraft-quality aluminium rails. They look very easy to adjust and include a cable management system. Oh, and they arrive pre-fitted with hook and loop fastener tape, too.
D’Addario has also thought about optional extras, including carry bags called Small Backline Pedalboard Transporters. They have reinforced handles and zips, so they should be sturdy enough to gig with. Each one can be adjusted to fit any sized XPND pedalboard via an internal divider.
Overall, this system could be handy for players that like to add in pedals spontaneously or change their setups frequently. However, it could get quite expensive if you also want the optional bag, or if you buy and then outgrow the smaller XPAND 1 and then need to upgrade to they XPAND 2 version with its extra row. It’s a neat solution, though, that could get a little pricey for some musicians once you add it all up.
RRP – XPND 1 – one row (two rail) pedalboard EUR 109 and XPND 2 – two row (four rail) pedalboard EUR 209
Small Backline Pedalboard Transporter bags EUR 89 for a small one and EUR 159 for a large