#1
Hello all, at first Christmas greetings! I need some suggestions. I have been playing with a very cheap DigiTech RP80 multi-effects pedal for 2years. Now I am willing to move towards a new effects setup/unit.

I may buy a Boss GT-10 multi-effects board straight. But again, my instructor suggested me a basic pedalboard setup which shall contain Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, OD-3 Overdrive, DD-7 Digital Delay, NS-2 Noise Suppressor and Dunlop Crybaby 95Q Wah.

Which one do you think would be better judging the effects and ease of use? I have few issues in my mind:

With the GT-10, I can create more than one distortion tone, one or two for heavy/light riffs, one or two for soloing. I can also easily switch between the effects. And I can create a good clean tone for me and I can anytime switch between clean and distortion.

In case of the pedalboard, I can have just one distortion tone at a time with the MT-2. I cannot use different tones for riffing and soloing. Switching effects seems very ifficult. And with the pedalboard how can I get a good clean tone? Just switching off the pedals does not likely to give me a good clean coz the clean channel of my amp is very nasty, since I am using a local made practice amp.

Lastly, I have the effects also in my mind. Which one would give me better effects?

Please give me some ideas. Thanks in advanced.
#2
What amp are you using. What is your budget. What do you play and what is your style?
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#3
Simple stompboxes will sound a whoooole lot better than a multi-effect.
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Its just an india-made Stranger amp for home practice. my budget is around 500 us dollar and I mostly try 80s metal/hard rock and some satriani stuff. I need both rhythm and solo tone seperately. So how can one distortion pedal serve for both solo and rhythm/riff? Since one tone can be assigned at a time. But with the multi-effects unit I can easily switch patches for ifferent rhythm and soloing tone and also to clean or acoustic tone. Any idea?
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Its just an india-made Stranger amp for home practice. my budget is around 500 us dollar and I mostly try 80s metal/hard rock and some satriani stuff. I need both rhythm and solo tone seperately. So how can one distortion pedal serve for both solo and rhythm/riff? Since one tone can be assigned at a time. But with the multi-effects unit I can easily switch patches for ifferent rhythm and soloing tone and also to clean or acoustic tone. Any idea?


If you get the satchurator (Joe Satriani's signature distortion) it has a distortion mode for rhythm then a boost for solos. However you would be far better off buying a better amp since most amps have two channels.
#6
With $500 dollars to burn why not just get a new amp? Even the best tones be they from multifx or single pedals can get diluted by a poor amp.
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#7
Itll all come down to preference, but most people would prefer you not to use the Metalzone.
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To get a GT-10 all programed the way you want it might be a pain. My former bassist, bought a bass multi effects pedal made by boss, and it was hell to program, he read the manual even I looked at the manual and it was still rediculoulsy hard to figure out... I dont know if he has figured it out yet... I had an easyer time programming my G major with my Voodoo Labs Ground Control Pro midi controller... anyways pedals are easy and straight forward and probably sound better... depending on which ones you get.

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Last edited by Ethanb08 at Dec 24, 2009,