#1
Hey guys,
I'm looking to put together my first pedalboard. I have about a $500 budget and I need an overdrive, a wah, delay, a phaser, a tuner, and a noise reducer. I don't need all of these at once, so I'll need the most important first. I wouldn't mind getting a Digitech Whammy either. I want to get a pedaltrain to put these pedals on but they would take a big chunk away from my $500. Or, if I got one of the cheaper, smaller ones, maybe it wouldn't be too bad.

I'm playing hard rock/metal stuff. Sometimes some blues.

I have no issues with buying used.

So what pedals would you suggest I look at in these categories?
I've been checking out the following:

Overdrive- I'm mainly using it to boost my Triple Rectifier.. I don't really need much more gain out of that
-Digitech Bad Monkey
-Boss SD-1
-Any TS-808/TS-9 clone

Wah- I really love the Morley wahs's features with no button, but I can't say I'm that crazy about their tone. I like a very deep wah. Not a transparent one.
-Morley Bad Horsie II
-Morley Tremonti
-CryBaby Slash

Delay- I really don't know much about delays
-Carbon Copy

Phaser-
-Phase 90

Tuner-
I like the polytune from TC Electronic. Anybody got any reviews on that one?

Noise Reducer-
I'd like to go with an ISP Decimator, but it is pretty pricey.
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#2
For an overdrive, I would highly suggest a used Maxon OD808 Overdrive. They're hard to find used, but I got mine for $80. I used to own a Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive and the Maxon OD808 is definitely miles beyond the SD-1. I've never tried a Digitech Bad Monkey, but I can confidently say the Maxon OD808 is a mile or two beyond the Monkey as well.

Other than that, I have no other suggestions.
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#3
Quote by Got Guitar?
For an overdrive, I would highly suggest a used Maxon OD808 Overdrive. They're hard to find used, but I got mine for $80. I used to own a Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive and the Maxon OD808 is definitely miles beyond the SD-1. I've never tried a Digitech Bad Monkey, but I can confidently say the Maxon OD808 is a mile or two beyond the Monkey as well.

Other than that, I have no other suggestions.

hmm.. Ok. I'll look out for one. My plan was to get an SD-1 and mod it to be more like a TS-808, but I know the Maxon 808 is the original. Thanks
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#4
Out of all of the things that you have listed, what have you already tried out? Also, where are you located?
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Highway One Telecaster
Dean Evo
Mesa F-50
Laney GH50L
Vox AC30 C2
Ampeg V2
pedals
#6
Well I honestly haven't tried any of them. I've just been checking out demos of them. I have, however, used my Line 6 M13 to try out the models of some of these pedals. I know that's not the same though.
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#7
The M13 is a great unit. Have you tried the 4 cable method with it?
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#8
Quote by LaidBack
The M13 is a great unit. Have you tried the 4 cable method with it?

It won't work correctly with my Triple Rectifier when it is in the FX loop. I love the thing though. You're right, it is great.
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Taylor 614ce

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
Mills Acoustics Afterburner 412B

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#9
Why won't it work? and what do you mean it doesn't work? Maybe we can help you trouble shoot and help you save a few hundred bucks. Heck all you might need would be a wah and an OD and just use the M13 for mod/time based effects.
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#10
Quote by LaidBack
Why won't it work? and what do you mean it doesn't work? Maybe we can help you trouble shoot and help you save a few hundred bucks. Heck all you might need would be a wah and an OD and just use the M13 for mod/time based effects.

The Triple Rectifier has a Parallel FX loop but the M 13 needs a series FX loop to run properly. When the M13 is in the parallel loop, it gives my tone a weird phasy sound. Even if I turn the Return gain knob to 100% on the amp it still gives me a weird tone. I haven't found a way around this
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Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
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#11
Ahh, well I have a Mesa F-50. I literally just called their customer support to ask if modifying the parallel loop to series would void my warranty. When I hear back from them, I will let you know. Who knows, this may solve your problem!
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#12
Quote by LaidBack
Ahh, well I have a Mesa F-50. I literally just called their customer support to ask if modifying the parallel loop to series would void my warranty. When I hear back from them, I will let you know. Who knows, this may solve your problem!

Awesome. Thank you very much. What would it take to do the mod?
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Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
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#15
Just got off the phone with one of the customer service reps from Mesa/Boogie. He said that doing the mod will not void the warranty as long as you don't do any damage to the circuit board and don't damage the amp in any way, you will not void the warranty.

Found this: http://forum.grailtone.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=36840&start=0
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Laney GH50L
Vox AC30 C2
Ampeg V2
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#16
Yeah, I found that link a couple hours ago. Thanks. I'll look into performing this mod
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Taylor 614ce

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
Mills Acoustics Afterburner 412B

"Mark Tremonti is what Willis was talking about..."