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Okay, Recently I've gotten into some basic gigging, and realized I can't expect to rely on using friends of my band's boards any more. I've decided rather than start to amass a collection of pedals (I currently own only one, a Boss DS-1) on an expensive and difficult to transport board, I should purchase a modeling unit capable of some basic drive, distortion, fuzz, chorus and wah and what ever else I should need.

I want a unit that can straight up give me realistic sounding effects for my rig (I use primarily Stratocasters through Voxs). Most of the time I do not want effects at all (dry clean) and would prefer to hear the organic character of my guitar, so a priority would be easily returning to an effects-free state during performance (I had a bad experience with a friends Boss modeler where I could not figure out how to remove the delay he had programmed without turning on overdrive). I don't really care for any for anything such as amp modeling.

As far as budget goes... Let's try to keep this under $500 (preferably significantly under), and remember the simpler the better.
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#2
A friend of mine owns a Digitech RP-500, which i think is about 200$...
It has 100 programmable sound units so you can have a dry clean sound next to massive octaver-overdrive.. the sound is actually nice, it can make his shitty Ibanez GRX-70 sound pretty good.
It only doesn't have a built-in expression pedal, so you would need to buy external one if you want the wah. Unless you already have a wah pedal.
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It has 100 programmable sound units so you can have a dry clean

When I say Dry Clean I mean straight up no effects... Just the signal straight from guitar to amp
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It only doesn't have a built-in expression pedal, so you would need to buy external one if you want the wah. Unless you already have a wah pedal.

The RP500 does have a built in EXP pedal. Only the 55, 70, and 155 don't. And it runs for $300.
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The RP500 does have a built in EXP pedal. Only the 55, 70, and 155 don't. And it runs for $300.

And do you have an opinion on it?
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Nope. Never played one. Just correcting false information.

But a Line 6 M series sounds perfect for what you want.
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Nope. Never played one. Just correcting false information.

But a Line 6 M series sounds perfect for what you want.

They're expensive and have no pedal though...
#9
If you tell us a $500 budget, you can expect us to push it.

An M9 with an EX1 expression pedal will put you right under budget.
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They're expensive and have no pedal though...

You can get the M-5 from GC used for $129 and the M-9 for $250.

The sound quality is better than just about any other MFX unit.

Hell they have the M13 for $275
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Quote by davidkamayor
And do you have an opinion on it?
The Rp500 is a great unit. For mostly a clean amp sound it's probably one of the better choices along with the RP1000. Used prices should be around $150. I picked one up for $100, but that was a steal. Used price on the RP1000 is around $200-$225.
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The Rp500 is a great unit. For mostly a clean amp sound it's probably one of the better choices along with the RP1000. Used prices should be around $150. I picked one up for $100, but that was a steal. Used price on the RP1000 is around $200-$225.

Can I only have one distortion at a time... That's what it seems to suggest...
#14
Line 6 M series is what you want.
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Line 6 M series is what you want.

Would a POD-HD 400 get similar sounding effects?
#16
The exact same. But they have amp models on there, which isn't what you want.
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The exact same. But they have amp models on there, which isn't what you want.

But it looks like the same price with the expression pedal... So what's the advantage to the M9?
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But it looks like the same price with the expression pedal... So what's the advantage to the M9?

It is only stomp boxes no amp/cab modeling, so the sound of your amp is preserved.
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It is only stomp boxes no amp/cab modeling, so the sound of your amp is preserved.

If I press the FX switch on the HD? Does it work well.
#20
Doesn't matter.

It's pointless to get the POD HD. It's the same thing as the M series, except with amp models, and you don't need amp models, so the M series is perfect for you.
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#21
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Doesn't matter.

It's pointless to get the POD HD. It's the same thing as the M series, except with amp models, and you don't need amp models, so the M series is perfect for you.

So do I have to use the Line6 expression because it looks horribly overpriced...
#22
Quote by davidkamayor
Can I only have one distortion at a time... That's what it seems to suggest...
If you want to stack multiple distortion pedals in a multifx the HD500 or Zoom G5 or G3 is a good choice. With the RP as with most multifx (except earlier Zooms) you can get two distortions... one from the amp model and another from the distortion stomps. If all you want is to stack a couple distortions and add a wah then the G3 with an expression pedal will do that in a small footprint.
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So do I have to use the Line6 expression because it looks horribly overpriced...
The $30 M-Audio EX-P will work with the Line 6 or Zoom.