#1
I pretty much sold my entire stage rig a few years ago and put the guitar down for a bit while I was in college. Now that I'm done I'm trying to rebuild it but it's a little more difficult when you have to pay rent electric and water bills lol.

Basically what's the cheapest effects pedals I can get that are pretty good?

Are Behringer effects decent?

Am I gonna have to go the digitech/boss route
#2
Behringer is shit.

Used Boss and Hardwire are good.

MFX are a really good value.

What do you need?
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#3
Everyone seems to love Joyos
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#4
Some Danelectro pedals are decent, for cheap.

What is your current gear, budget, location, gig or home?
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#6
Joyo are good.

Behringer aren't though. They have a reputation for being unreliable for a reason.

Another make you might come across is Belcat (I've also seen them branded Rocktron). Avoid them like the plague. Their 'true bypass' pedals add a hideous clipping noise to your sound even when they aren't switched on.
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#7
What effects do you need? What other gear do you have at the moment? Budget?
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#8
yeh Joyo are great value, behringer not so much... Electro-harmonix nano range is also not too bad!
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#9
Get decent pedal's and go second-hand. In my experience going cheap always causes regret later on.
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#10
Some behringer pedals are awful but you can find some great behringer pedals as well.
I have a Behringer OD that's pretty much horrible and one delay pedal that's one of the best sounding pedals I own (ok, maybe because it's a clone of another delay pedal but yet...Joyo does the same thing and everyone blows Joyo).
#11
behringer effects are fine, or at least the ones I've owned and played were, I know people who have not liked some of their pedals so I won't vouch for all of them. A lot of EHX pedals are pretty cheap considering their quality so I'd look into them too.
#12
yeah, joyo is good
some mooer's are quite good as well.
have you considered going the multi fx route if you need a lot of pedals? You could probably pick up a used hd300/gt10 or 8 for a couple of 100, depending on where u are.
also, look a t some rack fx if possible. Cath often recommends the alesis quadreverb, with good reason. You can get them pretty cheap.
Most importantly, what amp?
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#13
what do you mean by "decent"?

As has been said, things like joyos can sound pretty good (they're often clones of more expensive pedals), but the reliability can be iffy. likewise bosses are pretty reliable but some of them don't sound that great (plenty of them do, though) and some people don't like the buffers in them.
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#14
on a budget? go used through guitar center or something and find dependable brands. BOSS is a good go to and an industry standard. usable, nothing fancy, but very stage worthy. lots of people pull off good tone out of em, some dont.

ive phone order used BOSS pedals off GC and i call it in, ask a live person to test it, and over the phone tell him to work all the knobs to test if tehy are smooth. i get him to promise to play it before it ships (they are supposed to do that anyways....and i hope they keep their word).

so far they have all come alright. only issue was 1 had a slight switch problem which was remedied by putting a sticky pad on the inside of the pedal under the switch to add a bit more pressure / take up space. now it works perfect. not really an issue.

bought a guyatone compressor. those things are little rocks. i would trust em used.

bought a BBE delay that crapped out after 2 hours. will not be buying many more BBE pedals used. or new for that matter.
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#15
Back when Behringer released their blatent copy pedals costing almost nothing my bands other guitarist on a budget bought the Delay and Noise gate, they were pretty decent, certaintly did the job and while they werent as well built and maybe didn't have the finer nuances of my pedals they definitely were not bad pedals and have lasted the rigours of touring.

The Danelectro cheapies are pretty good though nothing better than the cheap behringers to be honest, I have a Surf N Turf compressor, it sounds great but it's noisy and quite flimsy. The best cheap pedal around is probably the Digitech Bad Monkey overdrive, it's a great sounding pedal, really well built too.
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#16
I play a few Joyo pedals regularly, 2 delays a phaser and a chorus. They all sound good and I haveyet to have any reliability issues after about a year. I've played on quite a few behringers that sounded OK but didn't deal well with my size 13 stomping on them. I have an EH nano lbp and find it a bit muddy and go with the boosta grande instead.
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#18
Thanks guys and I'm sorry for taking so long to get back, I've been at church pretty much all day.

I mainly need a distortion, overdrive, reverb, chorus, and it's not really an effect but I need a pedal tuner as well

With the distortion reverb and tuner being the most important.

Thanks for the advice guys I appreciate it.
#20
I dunno Im not gonna be able to buy all at once. But I would like to keep it fairly low. I know I won't be able to set aside more than 50 a week for it and I pretty much just want to finish before Christmas lol

Another thing, my main musical choice is blues, and indie music

My current equipment is a fender mim strat, through a zoom fire 15 (I know it's not great but it's doing me until I can get a fender super champ
#21
Does the Super Champ have FX, or is it just an amp modeler? Make sure not to get anything that will become redundant.

On that note, I and others will advice you to wait until you get an amp first. You can't really accurately assess what you need until you have the rest of your rig.
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#22
I'm gonna pick up the amp first, as it stands I'm more trying to figure out how much I'm going to have to pay and make a list of all of them.

I know the amp has several effects and they sounded good when I tested it. But I really need some form of foot control for stage use.
#23
Quote by rander7917
Thanks guys and I'm sorry for taking so long to get back, I've been at church pretty much all day.

I mainly need a distortion, overdrive, reverb, chorus, and it's not really an effect but I need a pedal tuner as well

With the distortion reverb and tuner being the most important.

Thanks for the advice guys I appreciate it.

Distortion and reverb can be found built into almost any amp. Chorus... If you are going to buy the Super Champ, it has built in effects so you might want to see if you like the built in chorus in that amp.
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I'm gonna pick up the amp first, as it stands I'm more trying to figure out how much I'm going to have to pay and make a list of all of them.

I know the amp has several effects and they sounded good when I tested it. But I really need some form of foot control for stage use.

There's a foot controller for the amp, though it only has buttons for "effects" and "channel". So you aren't going to be able to use different effects, just turn them on and off. So maybe you'll only need to buy a chorus pedal, maybe not even that. But wait until you get the amp.

So you would just use the built in reverb and distortion that you can turn on and off with the footswitch and use pedal chorus. That's what I would do. But don't buy anything before you buy the amp.
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#24
As I said I'm not going to. I'm in the planning stage right now, though I know I will need at least a distortion pedal. I really like the sound of maxed out distortion being cranked through maxed out overdrive. From the amp. But as stated I'm not buying anything before an amp.
#25
I'd buy better pedals used via ebay. I've gotten some real good deals via ebay and half my board consists of used pedals (and the other half are birthday/christmas presents).

I've gotten a Marshall Shredmaster for $100, MXR DynaComp for $40, Boss Tremolo for $40, and a few others. I just make sure I buy from sellars with a 100% seller rating and tons of transactions. None of the used pedals I've gotten have let me down yet.

I like MXR pedals a lot, I think they are a great combination of quality and affordability. You can find a lot of Phase 90s, Dyna Comps, Micro Choruses, Bad Ass Distortions etc used for under $50.
#26
Quote by rander7917
As I said I'm not going to. I'm in the planning stage right now, though I know I will need at least a distortion pedal. I really like the sound of maxed out distortion being cranked through maxed out overdrive. From the amp. But as stated I'm not buying anything before an amp.

Wut?

That's a lot of noise. The guitar would feedback like hell and the sound would be incredibly fuzzy and muddy. And you are going to play blues and indie that are pretty low gain styles...

Or do you mean like boosting your overdrive channel with Tubescreamer with gain at low and level at high?
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#27
Behringer is shit.
Not all of them. I know that at least one of 'em isn't.

I only use one effect, if you can call it that. It's a Behringer MIC200 tube preamp and I have been extrememely satisfied. It was $40-45 from Guitar Center and it works well. I like the cranked tube amp sound and this thing lets me get there at low volumes. I have no idea how the rest of their line is but this little thing is a fantastic deal for the money. You like blues? If so, this thing is a godsend. It makes my only non-tube head, a Powerblock, sound pretty damned good. I just leave it on the neutral setting and it gives me a decent crunch for very little money. If it wasn't for the preamp, I'd have to crank up my volume too much on my Fenders, making them kinda useless in the house.
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#28
One good product doesn't excuse the scores of terrible products. Besides that, in my eyes the objective quality of their products is a non-issue compared to how shitty of a company they are.
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#29
at least they didn't whack them in a massive brass case and charge $400. To be fair.
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#30
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The dano cool cat fuzz, transparent od and there other od. They are clones of the peach peach fuzz, Timmy and ocd respectively.
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#31
Get yourself a good tube amp first.

If your first choice will be distortion, 'verb, and a tuner...

Distortion wise, it really depends on what you like, but I enjoy the MXR Custom Badass '78 distortion. Lower priced, see if you can find an old (late 80s) Boss DS-1. Dial it in right and you feel like you could slay dragons with it.

As far as reverb, the Boss Digital Reverb (RV-5?) seems to be a pretty well accepted standard. Does its job and sounds good enough.

Tuner wise, I like the Korg Pitchblack, but the TC Electronic Polytune is also a nice option. Just depends on what you like. As long as it's well built, a tuner's a tuner, right?
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#32
hard to find an amp with decent reverb these days without paying an arm, leg and your left ivory nut, I have a TC Hall Of Fame and it sounds as good as its cracked up to be, very versatile too, small cabin sounds to underground stadium cavern on mars....