#1
Hey Gang,
Here's my situation... I'm not in a band or anything, I just play in my basement for fun. Maybe jam with a friend, but that's about it.

I have a Korean Epiphone Les Paul and I also play an Epi Casino, both stock. The Casino sounds amazing, and the LP will soon get new pups and 50's wiring. I play them through a Fender Blues Jr.

I love playing bluesy hard rock, like classic Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, Gov't Mule, old KISS, Zep, etc.

I had a Line6 Floor Pod which I just sold on craigs. It was a PITA to work. To change a setting, you needed to turn a knob while holding this button in, and then hit that switch... and it seemed more tailored for metal stuff.

A friend recommended I look for a used Boss ME-50. I kinda like what I heard out of the Vox tonelab unit, too, but the ME has a looper which I don't think the Vox has, but I'm not sure on that.

So which FX units should I look at for what I want out of it?
05 Epiphone Les Paul Classic - Transparent Black Quilt
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Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
#2
Right, so your amp & Blues Driver should easily handle the gain side of things.

What effects are you wanting to use?
#3
If you're only looking for lower gain, classic rock stuff, I'd say just get a TubeScreamer or a Blues Driver, as AndyGrey suggested. I'd probably go with the Blues Driver.

Maybe some chorus and delay, also? I don't think you're really going to need a multi-FX unit for only one, two, maybe three sounds.
#4
The only thing besides chorus and delay would be a wah.

This might sound rudimentary, but what's the difference between an overdrive pedal and a distortion pedal?
05 Epiphone Les Paul Classic - Transparent Black Quilt
05 Epiphone Casino - Natural
Fender Blues Jr - Tweed
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
#5
Quote by Kevin616
The only thing besides chorus and delay would be a wah.

This might sound rudimentary, but what's the difference between an overdrive pedal and a distortion pedal?

Distortion pedals generally have more gain. Also, overdrive pedals have somewhat of a filter in them to boost mids a little more. Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure that's what the deal is.
#6
Quote by The.new.guy
Distortion pedals generally have more gain. Also, overdrive pedals have somewhat of a filter in them to boost mids a little more. Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure that's what the deal is.


I also think that the general sound has different characteristics, aren't OD pedals supposed to simulate a tube amp at full volume, while distortion pedals are just, well, distortion? Don't quote me on this either, this is just how I see it.
#7
The Me50 doesn't have a looper but it sounds better than the Me70(boss skimped) and IMO boss mfx are the best sounding mfx when played with an amp. The me50s are good and cheap(just sold mine for $100). Check out the zoom g3-5 too, they have a looper, drum guide, easy to use as the boss and the amp models sound good for headphone practice.
#9
I could be wrong... I thought it did. I've looked at a lot of things on line and they're becoming a blur.
05 Epiphone Les Paul Classic - Transparent Black Quilt
05 Epiphone Casino - Natural
Fender Blues Jr - Tweed
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
Last edited by Kevin616 at Jun 4, 2013,
#10
I'd second the Zoom G5. It's got the looper and a really great range of delays, chorus', flangers, ect
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#11
The Zoom G5 looks to have a very simple interface. I like that.

Although I don't need a million sounds, financially, it just makes sense. Just a chorus and delay is as much as a basic multi-unit, that has different distortions and the wah.
05 Epiphone Les Paul Classic - Transparent Black Quilt
05 Epiphone Casino - Natural
Fender Blues Jr - Tweed
Boss BD-2 Blues Driver
Last edited by Kevin616 at Jun 4, 2013,
#12
Its handy because you can use it to model stompboxes that you can turn off like a proper pedalboard so you can have a variety of different delay/other effects on tap. Also, I've been using the looper along with the drum machine for making riffs and you can loop the drum pattern, bass line and a few guitar tracks
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#13
I use an Me-70 and I love that bitch.
You have to learn how to use it to get really awesome tone out of it but you can get good to great tone out of it just messing around right out of the box.
I highly suggest that if you use it you just turn the amp modulation knob to EQ and use the first two pedals to fine tune your sound based off how you set your EQ.
There are limits in how much you can stack effectwise and how much fine tuning you can do to effects but these are not what I would call major handicaps, particularly in your situation. Given what you're talking about doing, I highly suggest the ME-70.
Also the looper is pretty bad ass.
#14
I'm not a fan of multi-effects pedals. I much prefer using individual stomp boxes for the tweakability. I had a Zoom multi-effects box when I started playing and to be honest, it sounded like shit.

That being said, I've heard nothing but good things about the Boss ME-70 and know a few people who use them and get some good tones out of them.
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#15
I would highly recommend the Line 6 M13. It's a stompbox modeler, and a good one at that. It'll get just about any sound you want, it has a 28 second looper, tuner and a lot more. I run one with my JCM 900 and I love it. The only thing I'd recommend over that is a Fractal Audio Axe-FX II.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-M13-Stompbox-Modeler-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Pedal-104982889-i1401611.gc
#17
The ME line is probably as close you get to pedal type of stuff. If you want to go the GT route, the GT-10 and GT-100 have loopers (I have GT-10 and it does). You can also switch these as pedals, there is a mode for that.
I like Vox Tonelab for their modeling better than I do Boss. The Boss fx have more options, but I would be torn as the Vox is more "organic" sounding to my ears. I pertty much gave up on most of Boss' modeling overdrives and amps, only use their patches for effects and when I record rough demos for my band. I track through a tube amp with overdrive, it sound a lot more natural.