#1
I've been looking at getting effects for a while now, and haven't been sure on if I should go with a multi effects unit like a POD, or go with good individual pedals.

I've finally come to the realization that a POD or something similar just isn't for me. I was looking at it to hopefully improve the sound on my MG, but I've realised that I'm not going to have an MG forever and eventually I'll want the real deal pedals anyway.

So, now I need to know what pedals to get. I don't plan on buying them all at once, but over the next few months. I play a lot of different types of music. Pretty much anything except metal, classical, and country.

For starters, I want a good overdrive or distortion pedal that is REALLY versatile. I want to get *slight* distortion, all the way to somewhat heavy distortion with it.

I'd also like to get a good Wah. Would the Dunlop Crybaby 535Q be a good choice, or are there better Wah's out there?

What other effects would be considered "necessary" for a good, versatile pedalboard?
My Gear:

Washburn WI14 Electric
Washburn D10s Acoustic
Marshall MG100HDFXR Special Edition
Marshall MG412AR Special Edition

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#2
I think delay is essential. It can do anything from slightly colour your sound to make it sound bigger and fuller to full on crazy echo stuff. Any of the Boss delay pedals are good and so are the Line 6's.
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#3
boss ds-1 for distortion
and i perfer the vox wahs
(im buying one tommorow )
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Vox Clyde McCoy Wah
#4
BOSS BD-2 for starters and maybe an SD-1 or OD-3. I've got a Dunlop Crybaby Original and it's good, but I've never tried a different one. And lastly a compression sustainer.
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#5
Whatever you do, don't go cheap. Don't buy the Boss DS-1. Not many pedals under $100 are worth it unless you get them modded.
#6
Yes-I'm not planning on the Boss DS-1. I've heard it's a good *starter* pedal, but not much better than that.

I want a GOOD distortion/OD pedal. Not just the cheapest there is. I'm not saying I want some insanely expensive pedal, just something good that I'm not going to have to upgrade from in a few months.

As for a delay, I was thinking about that. What kinds would you guys recommend? Is the Ibanez DE7 any good?
My Gear:

Washburn WI14 Electric
Washburn D10s Acoustic
Marshall MG100HDFXR Special Edition
Marshall MG412AR Special Edition

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#7
That dr. jeckyl and mister hyde pedal has a lot of versatility for distortion,and a boss chorus for cleantones
#8
Have you tried a Tech 21 "American Woman" overdrive? It's versatile, but was designed to replicate Randy's tone. And you gotta admit, thats one great tone.
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#9
Dude, I play a Les Paul Classic, I got the Line 6 2.0(Alot better than the XT, doesn't sound as digital) and it is amazing. The crappy part is that it doesn't have a wah effect, but you can get just about any other sound. I get everything from Slash, to Eric Clapton. I play out of a Randall RG75, which isn't that great, but with the POD, I can choose a Marshall cab and head, and it's amazing how it can scream. Infact my amp level is always on 3 and I normally use it on stage in a hall that holds about 80 people. I got it off of ebay for $150 and it came with the FB4 pedal. Trust me, it's worth it!
#10
^Still, I'd prefer individual pedals. That way I can pick and choose what I want instead of having to settle for some things I like and some I don't.
My Gear:

Washburn WI14 Electric
Washburn D10s Acoustic
Marshall MG100HDFXR Special Edition
Marshall MG412AR Special Edition

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#11
Anyone else have suggestions?
My Gear:

Washburn WI14 Electric
Washburn D10s Acoustic
Marshall MG100HDFXR Special Edition
Marshall MG412AR Special Edition

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#12
Line6 DL4 is supposed to be a killer delay on par with boss's DD6 and DD20.

a 535q is a good piece of pedal.

im looking into a big muff myself, supposedly the USA one can go fram a *gasp* rather subtle tone to a bretty heavy Muff; check that out.
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#13
Some UGers say the Russian one is better
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#14
If I were planning on a nice mid gain tube amp down the road, I would probably go -> Ibanez TS9, Maxon OD808, or Xotic RC Booster, AC Booster for overdrive + small clone chorus or H2O Chorus echo\delay + DL-4 or H2O + some kind of compressor, like maybe a dynacomp, or something fancy like a Keeley compressor.
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#15
I spent a while last night looking at some Electro-Harmonics pedals and from the clips, they sounded pretty amazing. What do you guys think of these? I know the Big Muff Pi is good, but which other ones are good?

Also, how well will an OD pedal like a Tube Screamer work with a Solid State amp or a modelling amp? I know it will shine with a tube amp, but how will it work with other amps?

So far I'm thinking of a pedal for each of these effects;

Distortion/OD
Wah
Delay
Chorus

What other effects should I look at? I already plan to buy a Danelectro French Toast fuzz/octave pedal, which from the clips I've listened to sounds amazing.

Will I need a noise gate of some kind? Also, what's a good tuner pedal?
My Gear:

Washburn WI14 Electric
Washburn D10s Acoustic
Marshall MG100HDFXR Special Edition
Marshall MG412AR Special Edition

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#16
get zvex effects get the fuzz factory for your gain. or get the boss ds-2 and a maxon od-9 tubescreamer
#17
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get zvex effects get the fuzz factory for your gain. or get the boss ds-2 and a maxon od-9 tubescreamer


Zvex pedals are very expensive and take a while for them to send out because of their waiting list. I think my next few pedal builds are going to be the Zvex Fuzz Factory and the Zvex Super Hard On Deluxe (Double).
#18
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Dude, I play a Les Paul Classic, I got the Line 6 2.0(Alot better than the XT, doesn't sound as digital) and it is amazing. The crappy part is that it doesn't have a wah effect, but you can get just about any other sound. I get everything from Slash, to Eric Clapton. I play out of a Randall RG75, which isn't that great, but with the POD, I can choose a Marshall cab and head, and it's amazing how it can scream. Infact my amp level is always on 3 and I normally use it on stage in a hall that holds about 80 people. I got it off of ebay for $150 and it came with the FB4 pedal. Trust me, it's worth it!



dude wth, individual pedals are better. You probably never tried single effects pedals. Second, it sounds like to show off your guitar.
#19
I'm not interested in extremely expensive pedals - Just good ones that won't leave my wallet empty.

What would be the best option for a Distortion/OD pedal? That's what I'm looking at getting first. Like I said, I want something very versatile.
My Gear:

Washburn WI14 Electric
Washburn D10s Acoustic
Marshall MG100HDFXR Special Edition
Marshall MG412AR Special Edition

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^Xenn is my favorite MG owner EVAR.

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^ Xenn fav MG user evar
#20
i have personally been looking at the boss os-2, which is a combination of the od-1 and the ds-1, with a little nob called 'color' to change between distortion and overdrive. however, i am not sure about reliability or quality, since i am just looking right now.
There is also the boss line of double pedals for distortion, the OD-20 Drive Zone and the GP-20 Amp Factory, which are like multi-fx for distortion only
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#21
Distortion / Overdrive - ProCo RAT.

Extremly versatile, needs a bit of playing with to get the tone your looking for, BUT if you take the time to play and get YOUR sound - its an awsome pedal.
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Behringer 15W Amp

Effects
Dunlop 535Q Wah
Zvex Fuzz Factory
#22
get the Jekyll and Hyde pedal, th Jekyll and OD and the Hyde is Distortion, there's seperate buttons for each and you can play both at the same time for some good lead stuff, look on eBay for one.
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#23
Line6 crunchtone
Line6 dr.distorto
^Quite expensive but good value
For wah go for the jim dunlop slash wah or any other jim dunlops. I like vox personally but have been told jim dunlop are good.
The marshall echohead is not top of the range however it is good value for money.
#25
Having not tried it I can't give you an informed opinion of it but on specs and reviews I second the guy a few posts above me for the Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde pedal. It's an overdrive and distortion in one and is pretty good value considering it is basically 2 pedals in one.

If you're in the US, they go for about $140 new I believe.
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#26
xenn, you seem like you're interested in pro equipment. i swear by anything modded or made by keeley.

i have a modded pro co rat and a BD-2 from keeley. they both rip. i'm also planning on buying a keeley delay, compressor, and wah. that's how much i love these things.

sure, they're not cheap, but form the way you sound, you want the best. keeley is it.

EDIT: though, you do need a tube amp before you buy anything. no pedal will be at it's fullest potential without a good amp. heres the link to keeley
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#27
i did read a few reviews though that the Jekyll pedal can be pretty noisy though, but if you get a decent Noise Gate you should be set.
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#28
DunlopGuy, I'd definetly consider Keeley mods once I get a tube amp. For now I just want the basic pedals though.

So far, I think I'm going for the Pro Co RAT for distortion/OD.

Now, for the Wah. What do you guys suggest? I've heard good things about both the Vox Wah's and the Dunlop Wah's - My question is what's the best out of them?
My Gear:

Washburn WI14 Electric
Washburn D10s Acoustic
Marshall MG100HDFXR Special Edition
Marshall MG412AR Special Edition

Quote by Danno13
^Xenn is my favorite MG owner EVAR.

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^ Xenn fav MG user evar