#1
I'm a rock/classical rock/punk/alternative metal rhythm guitar player.

I have a Boss Mega Distortion MD-2 and i'm getting a Boss Overdrive pedal.

Which other effects pedal would be useful in my arsenal?

My bass player friend repeatedly say that with the distortion and the overdrive pedals, i just need a Chorus pedal and i'm set.
Is this true?

Because others told me that i needed:
- a Flanger pedal (i really hated its sounds, and i really don't think i need one as a rhythm guitar player...);
- a Reverb pedal (i kinda liked its feel).

So... What effect/effects would complement my set?
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#3
Quote by Denthúl
You only need what you want to use. There's no right or wrong.


But doesn't the Chorus effect sound like sh** in a rhythm guitar, with open and power chords, for example?
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#5
Your amp's on-board distortion is what you want in terms of distortion. For chorus effects, I'd go with Boss's pedals. Never have had a problem.
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#6
personally i use my FAB chorus pedal i got free with my guitar all the time. for a rhythm you can just make it a little less evident so it doesnt overpower the chords. its still kinda nice. for lead i can see where there would be huge advantages but hey they are pretty cheap unless you decide you cant use a plastic one.
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Quote by StillSoundRG
Your amp's on-board distortion is what you want in terms of distortion. For chorus effects, I'd go with Boss's pedals. Never have had a problem.


The question isn't that -- the question is SHOULD i get a Chorus pedal (as a rhythm guitar player) or i don't need one, and it would be more useful a [ADVICE, please...] pedal?
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#8
Quote by Linkerman
But doesn't the Chorus effect sound like sh** in a rhythm guitar, with open and power chords, for example?


No. I like to use chorus with open chords and power chords. You just have to get the amount right.
#9
Like previously said, there's no specific setup you need. You could have a huge-ass pedal board or not one pedal. If I were you though, I'd get one modulation pedal (chorus, phase, etc) just to spicen up chording.
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#10
Thank you for your advice, Denthúl!

EDIT: Yours too, kartman!
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#12
You need a new amp. Rather than buy new pedals, you should start an amp fund. I'm not a fan of Boss pedals in general, and an OD pedal will do very little for your current amp. If you haven't already ordered it, I wouldn't.

That said, a chorus pedal is a major plus for a rhythm player. A lot of players use one to brighten up their clean tones. Sounds great with open chords especially, IMHO. Not just cleans, though, Kurt Cobain was big on his Small Clone.
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#13
Try it out for yourself. It's a matter of opinion, really. I think Zakk Wylde uses chorus. I personally would probably only use it with clean on single notes, but each to his own.
#14
Yeah, a chorus doesn't have to sound fluidy. If you set the rate really light, it brightens up the sound awesomely. A wah is a cool pedal to expirement with and use with chords. Reverb is good, but it's not used a lot, unless at very low levels to give your sound some ambience. There aren't many songs I can think of with full on reverb. There are like 5 I can think of.

Tremolo might be cool too.
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#15
i like a light phase on my rhythm stuff. a light chorus or some reverb could do the same thing. it just adds a bit of depth to it so that it gets a slight moving feel. with just straight distortion sometimes the guitar feels a bit to static, especially when the guitar is playing a lot of power chords. throwing that little bit of modulation in really adds a lot IMO.

try out a chorus pedal (ehx small clone), a phaser(mxr phase 90 and ehx small stone) and a reverb pedal to see what kind of sounds you like. you may also think about a tremolo pedal or something else as well just to find out what appeals to you most.
#16
A tremolo or Leslie pedal could be pretty cool, it's all preference really. You might only use the pedal for like one song...
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#17
A cheap chorus + acoustic modeler when put together can make a very nice sound for rhythm guitar.
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