#1
I will be getting my first electric guitar in about a week (I've been playing acoustic for almost a year) , so I've been looking into getting effects. I'll have a Mexican strat (upgraded pickups, not sure what kind), and a Carvin 16w tube amp. I'm needing to know which is better, buy a Boss DS-1 Stompbox with my guitar, or buy an cheap MultiFX such as a Digitech, or a Behringer. If I bought the stompbox I would ether wait, and buy more stompbox's later, or wait and buy a better MultiFX later. I will be mostly practicing, but will probably be playing at my church some. The idea of a MultiFX seems nice, tons of effects, but I've heard that stompbox's sound a lot better. Which is the better choice?
#2
what type of music do you play? does it use a lot of fx?
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#3
multi FX have more stuff but singles are better sound quality

simple as that

i'd prolly not want to spoil a strat and a nice amp by skimping on FX
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Quote by stevo_epi_SG_wo
multi FX have more stuff but singles are better sound quality

simple as that

i'd prolly not want to spoil a strat and a nice amp by skimping on FX


Stevo is actually right.

if you want FX laden sounds quick and cheap, get a multi effects.

if you want a better sound in the long term and less need for upgrades, get Single pedals.
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Quote by stevo_epi_SG_wo
multi FX have more stuff but singles are better sound quality

simple as that

i'd prolly not want to spoil a strat and a nice amp by skimping on FX


Not always the case.

If TS says "saving up for a better MFX", if that means up to $500-$700... there are much better rack effect units able to be found.

But, considering the case, I'd suggest going with GOOD single pedals. If you spend X-amount on 20 **** pedals, your tone goes to waste.

I would not suggest the DS-1. I don't really like the tone of my DS-2 in my tube amp, as the amp's onboard overdrive (although questionable to others) is much better.

I'd suggest a good OD pedal if you need a boost of sorts, though. Tubescreamer?
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Stevo is actually right.

if you want FX laden sounds quick and cheap, get a multi effects.

if you want a better sound in the long term and less need for upgrades, get Single pedals.



+1 on that. You'd have to be spending $400+ to start on a decent multi-effects pedal.
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#7
Single pedals also afford you the flexibilty of changing the order of your effects. This can greatly affect how they interact.
On the cost side, a multi-effector like Zoom or Boss with many effects can be had for the money spent on 1 or two pedals.
If you're just starting out, there's nothihng wrong with a multi-effect unit for now.
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#9
When played guitar for like... 8 months, I bought my first multi-effect. A Digitech RP-50 (i know, crap), just to try out some stuff and see if guitar effects is something for me.

After trying it out for a few months, I've bought my first Wah-pedal (Dunlop Jimi Hendrix sig.) and Boss Chorus. Just for the little extra's.

After that, I bought a 2nd hand Digitech Whammy IV.... which was fun in the beginning, but I'm not very keen on digital effects. Just gimme a wah, a good amp and a nice guitar, and I'm happy.

So, buy a multi-fx pedal just to try out all sorts of things, and then decide whether to buy stompboxes, or just to stay with the multi-fx.
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#10
With seperate pedals you can mix brands. One might have a distortion you like and another may have a better chorus. Seperate pedals cost more but you can customize your personal sound better. If you're poor like Me the multi FX is better than Nuthin'.
#11
Zoom G7.1ut just over 200 on eBay. Or the 2.1 for a little over 100. If you cover a ton of bands and/or don't know much about effects, get a multi-fx. (Unless you have a ton of money obviously). Once you think you want to get your signature sound is when I think you get single pedals (just my opinion).
#12
a cheap multi fx is nice to experiment with
and when you know what kind of tone you are after go with single pedals
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#14
The high end TC Electronics MFX doesn't seem bad, but the price is pretty hefty.
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The high end TC Electronics MFX doesn't seem bad, but the price is pretty hefty.


The high end TC stuff isn't meant to be a be all, end all solution though. It assumes you already have an amp you like or a good distortion pedal, so it doesn't have any amp models. It doesn't have a wah either. It's more for advanced players who already have a nice setup looking to simplify their floor space a little bit by rolling all of their delay and modulation effects into one machine.
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The high end TC stuff isn't meant to be a be all, end all solution though. It assumes you already have an amp you like or a good distortion pedal, so it doesn't have any amp models. It doesn't have a wah either. It's more for advanced players who already have a nice setup looking to simplify their floor space a little bit by rolling all of their delay and modulation effects into one machine.

Yeah, I know that, but I was just trying to show a counterexample (obviously a flawed one, thanks for pointing out) to the "single stompboxes > MFX" thing.
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Not always the case.

If TS says "saving up for a better MFX", if that means up to $500-$700... there are much better rack effect units able to be found.

But, considering the case, I'd suggest going with GOOD single pedals. If you spend X-amount on 20 **** pedals, your tone goes to waste.

I would not suggest the DS-1. I don't really like the tone of my DS-2 in my tube amp, as the amp's onboard overdrive (although questionable to others) is much better.

I'd suggest a good OD pedal if you need a boost of sorts, though. Tubescreamer?


dude...steve vai uses the ds-1, and his tone is dank, maybe the ds-2 just sucks
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#19
^That doesn't make it good. He just uses it as an overdrive anyhow. There are better overdrives to be had.
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#20
I wouldn't get a DS-1. You can get a Digitech Bad Monkey for almost as cheap, and that'll sound better with your amp.
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#21
as long as you're not picky about combining alot of effects and doing alot of tweaking, the boss me20 is fine. lots of cool sounds you'll like. portable, great price! basically every effect you could want in there.