9.29.2012

25 Great Guitar Pedals for the Money



















The sheer volume of guitar pedals out there is daunting under the best of circumstances, and to be sure, there's plenty of junk that can get dropped off at your door after you've spent your hard earned money.

Use this post to avoid that junk. I've listed 25 pedals, which cover most of the typical effects.

If you're not sure what type of pedal you need check out these posts.
Once you've decided what you want, feel free to use this list as a shopping guide.

All the pedals on this list are durable, well priced and worth their price tag. While many cheaper pedals can pass as sounding "ok" these are all truly exceptional and will have a lot of staying power.

Distortion


1. Boss ST-2 Power Stack

A modern sounding distortion with a lot of low end.

Boss St-2 Power Stack Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal


2. Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion

This pedal is a bargain and has two different modes geared towards high and low end distortion. More of a vintage option.
Boss Ds-2 Turbo Distortion Pedal With Remote Jack


3. Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Original 

A classic reissue that goes very well with a tube amp.

Ibanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal


4. Boss BD-2 Blues Driver 

Another smooth vintage pedal that has an exceptionally great sound, especially for what you pay.
Boss Bd-2 Blues Driver Pedal


5. Line 6 Uber Metal

In my opinion Line 6 is becoming a bit of an authority figure when it comes to modern guitar gear. Their distortion pedal is a solid option.
Line 6 Tonecore Uber Metal Distortion Pedal


7. Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor Overdrive Pedal

As far as tube overdrives go, this is one of the best you can buy. It's expensive, but it's well worth it, especially if you own a tube amp.

Hughes & Kettner Tube Factor Overdrive Pedal

Wah


1. Morley VAI-2 Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah

The switchless wah may be an acquired taste for some, but I've become quite accustomed to it. Morley's wah pedals sound great, and last forever.

Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah Pedal


2. Vox V847A Wah Pedal 

Vox was there when it all started, and they're a historically reliable choice when it comes to wah pedals.
Vox V846hw Hand-Wired Wah Wah Guitar Effects Pedal


3. Dunlop The Original Crybaby Pedal 

Like Vox, Dunlop has been doing this for a long time. Their wah pedal is the first choice for a lot of pros.

Dunlop Original Crybaby Wah Pedal

Phaser


1. MXR Phase 90 Effects Pedal

One of the best basic phaser pedals available, and at a bargain price as well.

Mxr M-101 Phase 90 Pedal

Chorus


1. Boss CH-1 Super Chorus

You don't need to spend big money to get a good chorus pedal. The Boss Super Chorus is as good as any.

Boss Ch-1 Super Chorus Pedal

2. Electro-Harmonix Small Clone Chorus Pedal 

This chorus pedal has been a mainstay for years, and it continues to be a reliable option.
Electro Harmonix Small Clone Chorus Pedal


3. Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble

A great second option from boss, which has a fuller sound than the Super Chorus.
Boss CE5 Stereo Chorus Ensemble Pedal

Delay


1. Line 6 DL4 Stompbox Delay Modeler 

It's pricey, but this is gives you a wealth of delay options and sounds great. If you're looking for versatility in your delay, this is a great choice.
Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler Pedal and Loop Sampler


2. Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Guitar Pedal 

Boss has a couple other delay pedals, but they're all solid choices. The DD-3 comes in at the best price.
Boss Dd-3 Digital Delay Pedal


3. Line 6 Echo Park

A cheaper alternative to the Line 6 modeler, though comparable in terms of options and sound.
Line 6 Tonecore Echo Park Delay Guitar Effects Pedal


4. Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Analog Delay

The memory boy is a cheaper alternative to the memory man, which has been around for a long time and is one of the most widely used delay pedals.
Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy Delay Guitar Effects Pedal


5. Akai Headrush Delay Echo and Lopping Pedal

This delay pedal is another product that has stood the test of time and sounds excellent.
Akai Professional E2 Headrush Delay/Looper Pedal 


Volume


1. Ernie Ball 6180 Junior Size Volume Pedal-Mono

Ernie ball makes good volume pedals, and the Junior model is cheaper and as reliable as any.
Ernie Ball Vp Junior 25K Active Volume Pedal



2. Dunlop High Gain Volume Pedal 

Dunlop makes solid pedals, and this volume shaft does the job for a low price.

Dunlop Gcb-80 High Gain Volume Pedal

3. Morley PLA Steve Vai Little Alligator Optical Volume Pedal

Morley's pedals are very durable and built to last. Their volume pedal isn't terribly expensive and does the job.

Morley Little Alligator Volume Pedal

Whammy


1. DigiTech Whammy DT Drop Tune Guitar Effects Pedal

DigiTech's whammy pedal is one of the most versatile available, and has gone through several revisions over the years. All of them are excellent.

Digitech Whammy Dt Drop Tune Guitar Effects Pedal

2. Boss PS-6 Harmonist

The PS-6 is a newer version of the super shifter, and has all the same features. Whammy and pitch shifting effects both come out great.

Boss Ps-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal

Equalizer


1. Boss GE-7 Equalizer

Boss makes one of the most straightforward and easiest to use equalizer pedals. You can't go wrong with this one.
Boss Ge-7 Equalizer Pedal

Tremolo


1.Boss TR-2 Tremolo

You may have gathered by now, I'm a big fan of boss pedals. They're straightforward and they get the job done well. This tremolo pedal is no different.

Boss Tr-2 Tremolo Pedal




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