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5 Terrific Affordable FX Pedals

Published: Thu March 05, 2009  News Feed

Boutique? Stock? Whatever! If you are low on cheese but want to add a bit of color to your tone I’ve got some pedals for you. This is just a sample of pedals for you cheap skates out there — nothing wrong with that. In the end it’s all about finding your voice.

Affordable FX pedals

Some of the best affordable FX pedals: yes they're cheap, but still sound great!

When you consider how much video games cost nowadays you can’t go wrong adding some of these bargains to your collection of killer stompboxes. Happy hunting!

Anything by Dan’O is good (check Danelectro products here). Okay the housing is made of plastic, but the sounds can be pretty amazing — especially for the price. Their standard “DJ” line of pedals use plastic housings and are a bit more sonically complex.  Granted these pedals were designed for the casual player and not people like me who tend to lay pretty hard on their gear. However, I have used the DJ-14 Fish & Chips EQ pedal for over six years and have taken it on countless tours and gigs. It is always on and never gets stomped on. I even used it in our World’s Largest Pedalboard! Bottom line: These are great pedals if you are on a budget. Recommended: FAB Distortion, FAB Metal. MilkShake Chorus

Boss DS-1
Good ole orange! This damn pedal just can’t go away — and for good reason. By far it’s one of the most roadworthy pedals in terms of sound and construction. Sure there have been mods to it but the overall value and price can’t be beat.  You can’t go wrong with one of these in your line-up. View Boss DS-1

Electro-Harmonix LPB-1
Are you surprised to see something from E-H on this list? Don’t be. With the advent of the Nano line last year E-H is taking over with affordable effects that won’t break the bank. The Electro-Harmonix Nano LPB-1 Power Booster is a spot-on reissue of the original LPB-1 circuit that introduced overdrive in 1968. Put this little monster in line before any effect to provide boost and definition. It’s housed in a compact, die-cast box with rounded corners to save valuable pedalboard space. Good times!

Rocktron Classic Wah
Nuff said. 

Digitech Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive
Pound for pound one of the best pedals you can buy for the money. This pedal has been around for years and has just the right amount of color, overdrive and distortion for that classic Texas style sound. There is even an added value of a cabinet simulator out so you can rock out direct to the board if your tube amp goes south. Exceptional for the price. View Digitech Bad Monkey

[to read original article by Aljon Go, visit  Gibson.com]

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