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    Christmas ideas: - Effects pedal ideas ?

    I've been thinking of getting a pedal for a gift for my self. I only have a BOSS SD-1 right now. ( I have a BOSS looper that I need to learn how to use. ) What do the rest of you like ?

    I have learned that some of the pedals can get rather PRICEY, so my budget should top out at $200.
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    Besides distortion, my favorite effects are a phaser and/or chorus. BOSS, of course, makes excellent pedals of both of these.

    Whatever you do, Merry Christmas!

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    Anyone else check out " The Pedal Show " on youtube ? That's what got me thinking about it. They often have some pricey items hooked up, but not always.
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    If you're looking for more than just something to color your tone, I'd highly recommend the DigiTech Trio Band Creator.
    Basically you lay down a riff or a lick and the pedal creates a baseline and drum line to match what you're playing and you can change genres as well. It's super fun and addictive and is really a cool song writing tool. They sell two versions of it but the one in the link attached seems to fit your budget. Beats the heck out of a run-of-the-mill dirt pedal! http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TrioPedal/

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    You might want to look into a nice delay pedal. It really gives some depth to your tone. MXR makes a nice Carbon Copy pedal that fits into your price range. If you want a lot more functions and options and are willing to spend a little more the Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler Box is Awesome. It gives you three channels that you can preset for different delays and allows you to choose from 16 preset delay tones and one loop sampler with speed and depth adjustments for each. It also has a stomp switch to adjust the speed of the delay. This is awesome for doing all different types of music with the same rig from a more modern Digital Delay to a vintage analog "tape" style delay to a slap style delay for Rockabilly on the fly. There is also a Sweep Echo setting that lets you do some wicked funk and 70's space sounding effects. The DL4 is also Stereo capable with dual in and outs if needed. It can run on "C" size batteries or you can purchase the power supply separate. I would recommend the power supply. Looks like Sweetwater has them on sale for $199 right now as opposed to the normal $250. I have had mine for 11 years and it has never had a problem.

    Here is the sweetwater link.

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/deta...FdgagQod8SwJxA

    No matter what pedal board setup I have run over the past 11 years it has always had my Line 6 DL4 at the end of the chain. Such a great and versatile tool that really adds a ton of color and tone to your signal.

    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by txbumper57 View Post
    MXR makes a nice Carbon Copy pedal ...
    now they also have a "bright" version of that pedal

    Chorus (boss ce5) and delay (cheap thing) are what I use with my acoustics playing through a PA. Similar effects to those in my fishman artist amp.

    I have thought about trying the MXR chorus and delays for a while, but I haven't done that yet ...

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    My 3 go to effects often used altogether, in different combinations or solo are: distortion, chorus and delay. However, I get my reverb from my amp and if you don't have reverb in your chain then maybe you should try some.

    I have an old Boss ME50 multi Effects unit that I love so much I bought a backup off of Reverb for $100. It allows you to use distortion, chorus and delay as individual stomp boxes rather then go into complex parameter editing modes. It also has an onboard tuner and volume pedal amongst other things. The only outboard pedal I use beyond that is a wah wah.

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    If you want a simple-to-use, inexpensive pedal that gives a lot of options, check out the Line 6 M5. It models delay, chorus, fuzz, distortion, reverb, compression, and more, and it's got a minimal footprint for a multi-effects pedal. You can also hook up an expression pedal to control parameters on all of the effects and create presets. Additionally, it's got stereo in and outs, a built-in tuner, and tap tempo. Lastly, it's just loads of fun to mess around with.

    The two limitations are that it is digital, not analog, which is really a matter of taste, and you can only use one sound at a time. It really is a great Swiss army knife pedal. I bought mine used for $100, and they're only $129 new.

    Check out some youtube demos.
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    I love That Pedal Show and had previously been watching Mick & Dan's other (separate) YouTube stuff. Mick used to be part of Guitarist magazine.

    I have a tc electronic Ditto X2 looper that I use for making up stuff on the fly. Goes for under US $200. I put it near the end of my signal chain, after tremolo but before reverb. This lets me record different tracks with different effects. Typically I'll lay down a two-chord rhythm part—D minor/G minor is a fav—and then build on top of that.

    If you're looking for a cool fuzz my current fav is the Magnetic Effects Solar Bender. It's based on the classic Tone Bender MkII but is more stable and tweakable. It can go from thick to thin to sputtery and from dark to bright. The Attack (fuzz) control starts at fuzzy and just gets more saturated as you turn it up. But you can back it off pretty well with your guitar's vol. Sounds especially good with P-90s, DeArmond 2000s and my Jazzmaster. I got mine via Reverb, shipped directly from England.

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    Empress Para EQ with Boost would be my wish. Also, a Supro compressor or overdrive pedal would go well with my Supro Tremo-verb amp... awesome amp, btw!

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