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Best Cheap Guitar Pedals

by admin on July 9, 2012

In these tough economic times it can cut your budget to rock so here we review at some of the best cheap guitar pedals on offer. All these are under $100 and some even sell for less than $20!

Four well known guitar pedal brands are reviewed covering a range of effects pedals including distortion, overdrive, chorus, phaser and a signal booster.

Digitech are well known for producing a range of digital guitar pedals that emulate a range of classic sounds at an affordable price. 2 of their best and cheapest pedals are the Grunge Distortion and Bad Monkey Overdrive. These effects pedals are priced at around $50 and are extremely popular for a good reason beyond their cheap price. Digitech pedals are well made with metal cases making them gig and road ready.

The Digitech Grunge Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals is the pedal you want if you’re looking for a heavy chunky distorted sound with long sustained notes. Terrible name as it was released for the grunge market but it works well in most heavier styles of guitar playing to indie rock. If you’re trying to sound similar to the  Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, or even Radiohead or Sonic Youth, this pedal might be a cheap way explore those sounds.

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The Digitech Dbm Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals is a good quality overdrive pedal for guitarists looking for a smooth boost for blues and rock playing. It’s a nice clean musical sounding pedal. Some people like to used this as a “tube” emulator to give them a taste of that classic tube tone.

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Boss are the masters of the classic budget pedal with their orange distortion DS-1 being the staple for many players. Like the Digitech pedals boss guitar pedals are well made with solid metal casing making them last for years through all sorts of abuse.

The Boss Ds-1 Distortion Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals at around $50 is great value for a basic distortion pedal. The DS-1 is great for electric blues all the way to modern rock and is outstanding value.

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The Boss Super Overdrive Sd-1 Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals is a great cheap overdrive pedal for those on a budget and is another option to consider verses the Digitech Bad Monkey overdrive pedal.

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Electro-Harmonix have released a range of smaller Nano pedals that have the sound of their regular pig pedals at a cheaper price. Here are 2 of these pedals at under $100 that are also well made in metal casing.
The Electro-Harmonix Nano Lpb-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals power booster pedal that will boost your signal and output without sacrificing tone like a distortion pedal can. It can beef up the sounds of most amps and can also help boost the sound if other effects begin to kill the volume.
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Electro-Harmonix Nano Lpb-1 Power Booster Guitar Effects Pedal - Cheap at Musicians Friend Best Cheap Guitar Pedals

The Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals effects pedal is a phaser that suits a range of styles including blues, country to metal. The range of phasing sweep can be adjusted for a range of sounds from a rotating speaker effect to something more subtle. Great sound, if you just want to add a little “thickness” to your sound, just a small amount will make a big difference!

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Finally there is the range of Danelectro pedals which are probably the cheapest guitar effect pedals around only costing $15-20 for most of their pedals. To cut costs these pedals come in a plastic case but still have a decent sound and for those on a budget they will definitely do the job.

The Danelectro D-1 Fab Distortion Best Cheap Guitar Pedals is a perfectly fine sounding distortion pedal making it a great pedal for rock and blues sounds. The only thing is to consider getting a power supply for these poedals as they can chew through the batteries.

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The Danelectro Fab Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals is a great simple chorus pedal for those classic chorus sounds used by bands like The Police and The Pretenders and many more. The depth control as a good range, and the speed control works fine allowing a decent rotary sound combined with the depth.

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The Danelectro D-3 Fab Metal Effect Pedal Best Cheap Guitar Pedals is a cheap way to get that metal tone that still sounds fine. The pedal creates heaps of sustain and gain for metal players.

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So if you looking for cheap but good value guitar pedals these reviews should give you an idea of what is out there to get a decent sound on a measly budget!

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Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

by admin on June 19, 2012

So what are the best guitar distortion pedals? When looking at distortion pedals for guitar there are three main types overdrive, fuzz and of course distortion. In selecting the best or the most recommend I though it might be a good idea to look at a few of the best guitar pedals from these distortion categories. Read about the differences between distortion, overdrive and fuzz.

Best Distortion Pedals
Every guitar player will have a different taste in what sounds best to them so I’ve included a few of the most popular distortion pedals on the market and what styles of music they’re general used for.

Boss Ds-1 Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals
This is one on the best selling guitar pedals ever made. It’s a simple reliable distortion sound that works well for a range of styles of music such us rock and blues. The orange Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal is used by many well known players as it’s a reliable pedal with a great rugged metal case construction making it a great choice for the gigging guitar player. It’s also well priced making it great value for a basic distortion pedal.

Boss Ds-1 Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals


Blackstar Ht Series Ht-Dual Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

The Blackstar HT-DUAL is a unique distortion pedal due to the fact that it incorporates a high voltage valve design into its construction to create warm valve tones. It also is designed as a 3 channel pedal plus bypass making it extremely flexible in the range of sounds it can be used for in a live situation.

Blackstar Ht Series Ht-Dual Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

For metal players there’s a range of pedals that are very popular with guitarists looking for a heavier distortion pedal.

Digitech Xmm Metal Master Heavy Metal Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals
This pedal features Digitechs “Multidistortion” technology which emulates the sound of the best metal distortion sounds including the Boogie Mark III, Boss Metal Zone, DOD Death Metal and more. Many guitarists think its one of the best sounding metal distortion pedals around with a wide variety of sounds.

Digitech Xmm Metal Master Heavy Metal Distortion Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals


Boss Ml-2 Metal Core Distortion Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals



This never guitar pedal from Boss is designed for Nu Metal, Grind Core, Hard Core Industrial and of course metal. Its built to handle dropped tuned guitars with Low control to deal with sludgey low tuned guitars. Many guitarists rat this as one of the best pedals for playing modern metal.

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Best Overdrive Pedals
Overdrive is used to boost the level of a signal and just “dirty” the sound a bit which is used a lot in blues and rock music that doesn’t require full on distortion.


Ibanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

The Ibanez TS9 is a well known pedal used by blues players like Stevie Ray Vaughan to boost their playing levels when they launch into a guitar solo. Guitar Player magazine have rated this as one of the best guitar pedals of all time.

Ibanez Ts9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals


Fulltone Ocd Obsessive Compulsive Drive Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

Fulltone make a range of quality sounding pedals including the OCD Overdrive pedal which creates smooth creamy sounding overdrive just like an overdriven valve amp. Many players have called this “a Tube Screamer on Steroids”.

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Best Fuzz Pedals
Fuzz is the classic distortion sound from the 60s that is still popular today. The most well known example of this sound is the riff to Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones.


Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal
 Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

This classic pedal was most famously used by Jimi Hendrix and still used the original design form the 60s to create that authentic fuzz guitar tone. The trick to getting the best sound of this older style of pedal is to experiment with the volume setting out of your guitar. Don’t have your guitar on “10” all the time try using the pedal with the guitar volume dialled back to “5-7” and you will get a range of nice smooth fuzz tones that may players are looking for.

Dunlop Fuzz Face Guitar Effects Pedal Best Guitar Distortion Pedals

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MXR M-108 Ten Band Graphic EQ Guitar Pedal Review

May 23, 2012

I have been looking for an EQ Pedal and after considering the options I decided to buy the Mxr M-108 Ten Band Graphic Eq.  The reason for was not only because it is a highly regarded pedal, but because it has the flexibility of 10 frequency bands. Many other pedals have only 6 bands but I liked […]

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What is True Bypass?

February 19, 2012

True bypass is a feature of a guitar effects pedals where the circuitry of the pedal is completely bypassed when the pedal is switched off. While some pedals use these feature not all do as there are pros and cons in having a guitar pedal with true bypass.   Pros of True Bypass Guitar Pedals […]

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Best Selling Guitar Pedals Of 2011

January 19, 2012

What were the some of the best selling guitar pedals in 2011? A quick look at the “Best Selling” list on Musiciansfriend.com gives you a good idea of what has been the most popular pedals over the past year. Here is an outline of a top 10 with a short description of why they are […]

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The Best Guitar Pedals for Blues

August 16, 2011

Blues is a genre of music that is synonymous with the guitar. From acoustic players like Robert Johnson and Son House in the 1930s the guitar is basis of most blues music. When the electric guitar came along in the 50s players like T Bone Walker, Muddy Waters and BB King developed the sound of […]

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The First Guitar Distortion Pedals

July 4, 2011

The sound of a distorted guitar is so commonplace today in a range of music from rock, to blues and metal that it’s sometimes taken for granted that the electric guitar didn’t always sound this way.  Early electric players in the 50s didn’t have distortion pedals or fuzz boxes and generally they played with a […]

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Some of the Best Multi Effect Guitar Pedals

June 15, 2011

Here’s a review of some of the best multi effects guitar pedals on the market today.  I’ve placed then in order of cheapest to most expensive. Of course there’s a massive range of multi effects pedals around today and this is just the tip of the iceberg… Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi Effects […]

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Best Heavy Metal Distortion Pedals

May 1, 2011

 Here’s a review of 6 of the best guitar pedals that are designed to be used by Metal guitarists.  Boss Metal Zone MT-2 Distortion Pedal This is one of the most popular pedals receiving high ratings from many users and guitar magazines and websites. As with all Boss pedals it well designed and constructed to […]

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Fuzz, Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Pedals

April 25, 2011

What are the differences between Fuzz, Overdrive and Distortion Guitar Pedals? They all do the same basic thing – add harmonics and clip the audio signal. However the sounds that they produce and the amounts of distortion can be quite different. Overdrive Guitar Pedals An overdrive guitar pedal produces enough gain to push your amp […]

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