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 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.
The Digitech Dbm Bad Monkey Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal 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.
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 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.
The Boss Super Overdrive Sd-1 Pedal is a great cheap overdrive pedal for those on a budget and is another option to consider verses the Digitech Bad Monkey overdrive pedal.
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 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.
The Electro-Harmonix Nano Small Stone Phase Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal 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!
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 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.
The Danelectro Fab Chorus Guitar Effects Pedal 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.
The Danelectro D-3 Fab Metal Effect Pedal is a cheap way to get that metal tone that still sounds fine. The pedal creates heaps of sustain and gain for metal players.
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!