(not to hijack, but...)
So, if one isn't going to buy a Marshall (and certainly not a modded one)+ a 4x12 cab, which pedals do a great "80's Hair Band/Shredder/modded Marshall" thing?
I hear a lot of chorus effects on stuff from that era. Judas Priest comes to mind, as well as others.Lots of modded Marshalls, or unmodded with a pedal pushin them, rack units and for sure, recording techniques. Adding delays/fx in post production was a big one. Not that it wasn't done earlier but adding FX after the guitar speakers was very prominent. Certain producers/engineers obtained a unique sound and it got repeated, as usual. Warren Dimartini (sp?) and Ratt's sound was very much a result of their producer/engineer Beau Hill.