Best pedal to run a guitar through a PA

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  1. direwolf

    direwolf Supporting Member

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    Under 400 bucks. I know a bad monkey will work. Maybe something you have used live without any hiccups.
     
  2. dean owens

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    A Tech21 character pedal? I've been playing direct for over a year now and have been using various character pedals with great results. I've used the blonde (probably my favorite), the oxford, Leeds, Liverpool and whatever their Marshall one is. I could go on about them all, but I suggest you look into one of them and give it a try.
     
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    The Sansamps are good and affordable. If you want a great clean, try out an Ethos Clean. Under $300 and an amazing tone.
     
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    A really good deal on a Torpedo Live? lol

    You can get a Line6 HD500X for that money nowadays...it REALLY does well....same with the Xt3 live (maybe even more so....the Xt3 live was THE amp sim box for its day...)

    Otherwise, I'd say a Tech21 pedal....those are fairy well regarded.

    I'll throw out one more oddity for this use.....grab yourself a BigSky! The cab sim on the back is CRAZY good for what it is, really, I've done so many very well done direct recordings with it.


    Another would be the H&K Redbox.



    Hope you find what ya need! With $400 to play with, you're bound to get something nice!
     
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    +1 for the Tech 21 Character series. I have one for bass and one for guitar and they are the only amps I use for recording. Also great live of course.
     
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    Used Torpedo cab. It doesn't get much better than that :)
     
  7. rummy

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    +1 Tech 21 stuff. I've gigged with a pedal board and the Blonde.
     
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    Tech 21, you can get multiple versions with your $400 :)
     
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    Tech 21 without question.

    Currently using the Leeds. Used to have the California, both are excellent.
     
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    For simplicity's sake, I recommend Tech 21 Character Sansamps. My personal favourite is the Oxford but the Leeds is supposed to be great. The Blonde is not so versatile but still very usable.
     
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    What about a Randall RG13 ?
     
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    If you decide to check out the Oxford, let me know. I just took mine off my PT-Mini and replaced it with a Fly Rig. If not for that, I'd still be using it. Great pedal.
     
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    I've been using the Ethos Clean twice a week to play clips for my ~400 student Music of the Beatles class, which takes place in a large recital hall. I have to say it takes other pedals exceptionally well and gives me a very serviceable, realistic guitar tone. The biggest issue is that the PA speakers are probably 30+ ft away from me and high up, so there's a tiny bit of latency as opposed to having an amp right next to you—that could be ameliorated with a monitor.
     
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    "ameliorated" - now THAT right there is a $4 word!
     
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    Mesa V-Twin is great for that. And, you can fight your way out with it - if you need too.......
     
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    SansAmp, Hughes and Kettner Tubeman (expensive and hard to find but if you HAVE the means they are cool), Line 6 POD, Zoom G3/G5 have good cab sims that can work pretty well and aren't super expensive and easy to configure.
     
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    For you Tech21 users, do you still need a DI box to use the Tech21 pedal? Also, I wonder why the British is never mentioned with the likes of the Leeds, Blonde, and Oxford. I find this surprising given the demand for MIAB pedals. Another question is do these Tech21 pedals take pedals well, either in front or after?
     
  20. TheAndyGibson

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    A Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 is my Sunday board, and also is my backup amp on the road.
     

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