Cheap Pedals that Beat the Expensive Ones

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by thewordking, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. theRagman

    theRagman Gold Supporting Member

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    The MXR Custom Badass Modified Overdrive surprised me a lot. I liked it better than several really expensive boutique ODs, including a Precision Multi-Drive. Really great voicing and tweakability, and absolutely holds its own.
     
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    I regret not getting there chorus CE-2 clone. THey actualy are great pedals. Only it is cheap quality on the housing.
     
  3. Help!I'maRock!

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    Nobody else matters. :aok
     
  4. Classic09

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    Which Proco rat do you mean? The current version or a previous version?
     
  5. HERSCHEL

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    Yes.
     
  6. eternally found

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    For sure! There only way to describe it is this sort of "weight" on the repeat. It's like, I've had digital delays, but they sound digital. This has a unique oomph to it that nothing else has been able to replicate, including all of Boss's other delays (I've owned just about all of them). That and the reverse feature on the DD5 is also like nothing else out there. If you need something with more than just digital delay, it's not the pedal for you, but you can certainly get a lot done with it! Sits in a mix really well, too.
     
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    I mean, I use a 90s US made one. So I would generally recommend tracking down an American one if possible, or a modded newer one. You can find either for pretty cheap second hand on various sites.
     
  8. BlueTurnip

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    Any recommendations for a cheap delay that can do a 100% wet reverse?

    Cheap = below £100
     
  9. Todd Lynch

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    Ibanez TS-7 ugly Tone Lok series in Hot mode - $25 bucks or so used, lots of gain and low end.
     
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  10. thewordking

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    The TS-7 is one of the best TS pedals out there. It's also one of the ugliest TS pedals out there.
     
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    I think you could put just about any Mooer on there.

    Price wise and pound for pound they are some of the best pedals produced. I especially like the Trelicopter and the Mod Factory.

    I really like the TC Electronic MoJo MoJo. It has to be one of the best overdrives in production today, and it is priced AMAZINGLY cheap.

    Also I must add that I bought a Donner pedal the other day, its an echo I think its called Yellow Fall. It is surprisingly good. I bought it based on reviews and demos on YouTube and it didn't disappoint.
     
  12. Jimmy3Fingers

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    Got a Yellow Fall also...pretty darn good pedal.
     
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  13. sloanfiske

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    The intially unloved but now revered TS-10 I think sounds better than the 7 series and sometimes the 9 and 808. I pulled mine out now and then again, spanks a lot of "high end" pedals depending...
     
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  14. nsnate02

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    I've compared in person the Joyo AC Tone and American Sound to their Tech 21 counterparts and I sent the Tech 21's back. Only thing I like better was the silent switch and the ability to turn the cab sim off. Otherwise the Joyo stuff is fantastic. I like everything I've tried from Joyo.
     
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    The oft-maligned Ibanez 7-series effects has some real sleepers in the lineup.

    The only thing really bad about the TS-7 is the footswitch. I bought mine about 15 years ago, and the switch needs a little more physical persuasion these days, but the sound quality is still great.
     
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    Never understood if they can be used as regular od/dist pedals in front of an amp input
     
  17. nsnate02

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    I use the AC Tone as an OD pedal on one of my setups and works well. The Tech 21 allows you to turn off the cab sim. The AC you can bypass the cab sim internally, but I was never that adventurous and it didn't seem to make a huge difference.
     
  18. thewordking

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    Yeah, the foot switch is pretty terrible. And it's hideous, but it sounds great. I even like the "high gain" mode on it. Hopefully they'll come out with a reissue in 30 years with a nice metal case and a better footswitch.
     
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    I totally agree. For me, if we're just talking about unmodded pedals the order goes:
    TS808HW>TS-10>TS-7>TSmini>808>9 and, yes, I have way too many tubescreamers.
     
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    I mean, the board on even the newer RAT 2s is simple and spaced out enough that it's pretty easy to replace op-amp with an LM308N ($8 shipped off Reverb) if you REALLY think that the slew rate is just that important to the sound.

    I don't.
     
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