I know this has been done over and over. Usually I don't even really care for these threads, but as an exercise, was just thinking of what would get one the most "bang for buck" if one wanted to... Minimalize, yet keep flexibility. Meaning, say you start with a good, solid, two-channel amp with a really nice lead channel and decent reverb. In other words, two (clean and OD) really nice solid sounds already, with ability for nice reverb on both. Now...not counting a tuner pedal, what three pedals would you choose to give you some ability to add dimension, change things up a little, without being overbearing? Please don't just list pedals, but list also the idea behind it...how you'd use them. I'm thinking: Dunlop 535-q wah (or Picture wah, or bud-wa...etc.) KR Megavibe (or Mojo vibe, or Mini-deja-vibe) Martin Red Repeat delay (currnent fave, or deep blue delay) The wah I'd use as both weird tone control at times, rythmic, wailing, etc. The wah is an obvious effect when used. It's nice to learn to just hang the foot in the sweet spot too with small movements, not heel-toe and back. Vibe is great (you get two in one, I also like vibrato settings with little depth for chords and feeling of movement in solos) for changeup. It CAN be obvious or subtle, fast or slow, and gives nice movement overall. Delay I like to use with medium delay times, low in the mix (to acheive the same in band setting it must be higher, and if a good effect loop in the amp I'd use that) generally just on solos, to add some nice depth and ambience. Delay is a medium subtle effect the way I set it, and can just add that little without overbearing or changing the basic sound.