Pedals & Power on the cheap!

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by d-b, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. d-b

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    O.K. my 7 and 10 year old sons are constantly borrowing my pedals and I want to get them each a starter set of basic pedals and power supply and we can build a board together for a project. So I am looking for the cheapest pedals that meet the following criteria and complete the need list. Also what is a cheap way to power them and get away from batteries.

    Pedals must be cheapest in category, available to purchase new, powered by 9v adapter.

    Tuner
    Wah
    Dirt/Distortion
    Phaser
    Tremolo
    Delay
    Power Supply

    Thanks in advance. This is going to be fun to put together!
     
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  2. novawind

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    Distortion- DS1
    Phaser - used MXR Phase 90

    This was my first pedal setup. In retrospect, I would have gotten a chorus instead of the phaser for a modulation pedal.

    Power supply- Visual Sound 1spot + daisy chain
     
  3. Lizard Leg

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    The Fab series from Danelectro can be had for 10-15 each at GC - that's what I started my son on. Good thing too - he doesn't play much anymore!
     
  4. thedroid

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    A digital multieffects pedal is the cheapest, simplest option. At 7 and 10, I doubt they're tone freaks, and a lot of multieffects have the added advantage of a headphone jack so the rest of the household doesn't have to listen.

    If they're playing into a tube amp in a band situation, I'd say maybe buy an analog dirt pedal.

    This is dad to dad. (mine are 7 and 13).
     
  5. d-b

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    I know where you are coming from but they want to do what dad is doing and I love their fascination with pedals so no multi effects for these guys.
     
  6. d-b

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    I thought so. Any others?
     
  7. d-b

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    Tuner?...real cheap pedal?
     
  8. bmorelli

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    i'll give another vote for the 1 spot, it powers my board and i've been very happy with it. bad monkey might be a pedal worth trying too :)
     
  9. m.z.

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    Big +1 on the danelectro pedals.... they actually sound pretty good too! great phaser..... the leslie sim is decent too.... lot's and lot's of flavors to choose from. might need to spend more on the tuner though.....
     
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    Maybe try the pedals they sell in the big box stores? What are they, First Act? I think they're about $40 apiece.
     
  12. D 2 Z

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    try behringer and boss too
     
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    The new cool cats are pretty stellar IMO. I have the drive for my practice rig and it beats the heck out of a lot of my more expensive dirts.
     
  14. drbob1

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    Yup, 1 spot for power. Dano pedals for delay and modulation. Drive-wise you can try the Danos, the DS1, the Boss Metal pedal. Even better for little guys developing their first case of GAS would be to take them to GC or wherever you can find good used pedals, give them a budget and let them decide what they want to buy!
     
  15. MikeMcK

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    Interesting... I saw the mention of the cheapy Danelectro Fab boxes and had to Google out of curiosity. There are hand drawings of the schematics to all of these done by the famous (infamous?) Clay Jones.
     
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    The first act delay and chorus pedals they sell at ToysRUs do not sound bad at all. In fact, they have the chorus on clearance for $29.
     
  17. d-b

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    This could be fun!
     
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    1-Spot or GodLyke for power, Dano or Behringer for cheapness.
     
  19. d-b

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    Oh...I left out wah...I see Dano (MF) has a wah for $49 is there a new wah for less out there?

    (original post edited to include wah)
     
  20. Uma Floresta

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    I'd do an all-Danelectro board
     

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