All the guitar effects pedals you need to gig, for way under £150
All musicians understand the importance of having the right pedals on their pedal board, but if you’re just starting out, or even want a second pedal board at home for practicing, starting a new rig can seem quite daunting, and expensive! But fear not, there’s plenty of options out there that fall under the “budget friendly” bracket, and in fact, you can even get a full pedal board for a lot less than you think. So with this in mind, we’ve put together a few options that can provide you with a complete pedal board for under £150. Here’s three combinations to get you started on your journey to effects heaven.
Combination 1 :
- Pedaltrain Nano Pedalboard With Soft Case
- Rowin LEF-301B Distortion B
- Dr Tone DLY101 Analog Delay
- Rowin LT-920 Tuner PSU
In this combination, you have everything you need to gig at all levels. The great Rowin LEF-301B Distortion B features 3 different types of distortion, which means you can change up your sound for each song. It’s a great addition to any pedal board. This distortion allows you to sculpt your sound in a variety of different ways so you can go from smooth overdrive tones to full on metal riffage at the flick of a switch.
The all-important tuner pedal comes in the form of the Rowin LT-920 Tuner PSU Pedal, which can actually power up to 8 different pedals via the eight 9V outlets – so expanding your board and powering your pedals is never a problem. We also have the essential delay pedal in the form of the ultra-reliable Dr Tone DLY101 Analog Delay. Dr Tone seem to just get it right every time they release a new pedal, and this one is a no fuss delay that does everything it says. From quick slapback delay to long drawn out repeats – you’ll get it all. Finally we have the awesome Pedaltrain Nano Plus Pedalboard With Soft Case to store and carry all your pedals around with you with plenty of room to add new effects to when you decide to give in to the pedal addiction – trust me it happens. All of this for under £150 with change left over for some cables to connect them.
- Electro Harmonix Pedalboard Bag
- Zoom MS-50G Multistomp Effects Pedal
- Electro Harmonix Screaming Bird
OK, so we’re kind of cheating here as this combination features a multi effects pedal, but it’s a seriously good one and brings the price way lower than £150! For starters, we have the Electro Harmonix Pedalboard Bag, that features a great selection of handy dividers and Velcro strips to keep your pedals in place during transit. It even includes a non-slip board on the inside to place your pedals on. Easy to carry and even easier to set up – a great choice.
Next up we have an absolute monster of an effects pedal – the Zoom MS-50G Multistomp Effects Pedal. This great multi effects pedal features a huge range of different effects including Dynamics / Filter, Overdrive / Distortion, Amp models, Modulation / Special Effects, Delay / Reverb and even a built in chromatic tuner. It’s essentially an entire pedal board and studio’s worth of amps in one tiny box. You can scroll through different amps sound and effects easily and even use 6 different effects at the same time. Once you’ve come up with your perfect combination of sounds you can save them and recall the combinations via the footswitch during your gig.
Finally we have the Electro Harmonix Screaming Bird Guitar Effects Pedal. This killer pedal from the folks at EHX provides up to 20dB of high frequency gain to any amplifier – perfect for when you want to kick in to a solo. This great pedal is ideal when you need to push your sound just that little bit further or to really make those riffs pop over the sound of the drums. This might only be a 2 pedal combination, but it’s everything you need to gig with, especially as both pedals can be powered via batteries.
- BOSS BCB-30 Pedal Board
- BOSS DS-1
- BOSS CH-1 Super Chorus
First up we have the BOSS BCB-30 Pedal Board, which has been custom built by the team at BOSS to take up to three of their fantastic (and sturdy) pedals including all the power and patch leads needed. Like all their pedals, this pedal board is as heavy duty as they come, made from molded resin, so it will last years and years of gigging, keeping your guitar effects and cables as safe as can be.
Seeing as this pedal board is designed to fit BOSS pedals in, we’ve included two of their most popular effects. For distortion, there are few better than the BOSS DS-1, it’s pretty much an industry standard distortion pedal used by some of the greatest guitar players of all time such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and loads more – so you’re in good company. It’s easy to use and is comfortable in all aspects of music, from metal to country. Get great distortion and smooth solo tones in an instant.
Next up it’s the BOSS CH-1 Super Chorus Pedal, which is another industry standard and widely used in studios thanks to the beautiful chorus tones on offer. You get rich, shimmering chorus tones with three dimensional ambience that can actually be split between two amps thanks to the stereo outputs. This basically means you can hook it up to two amps and make it sound like two different guitarists are playing at the same time. It’s robust, offers a great deal of versatility and is covered by BOSS’ 5-year warranty for customers who register their pedal.
OK, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a gap in the board here, but don’t worry, you’ve got some change left over to put towards your next pedal when the budget allows for it. Here’s a bunch of BOSS pedals that would easily fit in that gap – but I’d recommend the DM-2W Delay or the TU-3 Tuner pedal…
Right, let’s pretend you don’t need a place to store and carry your pedals in, and you just want to get straight to the pedals. Good job we’ve got you covered here at Dawsons. Here’s a complete combination of pedals for under £150 that’ll get you gig ready comprising of a tuner, distortion and some forms of modulation and delay – all essential pedals for the budding guitarist.
- Dr Tone FTN101 Chromatic Floor Tuner
- Rowin LEF-324 Plexion Modeller
- Dr Tone CHR101 Analog Chorus
- Rowin LEF-3809 Tape Echo Delay
The first pedal on our list must be the ultra-reliable Dr Tone FTN101 Chromatic Floor Tuner Pedal. This is a budget friendly tuner that supports drop and down tuning setups as well as your standard tuned guitars – so it’s quite versatile to say the least. It’s also battery or 9V adapter operated (sold separately) so you’ve got options. Next up we have the awesome Rowin LEF-324 Plexion Modeller which is a fantastic distortion pedal modelled on the old school Plexi amps that all your favourite 60s and 70s rock bands coveted. It’s a seriously mean distortion pedal for a seriously small price.
As for Chorus pedals, the Dr Tone CHR101 Analog Chorus Pedal is one of the best (and cheapest) you can get. Yes it’s budget friendly, but the quality is amazing. Lush chorus tones that can be manipulated to your liking and really beef up your sound. I for one would always recommend that you always have a delay pedal on your board. They can add a great new element to your sound and really add some thickness to solos and riffs, so with that in mind draw your attention to the Rowin LEF-3809 Tape Echo Delay Guitar Effects Pedal. A tiny, compact pedal that is built to last and built to take your sound to new levels. Most delay pedals only offer one type of delay, but in this pedal you get three different types including the awesome reverse delay, which is great for weird sounding solos or those ethereal middle 8ths in songs. A complete pedal board for under £150 done and dusted.
View a complete range of guitar effects over at the Dawsons website.