I'd like you all to play a hypothetical game. On a $500 budget, I'd like you to create a reasonably well-rounded pedalboard. But, before you start just writing down what you currently have on your board there are a few rules in this game. - You must choose 5 pedals. - These pedals must be very readily available. In other words, you must ONLY choose pedals that can be bought from a current catalog or are cheaply littered on the EBay market and easy to get. Many players don't have easy access to stores – especially outside the US. Even if the pedal is available on a manufacturer's web site, in an online boutique pedal shop, or in Guitar Center (that's carrying more boutique stuff), I'd prefer you to stick to more pedestrian choices that you might find at the local Music & Arts Center store, Musician's Friend or Sweetwater catalog. - Don't think in terms of a list of "best" pedals. Each choice should be a known, reasonable choice for a pedal of its type. This is the pedal that you used to have before you got the fancy boutique pedal. - You may include a tuner pedal. - Indicate the order that you would buy these pedals as if you got $100 per month for 5 months. In other words… most important to least important. - Estimate a street price in the US dollars. I know prices can be higher overseas but for the purpose of the game, just assume US street price. Prices vary. Target $100 per pedal and stay within the budget. If you go a little over on one pedal, you’ll need to make it up on another - just try not to go over $120 on any one pedal. - Ignore taxes and shipping. - Optionally, consider adding a comment as to why this is a good choice. - A preference is that these pedals would fit within the confines of a Pedaltrain Mini-sized board. - Bonus points for being able to afford that Pedaltrain Mini in your 5 month! - Cables are not part of the budget. Assume these are thrown in. In later months, you can buy fancy cables. - Don’t include a power supply. Assume you will run these pedals off a power supply that is not part of your budget. (Aunt Bertha is giving you a 1-Spot for your birthday). - While factors such as true bypass are important for many of us, don't consider it essential. The format is: 1 - New/Used, Price$, Manufacturer, Pedal, Comment 2 - New/Used, Price$, Manufacturer, Pedal, Comment 3 - New/Used, Price$, Manufacturer, Pedal, Comment 4 - New/Used, Price$, Manufacturer, Pedal, Comment 5 - New/Used, Price$, Manufacturer, Pedal, Comment So what's this all about? I guess it’s time to fess up. I'm writing an eBook about FAQs for guitar players (check the sig). I'm hoping to publish this in the next few months if not sooner. Since new players are always asking for pedal recommendations, against my better judgment, I'd like to include a list of good starter pedals. So, set aside our crazy online world for a moment, your hand painted and wired boutique pedal and imagine you've just started your pedal board journey. What would that 5 month journey look like for the "regular folks"?