What 5 (or any number) pedals would you deem as essential?

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

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    PS: My rig: Reverb, trem, and three overdrives.
     
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    Don't take this as an expert choice.

    Tuner doesn't count here, anyone (DAW, clip on, Phone) would do the job at home

    0. ToneMaster Amp. Rev+Trem
    1. Boost
    2. OD
    3. Fuzz
    4. Delay
    5. Modulation (flanger or Phaser)

    Edit: Brands would vary depending on your actual Amp.
     
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    Tuner-Overdrive-Eq(used as boost)-Tremolo-Delay
     
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    Loved reading through this. Essential for me:
    1. Sonic Research strobe tuner
    2. One, earth-shattering overdrive that leaves nothing desired
    3. A kickass chorus/vibrato
    4. A simple, versatile delay with tap tempo
    5. A great reverb
    499 of the 500 best albums of all time have used less than this, I think it's enough for me.
     
  5. cyclopean

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    Yeah for overdrive maybe just get a couple of cheap clones and cover the main flavors?

    Buying and trying a bad monkey made me realize that tube screamers don’t do much for me, and for way less money. Buying the dano Timmy clone back when they were $30 told me i like Timmy style od and it’s good enough that it’s still my go to overdrive pedal.

    If the bad monkey have been close to what i liked but not quite there i could have started chasing down tube screamer variants until i had what i wanted.

    We’re in the golden age of cheap pedals. If you can afford to, get like, a Timmy knockoff, and tube screamer knock off, and something else, maybe a Klon clone or an ocd knockoff. Maybe you’ll luck out and love one of them right off the bat. Maybe none of them are quite right and you’ve just significantly narrowed down the playing field for finding one that suits you. Bonus points if you buy all of them used, because if you don’t beat the hell out of them you may only be out shipping if you flip them.
     
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    You could also not use an amp and just hope the audience is very quiet.
     
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    Reverb.
     
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    Essential pedals: gas, brake, and clutch!
     
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    Which brand/model Jim? :)
     
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    What DAW/Plugs are you using? It may be that you only need to provide dirt as most plugs like verb, delay, compression will sound cleaner, nicer than pedals... besides its best to mix spacial ambient effects post capture.
     
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    Hi 4pickupguy!

    Logic Pro X, UAD and Waves plugins.
     
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    Blue OD (BD-2), green OD (Bad Monkey), boost/reverb combo (T-Rex), and an amp sim (Boss Bassman, gain turned down, level up). Those are really the key ones; another tube OD (TC Tube Pilot) and a graphic eq are really only on there because I have them already and give me some tonal options, but they're extras. LPB1 and passive ABY box aren't even plugged in and just hang out in the island of lost toys on the far left of the board, cuz I made it too big. Amp trem and reverb--no switch, I just turn the knobs.
     
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    So, if you are serious about recording, here is what I would do. I would take the money that the first pedal would cost and buy Amplitube with every virtual amp they offer and whatever virtual effects pedal you like.
    I would take the money that the second and third pedal would cost and buy a 5 string bass.
    I would take the money for the forth pedal and buy EZ Drummer. Finally, I would take the money for the 5th & 6th pedals and buy as high quality a vocal as I could find.
    Unless you want to play live, the last thing you need is guitar pedals.

    Good luck and have fun from someone who spent the last seven years buying both a live rig and a studio!!
     
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    I wouldn’t buy anything until after I’ve owned the amp for a while and figured out exactly what I need. In saying that some amps like certain pedals better than others and some pedals are more universal that others.
    The small board I use for recording has - fuzz - Od - boost - delay - reverb - tremolo.
     
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    COMP--PHASER--OD--FUZZ--DELAY

    I should put together a board like that.
    Heh.
     
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    Where can you buy these high quality vocals for the price of two pedals? My singing is dreadful so I could do with better vocals!
     
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    Just a reverb, for years that's all I used with an amp with gain, I have recently added a fender pelt fuzz, but I wouldn't say it was 'needed'
     
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    In no particular order:
    • Compression
    • Dirt
    • Volume Pedal
    • Delay
    • Reverb
    • Looper
     
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    Gas pedal
    Brake pedal
    Clutch Pedal
    Left bike pedal
    Right bike pedal
    That’s my five, not in any particular order.
     
  20. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    I’m going to say, just buy the best sounding amp (to you) of the pair.

    Play it. Add pedals if and when you feel something is needed. Don’t try to foresee needs.

    Also, you talked about recording. So you don’t suddenly need to be louder, more distorted, etc. for various parts, like you might live. Set up the tone you want, track that, and move on. I do that all the time - dial up one tone, then dial up another for a different part / purpose.

    Has its limits though. Fuzz being one obvious example. You’d need a pedal there. Also, some effects you ‘play,’ as in, you interact with them. You need pedals for that. But still, add as needed.

    For recording though, you’ll probably be adding certain types of effects (reverb, delay, etc.) via plugins. You can add others too, like distortion (plugins, to vary tone), compression, EQ, etc. later when mixing, much of the time.

    So yeah, I’d say get the amp, and worry about pedals as things evolve for you.

    Edit: or, do what @4pickupguy suggested, and maybe just use some small practice amp for home playing / practice? I enjoy micing up my amp, but I also have to admit to a). enjoying tracking without headphones (vocals excepted of course) and b). being unable to replicate the recorded quality and, especially, the range and variety of many of Logic’s sims.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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