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Gearnews 200 Euro Pedalboard Challenge

Can you build or buy a full-on pedalboard with effects for €200?  ·  Source: Gearnews

In Part 1 of this two-part post, we looked at options for an affordable pedalboard, either DIY or a cheap pre-made solution by Harley Benton. Sticking to our €200 all-in budget, it’s time to splurge on some pedals! Here we present some combinations of pedals that are cheap yet still manage to deliver some great guitar tones. 

The Pedalboard Challenge: Get a full-on pedalboard with effects for €200!

Depending on whether you opted to build your own pedalboard or buy a pre-made pedalboard setup, you’ll have €100-180 to spend on some new effects pedals. We asked some of the Gearnews crew to put together some combinations of affordable pedals, each with a slightly different focus. Depending on the FX available on your amp, you might be able to divert funds to other kinds of pedals, though.

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Jef’s Pedals: around €160

I like an overdrive and possibly some modulation, plus a delay. My favourite all round overdrive pedal is the classic SD-1. The build quality of Boss pedals is great and the SD-1 isn’t fussy with its power requirements. It gives a subtle volume boost with milder settings, through to kicking the front end of an amp hard to make it overdrive. Or use it as a faux treble booster. My two favourite budget modulation pedals are both made by Mooer. The e-lady flanger sounds great. The Ninety Orange gets some 70s-style phasing on your pedalboard for a low cost. I don’t use a lot of reverb at all, or use the reverb built into my guitar amp. But I like to have an analogue delay handy. The Echo Brain has all you need and it’s super cheap too.

Bob’s Pedals: around €170

I have almost always been someone who gets the bulk of the tone off the amp itself. So no drive pedals needed. Also, all my effects will be stuff I use via an FX loop. All I ever find myself using are Delay, Reverb and Chorus. Plus, I like having a floor mounted tuner pedal as it also acts as a nice mute pedal.

Asad’s Pedals: around €180

My idea was to put together a combination that should provide useful tones for most players. Not everyone needs a wah, of course, but if you’re in a band that needs a wah sound, I’m not aware of any substitutes. If you’ve already got gain on your amp, the Vintage Overdrive can provide a bit of an extra kick. It’s likely based on a TubeScreamer of some sort which is a classic enough sound, and should do the job for most situations. And I can’t do the intro to “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” without a phaser, so that had to be on there. I think everyone should have a delay, especially if you’re playing covers. If the amp doesn’t already have reverb, sometimes a bit of reverb is nice for sparse parts, or just a bit of depth.

Angus’ Pedals: around €100

If you bought a pedalboard and power supply for around €100, then you have only €100 to spend on pedals to stick to our €200 limit. So I wanted to see how much you can get for €100. For a budget overdrive, I found the Harley Benton British TrueTone hard to beat on value, with a 3-band EQ and some nice tones for only €30 (not loving the colour, though). The Afterglow is a no-nonsense chorus, and the Sky Surfer does everything you can expect for €33.

What are your recommendations for budget effects pedals? Let us know in the comments below!

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by Jef

3 responses to “The Pedalboard Challenge Part 2: Get a full-on pedalboard with effects for €200!”

  1. Dave says:

    My board! I would, however, spend another 100 euros.

    03,00 € plywood (hardware store)
    04,90€ Harley Benton Pedalboard Organizer Kit
    24,90€ Truetone 1 Spot
    12,90€ Ibanez DC501L Daisy Chain Cable
    22,60€ TC Electronic UniTune Clip Tuner Noir

    59,00€ Nux Horseman OD
    06,80€ Ibanez SI 05P-CCT Guitar Cable (15cm)
    59,00€ Electro Harmonix OD Glove
    ——-
    = 193,10€

    Bonus
    06,80€ Ibanez SI 05P-CCT Guitar Cable (15cm)
    62,00€ Mooer E-Lady (Flanger)
    06,80€ Ibanez SI 05P-CCT Guitar Cable (15cm)
    21,60€ Behringer VD400 (Analog Vintage Delay)
    = 97,20€

  2. Val says:

    Nux Atlantix Delay/reverb – 86€
    Nux steel singer- 37€
    Tc Electronic Cinders – 27€
    Tc Electronic Third Dimension Chorus – 28€
    = 178€
    Prices from thomanns website.

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