5 Affordable Guitar Pedals You Need to Try

It's pretty obvious that almost every single electric guitar enthusiast out there would wish for a luxirious pedalboard and a guitar rig. There are all sorts of product demos that you can now find online and you easily get attracted to all the flashy effects and other pieces of gear that produce some of the best tones out there.

But the moment you look at your earnings and your bank account, you realize that there's no point in getting anything really expensive unless you're aiming to become a professional. But in case you're still up for getting a solid guitar tone, there are some cheap pedals that are worth checking out. With this in mind, we've decided to take a closer look at some of them and maybe inspire you to get yourself one of these cheap but great pedals.

1. Behringer TO800

We're all aware of the legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer and the tight tones this great pedal is capable of. However, those original old versions like the TS9 or TS808 might get quite expensive. Even the newly produced Ibanez versions are not that cheap.

Luckily for us, there's a piece like the TO800, made by Behringer. Although some might be discouraged by its plastic casing, we're yet to find a guitar player who had a bad experience with this one. Surprisingly enough, the tone of the TO800 gets so close to the original Tube Screamer that it's really hard to recognize the difference.

With its three controls, it can be used both as the main dirt box or a booster for your other distortion pedal or your tube amp. The price of a new one goes as low as $20.

2. Joyo JF-08

Delay pedals can often get too expensive, sometimes reaching well over $150 for some of those analog versions. In case you're looking for a delay/echo yourself but don't want to spend much on it, you might consider getting the Joyo JF-08 pedal.

Being significantly cheaper than most of the delays out there, it's pretty surprising what kind of tonal quality you can get with it. There aren't any unwanted or unexpected rough clicking sounds when you turn it on and off and the repeats will get as smooth as with any other delay pedal on the market.

The only downside we could point out is that it features delay times between 25ms and 600ms and nothing above that limit. But for conventional use of delay, there's really no need for more.

3. TC Electronic MojoMojo

It's really surprising how a great overdrive like TC Electronic MojoMojo costs only $50. What's more, it's so great that even a guitar legend like Paul Gilbert uses it for live shows.

Somewhat resembling classic Tube Screamer, MojoMojo has a bit more options with a 2-band EQ and a voicing switch. With it, you can dial in anything from those smooth muddy sounds, up to those tight but high-end-heavy tones. The voice switch is a really great touch, and the fact that it features a true bypass is definitely a welcoming surprise.

Just like some classic overdrives, it also comes as a great tool to boost the clean or overdriven channels of tube amps to achieve that huge natural distortion sound.

4. Danelectro DJ14 EQ

There are some pretty decent affordable pedals in Danelectro's arsenal. And since every serious guitarist would need an EQ in their signal chain, we decided to mention the company's DJ14 pedal.

In general, EQ pedals might get overlooked among the guitar lovers, but it's something that will most certainly allow you to get some diversity in your overall output. The DJ14 is a 7-band graphic EQ with an additional level slider control. Although a plastic casing, it's pretty well built and you'll have no major issues or worries while carrying it around for live gigs or studio sessions. All the control sliders have ±15dB cut and boost range, so there's definitely a lot of stuff that you can do with this one.

5. Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi

Although a bit more expensive than the rest of the pedals listed here, the Big Muff Pi is a pretty great pedal that you can get in the price range of under $100. Knowing that the design and overall performance haven't really changed since the late 1960s, it's pretty obvious that Electro-Harmonix have outdone themselves with this one. In fact, this is one of the first-ever products in history to be marketed as a distortion device.

The Big Muff Pi has found its way on pedalboards of guitar players of many different genres. David Gilmour is one of the most famous of its users, but it's not rare to find it in a signal chain of some of those fuzz-loving stoner rock musicians. It's just a classic piece that you really need to check out.

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