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    Default Multi-effects pedals vs. Stompboxes

    I couldn't find a forum of this nature in the archives.

    What are your thoughts on Multi-Effects pedals versus a chain of stompboxes.

    I'm interested in a nicer multi-effects pedal like the Boss ME-70 because I like being able to switch between presets while onstage (as opposed to bending down to alter the sounds of each pedal). However, I know many say that digital can't compare to analog.

    Anyone have success with a Line 6, Boss, or Digitech multi-effects pedal?

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    Default Re: Multi-effects pedals vs. Stompboxes

    There have been a few threads on this in the past. Consensus seems to be that if you want to get deep into effect exploration, you'll end up going the chain of boxes route. Many, many people prefer the multi-effects for lots of reasons, though. I used to have one, and it was great for figuring out what I like - plus it can be a pretty affordable way to try at least one of just about every sort of effect. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Multi-effects pedals vs. Stompboxes

    here's my guitar rig.



    theres a piezo in the bridge that feeds the DOD G7

    the magnetic pups feed the Roland GP8

    they are then mixed together using a really cheap DJ mixer then that joint signal goes to the ART Multiverb fo some reverb.

    they're all midied together and controlled by the GP8's pedal board.

    I can have over 100 combinations of FX at a press of a footpedal.

    the idea of getting down and crawling round to fiddle with the controls of pedals appalls me!!

    as does the idea of all those patch leads to join them together which WILL break!!

    the entire contents of my rack cost less (used) a single boutique pedal.......
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    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Default Re: Multi-effects pedals vs. Stompboxes

    There are pros and cons either way. The multi-effects units are hard to beat for convenience and reliability. As long as you spring for a "pro" unit that lets you instantly switch between at least three or four presets without having to "scroll" up and down through them then they're hard to beat for ease of use on stage, too.

    On the other hand, all of the digital mutli-effects units have areas where they are weak performers (Digitech's Wah sucks, Vox's pitch shift is very poor, Line 6 (Pod) has great hard rock presets but doesn't do "easy bluesy crunch" well, etc.). Even so, I found myself using a Vox Tonelab LE with both acoustic and electric guitar because it was just so darn convenient and sounded good for most of the stuff I do. (But, when I wanted to pitch-shift my acoustic down an octave I pulled my beat up old Digitech GNX3 out of the closet.)

    I've found that the Tonelab also works well with the Fishman bridge in my acoustic mando, as well.

    Typically, if you buy a pedal and don't like it, you can sell it at a loss and buy something else and you're only out thirty bucks or so. If you buy a mutli-effect, you're going to take a much larger hit if it doesn't do the job for you.

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    Martin, that's a nice looking guitar but I don't recognize the headstock. Is it a boutique from over there 'cross the big pond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ...and Master of None View Post
    Martin, that's a nice looking guitar but I don't recognize the headstock. Is it a boutique from over there 'cross the big pond?

    John
    thanks, I like it too......

    it's one of my own.

    I've just replaced the original bone saddle with a piezo tunomatic.......

    Quote Originally Posted by stout1
    Now, thanks to Martin and his guitar shaped mandola, I have been stricken with GBMAS, guitar body mandola acqusition syndrome
    hey!! I got my own Syndrome!!!!

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    Default Re: Multi-effects pedals vs. Stompboxes

    I go for analogue stomp boxes for distortion & compression & then into a multi fx for the digital. Stomp boxes have that ready adjustability which is neat but too many in series pushes up the white noise (particularly if a graphic EQ box is in the chain). When it comes to bang for your buck I think the digital multi fx win easily, although some of the little plastic Behringer pedals are pretty good value for money.
    Sorry madam, but we are fresh out of bull-dogs today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinedwards View Post
    thanks, I like it too......

    it's one of my own.

    I've just replaced the original bone saddle with a piezo tunomatic.......
    Oh, well, that's a right fine lookin' bit of work!

    John

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    Default Re: Multi-effects pedals vs. Stompboxes

    I had a Digitech AP100 (?) multi-effects pedal, paid about $50 for it used, which was fun for awhile. Once I figured out some of the sounds I liked, I replaced it with a few stomp boxes. I have found a few used ones at a reasonable cost - tuner (handy), volume, chorus, delay, and tube screamer. I find the stomp boxes easier to use when playing live. I also have a Vox amp with effects and a footswitch, but I am not at all confident in using it in live situations. I like being sure of what will happen when I stomp!
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    Default Re: Multi-effects pedals vs. Stompboxes

    I have an older .. got on close out.. Yamaha 'DG stomp' a multi effects combination,
    it's got presets,
    and a bunch of knobs to fuss with the parameters in manual too.
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