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Old 01-22-2018, 06:48 PM   #1
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Iím just starting to learn about guitar effects and have a question.
I only own one effect for now (distortion) and would like to buy more, compressor, over drive, echo, reverb ect.

Is there such thing as a one unit do all or should I buy each individually?
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:54 PM   #2
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Yeah, they're called muiti-effects (MFX). I bought the Zoom G3x. It's has amp and cab sims, many, many effects and a looper. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/G3n

I hear the G1ON is pretty decent too and it's only $50.
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Multi FX are PERFECT for giving a beginner a general sense of what the "job" of each type of effect is. From there you can launch your life-long quest to find the IDEAL overdrive, distortion, reverb, delay, phaser, etc. for your own sound. But getting a sense of how to use the various types of effects is a great place to start.
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:37 PM   #4
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The new multi-effects nowadays are awesome! They simulate popular amps and cabinets too, so you actually don't need a guitar amplifier anymore. You could either play through your headphones or a small PA.

The Boss GT-1 is a good starting point. It has more than you will ever need at less than 200 bucks. You might be able to get one used or an open box item at Musicians Friend, Sweetwater, etc.

I did the following using the Boss GT-1. It is also an interface if you will be recording on your DAW.





If you want to start with something really cheap, I would suggest the Zoom G1On at $59.99 while the G1XOn with an expression pedal is $79.99.



Good luck on your search!
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Another multi-effects fan here. They are PERFECT for exploring different effects, options, and combinations. I bought my Zoom G5 thinking it would be a platform for me to figure out what effects I would want in my "real" pedalboard. Well, I figured out what I use, but it has become my real pedal board. I use my G5 at rehearsal and I use my GT-100 for gigs.
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MultiFX work well for most things, but the ones I have tried (Digitech and Pandora) have been disappointing for overdrive/distortion FX. Maybe someone can comment on that.

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Another Boss GT-100 user here. I use it for studio work, playing mostly progressive rock, but it can give you just about any sound you want. It's also built like a tank.
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I'm not a pedal man, but, when I was working in a music store, the ZOOM was the biggest bang for the buck. The notion that $50 to $100 per pedal just doesn't make a lot of sense when you can get them all for $100 on one unit. With that said, later on, as you progress, you may want to limit your effects to just two or three and then you might want the best of the best for those few effects. Right now, you should definitely go with a Multi-effects pedal.
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Unless they've improved, I'll agree that Digitech was a little underwhelming. It was good to learn what all the effects were about but none of them really sounded "good" to me.

I'm not really a pedal guy either. My amp has reverb built-in and my other (practice) amp does have modeling and some effects. I only own 4 pedals and I rarely use them (TubeScreamer, Chorus, Wah Pedal and Delay).

I think you can easily become too focused on all the pedals and all the adjustments on the pedals when most music sounds pretty good as long as you have a gain control and reverb on your amp.
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If you're not that familiar with fx, what makes you think you need any, e.g. compressor?

A comp really isn't an effect per se, but its side effects can be a change in tone.
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