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Best multi fx guitar pedal

Effects play an important role on the guitar player expression. Some songs became known for their special (original) effect(s), which became a kind of "trademark", a "signature tone" - a delay style, or a reverb/chorus, or a combination of effects which made the tone unique and widely acknowledged...

Part of the magic of effects is the wide possibilities they offer. That brings us to: with different songs, different effects. And with different effects, different pedal units, or the same with different settings. That means - more logistic trouble. On a gig, it may be impossible to change your effects settings between songs, or change the pedals connected (at least on an acceptable period of time)... Moreover, in the case of heavy-effects-users, space itself (for all their pedals) may be a problem.

The market has a neat solution for these dilemmas: multi-fx pedals. They may be cheaper than the sum of the prices of the corresponding dedicated-effect-pedals; they are more portable; and they allow, most of the times, the configuration of effects presets. Voilá! Presto!

Of course, theoretically, on a unit with lots of options, the quality is spread out among all the options, opposed to the case of dedicated pedals, which focus on one mastery. Well, that difference was more important and significant by the time the multi-fx pedals technology was born... Nowadays, the technology has developed, and the potential compromise of quality vs. quantity when switching to multi-fx is stated by many as completely acceptable.

Let's find out in which multi-fx pedals this compromise is the most acceptable!


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Harmony Central forum topic
Original Post Date: April 2007
Original Poster Question: Vintage & classic rock distortion and good cleans multi pedal for under $500

- Boss GT-8: 5
- VOX Tonelab: 4
- Digitech (most mentioned: GNX): 3
- Line 6 POD: 3
- Yamaha Magicstomp: 2
- Zoom: 1

Ultimate Guitar forum topic
Original Post Date: October 2008
Original poster Question: Best multi fx pedal with expression pedal for under $400

- Line 6 POD xt: 7
- Boss Me-50: 3
- Digitech: 2
- Zoom G7: 2
- TCE G major: 1
- Korg ax3000g: 1
The Gear Page forum topic

Mentions VOX Tonelab, Digitech RP and Boss GT-8.

TDPRI forum topic
Original Post Date: May 2009
Original Poster Question: Best multi-fx pedal for under $150

- Boss (most mentioned: ME50, GT-8): 4
- VOX (most mentioned: Tonelab): 4
- Carl Martin Quattro: 3
- Line 6 POD: 2
- TC Electronic: 2
- Digitech RP: 1
- Yamaha DG: 1
- Zoom Choir: 1

Marshallforum topic
Original Post Date: August 2009
Original Poster Question: Best multi-fx pedal for a marshall head.

- Line 6 M13: 5
- Carl Martin: 3
- Boss: 2
- TC Electronics: 2
- Rocktron Utopia: 1

Original Post Date: March 2009
Original Poster Question: best multi fx pedal without modeling and, if possible, with true bypass

- Digitech RP: 3
- TC Electronics Nova System: 3
- Boss ME: 2
- Zoom: 1

Hall of Fame!

1 - Line 6: 17
Line 6 POD 2.0
2 - Boss: 17BOSS ME-70 Guitar Multiple Effects Pedal Board
3 - Digitech: 10DigiTech GNX3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Multitrack Recorder
4 - VOX Tonelab: 9

VOX ToneLab LE Floor Processor Pedal for Music Instruments

Best modeling amp

The music boom the world has testified on the past decades has created an astounding universe of sonic possibilities. A guitar player, for instance, will certainly be overwhelmed by the amount of choice when he/she enters the instrument store.

Like every guitar gear piece, all amplifiers have strenghts and weaknesses. And everybody dreams of the possibility of joining the hot-spots of several good amplifiers on one sole box. The industries discovered this guitar dream, and took the chance to give an answer to the modern guitar player needs. The modeling amps were born.

A modeling amp is an amplifier that focuses on diversity, rather than one-skill-mastery. It's a Jack of all Trades. Its goal is to provide many tone possibilities, for versatility, music exploring, personal tone finding, music introducing/education, you name it. They generally come packed with effects, such as delay, reverb/echo, distortion, flanger, sometimes octaver... Many times they even simulate several other brand's guitar amplifiers, using pseudonyms to let people know the amp that preset was based on without having copyright lawsuits banging on their door. :P

Well, but just like on everything else in life, there are always good (i.e. convincing, similar to the original) copies and.... not-so-good copies. :P Just like there are "real" Jack of all Trades and... a lack of all Trades, I would say... :P Perhaps it's not that simple, since it's all a matter of personal taste, right? But there may be some Jack of all Trades that "deceive" more people than others. Let's find out the Jacks there are around... shall we?


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TDPRI forum topic
Original Post Date: December 2007
Original Poster Question: Best sounding modeling amp

- VOX (most mentioned: Valvetronix): 15
- Line 6 (most mentioned: Flextone III): 8
- Fender Cyber: 5
- Roland Cube (most mentioned: 60): 4
- Peavey Vypyr: 2

The Gear Page forum topic
Original Post Date: March 2008
Original Poster Question: good modeling amp to take to small gigs without pedal boards

- VOX (most mentioned: Valvetronix): 17
- Fractal (most mentioned: Axe-FX): 12
- Line 6 (most mentioned: Flextone, Spider Valve): 9
- Yamaha DG 80: 6
- Hughes & Kettner (most mentioned: Switchblade): 4
- Roland Cube 60: 4
- Fender: 3
- Peavey Transformer: 1
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Mentions Line 6 Vetta II, Fender Cyber-Twin, Roland VGA, VOX Valvetronix and Peavey Vypyr.

Guitar Masterclass forum topic
Original Post Date: October 2009
Original Poster Question: The high-end Modeling Amp

- Fractal Axe-FX: 4
- Fender Cyber-Twin: 1
- Hughes & Kettner Zen Tera: 1
- Line 6 Vetta: 1

And the Jack of ALL of the Trades is:

1 - VOX: 15 + 17 + 1 = 33
Vox Valvetronix VT30 Guitar Combo Amplifier - 1x10 inch, 30 watts

2 - Line 6: 1 + 9 + 1 + 8 = 19
Line 6 Spider IV 75 75-watt 1x12 Modeling Guitar Amplifier

3 - Fractal Axe-FX: 4 + 12 = 16
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First of all, I apologize for the few forums reviewed, but in fact I couldn't find many forums debating modeling AMPS instead of modeling units, like pedals and pods. It was VOX, especially the Valvetronix, that got the most mentions. However, I would like to overline how the people that mentioned Fractal Axe-FX emphasized that was the very best on the market (and possibly one of the most expensive, too). So maybe Fractal didn't deserve just a 3rd place; in fact, we are talking about modeling amps and not units, but still, many people "insisted" on mentioning the fractal axe-fx unit as a good alternative to an amp with built-in modeling options. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

Happy string pulling! ;)