Best budget multi-effects pedals: affordable multi-FX units for guitarists

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There was a time when the thought of an affordable multi-effects unit would strike fear into the hearts of tone-conscious guitarists, but as this list of the best budget multi-effects pedals proves, this category of stomp has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. 

Now, we can all agree that a spaceship-like array of pedals on a mammoth pedalboard is very Instagrammable. Still, at the end of the day, it isn't necessarily cheap or practical. Therefore a budget multi-effects is ideal for players just starting out with the world of effects, those with limited funds, or even those in need of a gap-filling pedal to cover numerous sounds. 

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.

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