How to build a pedalboard on a budget

How to build a pedalboard on a budget
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There’s nothing quite like pedal shopping for a guitarist. It seems every new pedal represents an opportunity to expand and develop your sound, taking you to that next level. But for the guitarist on a budget, that optimism can quickly fade when price comes into play. With the best-rated stompboxes going for hundreds – and in some cases, thousands – many of us are priced out of the market. 

It can be especially daunting if you are just starting to invest in your gear and build your sound. Why would you spend $400 on a reverb pedal when you aren’t even sure that’s going to be your thing? You wouldn’t. But you also get what you pay for in a lot of cases and really cheap pedals can be very underwhelming. So we’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Save yourself the headache and heartache; this versatile budget pedalboard will set you up for just a few dollars over $500. 

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Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.