So, you’re looking for a Christmas present for a guitarist, you probably don’t want to buy a guitar if you don’t know too much about what they actually want and odds are it’s out of a lot of people’s price range even if you did. And to top it off in most cases guitarists will want to test the guitar out before purchasing, after all you don’t want to buy something that they’ll never use.
This is where effects pedals really come into their own as presents. These add to the sound and some provide hours of fun. They also come in a range of price ranges meaning there’s something for every budget. In this piece we’ll be looking at some cool things you can buy for under $100.
We’re trying to go with pedals that people may not already own something similar too, but almost anyone will enjoy.
We Recommend That You Do Check To Make Sure That The Person You’re Buying For Does Not Already Own One.
1. Cry Baby Wah
The iconic Cry Baby Wah pedal is possibly the most fun you can have with an effects pedal. Whilst it may not be the most practical for a lot of weekend warrior guitarists due to it’s unfortunate ability to make any track sound like the background music to a 70s porno if overused, it is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable experiences for messing around. That’s not to say that they can’t be used practically of course. But, if the guitarist in your life doesn’t have a wah wah pedal, you can guarantee they’ll love this.
Are there better loop pedals for under $100? Yes. Is this one excellent value for money? Also yes. If you’re looking for a loop pedal on a budget this is a great option. And in terms of practicality almost any guitarist can find use for this. If they don’t have a loop pedal on their board already they’ll be incredibly thankful for this. They’re great for practicing by yourself or even using to beef up live performances. However, if your musician likes to play by themselves and for themselves, the ability to set your own layered tracks to play with adds a whole new dimension to their enjoyment. Useful for almost any level of player.
The Acoustikar is more of a practical working on a specific tone pedal and less of a bedroom guitarist’s toy than our previous entrants. It does offer a layer of flavour that can be really exciting, whilst the idea is to make an electric guitar emulate the sound of an acoustic they often tend to be used for creating a distinct tone. Still, they’re fun, a little underrepresented, so there’s a good chance that if you’re looking for a present for a guitarist who already has a large collection of pedals they won’t have one of these.
These things are fantastic as multi effects boards go, they have the distinct advantage for any guitarist playing tiny venues and lugging round a small PA system in that they can almost replace an Amp coming with tons of Vox presets. A great present if the guitarist it’s for either has a) an amp with limited settings, b) no amp c) no other pedals or d) just a couple of pedals. We wouldn’t recommend purchasing this however if your guitarist has a Vox Valvetronix amp.
We may be showing a little bit of personal bias with this little pedal, but it packs big quality into a very small price. Whilst chorus pedals may not be the most exciting of the above it is a very good workhorse pedal. The first time we came across this for use was in a high end studio in the north of England where it stood out on the studio pedal board for being significantly cheaper than everything else on there. That said it sounds great. So there was certainly method. Highly recommended and a benefit to almost any sound.