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Ambient Guitar Startup on a $400 budget!

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  • Ambient Guitar Startup on a $400 budget!

    I posted a reply to a guy on the Chords Of Orion Youtube channel, and I thought it might be interesting here. So if you are a guitar player, but new to ambient music, and have $400 to spend on pedals and stuff, what should you buy?
    Interesting challenge: as a 40 year guitar player, but who has only been into ambient guitar for 8 months, I'll give my two cents. So, assuming you have a guitar and amp and mic to record the amp (or you go direct to your computer), etc, in other words, we're talking about just the pedal board: then here's my suggestion for what you need:
    1) A volume pedal: go with Chords of Orion favorite Morley Little Alligator: $60 on eBay
    2) Delay: TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay: $220 on eBay. This gives you 3 delays simultaneously. Most ambient players stack delays; it's important. A single delay pedal is OK, but you'll want another soon. (And then another!)
    3) Reverb: Boss RV-6: $110. It's a workhorse with a lot of different reverb engines.
    That's $390.
    You still need patch cords to connect the pedals (preferably not cheap-o jobs). And you need clean power. Hopefully some of the pedals come with a separate power cord. Beware of the daisy-chain power. Down the road, you're going to want some kind of looper. I use the Boss RC-300, but it's expensive ($450). You can get a looper for under $100; look for Ditto. It will never end.
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    I like this post. Nice recommendations. Volume pedal, delay, and reverb - all key elements and worthwhile investments. I have a friend that really likes Mooer.

    This site pops up now and then when I"m looking at pedals (I normally buy from Sweetwater, direct from mfg, or Pro Guitar Shop.)

    No idea if Cheaper Pedals is a good company - but they have the cheaper and usually micro sized pedals.
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