The Best Overdrive Pedals for Under $50

These are my picks for the best overdrive pedals for under $50. Note that these are overdrive pedals and not distortion pedals. If you’re looking to add some classic rock snarl or blues overdrive to your guitar tone and want to spend less than $50, you’re in the right place.

If you’re looking for killer metal distortion, then check out The Best Distortion Pedals for Under $50.

The Best Overdrive Pedals for Under $50

Behringer TO800 Vintage Tube Overdrive

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The Behringer TO800 Vintage Tube Overdrive pedal creates great tube-like, screaming distortion with a smooth sustain and nice, fat tone.

The authentic vintage sound of the Behringer TO800 is made possible through the use of original 4558 op amp and the MA150 distortion diodes.

The control set for the Behringer TO800 is stripped down and simple. It also has noise free On/Off switch, status LED and battery check.

The Behringer TO800 runs on a 9 V battery or DC power supply (not included).

Behringer TO800 Controls:

  • Drive
  • Tone
  • Level

It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

If you want vintage and screaming tube-like distortion, the TO800 is a great choice, especially since the Behringer TO800 Vintage Tube Overdrive sells for $38 on Amazon!

Here’s a demo of the TO800 in action:

 

DigiTech DDM Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive

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Besides having an awesome name, the DigiTech DDM Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive pedal delivers killer vintage overdrive to your tone.

The DigiTech DDM Bad Monkey has the following controls:

  • Level: boosts the output level of your guitar signal
  • Low: adjusts boost and cut of bass frequencies
  • High: adjusts boost and cut of upper harmonics
  • Gain: provides smooth tube amp distortion to your sound

That’s it!

The DigiTech DDM Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive pedal is not metal level distortion, but it gives your guitar amp a boost just when you need it.

The DigiTech DDM Bad Monkey is a rugged and flexible overdrive pedal that will give your amp the sound of a naturally overdriven tube amp and allow your guitar’s distinct tone to be preserved.

The DigiTech DDM Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive pedal sells for $49.95 – but comes with Guitar cable, patch cord and picks! (you can also buy just the pedal, without the extras)

Watch gearmanndude demo the BadMonkey:

DigiTech Screamin Blues

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Lastly, there is the DigiTech Screamin Blues Overdrive Pedal. While all players can benefit from the Screamin Blues, it’s blues players in particular who will love this pedal.

The Screamin Blues is built to respond to playing dynamics of all kinds, but is especially attuned to a more blues style of play.

Playing lightly gives you a mild overdrive, but dialing up the gain and digging in hard will make the Screamin’ Blues sing with ultra-rich harmonics and sustain.

The Screamin Blues has the basic overdrive pedal controls:

  • Level
  • Low
  • High
  • Gain

The DigiTech Screamin Blues Overdrive Pedal sells for $49.95 and like the DigiTech DDM Bad Monkey Tube Overdrive, it includes a patch cord, picks and guitar cord and is also sold alone.

Watchgearmanndude demo the Screamin Blues:

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The Best Compressor/Sustainer Pedals For Under $50

Dynamics (relative loud and soft notes) are an important part of music, but uncontrolled dynamics can really mess up an otherwise great piece of playing.

A compressor pedal lowers the output sound relative to your input signal. In other words, it smoothes out the dynamics by producing consistent sound levels. Incidentally, this also has the effect of improving the sustain of each note.

Compressor and sustainer pedals are great for players looking for that searing blues solo, and metal players alike.

Compressors are also great for slap-style bass players, making thumb slaps, string pulls and muted notes all the same volume, for an extremely percussive effect.

Here are two great compressor/sustainer pedals that sell for less than $50.

Behringer Compressor-Sustainer CS400

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The Behringer CS400 compressor/sustainer pedal adds some great impact to your tone and near-endless sustain. It is easy to Operate with 4 knobs to let you dial in the amount of compression and sustain you’re looking for.

The Behringer CS400 has dedicated knobs for:

  • Attack
  • Sustain
  • Level
  • Tone

Attack lets you dial in the amount of compression, while sustain controls…well, the sustain. 😉

The Level control allows you control the amount of volume boost – from subtle to “monster” volume boost. The tone knob controls level of highs.

The Behringer CS400 is great for everything from clean, snappy country leads to searing blues solos to rock solos that really scream. The CS400 also provides an LED to tell you when it’s on, and on/off switch that will put the pedal in bypass mode when off and runs on either a 9 V battery or PSU-SB DC power supply

At $23.99 on Amazon, the Behringer CS400 compressor/sustainer pedal is a steal!

Rogue Vintage Compressor

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Rogue Vintage Compressor is about twice as much as the Behringer CS400, but it’s “Vintage”. 😀

“Vintage” means it’s likely to produce some added “noise” to your signal when put after other pedals in your signal chain. But for some players, that “noise” is the vintage sound they’re after. After all, Hendrix had a pretty hairy tone in a lot of his live recordings..

The Rogue Vintage Compressor Pedal is also a bit more simplified in its appearance, with only 3 control knobs:

  • Compressor threshold (sensitivity)
  • Sustain
  • Overall volume

The Rogue Vintage Compressor is a true bypass pedal, so disengaging the effect won’t rob your tone. An LED indicator shows you when the effect is engaged and gets dim when it’s time to change the battery.

The Rogue Vintage Compressor is made of aluminum and built to last.

The Rogue Vintage Compressor at a glance:

  • Sturdy, lightweight aluminum case
  • True bypass switching
  • Easy-to-use Threshold, Sustain and Level controls

Powered by either a 9 volt battery or external 9 volt DC adapter

The Rogue Vintage Compressor Pedal sells for about $49.99 on Amazon.

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The Best Delay / Echo Pedals For Under $50

Here are three awesome delay/echo pedals for under $50. If you’re wondering how delay and echo are different than reverb, then read on. If you’re only interested in the best bang for your buck on an effects pedal, then skip to the “The Best Delay /echo pedals for under $50” section below.

Delay vs Echo vs Reverb.

The Delay effect is both easy to understand, and easy to confuse. Many people equate reverb and delay as the same thing. They are not, but they are related.

It is best understood with example.

Imagine yourself in a large, empty gymnasium. You shout “Hello” in a loud voice. The first “hello” you hear reflected back to you from the nearest wall is an echo, caused by a delay.

As the echo mixes with other echoes reflected off other walls, bleachers, the floor, etc.. it creates reverb.

Think of delay as an exact copy of the sound, stored in the pedal and played back at a later time.

The length of time between the original sound and the copy being played back (echo) is the delay. The delay may be less than a second or several seconds.

A good delay pedal will cover a good range of time periods and even multiple echoes.

Here are two of the best in the under $50 price range.

The Best Delay /echo pedals for under $50

Digital delay effects pedal

Behringer DD400 Digital Stereo Delay/Echo

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With 7 different modes and a delay time of up to 1.3 seconds, the Behringer DD400 effects pedal ranges from subtle to radical stereo delay.

Behringer DD400 control features:

  • Dedicated Mode
  • Time
  • Feedback
  • Level

The DD400 has a bypass mode and blue status LED indicator for on/off and battery check.

The DD400 runs on a 9 V battery or a DC power supply.

At around $35, the Behringer DD400 gives you a great bang for your buck considering the available controls and sound shaping ability.

check out the Behringer DD400 in action:

Analog delay effects pedals

For those who prefer a more organic sound, here are two great analog delay pedals for under $50. Some people complain that these pedals can be “noisy”, but that’s part of the analog experience – even with pedals in the $150 range.

Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay

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The Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay effects pedal delivers true analog delay ranging from vintage slap-back echo that rivals any tape delay, to space-aged echo.

The VD400 has controls for:

  • Intensity
  • Echo
  • Repeat Rate

Like its digital cousin, the DD400, the VD400 also sports a blue status LED for effect on/off and battery check.

The Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay sells for about $22 and runs on a 9 V battery or a DC power supply.

The VD400 is a clone of the BOSS DM-3 (no longer made), but at a fraction of its cost.

The VD400 Vintage BBDs produce up to 300 ms of delay and advanced noise reduction circuit keeps your signal clean.

The Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay effects pedal demo:

Rogue Analog Delay

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The Rogue Analog Delay pedal creates echo effects from vintage country and rockabilly style slap-back to longer repeating echoes.

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal has only three control knobs:

  • Echo speed
  • Volume
  • Number of Echoes

This streamlined interface keeps things easy and un-cluttered.

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal is a true bypass pedal and includes an LED indicator showing when the pedal is on or off as well as when it’s time to change the battery.

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal is made of aluminum and built to last.

Rogue Analog Delay pedal features:

  • Sturdy, lightweight aluminum case
  • True bypass switching
  • Easy-to-use Time, Repeat and Level controls
  • Runs on either a 9 volt battery or external 9 volt DC adapter

The Rogue Analog Delay pedal sells about $10-15 more than the Behringer DD400 Digital.

The Rogue Analog Delay Pedal Demo:

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