Effects on budget

Until the mid ’90s, the only way you could have any kind of distortion was to get an effects pedal of some sort. While this is still the standard around the world, it takes a lot of money to create a pedalboard full of distortion and effects that will satisfy all of your needs.

Ever since guitar effects processors appeared, you could have access to all of these features in a single device. Early models weren’t that great, but the technology has advanced to a point where you can get a decent sound out of an effects processor.

Today we are going to take a look at the best multi effects pedals under 200 dollars. These affordable devices allow you to experience different kinds of distortions and other effects for a fraction of the price you would otherwise have to spend. With that said, let’s look at our picks.

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– Boss ME25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal –

Boss is one of the few brands that produces some of the best effects pedals in the world. When it comes to effects processors, they have the more advanced GT series, and the affordable ME series.

ME25 is one of the more basic models in this lineup. It comes with decent features for the price, and offers a good quality of sound.



The main controls of the Boss ME25 come in form of three stomp switches and an expression pedal. The library is pretty extensive for an affordable processor, and includes around 70 different presets divided into several categories.

Layout of controls makes it easy to use, and a simple display will tell you which preset you are on. Next to all three switches is a list of presets you can choose from.

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Boss ME25’s best attributes are the ease of use and a very intuitive design. Everything is easy to find in a pinch, and the controls are responsive. The quality of sound is quite good.

It’s not going to be the same level of quality like you could find in dedicated guitar effects pedals, but it’s absolutely good enough for just about any application. The expression pedal works well, and is pretty reliable.

Line 6 M5 StompBox Modeler

Line 6 is considered to be the master of affordable modeling amps and equipment. They are known for delivering good value for the money products that offer a lot of flexibility to those who are on a budget. Line 6 M5 StompBox Modeler is their more basic multi effects pedal that has a lot to offer.



Line 6 M5 StompBox Modeler comes in a very simple and compact package. It is not too much bigger then your regular effects pedal. The layout is very simple and includes two stomp switches and six knobs.

There is a small LCD display in the top left corner that you use to navigate the library. Speaking of which, there are over 100 presets of different guitar effects that you can access on Line 6 M5 StompBox Modeler. For its size and price, that is a lot.

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Line 6 M5 StompBox Modeler offers decent performance on a budget. The presets are good, and can offer quite a bit of flexibility. Considering its limited controls, you might want to set everything up before you start using this processor since adjusting things on the go is a bit tricky.M5 StompBox back view

In all essence Line 6 M5 StompBox Modeler is definitely something to consider if you want good performance in a small form factor.

Vox StompLab 2G

When they are not building absolute beasts of tube amplification, Vox works on delivering great sound for not a lot of money.

Vox StompLab 2G is one of their budget effects processors that brings a decent performance in a relatively small package.



Two stomp switches and an expression pedal are the main controls of this processor. Above these you will find three knobs and a set of buttons that allow you to select different presets and control volume.

Speaking of which, there are 100 presets available that give you distortions catered to different genres of music. There are tonnes of effects as well.

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Vox StompgLab 2G is a quality effects processor. We didn’t expect nothing less than that from Vox anyway. Thanks to its simple design, Vox StompLab 2G is pretty easy to use. Even if you are in a middle of the song, you can still adjust whatever you need with ease.Vox StompgLab IIG Back

The quality of presets is the best thing about this Vox processor. They’ve taken the sound engine from the VT+ series of modeling amps, and packed it into a small effects pedal.


These are by far the best multi effects pedal under 200 dollar. These processors might be small, but they carry a big punch.

If you need a good range of effects at your disposal, but can’t spend a lot of money to get that, having one if these will solve your problems instantly.


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