I gotta say, the best cheap pedal that I ever had was a cheap Japanese wah pedal. It's a Shin-ei "Companion" and it puts any VOX, Cry Baby, or Morley to shame. It's got a killer pukey tone that really wahs out. Best wah I've ever heard
Paid $20 for it in the mid 70's. Still have it, mostly because no one will buy it Oh - and it's worn out - scratchy pot and all that.
I've got a Marshall Jackhammer that I paid $20 for and I love it. At first I was just going to use the "overdrive" mode, but after hearing the distortion channel it quickly became my main distortion. It sounds so much like the distortion channel of my Carvin MTS its not even funny. Easily the most "amp-like" distortion pedal I've played. The overdrive channel is nice too!
actually i got a DD-3 Boss Digi-Delay for $50 because the LED was broken and the store i bought it from couldn't get it to work on batteries. but i got it home and it works great on my daisy chain :icon_thumright:
PS: best $8 i've ever spent. not a pedal, but works great!
Probably my £20 Russian Big Muff. Although it's been far from reliable, I've had to replace the battery holder once and fiddle around with the wiring on a few occasions, plus I reckon I do need to replace the tone pot at some point as it very noisy, that could be an issue though as ideally I'd like to replace the pot like for like and that means finding a Russian 100k pot. :icon_biggrin:
My Boss ODB-3 Bass OverDrive . I'm probably a bit weird because I like to use the EQ preset from my MXR M-80 with the Boss ODB-3 for light and transparent overdrive while I like the distortion on the M-80 for heavier overdrive, but still pretty transparent.
I have an Arion Stereo OVERDRIVE.... The SOD-1. One output is nasty and the other is switchable from mild to clean. This lets you do neat things like put your delay or chorus on a clean output. Some few of those old Arion pedals are getting to be worth something, there's one chorus that's really valuable, and another that's not. The old 1/8" power-jack DOD graphic EQ's and compressors (FX40 & FX40B; FX80B) are better quality and sound than MXR or Boss products. Made in Utah by Mormons, so you know they gotta be good. :headbang:
You can still luck into the DOD's for $25 on Ebay now and then. Or you can buy as new Boss for $90 and pay another $50 to have the DOD-quality components installed.
Basically a Tube Screamer with separate bass & treble controls. But it all SMT components which makes it harder to modify, but not impossible. I've modded a few with good results. Basically 50 cents worth of parts made a big difference.