So you’ve played for awhile and now you want to get your hands on some good pedals. Some mega-distortion, an affordable crybaby wah, or a flanger to toss in the old gig bag. Maybe a volume pedal or a tremolo?
Hang in there. Every electric guitarist LOVES pedals. It’s just too pricey. Here are some steps in finding the best deals without breaking your bank account:
Research: Check out the local pawn shops or used guitar shops and see what they have. Take your guitar or use one with the same pick-ups at the pawn shop to test the pedals. Take a screwdriver with you and open the pedals up to make sure the wiring looks good and there are no obvious jimmy-rigs. Make a list of the ones you want. Take that list home and find out what those pedals are going for new.
Haggle: Every store that sells used goods will drop the price, because they did the same thing when they bought it. Show the manager your price list and ask to see their book, they will have one, on what they going rate is for the pedal. Get them down to the lowest they will go, then leave. That is what they are trying to prevent, so the deal will probably get sweeter.
Compare/Contrast and Buy: If you have found what you want for around the price you want, hopefully less, then go ahead and buy. If not, then wait a month or two and try the whole process over again. If that doesn’t work again, then buy new if you absolutely have to. Always keep checking in on the pawn shops and used guitar shops though, it WILL pay off in the end.