Best inexpensive sustain pedals?

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Best inexpensive sustain pedals?

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I play direct into my 1997 Danelectro Honeytone (the prototype for the 1998 to 2005 Nifty Fifty). But I want sustain and am considering using a pedal...big leap for this Blues-Roots-Rocker. So I've looked at the Behringer CS400; the JOYO JF10; and the DeadBeat Sound Distortion pedals.

What other make-models are good quality at a budget price? Is it worth buying a used Electro-Harmonix Big Muff? Thanks!

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I have no idea/opinion on the first two, but the Deadbeat is just a basic Big Muff clone, isn't it? EHX has put out like a ton of variants now on the BM, and it sounds like you really want the BM, so...

I've been on a pedal spree lately, and between Reverb, ebay, and Craigslist I've gotten some stuff at pretty good discounts. If I were you, and maybe I'm wrong here, but it sounds like you want the Big Muff, so get a Big Muff. Unless a clone has some gimmick that makes it stand apart, clones in my experience are often not really a good substitute for what you actually want.

Find a used Big Muff.
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It really depends what you're trying to achieve. The CS400 is a compressor/sustainer that will maintain a clean tone. The Big Muff achieves sustain by amplifying and clipping the signal, causing distortion. I have a Marhall Ed The Compressor to do the former and other pedals to do the latter.
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For more rootsy sounds, I'd personally go for something a little more "overdrivey" and less "distortiony" than that Deadbeat, if you're not going for actual clean sustain, like NickS was saying.

Are you running the amp overdriven/distorted?
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There isn't really any such thing as a "sustain" pedal. There are things that are marketed as sustain pedals such as compressors or fuzz pedals.

There was the Boss Feedbacker/Booster which I always thought was gimmicky and brilliant in equal measures.
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Bacchus wrote: Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:51 pm There isn't really any such thing as a "sustain" pedal. There are things that are marketed as sustain pedals such as compressors or fuzz pedals.

There was the Boss Feedbacker/Booster which I always thought was gimmicky and brilliant in equal measures.
I have two of these. First Boss pedal I ever bought, it's a DS-1, and the "feedback" feature is a weird note sampler that just generates a crazy sine tone based on a note you played. I own them purely for novelty. I don't think I'd ever actually use it for anything.
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Those are two (well, three) different pedals, innit:
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I still kinda want one of these, but the Digitech FreqOut does it better
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I’ve one of those orange ones somewhere.
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Doog wrote: Tue Nov 22, 2022 2:17 pm I still kinda want one of these, but the Digitech FreqOut does it better
Didn't know about these.

Anyway, this "class" of pedal is what I would consider a "sustain" pedal, insofar as there is such a thing.

I suppose the best, inexpensive sustain pedal is whatever cheap drive pedal you like and a fucking massive half stack cranked up.
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When I want sustain I simply play my guitar with my violin bow.
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Use longer fingers.
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Bacchus wrote: Tue Nov 22, 2022 3:01 pm Also:
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