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That's one of the biggest problem with simulators or models. You get no chance to develop a sense of how it is turning. Modern machines have gyro assistance, the 'honest' ones need the string at the beginning.
I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bearskins.
I got my Chapman from Thomann. Most other stuff from the music-store.
I don't have problems with my cry baby, it's also one of the highest recommended wha pedals. Perhaps you have a "monday morning" model?
Keeping in mind that your friend appears to be starting to learn to play I would recommend purchasing a modeling amp with the matching controller pedal.
Tube amps are nicer but why spend a ton of money on something that provides no immediate additional benefit and requires expensive maintenance (Again, your friend is learning to play…)
The modeling amps I have looked at are:
Fender Mustang amps
Line 6 Flextone
What I like is that all the amps provide USB connection so that you can access the effects as virtual pedals with knobs you can turn so that you can make your adjustments and save the settings. Let’s face it, most multi effect pedal presets suck, and tapping at the one or two buttons on multieffect pedals to change the settings can be a rather daunting and frustrating effort. Now your friend can try out any number of effects, play around with them and see which ones they like.
The other advantage I can offer is that the modeling amps are tailored to suit their internal effects to sound the best they can so you don’t have to concern yourself with getting the right amp to make the pedal board sound good.
I ended up getting the Mustang IV, I have my tube amps and love the heck out of them, but for playing out nothing beats the simplicity in setup, set it down plug in and turn it on and it’s very much lighter than hauling around my tube amps. And I don’t need to worry about the cords, batteries and power supplies being bad.
I have never had anyone in the places I performed at tell me they think my amp sounds crappy, usually they ask me what amp I am using because it sounds good. (Other guitar players are always surprised when I tell them I am using a modeling amp)
And when your friend gets better at playing and decides to move up to a tube amp and decent pedals, they will have a good idea of what they are looking for in sound.
He has an amp (don't know which one), but wants some effects to go with it.
Then I would advise that he get a multieffects pedal he can hook up to through USB for the reasons I presented in my original post regarding adjusting the effects.
I have had the dubious distinction of replacing many an up/down switch on more than a few multieffect pedals, that's what makes the USB option is so nice. Although some of the boss pedals do have the analog style knobs which are nice but reasonable pricing goes out the window.
Have you seen this one? Multi-effects very inexpensive. I really like it.
DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor[^]
only $49.95 -- amazing!
11 Amp Types
5 Cabinet Types
20 Studio Quality Effects
Built-in drum machine w/ 30 patterns